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  1. Thread: diversity

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    I wouldn't worry about the unknown and...

    I wouldn't worry about the unknown and uncontrolable variables. Most likely if you raise a dozen queens, some will do well and some won't. In your situation, I'd get a couple more queens and have...
  2. Thread: Box Sizing

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    The artlcle you are looking for comparing the...

    The artlcle you are looking for comparing the differences of hives from different manufacturers:
    Bee Culture Jan. 1996 p.30 by Richard Bonney. I happened to pull out that issue last night and it's...
  3. Thread: diversity

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    A weak hive most likely will raise a poor queen....

    A weak hive most likely will raise a poor queen. Inbreeding is unlikely, Drones and queens from the same apiary tend to fly different distances to different drone congregation areas and avoid...
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    I'd find another beekeeper with a...

    I'd find another beekeeper with a refractometer(or buy one) and check the percentage of water in that batch of honey and the fermented jars. If it's a little high, a slight difference in temperature...
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    There is space in 10 frame hives too. I believe...

    There is space in 10 frame hives too. I believe the reason for the loose space comes from the old days. The standard hive width was established based on the use of a "dummy board" which would fit the...
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    Before and after the pollen season, my bees visit...

    Before and after the pollen season, my bees visit my band sawn lumber piles. They are collecting sawdust, the closest thing they can find to pollen. My guess is that's what they are trying to collect...
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    If the temperature is warm when you checked they...

    If the temperature is warm when you checked they probably weren't clustering. Check when it's 30 degrees or less. If they're still up at the top there may or may not be a problem, but rearranging...
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    According to Dr. Roger Morse from Cornell U in...

    According to Dr. Roger Morse from Cornell U in his book "A Year in the Beeyard": "Beeswax foundation is a delicate material that will stretch, sag, buckle, and warp easily. The best combs are made...
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    I subscribed to Gleanings in Bee Culture the...

    I subscribed to Gleanings in Bee Culture the month before the name changed to "Bee Culture". The original name went all the way back to A.I. Root, the originator of the magazine, but "Bee Culture" I...
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    My self serve honey stand sits on a side road and...

    My self serve honey stand sits on a side road and still does well. When you run out of honey, don't disappoint your customers. There are lots of beekeepers who want to wholesale all their honey and...
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    Sugar, like honey is hygroscopic-it will absorb...

    Sugar, like honey is hygroscopic-it will absorb water out of the air. I tried burning honey once. The ancient Chinese used to make an explosive from honey according to a science movie my son saw. I...
  12. Thread: Cedar?

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    Wood doesn't rot until it reaches a certain...

    Wood doesn't rot until it reaches a certain moisture content which is somewhere above 20%. If a hive sits directly on the ground, a rot resistant wood will last longer than a non rot resistant wood....
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    C.C. Miller's Fifty Years among the Bees, page...

    C.C. Miller's Fifty Years among the Bees, page 75:
    To prepare the saltpeter-rags a crock is kept costantly standing, containing a solution of saltpeter. The strength of the solution is not a matter...
  14. I get both, but usually enjoy Bee Culture the...

    I get both, but usually enjoy Bee Culture the most, partly because of the mix of educational and entertaining reading. By the way, both offer a subscription discount if you belong to a beekeeping...
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    "Nuc Hive Construction" from Garreson...

    "Nuc Hive Construction" from Garreson Publications has dimensions for nuc hives, plus how to turn a 10 frame super into 4 nuc apartments.They used to advertise in Bee Culture and American Bee Journal...
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    If you see a yellow jacket-like bee crawling up...

    If you see a yellow jacket-like bee crawling up your windows in the winter, you can be pretty sure it is a queen because the workers all die in the fall. I have found the YJ queen in a nest after...
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    If it takes 8 lbs of honey to make 1 lb of...

    If it takes 8 lbs of honey to make 1 lb of wax(double check that fact) and a full sheet of foundation weighs 0.1563 lbs(I just weighed a stack), then each sheet of foundation just cost me 1.25 lbs....
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    I'll tentatively disagree with Robert Hawkins,...

    I'll tentatively disagree with Robert Hawkins, that once your bears tastes honey he'll go through the fence anyways. This spring a bear tore up one of my hives two nights in a row. After putting up...
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    Speaking as a full time lumber processor who...

    Speaking as a full time lumber processor who makes all his own woodenware: Rot resistance becomes an issue only when the wood is either always damp or in direct contact with the ground. Locust is...
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