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    Re: Buying a hive?

    Jcolon- You need to do your math on the cost of drawn comb, tops, bottom, an boxes. Those feisty bees will probably easily
    survive winter. My opinion is buy it, at $150 or less if you can.
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    Re: Combining 2 hives

    Mike- I pm'ed you. I'm just southwest of you.
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    Re: slatted rack on top of solid bottom?

    juzzerbee- Yes, they help with ventilation along with a top entrance. Look at Killion style slatted racks with solid two inch
    bottom boards, I think they work wonderful, and are easy to make. Lived...
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    Re: Nuc plans using 2x12 lumber??

    I did over 100 0f them, and Santa has it right. Do at least 7 3/4" ID if not 8" and make sure you use at least 3'' deck
    screws, 4 per corner min. Also don't forget the glue or your sides will split...
  5. Thread: Russian Sage

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    Re: Russian Sage

    Barry- That my favorite plant, blooms well into Sept. Got 2 plants also in my backyard, and you are right it hosts more
    than one type of pollinator.
  6. Thread: Success

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    Re: Success

    The cells I placed in nucs, all of them mated.
  7. Thread: Success

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    Re: Success

    PyroBee- Pickup the book Better Queens by Jay Smith, he basically does a take off on the Miller and Henry Alley
    methods which use new comb for queens. I did it this summer and it works well.
  8. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Yes it is Solomon. The bees are doing the keeping. We are the idiots.
  9. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Lawrence- I'm liking that 80%. Someone else on BS, mentioned no new mite genetics were being brought into their
    yards that were sustainable hives existing with local mites.
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    Re: Question on Queen Excluders

    Marsh- The HD-120 from Mann are just fine. They are ON SALE online only until 8/13.
  11. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Your right guys, its the HOW, not where you are located.
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    squarepeg- Your fourth paragraph hit the nail on the head. Favorable genetics, quality forage, survivors, no artificial feeds,
    and minimal management is basically it for TF.
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    snl - TF is like a queen excluder, when you know how to use the tool it works, when you don't know how to
    use it, it does not work.
  14. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Snowhitsky-Why is Nebraska and other successful TF apiaries not overrun by scientists?
    THERE IS NO MONEY IN THAT DUDE!!
  15. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    JWChesnut
    1. How many hives do you have?
    2. Are they healthy and happy?
    3. Do you treat your hives?
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Stock was from a commercial beek who wintered his bees in Texas. I believe he requeened the
    nucs with Minn. hygienic queens, because when I got them in my first year, they were fiestier, but...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Oldtimer- Thanks for the comments in Post#152. I do want to make a clarification, my bees existed
    in both Wyoming and Wisconsin also, so I would have to disagree with you that my bees survived...
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    Re: Follower board

    Sorry snl, haven't figured out pics yet. Take a piece of 3/8" plywood and cut it 17" long by 9 1/8" high.
    Take a Hoffman style frame and cut right down the middle of the groove on the top bar. Then...
  19. Re: First report of Africanized Bee's in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    You are probably right Roland, they seem to move to all their stores ok, the only way they don't make it is if
    they run out. Hence a few, not many, but enough nasty hives to get rid of.
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    JWC- Varroa is just about everywhere and the bees need to coexist with them in some sort of balance.
    Weakened bees don't do real well against varroa or any other disease without having a proper...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    JWC- I started keeping bees in WY 4years ago and didn't know you had to treat, then moved to central Nebraska.
    Here is my Nebraska prescription for TF bees:

    1. Start with bees.
    2. Hive on large...
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    You are correct Jim on winter survival, NE does have higher temps in winter, which definitely helps me survive
    winter much easier than some other places. I agree there sure are some temp swings...
  23. Re: First report of Africanized Bees in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    Possibility Roland, but the hive came out of Texas as a nuc 2yrs ago. Been really productive, but aggressive and when I
    split the queen out, and they raised a new one, they have gone crazy mean....
  24. Re: First report of Africanized Bees in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    Truly amazing Michael. chuckle, chuckle.
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    Re: Feeding 2:1 Sugar Mix

    If your feeding for nutrition why water and sugar? They make honey for themselves.
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