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    Thanks for the heads' up Barry. This is not a...

    Thanks for the heads' up Barry. This is not a product I would have purchased but if I had bought it and seen the Beesource files I would have protested and demanded a refund.

    Someone on ebay sells...
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    I don't like to open my hives more than once...

    I don't like to open my hives more than once every 7-10 days, if that. Every time you open the hive you disrupt the order of the hives. It takes 24 hours for the bees to reorganize themselves after...
  3. Thread: Swarms

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    Most of the swarming I am hearing about is coming...

    Most of the swarming I am hearing about is coming from "managed" hives. er, maybe "not-so-managed" hives. Not sure why. More new, inexperienced beekeepers this year who haven't yet learned how fast...
  4. Thread: 1:1 and 2:1 syrup

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    1:1 in the spring and for stimulative feeding....

    1:1 in the spring and for stimulative feeding.
    2:1 in the fall and when feeding for storage.
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    Did you put a frame of brood in the hive with...

    Did you put a frame of brood in the hive with them?
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    Swarm.

    Swarm.
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    I think swarming is terrible, and a properly...

    I think swarming is terrible, and a properly managed hive should not be swarming IMO. Okay, having said that, the first year that I moved from the South to the cold, frozen North I think every one of...
  8. Thread: Fall Requeening

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    I have always advocated fall requeening and it...

    I have always advocated fall requeening and it had worked well for me.

    As for your swarms it is possible that they were afterswarms with new queens, though I don't know what the odds are of ALL...
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    I was going to share this but forgot to include...

    I was going to share this but forgot to include it in my earlier post-

    I learned a valuable lesson from one of the first beekeepers I met back when I was just starting to make the transition from...
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    Chef, in the case you describe, all I can say is...

    Chef, in the case you describe, all I can say is that I would not buy any bees from them.



    Actually, I would not buy queens from you, or bees for that matter, since you asked. I don't buy...
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    Keep feeding until the bees have drawn out 7-8...

    Keep feeding until the bees have drawn out 7-8 frames of foundation in the TOP hive body (for me that is 2 deeps, might be 1 deep, 3 deeps, or 2-4 mediums for others). I add the second deep when they...
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    Observation about forum users

    I really hate to be negative about anything that has to do with bees and beekeepers, since beekeeping is one of my great passions and it is something I do for pleasure more than profit. But...I...
  13. Thread: Weight of Honey ?

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    hmm, randy- have you weighed your jars? My pint...

    hmm, randy- have you weighed your jars? My pint jars hold a pound and a half of honey and my quart jars hold 3 pounds.
  14. Thread: Is it ready????

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    I don't like to extract any honey unless the...

    I don't like to extract any honey unless the frames are fully capped. Call me silly, but that is what I try to do. In your situation I would do what Joseph Clemens suggested, go in and pull some of...
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    Sheri- I only sell in pint and quart jars. I...

    Sheri-

    I only sell in pint and quart jars. I use the Golden Harvest canning jars and have found that 8 of them fit very nicely in the flat rate box. 8 pints= 1 gallon. Not sure how to describe the...
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    If you're talking about charging for your time,...

    If you're talking about charging for your time, $20-25 an hour is nuts, IMO. You're talking about a minimum wage type errand here, not something you charge high labor rates for. Yes, you have gas and...
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    I see mine in our compost piles all the time-...

    I see mine in our compost piles all the time- they are collecting minerals and salts from the compost material. never seen one build comb in a compost pile before though.
  18. Thread: Bee feeder Design

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    The problem with an open feeder is that you might...

    The problem with an open feeder is that you might be feeding bees other than your own. You might also incite robbing.

    I'd go with a gallon pickle jar over the top bars- most of my package bees are...
  19. Thread: Bees and Dogs

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    That reminds me, Thera. I used to have a little...

    That reminds me, Thera. I used to have a little orange and white cat who would follow me out to the beeyard. Darn cat would jump right up on top of an open hive and sit watching while I worked. Now...
  20. Thread: Bee Hunting boxes

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    Bee Hunting boxes

    Here are some photos of a few of my bee hunting boxes. These were all homemade, not by me.


    http://www.beesource.com/forums/album.php?albumid=6
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    I have not, but if you try it please post and let...

    I have not, but if you try it please post and let us know how it works.
  22. Thread: Bees and Dogs

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    I have Rhodesian Ridgebacks and one of my older...

    I have Rhodesian Ridgebacks and one of my older females is a rescue who has severe separation anxiety. She is happiest when she is within 3 feet of me at all times. I tried leaving her in the house...
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    What kind of feeder are you using?

    What kind of feeder are you using?
  24. Thread: Beelineing...

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    I'll take some pictures and se if I can post...

    I'll take some pictures and se if I can post them- not sure how to do that though, so it may take me some time to figure it out.

    Couple of books you might look for-

    an older volume by George...
  25. Thread: Beelineing...

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    I have a collection of old bee hunting boxes....

    I have a collection of old bee hunting boxes. Maybe I could take some pictures and send them to you, if you think that would help?
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