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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    8% losses. Slightly below average for me. This winter separated beekeepers from people who keep bees.
  2. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Do tell. I have stone fruit and blue berries but have ben put off by apples because of the hard chemical risks. I have a small orchard of about 25 trees and 50 blueberries.
  3. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Honestly, apples and bees don't mix. Apple trees need constant chemical inputs to keep them healthy. Ever seen nice looking organic apples? Me either.
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    Re: Touched bear fence

    Come on. Get brave. Stick one finger through the snow onto the soil and then grab the hot wire.

    MHO....I don't like inviting bears to my bee yard.
  5. Re: Small Cell and Large Cell in the same Hive

    I run large cell colonies. I have kept small cell bees too. I have added a fully drawn small cell frame. Bees didn't care. They raised brood in it as normal.

    I have had good luck getting them...
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    Re: Inner Cover question please

    Option 2. I pull back my supers about 3/8" during a strong flow to allow for ventilation and a upper entrance.
  7. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    I am finding more and more that quality nucs are underpriced. I sell my deep nucs with freshly mated queen grafted off proven stock for $150.

    Far too often package bee re-sellers are getting...
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    Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    Dadant 20 frame radial. Can handle all frame sizes in radial configuration.
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    Re: Hello from frigid Upstate NY

    Yup! I have a few hundred gallons of syrup ready to get in the hives......one day maybe?
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    Re: Hello from frigid Upstate NY

    Welcome aboard! Still frigid in Western Massachusetts too!
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    Re: To deep? Two deep? Or Too deep?

    No wrong answer. Any set up will be fine. Bees will raise brood in any size frame. The last few winters in Massachusetts have been colder and snowier than normal. Bees have to be fed in late...
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    Re: When do you remove mouse guards?

    I remove mine when the bees are flying everyday. In Massachusetts, that's late April.
  13. Re: How long can I wait to hive a new package?

    Tomorrow will be fine. Just keep them calm in a dark, cool room, and give then a squirt of water.

    Hiving them in the morning or evening is best. Keeps them from drifting too much.
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    Re: Feeding Hole Cap Plugs

    That's better.
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    Feeding Hole Cap Plugs

    Mason jar feeders measure 2 3/4" and have found appropriate plugs on cap plugs webpage. They are t-44's. The problem is they are too expensive for me......$55 for 100.

    Do you all have a better...
  16. Re: SAE 30 Lawn Mower Oil for a small piston air compressor?

    Usually they require non detergent SAE 30. Can't comment if a detergent oil will cause harm.
  17. Re: How do you do this - what's the trick to tipping up boxes to look under them?

    Tip it, gently slide it back a few inches, then tip it all the way.
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    Re: foundationless frames

    Starter strip and crosswires. Takes all the whoops out of the picture.
  19. Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    Love my ridgid. Have mine mounted on a ridgid portable stand. I chose it over others because out a large cutting table.
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    Re: connecting drill to extractor?

    A old fashioned corded drill works best with out a clutch. Battery drills have clutches that when you stop it stops. Corded versions have chucks you can spin by hand and will keep spinning after...
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    Re: Mann Lake plastic frames PF-127

    When there is a strong flow they draw them nicely. They are very skimpy with the wax coating. When feeding or a marginal flow they tend to draw a lot of brace comb from frame to frame. The worst...
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    Re: Ventilation for the top of your hive

    Goble style inner cover with a standard outer cover but mine are insulated. Luan - 1/2 insulation - 3/8 plywood - covered in aluminum. In winter I add 1" thick insulation to the inner cover.
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    Re: Queen excluder - not to use?

    Excluders under dawn comb. Works fine never had any problems. Under foundation? Had problems getting wax drawn. Ok if there is foundation mixed with drawn comb.
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    Re: metal foundation wire crimper

    The plastic used work great. I found getting the wire sorta tight by hand helps. I also need to lube the rollers often of the slide on the wire as you described.
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    My free seeds are ordered!
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