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  1. Re: Flow ended 35 28′ N, 81 14′ W Lincolnton NC ?

    Got around to doing some mid-summer splits yesterday, taking doubles and cutting them down to singles. Left half a frame of open nectar leaning against the hive, thinking it would go un-noticed with...
  2. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    That's where I'd be careful. Queen rearing isn't hard. Producing 28 queens in a season isn't hard. Learning how to do it (especially on a schedule), while producing them at just the right time in the...
  3. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    Your "plan", as posted on here, simply involves buying equipment. I know you've got a bigger, and more encompassing business plan. But I guess all we can comment on is your state of mind and the...
  4. Thread: Afb?

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    Re: Afb?

    Interesting Oldtimer. They just started showing this two weeks after a MAQS treatment. Not saying it isn't PMS, but I would have assumed the MAQS would make it better, not worse. But time will tell....
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    Re: Afb?

    What's the cost on that Mark? Again, something I've never done.
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    Re: Afb?

    I'm packing up at the moment, as I'm moving shortly, so I don't have my ABC on hand. Really wished I hadn't packed that up in one of the dozen or so boxes full of books.

    But I'm glad to hear no...
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    Afb?

    In my 11 years of keeping bees, I have yet to have encountered AFB (at least confirmed). Found this in the cells. Appeared to be some black scales, deflated brood in cells. Grabbed a stick and tried...
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    So . . . you're posting in a thread that asks for help on documenting individual hives, and your response is you don't?
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    I like that idea. I didn't know they had copier paper too. Cheaper to buy 200 sheets of waterproof copier paper and print your cards out than it is to buy one of those Burke's hive minder. And you...
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    Re: SINGLE-WIDE vs. DOUBLE-WIDE ObH

    I very well may be in the minority view here, but to me the purpose of an observation hive is to observe. Not observe some things. Not observe some things some times. But to really observe the bees....
  11. Re: Putting a value on an existing commercial business

    In my 9-5 job we routinely value businesses. So that's something that is fairly normal for me. I can say that I don't do that for agriculture businesses (including bee businesses and apicultural...
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    Re: $229.00 for a package of bees

    Well, he does offer a discount if you buy two. Drops the price from $249 each to $194.50 each. So that's nice.
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    $229.00 for a package of bees

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Live-Package-Honey-Bees-with-Queen-read-description-please-/301153773978

    That's the most I've ever seen. Even on Ebay.
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Doesn't really work that way.

    You can put unused cells in an incubator or in california cages if you want. That way you can see if some cells didn't emerge or hatch correctly. If that happens, you...
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    That's a very loaded question. It varies widely based on the operation, the time of year, the operator (and his skills at grafting), the population of the builder, and the population of the mating...
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    Re: How to transport nucs 1600 miles?

    Makes sense.

    So why not leave the entrances open, strap them to the cargo carrier, throw some netting over it, and be on your way? Why bother with building special moving/screened covers,...
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    Re: How to transport nucs 1600 miles?

    I'm not a commercial beekeeper, so forgive me if this is a dumb comment, but what's all the fuss about?

    I see pictures of commercial guys taking full double deep hives with solid bottom boards and...
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    I haven't had one swarm on me yet (that I know about). I'm using one as a cell builder (second round of cells, with a 10 day "cool down" period inbetween, although the cool down wasn't really...
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    I got two last year. Installed in April. They did just fine until the flow ended (around mid June). From that point on, if you went within 50 yards of it with any motor object (lawn mower,...
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    Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    Here's the one I built a few years ago:

    http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,30161.0.html

    Sounds like what you are looking for.
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    Re: Observation Hive Shut-off

    I've used a design like yours, only a sliding piece of wood over the pvc pipe. Key point to remember is you need TWO sliding parts. One stays with the hive portion, the other stays with the base.
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    If you made the central divider super thin, about the width of luan, and there was no built up propolis on the frames, you might be able to get five frames on either side. Good luck getting that luan...
  23. Re: For those aspiring Commercial or Sideliners

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Most important in the study was the overall percentages of expenses vs. income, at least in my opinion, and seeing the increase in some costs relative to...
  24. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    Tried that, still no such luck.
  25. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    The scale has an RS-232 output, and I got an RS-232 to USB Adaptor to hook up to the USB port of the Pi/my computer.



    And . . . . you lost me. What's a key wedge?



    Been working on that....
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