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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Wife doesn't care what the yard looks like? :scratch:
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I thought the lead shot used to hunt waterfowl was considered the culprit in the eagle decline here?

    You mean we have been shooting the high priced steel loads for decades now when it was DDT all...
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    I built this walnut door salvaged from a 14' long 10" x 14" beam out of a Missouri Mule barn that was built in the 1860's.

    The beam was cut well out from the center of the tree and had no sap...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Thanks Dick

    That is far and away the most complicated paragraph I have ever read.

    Cheers.


    Don
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    Re: Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast

    Good job on the first two, will listen to the others, thanks.

    Say how come you sound like a great guy in your podcasts, but come off like a prick on beesource? ;)

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  6. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    :thumbsup:



    If you figure that one out let the rest of us know how.




    You've done well Mike, you've got a good plan and have also executed it well.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    + 1, Great advise Peg
  8. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    I think what your seeing in your bees is just the normal shut down thrifty colonies/queens make in response to a dearth. Probably has been going on for a million years. Just so happens these brood...
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    Re: Mite levels

    Why are your bees on a "natural brood break"?


    Don
  10. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    Sorry Mark, you're right. Don
  11. Thread: Mite levels

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    Re: Mite levels

    Responding to the original post.

    I have mites.

    Early July natural fall mite counts generally run 10 - 20 in a 24 hour period. Sugar shake samples generally show a 1 - 5% infestation.

    Then...
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    Re: Mite levels

    I think you are correct.



    It's called production. Population is where it's at when it comes to maximizing honey production or pollination.


    Don
  13. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    I've found it works best to always quote the total job so there are no surprises when finished. I know I lose a job now and then upfront to somebody cheaper, but I hardly ever have any issues getting...
  14. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Thanks for taking all the abuse and hanging in there Michael.


    Don
  15. Thread: Hive swarming

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    Re: Hive swarming

    Frank,

    Trying to force bees doesn't work so well, works a lot better if they want to stay.

    Here is what works for me, in no particular order:
    Shade
    Wide open entrance, don't confine them...
  16. Re: Walmart colander with bucket brackets for straining honey

    If they are the vegetable strainer size I think they are they don't fit in a five gallon bucket.

    They do work good though for straining into a large jar canning pot.

    Don
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    Re: Doing a cutout this weekend

    3 Points,

    1st - Late to be doing cutouts, would the barn owner wait till spring? I do a lot of cutouts and dealing with new cutouts this late in the season after the removal is very challenging. ...
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    Re: No way to reach the bees! What to do?

    This ^^^^

    Go through the wall or ceiling on the inside to get to them.

    When I have to go through the roof, I start at the fascia, remove as much as I can reach, then cut back the edge of the...
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    Re: Wichita Falls, TX bee attack...

    McManus absolutely kills me, I thinks I have read all his stories 3 or 4 times and read them to our grandchildren.

    I fish often out of a canoe and more often then not have a kid along. His story...
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    Re: The mess that's left after a cutout

    I do my best to contain the mess as I work, placing heavy plastic or a tarp directly under the cutout to catch the running honey. This time of the year when the colonies are loaded and a lot of it is...
  21. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Good to know, thanks for the tip.

    I don't really care about SC per say, I just find it as a very nice reference to quickly know when I've caught feral swarms. Like the business card tip, I'll...
  22. Thread: My duck dog!

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    Re: My duck dog!

    Say you sure have funny gravity in New York. ;) Nice looking pup.

    Beekeeping supports my hunting passion!
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Well said
  24. Thread: Bee Art

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    Re: Bee Art

    They will be interesting to watch, a couple are very close to my work and one is close to my home. I'll go by and check them next spring to see how they fared the winter. They should be able to make...
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    Re: Cut out of two hives

    You certainly earned your money on those two colonies, good work. Post up some pictures next time.


    For big high jobs I use ladder jacks and walk-boards, get's dangerous working off of ladders...
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