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    Re: East Bay, CA Summer expectations

    If you are using plastic foundation they have a harder time here drawing comb in summer. With Ritecell you usually have to feed until all brood chamber comb is drawn. Not so with wax foundation in...
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    Re: Handhold/cleat requirements

    Thanks Graham for the plug. The picture shown is the one time I used 1" thick stock instead of 3/4", which proved a mistake. In the position in which I place them, the 1/4" additional thickness makes...
  3. Re: Reasonable payment for assembling woodenware

    Minimum wage in your state?
  4. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    >Hey Odfrank...Can you look at this video

    There are 60 species of Echium. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echium

    We would need a botanist to figure our what kind we have. What I have been calling...
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    Re: Megan Paska The Rooftop Beekeeper

    I produced 800 lbs. of honey on a rooftop in 1975 and said "Never Again". What goes up empty, comes down full. If there is an elevator to the roof it might work.
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    It has been covered on Beesource many times.
    Quit looking at porn sites and pay more attention here.
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    No, it's not.
    Never build a frame for which you don't have an extractor that will fit it, especially in our area. That was the death knoll for my frames that were two deeps tall. A brood chamber...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Brother Adam wasn't wrong, his hives do great.

    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t7/odfrank/2009/Manualwithjumbobox.jpg

    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t7/odfrank/2009/Bigjumbo2009.jpg
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    Another:

    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t7/odfrank/screenedpalletswarm.jpg
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    If you are as funky a beekeeper as me you will get swarms like this hanging out under your screened pallets. This one is still there from last year. I put 16 hives on screened pallets and am not...
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    If you are as funky a beekeeper as Charlie B you will get these swarms that hang on the bottom of SBBs. I offered to help him cut this one out but he won't take me to this apiary because he so fears...
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    Re: Older Deep Bodies with Metal Foundation

    Diamond International was my first supplier in the early '70s. The old grounds and buildings in Chico were fascinating.
    The first number in the brand represents the county, the second is the order...
  13. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    No, I was hoping you would accidentally back into one of the one inch long stickers. I would laugh, and I would laugh!!!
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    The trouble with yours is that no factory made telescoping or migratory cover will fit. This forces you to only be able to use your own home made covers.

    Below in post 265 you say "goofy hive...
  15. Thread: CA Diesel Regs

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    Re: CA Diesel Regs

    I will sell you two of my trucks cheap. A 1993 Ford F-450 and a 2000 Mitsubishi FH. My friends at the ARB limit them to 5000 miles a year and they must be off the road in 2019. I will give you an...
  16. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    I have some agave cactus that might be your speed.
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    Charlie....borage on a rooftop will require you to water it.....something which you proved with your BB trees that you are evidentially incapable of doing.
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    Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    What problems with ants are you folks having? I have kept bees for 45 years and have ants all over my apiary but only one minor problem with them. They raid the sugar in queen cages.
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    >But if you want to try the roof top method I would recommend Borage

    I think Charlie already came to grips with his abysmal gardening abilities. He was trying to sell me his planter boxes last...
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    Charlie - I grew enough to give you some for free so that you can kill them also with your abysmally poor gardening talent. These might even grow for a few months on that barren foggy, windy rooftop...
  21. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    The mother plant:

    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t7/odfrank/plants/2014-04-26153147_zps924244fb.jpg
  22. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    Here are my few week old Echium pininana seedlings. Very easy to germinate. This might be as profitable as my BeeBeeTree business.
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  23. OK Charlie, Fire Away...Old Man Funky Beekeeping At Its Best

    I found a starving 5/25 swarm on drawn comb with no stores in a Warre box today. I had a jar feeder lid for a five frame Lang nuc, I had a jar of feed, I had a scrap board, I had some flower pot...
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    I read to germinate in June and July with last years seed and it is working great. I will take a pic tomorrow, if I remember.
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    Re: Marking Frame Production Year?

    I have been branding year into production on all brood frames since 2001. I now melt down any frame coming in a dead out older than 2006. I have extracting frames over 45 years old. A marker will not...
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