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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    Well, that's different!
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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    Does it matter whether a really insignificant albeit mouthy segment of the population feels about eating honey?
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    Re: Just bee heads outside the entrance?

    Shrews, I have had one make its way into a deadout and eat all the bees and not chew any wax. Or it could have been that revolution.
  4. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    If the Russians were more popular and in demand by buyers, the people breeding them would be more widespread and they would rapidly get cheaper. The reason they are not popular as many people had...
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    Re: Dead Bees In Front of Hive

    During the warm weather they hauled out the dead, said a brief service, it got cold and they are clustered.
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    Re: Buckfast Queen source

    Strachan sold me Caucasians a couple weeks ago and the earliest availability then was June 10th.
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    Re: Making your own drone comb for DHCs

    Anytime after your swarm season is close, put a foundationless frame in a strong colony between two frames of brood and the bees will draw it out all drone comb and the bees will raise a whole frame...
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    It was 36.1 cents a pound in twenty five pound bags jus the other day. Is it going to go way up? I may bought a lot last fall but will need more for this spring which is coming fast.
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    Today a beekeeping acquaintance brought a couple dead outs for me look at. One was a small population with lots of mite droppings. Multiple ones in worker cells where bees had emerged. The other...
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    Re: Spray Sugar Water instead of Smoke

    A little cool smoke just does no harm and works so well. Why ignore 8000 years of success?
  11. Thread: Foundation

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    Re: Foundation

    I remember seeing the odd aluminum frame in the equipment of Mr Black an 85 year old commercial beekeeper I worked for early in my apprenticeship. I desperately wanted one to collect and just have...
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    Re: Feeding shim thickness

    I run old supers thru my table saw and get three about 2 1/2. I shave off the mushy edges to make them flat. I like that thickness as I can put half a 25 pound bag of sugar in it or a full baggie...
  13. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    I agree that your population was probably small and that chances are was caused by mites. But sometimes if the temperature drops suddenly, the bees do not have a chance to get clustered before they...
  14. Thread: Moonbeam stock

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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    BUT I DID!!!! Have no fond memories of those.
  15. Thread: Moonbeam stock

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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Those were the days! The stuff that dreams are made of! A Field of Dreams for beekeepers, not dead baseball players. I would still like it if Santa would bring me those moonbeams I ordered and...
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    Re: starting over with old hive

    Sorry about the losses. First thing always is to make sure that the bees did not die of a brood disease. If any of the frames have dead capped brood I would not put them in the hive until the...
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    Re: Swapping brood boxes

    When is your swarming season? The month before it starts I would reverse and put that empty on the top to head off the swarm impulse, at least it will help. Good luck. Vance
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    May 15th
  19. Re: Please explain the relationship between almonds/packages/midwest delivery

    The nucs I get that were raised on Almond pollen and nectar are screamin healthy and vigorous. I need to go out and check the melted snowbanks today and see if I have enough wintered hives alive...
  20. Re: Will the bees complete sealing the unsealed honey in the spring

    They won't mix different nectars or honeys in the same cell is my belief. This in my opinion results in uncapped cured honey that is so dry it is hard to extract out of the cell. I have had some...
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    WTB nucs or packages

    Looking for 100 nucs or packages within a days drive from Great Falls Mt. Delivery early April to first of May. Please PM me what you have, available date and price. Or if your advertising just...
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    Re: Top entrance size

    My top entrances on my home made covers are a hinged piece that is a bee wide to three inches wide. In the heat of the summer and the honey flow, I sometimes use my pre forklift style migratory...
  23. Re: On choosing a wax foundation and an appropriate frame

    It is not fun when frames and foundation don't fit having had that problem. The plastic is just too easy? I would call ML or your chosen supplier and ask them to give you the correct matching...
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    Deeps are cheaper to run. I am only sixty four and when I am old I may switch to mediums. I don't like mediums in the brood nest because you have a third more frames to deal with. A third more to...
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    If the insulation on top is adequate, the snow will melt off the top after the snow on the ground! Not having top insulation is just plain malfeasance and neglect in prolonged sub freezing...
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