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    Re: Foundation vs Foundationless

    I would recommend wax (not plastic) foundation to a starting beekeeper.

    I agree that bees don't need or even want foundation in a hive. However, foundation simplifies things for the beekeeper. ...
  2. Thread: Best Frame Style

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    Re: Best Frame Style

    When starting out, use wax cross-wired foundation. Get frames that have a wedge at the top and a groove at the bottom. Don't use plastic foundation or frames. Many people make plastic work just...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    2 (or 5)

    Where in Oklahoma are you from?
  4. Thread: Deeps or Mediums

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    Re: Deeps or Mediums

    The bees don't care, so far as I can tell.

    The advantages of all mediums: everything is interchangeable and weight.

    The disadvantages: you have to move more boxes to get to the absolute...
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    Re: New England vacation

    Montreal is definitely worth the trip. Spent a week there once and had a great time.
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    Re: Weird thing happened...

    One time I was at my work, in the office of a secretary. We both heard a soft thunk sort of sound. I looked down on the floor, and about three feet away from me there was a crappie jig on the...
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    Re: Hot Weather Vegetable Crops

    How'd you do that? Did lead to some interesting sites. Thanks.
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    Re: Hot Weather Vegetable Crops

    I grow a lot of tomatoes. This year I'm also growing tomatillos.

    I just figure that there have to be a whole lot of vegetables that get grown in hot places that taste good but I don't know about....
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    Re: Hot Weather Vegetable Crops

    I have not but will look into it. I've eaten it before.
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    Re: last years potatoes, what a great meal.

    Same as Brian. It happens by accident. I have also had potatoes sprout from a random piece of potato from the compost pile. We are not supposed to compost potatoes due to disease concerns, but...
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    Hot Weather Vegetable Crops

    I am always on the search for unusual vegetables that like really hot weather. We always have really hot weather (some days above 100 and, recently, even a few days above 110). I think there have to...
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    Re: last years potatoes, what a great meal.

    I had one potato plant come up from last year's bed as a volunteer this year, and I ate those potatoes this week. I have trouble keeping the from summer to the next spring. I wish I had a basement....
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    Re: Fastest land animal on the planet: a mite!

    Diana Sammataro gave a talk at the Big Bee Buzz a few years ago about mites in general and all the weird specialized ways they live. A couple I remember are a mite that lives in the slime trails of...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I'm not sure I have a point, but this is more fun than what I'm supposed to be doing, so I'll add this:

    It seems to me that subspecies of just about every critter that exists in the world vary in...
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    Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    All those hives are really impressive. I don't think I have the skill to build most of them.

    Ray, I have the book by Lazutin. I've also made plans to have the editor of that book, Leo...
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    Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    I am interested in trying to design a horizontal beehive using deep Langstroth frames. Basically the idea would be a topbar hive design with straight walls, frame rests and deep frames.

    The...
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    Re: swarm issue question

    Walt, one thing to know on this hive is that I did not checkerboard it because I failed to get to it in time..

    I got back in this hive today, since it was too cold this weekend.

    I found one...
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    Re: swarm issue question

    They had started putting nectar in the brood area, but there also were lots of new eggs too. Also, it not only had drone cells but also adult drones. My other hives are behind that schedule. But...
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    swarm issue question

    I checkerboard my hives, and I did that in a timely manner on all my hives but one, which is in a friend's yard. Just couldn't seem to get there between weather and other work.

    I checked it...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    What's fundamentally unfair is that it is colder here now, but come August it may very well be hotter in Tulsa than Houston.
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    The "checkerboarding" I'm talking about is done early in the year when there is likely to continue to be cold weather. Putting empty comb in the brood area when it is warm is okay but not what most...
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    Re: New Beekeeping Association Guidance

    Get people to bring food.
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    Re: First year hives will not swarm?

    If you start a hive in the spring and give it enough room to grow, it should not swarm on you until the next spring. Since bees don't read books, I'm sure its happened, but it would be really weird.
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    You don't checkerboard brood. You checkerboard honey over the brood.

    Sometimes, if the queen starts laying brood over honey in a top box, you can combine moving the brood down and...
  25. Re: Tulsa, OK Big Bee Buzz -- March 28 & 29, 2014

    Online registration is up and running: http://neoba.org/events/big-bee-buzz-2014/
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