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  1. Thread: AFB or EFB?

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    Re: AFB or EFB?

    Follow up on this thread for anyone who is interested. I had the state bee inspector for my area come out this evening and look at my colonies. He inspected probably half of them including some of...
  2. Thread: AFB or EFB?

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    Re: AFB or EFB?

    Michael,

    Thanks for this reply, I just read that the other day in TH&THB. I tried getting a hold of the state inspector through the county extension office and she has had this whole week off and...
  3. Thread: AFB or EFB?

    by Moon
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    AFB or EFB?

    I started a bunch of new colonies at the start of June with a frame of brood and a new queen. All of these hives were started out in a 10 frame deep with 2-3 frames of pollen, 4-5 frames of honey,...
  4. Re: Thought swarming, slow queen, LOTS of dead bees, HELP!

    I've read through some of your other posts and I'm not trying to be condescending when I say this but I think you need to take a step back, do a couple deep breaths, and relax. You've gone from a...
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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    Definitely this. Unexplained problem? Don't look any further, blame the chemical boogeyman for all your problems.
  6. Thread: Honey Prices

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    Re: Honey Prices

    $7 - 1# in plastic squeeze
    $8 - 1# glass jar
    $10 - 1# Muth jar
    $10 - 1# Chunk comb honey
    $15 - 2# Glass
    $20 - 3# Jug
    $7 - 4oz Honey butter (1/2 pint)
    $3 - Bees wax lip balm (5 different...
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    Re: Quick multiplication questions

    I'm kind of in the same boat as you right now wholesomedirt with trying to increase numbers with limited resources. I just made up 10 splits on a day that was to cold for it with hives that didn't...
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    Re: Double Deep Dead, Single alive

    How did your singles over winter this year?
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    I had 20 something packages 2 summers ago I installed and got ~600# surplus off of them. My first year I had 5 packages I installed and not only did I not get any honey off of them I had to feed the...
  10. Re: Time to change the signature line in the interests of full disclosure

    I feel for you Salty. I went from 50 to 8. Was a humbling winter. Have no one to blame but myself though so that makes it easier, kind of ;)

    Start of a new year with new opportunities though.
  11. Re: Smallest population you can start a colony with

    Thanks for the advice cheezer. I'm going to try what you outlined here. Fall starts setting in around late September mid-October here. I think I could continue doing this up through the end of...
  12. Re: Smallest population you can start a colony with

    The only concern I have with this is allowing the bees to raise their own queens. That's ~ 45+ days of a hive without a queen laying eggs. The season here is far to short for that amount of time...
  13. Smallest population you can start a colony with

    So,

    This winter kicked my back side and humbled me in ways I don't feel like getting into in this thread. The long and short of it is I went into the winter with between 40-50 colonies and now...
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    Re: Winter movement of cluster within hive.

    You definitely can do that but I don't have the experience to recommend a best course of action for doing it. What sticks out in my mind reading your post WBVC is putting an irregular size frame in...
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    Re: Excited to start year number two

    Congrats on your first year and good luck on your second xroads! If I can make a suggestion that you'll hopefully take with several grains of salt it would be not to try and over split your hive. ...
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    Re: Winter movement of cluster within hive.

    This is anecdotal, but Vance hit the nail on the head with my past experiences. Last year I had at least a dozen colonies that refused to move into the lower deep and rather than swapping the upper...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    Where to begin? How to go about doing it? Is there any literature on how to do this properly and what to be looking for or is this a, you'll learn when you're older/more experienced?

    I have no...
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    Re: Two hives down only two to Go!!!

    Don't lose heart, the late January weather decimated my colonies. I had approximately 35 out of 40 alive start of January, yesterday when I checked I have nine colonies left. 9 out of 40. We had...
  19. Thread: february panic

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    Re: february panic

    This is what did my nuc's in last January and it probably did it again this year. Checked them two weeks ago, had 8 nucleus colonies alive in 45F temperature, over the course of the last two weeks...
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    Re: How to clean a deadout???

    What about comb where the bees have defecated all over the top bars? Last year I sanded all of the ones down that were like that with a palm sander but what a pain in the donkey.
  21. Thread: Cost of pine?

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    Re: Cost of pine?

    I thought I read somewhere it is almost better to have the interior of the box rough. If the texture of the wood is coarse the bees will cover it with propolis to smooth it out, in essence wouldn't...
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    Re: Skills you want to develop in '14

    I'm doing a class for i.i. this year so I'd like to be pretty proficient at that by the end of 14, I'd also like to learn the best assay's for selecting genetics in an effort to breed for the...
  23. Re: Where to buy lumber? Mill, store, etc? Please post

    Minz, unless I'm reading that graph wrong the 4/4 ponderosa pine I got that was marked 12-31 will be useable within 35 days. That's going off of the drying time for Denver, CO (that seems to be the...
  24. Re: Where to buy lumber? Mill, store, etc? Please post

    I've got five of those wide nylon tie down straps you use for tying down loads on a trailer wrapped around them and sucked up pretty tight, that oughtta work ehh?
  25. Re: Where to buy lumber? Mill, store, etc? Please post

    I wonder how having it in a garage that is partially heated with a fan will affect it? Someone mentioned picking up a MC reader and testing it before cutting. I'm hoping by April it'll be workable...
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