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    Re: 3 or 4 mediums?

    I think 3 would be enough. that's about the same as two deeps. here in upstate ny we run ours in 2 but they go to sc for the winter. 4 will give slightly stronger hives in the spring. If you don't...
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    Re: Initial Setup Questions...

    any screen will not keep mites out. the theory is if a mite falls off a bee they cant get back up thru the screen. as far as the hole in the handhold is that some beekeeper like to grab a handful of...
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    Re: sweet clover differences

    I don't think there is a difference in taste but both will be mixed together anyway. a couple of acres will benefit the bees. many plant a few plants to help their bees but all they are doing is make...
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    Re: Can I rearrange frames?

    you could move some up. don't separate brood as this hurts the hive. never split the brood nest. If you move frames up keep at least 2-3 frames together. the worst thing you can do is put fdn or...
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    Re: Location for Extraction

    If your single use the the kitchen. If your married you will soon be single. when you say open barn you have to have a bee proof area. otherwise you will learn all about robbing. I would put up a...
  6. Re: Beetle Baffle...Anyone running it? What are your results?

    any strong hive can handle shb. when a hive gets weak is when problems start.
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    Re: Hello from central Maine

    beekeeping today means learning every day. nobody realized how easy it was before we had mites. good luck
  8. Re: Move my two new hives for Sourwood flow?

    I'm sure they are not strong enough to produce a surplus. they wouldl continue to build up good but the expense can not be justified.
  9. Re: Need help ID a 45 Frame Extractor (pics)

    on the speed control it picks up that drive to change speeds. maybe its setup on the shaft. it has to slide easy. don't mess with the drive. rather than leather I think its really made from...
  10. Re: Need help ID a 45 Frame Extractor (pics)

    years ago the camcoat that Kelly used to sell was white and then it was changed to clear so its very possible the white is camcoat.
  11. Re: Need help ID a 45 Frame Extractor (pics)

    also there used to be a band brake w/handle under the drive.
  12. Re: Need help ID a 45 Frame Extractor (pics)

    It is a 45 frame root. the handle under the motor is neutral/drive. the speed control on the left is 4 speeds. down is slowest and high on top. the tension of the vertical steel drive is adjusted by...
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    Re: should I combine?

    ?????
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    Re: should I combine?

    If you give them a frame of brood without bees to take care of it and keep it warm you just threw away that frame.
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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    I would also go for woodchuck. do they have them in montana? great excuse now to buy that game camera. lol
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    Re: should I combine?

    try to save the weak hive. the advise to reverse hives may be best. its still early as to give them time to build up. if I was doing it I would give them a frame from the other but you have to very...
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    Re: Extractor lid

    if its flat take it to a glass shop or buy a piece and make your own.
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    Re: Extractor lid

    probably off the wall answer but try mann lake.
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    Re: Basswood - reliable nectar source?

    here in upstate ny if we get 1 good flow every 3 yrs we are doing good. as jim says it is very dependent on the weather.
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    Re: Interstate Hauling of equipment

    gross means total. that includes everything when on a scale. they don't know what a trailer would weigh. when a tractor trailer drives on a scale 80.000 lbs is the basic limit. they don't care at all...
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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    anyone that follows the advice of acebird will learn beekeeping the hard way. lol
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    Re: Interstate Hauling of equipment

    bmac in ny we have a ram 3500 and freightliner f70. we go to sc every winter. we can use either truck with our agr plate. no state sales tax needs to be paid to register the truck or trailer. they...
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    Re: What is pollination on shares?

    how about asking the guy that made the offer?
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    bees die in the winter if they run out of food. If you run them in one deep you have to baby them more. probably feed extra syrup, etc. having them in two gives you a little buffer for better...
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    what can go wrong if the gov is involved. lol
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