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    Re: Foundation or foundationless frames?

    I went foundationless two years ago and had pretty good luck with it. When starting out place a foundationless frame in between your drawn out frames or you may end up with a mess. Another key to...
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    Re: breaking in to a new market

    I know how you feel. I have been trying to do the same without much success. The rules are in place to allow a single vendor to monopolize the market on Saturday morning. Finding a new market...
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    Re: How many supers on a hive is too many

    7 deeps? Wow, must need a bucket truck to take the lid off.

    I run three deeps for brood and keep on stacking honey supers as long as they want to make honey. I harvest multiple times per year...
  4. Re: New bee location - what do people like for ground cover under the hive

    A 4' x 8' sheet of the cheapest plywood is what works for me. On top of that I put four cinder blocks and two 8 foot 4" x 4" posts. I make rails out of those and easily fit four hives on there. ...
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    Re: Can someone explain this picture?

    Looks like he is making packages but I don't know why they would be doing that during almond pollination.
  6. Thread: 3 Deep Hives

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    Re: 3 Deep Hives

    I run all of my hives in three deeps and have found that the spring build up is extremely fast. I extract honey several times throughout the season and the larger hives with more bees allow me pull...
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    Re: Expansion stand plan advice

    I throw down a 4x8 sheet of OSB or similar plywood material (whatever is on sale), put two cinder blocks on each of the 4' ends, and add two 8' 4x4 or 4x6 posts spanning the blocks. This elevates...
  8. Thread: Buying in bulk

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    Re: Buying in bulk

    Mann Lake for the same reasons listed in the threads. Can't beat free shipping and I think they are even having a sale on deeps right now. Good time to buy! I usually buy the cheap stuff and make...
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    Re: Favorite Explanation

    I take the same approach as Russ and explain crystalization upon purchase. Most of my customers are repeat customers so they have heard the speech before but I ALWAYS explain it to the new ones. I...
  10. Re: have you switched from screened to solid bottom boards?

    SBBs for me, open all year here in Indiana. I build my own with standard cuts of wood. 2x4 or 2x6 front (landing board), 1x3 sides, and 1x2 insides (to staple mesh to). Works for me but I am...
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    Re: SBB or solid in SE

    I leave my SBBs on all winter and don't close them off. All of my hives made it through last winter some of which were single deeps (caveat - we had a really mild winter but it was colder than the...
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    Re: New Beek From Afghanistan

    While you are there you might try to get in with one of the PRTs. A few of them are using beekeeping in Kunar Prov to assist the locals in making more money. Just a thought. Google "Afghanistan...
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    Re: What to do with half capped super frames

    I'd leave it on there. The bees don't heat the whole box, just the space they occupy. I always put an "attic" on my hives (a frameless super above the inner cover) in winter to confine the...
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    Re: Absolutely amazing!!!

    When people ask me what goes in my hive my answer is "wood". That is it. No treatments, no foundation, no plastics. Which also means I save a bunch of money by not buying stuff others swear by and...
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    Re: wax worms in my honey

    I agree with Mike. Get a few bottling / filtering buckets. Usually there are filters in the kits. The ones I bought from Mann Lake went down to 200 mil. I use two of the buckets for the reason...
  16. Re: Hogan style swarm trap went laying worker on me!

    Paul,
    I am sure Cleo will chime in but my experience with this type of trap out is to run the original queen back into the tree unless you have to remove the whole colony. Most likely with this...
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    Re: labels on Mason Jars

    [What do you do or what have you seen? How satisfied are you? What is customer reaction?[/QUOTE]

    If you have business cards, use a hole punch in one corner and tie a nice ribbon through the card...
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    Re: Tree Trap-Out - Caught the Queen

    Tom,
    I saw your post about the tree cutout. I have never done one of these but my uncle did something like you were describing, cutting above and below the cavity. He used a long drill bit to find...
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    Re: Tree Trap-Out - Caught the Queen

    Tom,
    Yes, the only way into the tree is through the nuc. I was kind of wondering what would bring the queen out too. Getting her was just a bonus, I thought I would be able to take nucs off and...
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    Re: Walter Kelly foundation less frames query

    Mike,
    I am converting all of my hives to foundationless. I don't know what Kelly charges but if it is more than a wedge top, buy the wedge top and use the wedge. I just started this year and was...
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    Tree Trap-Out - Caught the Queen

    I started a trap out in a cherry tree two months ago and wanted to do something different in order to "harvest" bees. The bees were using knot holes for entrances up and down the tree so I foamed...
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    Re: Buying nuc's: Was I ripped off?

    Sounds like you got ripped off to me. For anyone in the Midwest I highly recommend Dave Burdell in Ohio. His 10 frame deeps overloaded with bees and a solid queen were only $110 this spring. Nuc...
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    Re: Foundationless Issue. Messed up comb.

    I had this yesterday when I checked one of mine. What they had done was build from the bottom up rather than from the top of the frame down. I am betting yours did the same. With no "guide" they...
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    Re: #8 hardware cloth

    Bamindy, could you possibly post a pic of your sbb? Thanks

    Here you go. Pretty easy to make and no need for any special tools. The long sides are 22" overall. You could probably use a 2x6...
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    Re: #8 hardware cloth

    I make mine with a 2x4 laid flat for a landing board, 1x3 sides, and 1x2 insides. The 1x3s are only on the sides and back and get a 1x2 sandwiched to them. These are the same height as a flat 2x4. ...
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