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    Re: Burlap in Nova Scotia

    Are you using the burlap for smoker fuel? If so you might try cut up old blue jeans or 100% cotton t shirts. Cost=free.
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    Funny that there are differences in local practices within the same Commonwealth! Here in tidewater the norm is a 5 frame nuc. I haven't heard of anyone selling 4 or 3 frames. Yet. I wouldn't...
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    Re: Thwarting a Swarm

    I actually had a hive today that was making a lot of cups. I elected to go ahead and do a shook swarm and see how it went. Miraculously, one of my mentees saw the queen quickly and we were off to...
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    Re: Thwarting a Swarm

    I'm also in Va., but haven't found a capped cell. Yet. I had a hive today that I thought might be getting ready...I split the living daylights out of it.

    One technique you might want to look...
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    A Very Neat Insulated Nuc Box

    Folks: our own Mike Banyai has a cool design for insulated nucs using that foamboard insulation you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes. Its also very cheap.

    Here are some photos:

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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    1. The good news is we'll have varroa under control.
    2. The bad news is we'll have large hive beetles to take their place.
    3. Bees will still be here but most commercial beekeepers won't.
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    Re: What bee suits you?

    Local mutts. The best adapted bees to the area. Who knows what they're descended from?
  8. Re: Pay your state bee fees! I was a fugitive from justice

    For bees and bee diseases you can send your samples directly to the USDA bee lab in Beltsville MD. The testing is free. Relatively fast turnaround, too.
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    There is no registration of bees in Virginia, except if you take state funds to start your hives. No beekeeping taxes either. We all know that the next step after registration is confiscation. They...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    Walt: a couple of questions about your methodology:

    - Can I get away with using foundation instead of drawn comb to CB? If not, what do you think the difference is.
    -Do you CB again when you add...
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    Mike: I'll PM you in a moment. One thing that I have heard of as a problem with these is the bees will chew on the material. Do you plan to paint or otherwise treat the insides?
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    Mike: I very much want to try those out. But my reason is a little different. It occurs to me that you might be able to cut the pieces using a utility knife and a straightedge, eliminating most of...
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    Re: Where do you order your bees?

    Apis maximus...sure. Go ahead and use the tagline. The fewer people who use packages, the better in my estimation. Nothing against the package sellers per se, they're meeting a demand. I just think...
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    Re: Where do you order your bees?

    Yup, I get my bees from me too. My four hives from last year ended up becoming 12. Plus I sold and gave away a few. And I'm certain I lost a couple swarms on top of it. Your double nuc methodology...
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    Re: Palmer Double Nuc

    I too tried the double nucs last year. And let me thank you Michael for the insights here and on various videos.

    By and large I really liked them. They worked very well as "brood factories" and...
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    Re: Thumbs up to Better Bee

    Hi Cloverdale: I had sort of mixed results. Walk away splits do not seem to do so well. But if you can put two queenright nucs next to each other then they go hog wild in producing brood. I was...
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    I think squarepeg pretty much nailed it. I'm agnostic with regards to treating for mites. I think it makes sense for starting beeks with one or a few hives. For those who have lots more and can...
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    Re: Where do you order your bees?

    I would agree with and amplify Dr Lonzo's comments. Almost all packages come from Georgia and as my signature indicates, I'm NOT a fan of packages. While there are some places such as Alaska where...
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    Re: Thumbs up to Better Bee

    I started using betterbee last year for 4 frame nucs ala Michael Palmer. Very thick wood, good quality. These nuc boxes will outlive me. A very good company to deal with.
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    Re: Bees like to watch baseball

    As do the bee clubs in Tidewater. Lots of publicity along with new beeks who are hungry for swarms.
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Oh you already had some beeks attention at minimizing swarming. I'm giving CB a shot this year. Last year I had several who wanted to swarm like crazy. Essentially quadrupled my hives as a result....
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    Re: Working with chainsaw around hives

    I mow right in front of my hives. I haven't had any problems. Don't know about a chainsaw. I suppose that so long as it isn't very close, the bees won't care. You can power the thing up and rev it up...
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    Re: Wax and Wood vs. Plastic

    Everybody has their preference on frames. My preference is not to spend time building frames. Too many other ways to spend to spend my time. The Mann Lake plastic and wood frames are not expensive,...
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    Re: Quick look today in East Tn...

    Great thing is that you can multiply that and have several more hives next year.
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    Not at all surprising. Bees from Georgia are great for Georgia. Seems the best bees from a survival perspective are the local mutts. Plus its a lot cheaper to split your own hives than to buy a...
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