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  1. Re: Question about dovetails using a Porter Cable jig

    We make 100's boxes per year with Porter Cable jig. We use it for 1/2" box joints. Use the straight comb. You will have to use one side for stop for ends and the other side for sides. We use 2 jigs...
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    Re: Groeb Farms Goes Bankrupt

    I sent in my ballot today. Can't say I'm in favor of seeing them continue. Looks like the little guys aren't going to get back much if anything. Feel a bad for them but I don't see any point in...
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    Re: Groeb Farms Goes Bankrupt

    Over the past several weeks since Groeb filed for bankruptcy I have been getting letters and documents from the lawyers handling the case. Has everyone else been getting these also? Today was a...
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    Re: Hutterite beekeepers and treatment?

    rhaldridge,
    I do not know about all Amish, Mennonite, or Hutterites but I know some have no problem using pesticides or antibiotics. Unfortunately some of them do not read or follow the directions...
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    Re: New member from Maine

    Welcome!
  6. Re: BT Bacillus thuringiensis not trouble free

    Most do not have a clue especially when it comes to anything labeled "organic". I know one guy who bought BT at the feed store to treat an insect it is not labeled for and may not have any effect on....
  7. Re: BT Bacillus thuringiensis not trouble free

    From what I have been hearing this summer it sounds like a lot of the backyard "organic" gardeners have been using Bt in some form to treat just about everything. Local farm supply has been selling a...
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    Re: Over wintering nucs.

    We make a lot of nucs to over winter usually we plan for 2 5 frame deeps each but have overwintered single 5 frame nucs with good results. We do feed very well in Sept to be sure they have enough...
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    Re: how's your summer

    We too have been having way too much rain. Bees have been filling supers surprisingly well. They are not capping much though. I assume it is do to too much moisture. Would like to start pulling...
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    Re: marking queens

    I have been using the paint pens for a while now. The water based do not last nearly as long. I have gone to using mostly fluorescent colors which show up nicely. We use several colors based on the...
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    Re: Enjoying our Black Locusts

    Our locust just starting to bloom here last 2 days. Unfortunately we are getting pounded with rain tonight. Hope it doesn't completely ruin the bloom this year. Last year was completely washed out...
  12. Re: Best cold winter combo: Double deep or deep/medium?

    We are in Maine and we use 2 deeps and sometimes 2 deep plus a super. I have a couple that we ran as a deep and medium, it worked but not my preferred option.
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    Re: First Graft

    Nice job! Your off to a good start.
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    Re: Whats a guy to do?

    Bill, I was in a similar situation 30 years ago, not bees. I was hired as a herdsman on a dairy farm right out of college. The farmer was 70+ and reportedly looking for a young person to come in and...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    [QUOTE=tommysnare;944111][QUOTE=Aerindel;942763]When the pro treatment guys stop having 30%+ losses I'll start treating.

    We treat with Formic acid. Over the past 4 years full hive losses have...
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    Re: When can beekeepers start to Graft?

    Ben Little your still a bit further north than us. We started grafting last week. Second graft tomorrow. We had drones last week and definately more this week in our hives. 1st batch had about 50%...
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    Re: favorite queen for grafting so far

    Nice job Lauri. I just grafted our first batch yesterday. I like your mating nuc setup. Did you make your own frames for them?
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    Re: How to transport a new hive ?

    Sounds like you are buying nucs and he is transfering them into your boxes for you. We do the same here for people. Make sure you have the rest of the frames to fill the hive bodies when he installs...
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    Re: Dedicated thread for advantech

    In our day jobs we have a construction business. We have been using Advantec for over 15 years as a subfloor. It is heavy and tough and will hold up for a while when exposed to moisture. It will...
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    Re: Insulating only three sides a problem?

    Most of our hives get insulation on 2 sides. The sunniest 2 sides just get tar paper. Some hives may get 3 sides depending on thier location. I believe that the sun warming the tar paper may help...
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    Re: 2012 Dieback Already?

    Back to the original question. Though not from commercial operations but several beekeepers have lost hives in the past few weeks near us. I never saw them but they claimed they were really strong...
  22. Re: Poaching swarms by traping/ beek respectiful

    bees1st, What is your thought on a landowner catching swarms from rented hives pollenating his blueberries? My first thought when I heard about it was it didn't seem quite right, but when the...
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    Re: Which Jacket?

    I use the BrushyMT jacket with veil and really like it. I have never been stung thru it.
  24. Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    I was using a similar marker to the latex Sharpie earlier this summer. The fluorescent green was easy to spot but the paint just didn't last well. Two queens I marked twice with the latex and finally...
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    Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    I had some in 3 frame mating nucs this summer and the virgin queens were nearly impossible to find but 2 weeks later they were laying and easy to find.
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