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    I assume he is planning to use a TB hive in the...

    I assume he is planning to use a TB hive in the attic space. If that is the case I would think that a little work could arrange an insulated enclosed space for the hive and some attempt to give some...
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    I got a bunch of plywood covers a while back...

    I got a bunch of plywood covers a while back (used equipment) with a regular mason jar sized hole in them. A 5 lb honey jar fits nicely. They have no rim or end strips like migratory covers. They...
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    1. A Dadant refractometer. 2. A Stihl 20 inch...

    1. A Dadant refractometer.
    2. A Stihl 20 inch chainsaw for cutting bees out of windfall trees.
    3. A Cosco 17 ft multi position aluminum ladder for getting to those hard to reach places for...
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    Poll: Prices?

    It would be nice if someone in the know could share some information regarding costs to register for the various programs/short courses offered. Some of us have never been to an EAS event and need...
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    Lets keep some perspective.

    I think it is productive to remember that we have very unbalanced industry that consists of a relative few large players (pollinators) and a lot of small fry (the rest of us). I am sure the big boys...
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    Introducing Virgin Queens

    Are there any particular problems or procedures with introducing virgin queens into nucs with standard introduction cages? Will the bees release such an unmated queen promptly or will they tend to...
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    Open Bottom Boards?

    The new issue of Bee Culture has an article by John Hoffman describing some testing of a type of screen bottom board (SBB) which he calls an "open bottom board". The only picture of this board seems...
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    A simple and cheap tool to move hives around home...

    A simple and cheap tool to move hives around home is an old push mower deck with the motor removed. I have loaded a hive on one and moved it a few feet per day and it works fine. I have also had good...
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    No surprise

    As a citizen of Illinois I am embarrassed by the article above. But I am not really surprised that something that poorly researched got printed. My oldest daughter is a graduate of the U of I college...
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    Why is it that every weather change is our...

    Why is it that every weather change is our (mankind's) fault? It has been clearly established that climates have changed in the past and sometimes rapidly changed long before humans had advanced...
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    My area once teemed with wild colonies in hollow...

    My area once teemed with wild colonies in hollow trees but all the mites took care of that. Then we went for years after Varoa with hardly a bee. I sorely doubt if WE have any long term "feral...
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    I have not had any experience with their queens...

    I have not had any experience with their queens however I had a long conversation with them a couple of days ago and am intrigued with their story. I look forward to hearing anything productive and...
  13. Thread: Hive Dead-out

    by Dave D.
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    I also wrapped a lot of my hives with black paper...

    I also wrapped a lot of my hives with black paper this year in an attempt to conserve food stores demand. I also put foam inserts under all my screen bottoms.
  14. Thread: Hive Dead-out

    by Dave D.
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    Was there some brood in the middle of your dead...

    Was there some brood in the middle of your dead bees? I lost 2 Russian hybrids last year that seemed to get stuck on a small patch of brood and died just inches from 30 lb of stores.
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    Poll: I was at the 2006 HAS convention and it was very...

    I was at the 2006 HAS convention and it was very well done and there was an obvious committment to make the meetings even better in the future. I was also fortunate enough to win the free...
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    Years ago I helped someone harvest a bee tree and...

    Years ago I helped someone harvest a bee tree and the bees had excavated the ground at the base of the tree. The largest part of the comb and honey were below ground level but they had probably...
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    After reading the responses to my post I am a lot...

    After reading the responses to my post I am a lot more comfortable about using the lumber as is. I also found an article in an old Bee Culture (96) where a writer recomended using contact cement and...
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    I have heard that bees strongly prefer unfinished...

    I have heard that bees strongly prefer unfinished wood on the interiors of their hives and therefore hives should only be painted on exterior. The problem is that I have come into a large quantity of...
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    A friend and I ordered 4 3Lb packages with...

    A friend and I ordered 4 3Lb packages with Russian Hybrid queens from Kelley in 2005. No honey produced that year. 3 died in very mild winter. Survivor did not make any honey this year and is...
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    I know some other guys from South central...

    I know some other guys from South central Illinois who are looking too. Most of the potential suppliers they have contacted are distributing packages they are getting from the South or they are...
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    I'm coming in awfully late on this thread but for...

    I'm coming in awfully late on this thread but for what ever it is worth, I purchased no queens last season. I used surplus swarm and supercedure cells to form nucs and replace queens. I also...
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    I have been switching over to DB feeders and have...

    I have been switching over to DB feeders and have had all the usual problems. Deforming when full, take too much space in box, and drowned bees. I now fasten 2 wood blocks in the top of the feeder...
  23. Thread: Sept Swarms

    by Dave D.
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    I had 1 hive here at the house which threw a...

    I had 1 hive here at the house which threw a couple of swarms about 2 weeks ago. There were several hatched out swarm cells in the hive I believe was responsible. They had lots of room but we have...
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    We have had plenty of rain and it looked like it...

    We have had plenty of rain and it looked like it was going to be a bumper year but it looks now as if I may get about 1/2 or 2/3 of what I hoped to harvest. I haven't taken much so far but plan to...
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    I helped a friend extract about 50 lbs of very...

    I helped a friend extract about 50 lbs of very dark, thick honey. The taste was not unpleasent and he thought he caught a slight maple flavor. I have no personal experience with honeydew, but I had...
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