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    Maple Pollination

    I've posted some still photos of this before...here is what the bees look like when they are up in the maple trees in mid April.


    https://vimeo.com/134690500
    Here's a link...video isn't showing...
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    Also, that shape is in some ways an artifact of the space between combs and between c9me and glass.

    A sphere of bees (all trying to contact the queen) we think of as 'balling'...but between...
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    Re: thoughts on freeman bottom boards?

    Those particular problems are only problems when the bottom board is only 1 layer of screen. Constructed properly (2 screens with 3/4" or so between them) these things will not happen.

    I don't...
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    Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    ...or even a couple of concave bands surrounding the reel would catch some honey and balance the load as they filled up.

    Ball bearings in a hula hoop would be better at balancing an uneven load...
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    Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    Hmmm.....if there were a solid sleeve that surrounded the rotating reel and rotated with it, the honey itself would do the balancing. Taper the cylinder a bit so it is more open on the bottom and...
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    Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    Jake, training bees is probably easier than training beekeepers :shhhh:

    ...but seriously, what would happen if you had a (sealed from honey) 'hula hoop" filled with ball bearings around the entire...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    I seem to recall an I terestong section where he talks about, during a flow, foundationless comb gets built , filled with honey, and capped before the queen can lay...making br99dnest expansion...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    Well, from a practical perspective, the queen side is the side you can control (save II or some clever mating trick).

    Some years ago, I think there was a discussion where someone was collecting as...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    Ar...thanks for the correction and clarifications.

    Interestingly, I have a an 1888 copy of abc of Bee Culture open in front of me. On page 100, root claims that they extracted over 3 tons of...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    Hutcinson's book is in the public domain, and we host a pdf on our server.

    http://beeuntoothers.com/Advanced_bee_culture.pdf
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    You do know that the extractor and commercial extracting predates the invention of foundation?
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    The differences between using and not using foundation are much more nuanced (and interesting) than "better" "faster" "more natural" or "efficient" could begin to describe.

    Hutcherson's "advanced...
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    Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee

    A flow is a lot like halloween.

    Any other night of the year you would have trouble getting anyone to give you candy by knocking on their door.

    On halloween, there is more competition than the...
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    Re: The EpiPen and you.

    Uhhh...the post where he said his doctor prescribed it?
  15. Re: Would a larger landing board help eliminate clustering under SBB?

    Just to give an idea of what the spacing should be, think of a Snellgrove board, or observe how long they actually are.
    https://vimeo.com/20548951
  16. Re: Would a larger landing board help eliminate clustering under SBB?

    A few years ago we were called to help with some hives on a hotel roof. A sold bottom board was placed under the screened board...both with landing boards and entrances facing the same direction. ...
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    I haven't looked at commercial screened bottom boards in several years. When I made my own (for use with top entrances), they were just shims with screen staples to them. I haven't used then in...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    I have to say that given the data we have (studies out of Penn state, usda surveys of what chemicals are found in the kinds of hives that produce wax for the foundation market) that anyone would sell...
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    Re: The EpiPen and you.

    It's also worth noting that it isn't easy to have an epipen.

    You have to have it with you. You can't leave it in a hot car. You will probably never use it (especially if you are getting one just...
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    Re: The EpiPen and you.

    Yes. No one is recommending recreational use of an epipen....if you aren't on your way to the emergency room or on the phone with medical personal, you should not even be thinking of injecting...
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    Re: The EpiPen and you.

    I suppose I should have said something clear...like:

    ...oh wait, I did.

    He did consult his doctor. If he thinks he isn't getting good medical advice he should find medical advice he trusts.
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    When your bees supercede or swarm, and the new queen ends up under the screen laying, you might start to consider that the screen bottom board is causing g the problem.
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    Re: The EpiPen and you.

    Using an epipen if your life isn't in danger from anaphylaxis is improper usage.

    There are pluses and minuses, pros and cons, risks and benefits that all must be considered when prescribing or...
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    If you believe screen bottoms are good (I dont) at least use two layers of screen with a spacer in between. If the bees can touch tongues with the bees in the hive, they think they are in the hive.
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    Re: The EpiPen and you.

    If you want to discuss old ford guys situation (he brought it up), his words that the insurance company "blocked it".

    In my experience, an insurance company might not pay for an epipen (which is...
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