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    I am interested to hear what anyone has to say. ...

    I am interested to hear what anyone has to say.

    winters would be tough.
    edit: sorry, not thinking "temperature controlled". "florida" I don't know...
    our observation hive just barley pulled...
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    befriending bumblebees by u of MN

    befriending bumblebees by u of MN
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    frasier auction service

    http://www.farmauctionguide.com/cgi-bin/fraser.cgi?sec=v&type=s
    search = beekeepers
  4. Thread: frames

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    yes, you are correct white wax was probably only...

    yes, you are correct white wax was probably only used to store honey, ydllow maybe limited brood, it gets darker the more it has been used for raising brood.

    as long as you are confident -- no...
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    6 5/8" boxes We don't have much of a fall flow...

    6 5/8" boxes

    We don't have much of a fall flow but it is possible that there were just too many bees in some of them fall... i didn't see any sign of late swarms

    Many of my full size colonies...
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    syrup on frame

    re: spraying syrup on frame---

    do you have a box setup to do this and keep down the mess, or? what kind of sprayer?

    if you are shaking 3 lb on a deep full of (mostly) empty comb, how much...
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    lots of small clusters

    Had decent survival in 5 frm divided westerns (60-70%)
    and not so great in a few divided deeps.

    took all the losses in the spring, most/all were alive a month and a half ago. tough spring...
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    We have a (indoor here at least for the winters)...

    We have a (indoor here at least for the winters) dwarf pomegranate. Not certain if it is the same variety but it does fruit but not really eddible. May-be try raintree I have a few other unusual...
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    I was just recently looking into this- -Miksa...

    I was just recently looking into this-

    -Miksa in FL does most of their business in queen cells
    -Purvis brothers in GA will ship cells
    -Tim at honeyrun apiaries will ship them
    -pegjam (northern...
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    bwrangler- looked at the ultimate tbh on your web...

    bwrangler- looked at the ultimate tbh on your web site... quick question- how do you glue in plastic foundation starter strips to wood top bars?

    thank you!
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    I have done this. I like it. They always get...

    I have done this. I like it. They always get attention and no need for a trellis.

    just start your seeds in really little containers, transplant through the drainage holes in standard hanging...
  12. Thread: Hazlenut pollen

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    this is our earliest (major-ish) source of pollen...

    this is our earliest (major-ish) source of pollen here in the PNW. If they can fly, they seem to love it. Yesterday, I saw Alder catkins opening or almost ready to open here.
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    on the topic of foundationless frame design- ...

    on the topic of foundationless frame design-

    In my limited experience with this, I have cut wedge top bars similar to the ones that Ross posted.

    for those of you who are cutting wedges to nail...
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    Joe- not sure if what you are looking for is a...

    Joe- not sure if what you are looking for is a trailer to load up as many colonies as possible on, but....I might suggest a trailer with the wheels under the deck. Higher to lift, still more usefull...
  15. Ernie- thank you! You all have convinced me...

    Ernie-
    thank you!

    You all have convinced me that divider boards thicker than 1/4" are the way to go...

    we are using divided mediums as well...

    could you describe the tops you use and is...
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    I made some "connectors" by simply ripping a...

    I made some "connectors" by simply ripping a board the width of the end bars and the "length" of the gap between the two mini frames, and stapling in place with a light-duty (ie not air powered)...
  17. foam nuc coating suggestions-that bees won't chew (non foil lined foam board)

    Have been thinking of building a bunch of minis out of foam for quite some time-- I don't currently have any of the "foil lined' foam board, but I do have access to a whole bunch of older beat up...
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    I also run into colonies that have been sprayed,...

    I also run into colonies that have been sprayed, and tell everyone beforehand (in a contract) that I will be able to see this (it is obvious) and charge more accordingly....

    however, in my part of...
  19. as far as waste engine oil goes, I have met a few...

    as far as waste engine oil goes, I have met a few people running it and none of them have had sucess in the long term. Look into "waste vegetable oil conversion" for a much more eco friendly and...
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    How to have (semi) flexible pricing in a...

    How to have (semi) flexible pricing in a professional way... I would be very seriously interested in how others have managed this.

    I charge $75 an hour with a travel charge. I am not a...
  21. Thread: Building Nucs

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    RE: A DIVIDER VIOLATES BEESPACE....... ? No, not...

    RE: A DIVIDER VIOLATES BEESPACE....... ?
    No, not in my perspective/ experience. Just make sure that you push all the frames tightly together and bee space = ok. All my newly assembled boxes these...
  22. Thread: Reversing Boxes

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    ben (or others) - when you use old frames for...

    ben (or others) -
    when you use old frames for foundationless do you cut out the old comb leaving a small row or half row of cells or similar or are you completley removing the old wax (for cycling...
  23. Thanks Mike! all of your input (and knowledge...

    Thanks Mike!

    all of your input (and knowledge from searching the archives) is much appreciated

    I guess I'll also have to make them one by one then... anything you have used (semi permanent...
  24. Thanks Ross & Michael- I guess that the issue...

    Thanks Ross & Michael-

    I guess that the issue I am having is that a lot of my boxes are "not exactly identical" and with the divider only 1/4" thick, it just doesn't look like the chances of them...
  25. stacking "double nuc" boxes / divided hive bodies

    We are expanding and have started assembling a lot of boxes for use as double nuc (2, 5 frame nucs with central movable divider that slides into saw kerfs) boxes.

    making dividers out of 1/4"...
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