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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I've been quiet here for awhile now just watching things go back and forth on beesource as it usually does. Was moderator on beesource for awhile started small cell/ TF same as when MB did I don't...
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    Re: Concerned about the weather

    I've done 25 packages in a sleet/snow storm with high's maybe hitting low 40's. I wouldn't spray the bees if it were me. I use an inverted gallon feeder over inner cover holes /w box over feeder. ...
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    Re: Two queens in one hive??

    Of course there can be 2 queens in one hive. Got a few hives marked to breed from. Something I personally want to increase in my stocks. Are you using european bees there?
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    Re: Introducing Russian Queen

    found this: http://www.russianbreeder.org/queen-introductiontransporting-nucs.html
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    Re: Introducing Russian Queen

    The introduction takes longer. Leave the queen in the hive for 2 days before pulling cork on cage. Then do as normal don't speed things along. If you rush the process a dead queen is possible. ...
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    Re: Looking for 1 1/4" frames

    Both 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 are in range of proper spacing. I think Wedmore measured skep spacing; brood spacing was 1 1/4 and honey combs were 1 3/8. There is a range for spacing just as there is a...
  7. Re: Anyone ever use a 3rd deep brood chamber?

    Been using 3 deeps for 21 years now. Although 2 1/2 works just as well I like the extra weight as Its like extra food put away for bad years. Just wanted to point out that extra honey is great for...
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    Re: Just starting

    Mann Lake, Dadant, Kelly, Betterbee, and other places all sell equipment. Are you going with a Langstroth hive? Try to get local bees if possible. Many of the equipment suppliers sell package...
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    Re: electric embedder

    Been using the same car battery charger for about 20 yrs now. I plug it into a power strip. I just touch the clips to top wire and one to bottom wire.(don't actually clip them on) Count to 3 and...
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    Re: Looking for 1 1/4" frames

    As far as I'm aware its a DIY project. Can't think of anyplace that sells them.
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    Re: Dumb questions about splits

    Question: Are there always Queen cells on each side of the queenless 10 frame box?

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    I would say most of the time yes, Its nature guys of course there a chance there might be no cells on...
  12. Re: switching to natural/ 4.9 cell size input?

    I've been doing small cell since 2000-2002. I would recommend if your going to go to 8 frame mediums to do it now rather than later things get tougher the longer you put them off. That choice is...
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    Strachans's have good queens but I found that they didn't survive -30F very well. Actually most califonian queens are pretty good they just don't like northern winters. I have Palmer stock and...
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    Re: Dadant hive

    Yes the jumbo dadant hive or the modified dadant hive that Br. Adam used.
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    Dadant hive

    Are there any US beekeepers using the dadant hive on a commercial level?
  16. study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    Passing this along: http://resistantbees.com/blog/?page_id=2271


    Clay
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    Re: nine frame brood chamber?

    If the bees like 10 frames, why do they leave the ones at the sides empty and move up.

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    Because they wanted to. Think your confusing comb spacing with broodnest expansion which are two...
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    Re: nine frame brood chamber?

    Ask this to bees not people. They will quickly tell you that nine frame spacing is not what they want in the brood chamber. 10 frames is actually maximum spacing that most stocks would want. 11...
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    Re: cross wire or pinning deeps

    I wire everything that I use wax foundation with. Pins just don't cut it in my book. I also modify my frames to use 5 horizontal wires. Get a pair of wire crimpers they are your friend and there...
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    I have a foundation mill I bought in 2002. Here is Dee Lusby showing how to do frames and make foundation:...
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    I could believe 100-150 pound average. This with a 3 deep broodnest and the 3rd deep being a food chamber full of stores for winter with bees that don't need feeding for winter. 500 pounds hmmm. ...
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    Re: Questions about colony management

    I don't see any problems with leaving the supers on at all to be honest.
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    Re: Palmerized hive

    Just a regular 10 frame deep box with a divider down the middle. Can use 2x4 if you want 10 frame space or 3/4" board if you want 9 frame spacing. 14711 From picture you can see I dado'ed a 1.5...
  24. Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    I Just marvel at the passion about such a minor element of bee keeping!

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    A queen brooding up her nest is at the heart of beekeeping to me. So a queen pumping an extra 10-15% bees over...
  25. Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    I'm curious about the assumption that smaller bees winter better because of a more compact cluster. How do we know this is true?

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    I didn't invent the wheel so to speak. In has been...
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