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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    I got to check one of my yards two days ago. It was too cold to open them up but I put my ear against each of the hives. All thirty had the buzzing sound of a cluster. Still, I worry about how...
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    Re: Would "Bee Quick" help on clothing.

    The title of this post reminds me of a story about the farmer, Burton, where I have an outyard. He had another beekeeper on his property in the past that couldn't harvest his sourwood crop because...
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    Re: Which pollen do you prefer and why

    I really like the Sundance bottom traps. They produce a very clean pollen and are easy to access. I have the ones with the rear drawer, so I can walk through the yard quickly and pull out drawers...
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    Re: Top feeder sealant

    I use clear silicon caulk to seal all the joints/corners in my top feeders. I've never had an issue with bees chewing the caulk. Nor have I had any drowning issues...plenty of hardware cloth for...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    In more than two words, Sundance traps are designed to be inefficient, trapping only about 50% of the pollen and leaving the rest for the bees.
  6. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    That reminds me of a strong message I took to heart from Ted Hooper's book Guide to Bees and Honey (from the U.K.) Paraphrasing, he considered bee "owners" as anti-social, negligent, and...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    I sell it frozen in 1lb and 2lb jars (honey weight--pollen is about half that). I collect it daily and spread it out on a white plastic board. Then, while wearing 3X reader glasses, I carefully...
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    Re: Anyone had AFB problem in Mid-Tenn

    How often (or rarely) does that happen?
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    Re: March Packages vs. Later

    I got 8 packages last March and all 8 queens were killed--three were able to lay some eggs before they were killed. I got 50 more packages in May and all but three queens were accepted. No more...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    I'm selling my pollen wholesale for $12/lb and $18/lb retail. There seems to be lots of potential for pollen sales.
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    Re: Frames for mini-nucs; wild hair idea?

    I do like Dan from Pine Ridge, but with 5-frame mediums. I put them on my nucs and let them draw out the foundation (rite cell). It makes it easy to stock mating nucs. After the last queens are...
  12. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    ...and pre-varroa times!
  13. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I prescribe to the quote "Hard work is fun, when improvement is evident." I started keeping bees in 1977 with two packages from Sears. I'm still loving it and find the harder I work the more fun I...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    8 below F here this morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia.
  15. Re: alternative covering for telescoping outer cover.

    I looked at my sheet metal thickness (gauge) chart for aluminum. It only goes down to .0056, which translates to 35 gauge. The sheets you have are probably 37 or 38 gauge. That really is thin! By...
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    Nectar sugar content

    Where can I find a table that lists the sugar content for all the blossoms that might be visited by honeybees? I remember seeing one a few decades ago, but haven't been able to find it again.
  17. Re: Age old question of Italians or Carny's, cold weather climate

    You could get the Italian nuc, then requeen it with a Carnie queen. That would help increase its chances of making it through the winter.
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    How does its thickness compare to that of regular aluminum flashing?
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    I plan to make my splits in the middle of April.
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    I use 14" aluminum flashing for my mating nucs and cut it with a razor knife...just score and bend. For my production hives I use 24" trim coil. It's more expensive, but is nearly indestructible. ...
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    Re: Migratory covers

    I had a half sheet of Advantech left over from a job that I just left on the ground outside my shop. About once every year or so I would flip it over. After a decade it was still solid. It's been...
  22. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    I have this book and also love it! I've read that some folks are put off by the index--listing plants by latin name, but I haven't found it to be any bother. I highly recommend this book to any...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    Referring to the question in the OP, I raise queens for sale and wait until I see capped brood to ship them.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    I took the same advice with packages last spring and ended up cooking nine of them on an unseasonably, and unexpectedly, warm day. I'm still haunted from the vision of all those dead bees.
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    Re: Greetings from NC

    Welcome aboard and best of luck.
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