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    Re: Multiplying Colony Numbers

    i have a friend who tells me every year how much money he thinks he can make on bees. he's just sure there is money in it. he is sure he can sell nucs.

    but the truth is there isn't any more money...
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    Re: CCD? Try heavy feeding and a mite treatment.

    bump
  3. Thread: Winterloss?

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    Re: Winterloss?

    Jim talks about,"poorly mated queens, handling loss (at least to migratory operations) issues such as robbing, second matings gone awry because hives were moved and whatever," but

    I dont think...
  4. Re: swarming, superseding and requeening full colonies with lots of old workers

    Not sure what your weather has been like but you could also try feeding while introducing the new q and/or cell.
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    Re: CCD? Try heavy feeding and a mite treatment.

    Hey Jim,

    You wrote this morning in the "rethinking nutrition" thread, "Well I do a lot of feeding and I, in fact, have quite a few hives that have derived as much as 90% of their carbohydrates...
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    CCD? Try heavy feeding and a mite treatment.

    I see arguments between beekeepers who shouldn't bee arguing.

    Number one. If you don't take care of mites the bees will succumb, some sooner some later. Good enough.

    But now we have this...
  7. Re: Does anyone have opinions on the Dadant LIQUIDATOR?

    The instructions say you dont have to worry about getting all of the wax off the sides and bottom of the tank before bottling but you will probably find that the reality is that some of the wax has...
  8. Re: Does anyone have opinions on the Dadant LIQUIDATOR?

    I bought one of these this year. I'd say its like having one reallly good adjustable wrench to do all your nut tightening jobs; workable but not ideal.

    It is not water jacketed. Basically you're...
  9. Thread: the jump

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    Re: the jump

    Maybe not inaccessability so much as seclusion. Out of sight out of mind. I like a spot thats right in the middle of everything but that nobody knows is there.
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    Re: i came up with a wonderful idea...

    I have to agree. Take out a frame or two, work in the empty space. :doh:

    BTW the bees would have done the same thing with a super of empty drawn WAX comb, just as fast. Are we really so...
  11. Black Locust unworked - W cubed, your thoughts?

    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/walt-wright/do-you-get-black-locust-in-the-supers/

    Just read this as I was looking for more info on the black locust and what factors account for its nectar...
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    Re: Swarm Cells - What to do?

    Well, What everyone said is pretty much what I expected. Is there anything that can be done to keep the strength of the original hive up?

    You can kill the original queen and all but ONE of the...
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    Re: Ha, I can't lift my deep

    Ummm.
    Well.
    Nevermind.
  14. Re: dealing with comb hanging from inner cover

    You could let them fill it with honey and then harvest the honey and the wax. They probably have some brood there but will backfill with honey as it emerges and they push momma down. They might very...
  15. Thread: Mead.

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    Re: Mead.

    I'll trade you a case for some dynamite. I will also take an exotic and endangered animal or some chinese honey. :lookout:
  16. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    Holy cow I just reread this post. Of course they drew drone comb, they had a 14-16 combs of worker comb drawn already. Given the option where you gave it they said, "Oh cool, lets raise some dudes,...
  17. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    Odfrank

    Furter

    It seems a little odd to me that they drew ALL drone comb...

    How did this colony end up? Did you give them worker comb and find that momma laid them up with nice plump lady...
  18. Thread: Brood question

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    Re: Brood question

    I would be.
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    Re: protecting equipment in storage

    I freeze, then stack so as to keep them out. Using duct tape to seal up cracks where moths and mice can get in. I also check them periodically.

    If you put them away without live eggs or moths and...
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    Re: 70% loss this spring

    It probably was varroa.

    They eat bee blood and kill colonies. Sort of their MO.

    You don't need to treat.

    You need to make splits.

    Lots and lots of splits.
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    Re: Advice Please - Resurrecting a "salvage" hive

    PS.... those boxes don't look so bad... :lookout:
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    Re: Advice Please - Resurrecting a "salvage" hive

    According to his book LL Langstroth made most of his increase by drumming artificial swarms.

    I'll drum one up once we get some nice weather and post a thread, maybe with a video. For the record I...
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    Re: My idea, what do you think?

    Budster seems pretty concerned about NOT taking advantage of people. At least as I read the post. As far as the questions.... time will tell.
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    Then again though... I dont know much about virginia keeping... so shake some salt on that advice.
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    I would pull the fumi. Then I would pull off a super full of this sugar syrup honey (somebody will object to me calling it honey while munching on a granola bar made with honey :lookout:) from each...
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