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  1. Re: Extractor Made from 201 Stainless vs 304 Stainless

    Considering they were made out of galvanized for years and many of those are still around, I think you'll be fine.
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    Re: Feeding shim thickness

    one medium when I need to feed dry sugar. Otherwise, nothing.
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    The bees like it better and I'm au naturale anyway.
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    I feed in gallon buckets on top of the hive. I use migratory tops and each one has a 2" hole in the center. When I'm not feeding a scrap of wood covers the hole and the bees propolize it down. I...
  5. Thread: Mapping App

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    Re: Mapping App

    Google Earth, Google Maps, Bing, MapQuest all have satellite view available. Different ones will have data from different times. Some will be winter, some will be summer, some will be old, some...
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    Re: Hot Hive Re-Queening?

    As prolific as that hive is, you may want to put the old queen in a nuc permanently. Just use her to draw wax and make brood to boost your other hives. Keep pulling brood and feeding in empty...
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    Re: Hot Hive Re-Queening?

    Divide and conquer. Grab each box off of the hive and walk away with it. Scatter them around the area, one box to a location. When you remove the last box, place an empty box at the original...
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    Re: Stuff to make or build

    The frame jig is the most useful thing of all.
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    Stuff to make or build

    Repost of one of my old posts for the newbees.

    Since spring is fast approaching and a lot of new beekeepers come here looking for help, I thought I would start a thread with ideas that work for...
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    Re: Radial Extractors - Best bang for the buck?

    It depends on how much honey you have to extract. Usually the best bang for the buck is a used one. Extractors get used one or two days a year for most people. They effectively never wear out. My...
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    Re: Restrictions on selling homemade woodenware?

    It should be the same as any other small business. Check with the county tax office or a local CPA.
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    Re: Use of Queen cell incubator

    Here is another approach to incubating queen cells using the hive for heat and humidity...
    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/incubator/
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    Re: How many brood Chambers for dallas tx

    3 to 5 would be my guess, but I don't limit my queens. Let them lay all they want.
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    Re: Farm Field and Round Up

    Remember that soybeans and corn get sprayed for insects at times. Let the farmer know your bees are there.
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    Re: Overwintering Mediums

    I usually try to get them up to at least 8 frames in a 10 frame box with a decent population.
    I have carried 5 frames over in a mild winter with feeding.
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    My ventilation consists of a nearby twig snapped off and stuck under one corner of my plywood top. Works great.
  17. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    I didn't get a lot of advice, but the best advice I can give is to read Michael Bush.

    From Michael, the best advice was all mediums.
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    I started with 3 and it worked out well. With 2, you never really know if you have one average and one slow, or one average and one great. With 3, usually 2 out of 3 will be similar. It also gives...
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    Re: what would you do?

    I had no problem at all selling mediums. I think it makes sense to sell 10 frame medium singles as starter hives. I find most people buying nucs are just starting out and find the equipment side...
  20. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Interesting, but doesn't at all match my experience with 15 years of foundationless TF. I average about 10% losses. I wonder if the emphasis on splitting is a factor. Weak hives die more...
  21. Re: Your preference for winter feeding: dry sugar OR fondant

    Sugar is sugar to the bees. it doesn't matter if it is dissolved in water as syrup or fed dry with the moisture coming from respiration. It's still sugar to the bee's body. They are both emergency...
  22. Re: Large beehive causing a buzz in Robertson County, KY

    I see a few each year around here.
  23. Re: Mountain Spin-Off Method ? Has anyone tried this ?

    Same with Mountain Camp and you don't need to make bricks.
  24. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    All mediums allows you to move frames where ever you need to. If the brood chamber gets honey bound, just move them up. Too much drone comb, move them up and they become honey storage. Mediums...
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    Re: North Texas and Lumber

    Phillips Lumber Mill, Dekalb, tx. It is really in Avery, but Dekalb is the closest of any size.
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