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    Re: Large scale Nuc production

    Trevor,

    Your pictures are very timely for me. I'm building some 2-way pallets. I was going to run a board down the middle. That would let me use the pallet for a nuc, a divided deep/double nuc...
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    Re: Best Feeding Choice.

    It is up to you, either will work fine. If you use the frames of capped honey put one on the outside. The bees will empty individual cells as they need it for feed. I doubt they will either move...
  3. Thread: Ditch spraying

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    Re: Ditch spraying

    In Ohio ODOT is doing trial plantings of pollinator friendly plants along roadways. http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/08/11/state-establishing-bee-friendly-areas-toue-medians/

    I know that...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    There are several formulations with labels for aquatic use of the active ingredient in Roundup: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/management/aqua028.html

    Tom
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    Re: How many Hives???

    I'm just guessing but, the sugar content of the nectar will be higher under drier conditions. Besides taking less nectar to make a pound of honey it could be that it is also much more attractive to...
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    Re: Planting for bees ????

    You can try some of the clovers. Sweet clover is one of the more productive, nectarwise, clovers. It comes in yellow, white and hubam. The hubam is an annual, it flowers the year you plant it. ...
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    I am blessed to live close to a bee supply company and buy most of my supplies from them. There are a few items/reasons I shop other compaines. The charges with most are more than I would like. ...
  8. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    So, treatment free beekeeping uses voodoo to be successful? It can't be researched? Where is the Wizard of Oz when you need him??

    Of course treatment free beekeeping can be researched, just as...
  9. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Squarepeg,

    It would probably be an entire career of research and graduate students. The problem isn't to just find out what works. Michael Bush has a system that works for him. The problem is...
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    Re: List of honeybee friendly trees

    I have an outyard near a large planting of Silver Linden, http://www.arborday.org/treeguide/treeDetail.cfm?ID=135. When it is in bloom my bees make a lot of very light colored honey. It typically...
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    Re: Closed to the public?

    Jim,

    You have gotten a lot of good ideas. You and your son should take some time this winter and decide what changes you want to make and how involved you want get. A window and a wall of old...
  12. Thread: Useless gadgets

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    Re: Useless gadgets

    I'll have to add Boardman feeder.

    I'm sure there are other things, I have just put them out of my mind.

    Tom
  13. Thread: Small print

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    Re: Small print

    It has been a long time since I stayed in a motel. But, I am at the point I just go by bottle color in the shower. One morning all the bottles were the same color!! I guessed right, I think.

    Tom
  14. Re: Do honey bees like Snow drops and snow flakes

    Honeybees hit crocus pretty hard. Of all the spring bulbs crocus are utilized the most.

    Tom
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    Re: Will this feeder work?

    I have used construction adhesive when making division board feeders. I make sure I put a thick bead on so it seals the joints well.

    You could also melt some beeswax or parafin and swish it...
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    Re: Is there enough time to raise queens here?

    Typically we have drones in the hives well into September. The past few evenings I have passed by the hive in my backyard as the drones have been returning. It is neat to all of a sudden see this...
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    Re: To Queen Exdclude or Not.....

    I find my bees deal just fine with an excluder on. One difference is my hives only have upper entrances. Sometimes I add an entrance shim mid-hive on a big hive. In this picture there is a queen...
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    Re: Will this feeder work?

    That should work fine. Another option is to leave out the wire mesh and put floats in to give the bees something to walk on.

    The center opening is pretty wide, much wider than bee space. Next...
  19. Thread: Entrance shim

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    Entrance shim

    Here is a picture of the entrance shim I use. I had written about it in another thread a couple of days ago.
    http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php?photo=833408&ppuser=35828

    The part that is not...
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    Re: Is there enough time to raise queens here?

    Yes, you have time to raise a queen. The 34 days is used to check and see if you have a laying queen.

    It sounds to me like hive B is your best hive/queen. You may like the way other queens look...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    I was surprised the number wasn't larger but, it looks like about 44,000 acres of NWR are farmed nationwide....
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    The Imirie shim is not the same thing. The shim I use is open all across the front of the hive.

    Tom
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    Here is a link to thread that had some drawings of the entrance rim I use: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?216900-Entrance-Rim-for-upper-entrance&highlight=entrance+rim The jpegs were...
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    Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    Hatd splitting of an aggressive hive will make it smaller and more manageable. Most of us will tolerate defensive colonies until this time of year when they grow large and nectar flow starts to...
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    After having some skunk problems I switched to all upper entrances. I like the uniformity. I don't worry about skunks, deep snow, dead bees blocking the entrance in winter, etc.

    I haven't found...
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