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  1. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Where does a person go about getting some hands on training for II? Also, are you using the VSH breeder queens from Harbo for all your breeder queens?
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    Re: Charging for honey extraction

    I think this is an excellent idea. There are bunches of beekeepers out there who produce more honey than they know what to do with.

    I have a friend who I helped get a used Dakota Gunness uncapper...
  3. Re: It's Official! I know absolutely NOTHING about bees!!!

    Awesome!
  4. Re: It's Official! I know absolutely NOTHING about bees!!!

    Chain saw?
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    Re: Using excel to estimate yearly income

    Arpolis, rather than run scenarios based on variables, I'd recommend you build some actual proforma financial statements to develop a plan for your business.

    Create a year's worth of monthly...
  6. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    That was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing the article.
  7. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I think you brought up a good point. I wonder if there are any studies that show the average life of a wild colony, that life being it's total time in existence regardless of it's re-queening, and...
  8. Re: "Don't buy trucks, forklifts or equipment; buy more bees. and boxes."

    I use to work for an older guy, until he retired, who every time he came to the facility I managed for him told me he wanted, "consistent, steady growth", not big leaps. Sound advice. He also taught...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    Brother Adam in Breeding the Honeybee makes the point that Nature breeds for survival of the honey bee in it's environment but NEVER breeds the "ideal" or "perfect" honey bee suited to the demands of...
  10. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Wow! I haven't visited this thread since right when it started. I'm glad I came back. There is a lot of interesting info here. Thanks to all the contributors.
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    Re: keeping races pure

    According to this article, http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/insects/ahb/inf15.html, it sounds like he was using a type of queen excluder to keep the drones and queen from leaving the hives. This guy was a...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    Oh. I never really knew how that had happened. I read the wikipedia version though just now, so now I know what you are referring to.

    I guess this is a good reason why we don't normally allow...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    Who tried to control the genetics using a queen excluder?
  14. Re: "Don't buy trucks, forklifts or equipment; buy more bees. and boxes."

    "In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield." Quote by Warren Buffett.
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    Re: Bee Trucks

    BernHard, your responses make me want to start putting my hives on pallets and using a forklift like you have.

    Your pallets are interesting too. Are all the hives snug up against each other, and...
  16. Re: Mating flight radius of drones and virgin queens

    JBJ, so how did you end up setting up your drone yards in relation to your mating yards? I've been wondering about this same question for a while but can't seem to find an answer.
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    Re: VSH Honey Bees

    Beepro, but the Glenn Apiaries website says that the VSH genes are additive. This means that the more of them there are present, the more strongly the trait will be expressed. And the cost associated...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    I've read Breeding the Honeybee, by Brother Adam. It's a very good book on breeding honey bees and you can buy it on Abebooks.com for $15.

    Contemporary Queen Rearing, by Harry Laidlaw Jr is also a...
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    Re: hobiest to comercial

    Cool. I'm glad for the info. Now I'm going to keep my bottom boards like they are. 3/4"
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    Re: hobiest to comercial

    Sqkcrk, I think it just has a nail through it.

    How much space is above your bottom board to the first hive body? I'm trying to learn something since I'm thinking about changing mine from 3/4 to...
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    Re: hobiest to comercial

    Oldtimer, thanks for the video link. That was pretty cool seeing how they keep their entrance reducer stored right there in the bottom board. Now why didn't I think of that? And, I couldn't tell but...
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    Re: Tiny swarm

    I had one of these go into my garage where I was storing some hive bodies with frames. I thought it was just the bees being persistant and staying in the hive bodies where there was a little honey...
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    Re: VSH Honey Bees

    AR Beekeeper, I've heard that too about Glenn Apiaries. Are you still using VSH breeder queens from someone else now? How were using IPM management techniques in conjunction with the VSH daughter...
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    Re: hobiest to comercial

    Not really, since an "inspection", if it should be called that, for me, is usually different at different times of the year. I don't even really know how I'd define a "full inspection". There's some...
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    VSH Honey Bees

    For those of you who have actually purchased VSH breeder queens and then used them to produce daughter queens for use in your colonies, how effective were they?
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