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  1. Thread: Labor

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    Sheri,

    I fished in Alaska, and worked on and captained different types of fishing vessels out of Southeast Connecticut that fished throughout the Northeast. W-9, subcontractor method of paying...
  2. Thread: Labor

    by Alan
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    Re: Labor

    Why can't beekeepers hire their help as subcontractors? Have them fill out a W-9, and pay them a daily rate, percentage, whatever you work out. Give your hired man a 1099 at the end of the year,...
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    So, queens,whose offspring show a high level of...

    So, queens,whose offspring show a high level of hygienic behavior, have larvae that are not susceptible to chalkbrood? This implies that susceptibility and hygienic behavior are directly linked and...
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    Take it apart with a couple of wrenches and...

    Take it apart with a couple of wrenches and replace the o-rings. I certainly wouldn't throw it away as they are expensive.

    Alan
  5. Thread: What the bloom?

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    Asian Chestnut

    Asian Chestnut
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    I use a cloake board and here is my schedule that...

    I use a cloake board and here is my schedule that is working well for me.

    Day 1 graft

    Day 5 remove capped cells to queen-right incubator colony above excluder with a frame of eggs/larvae on...
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    don't forget about skunk cabbage

    don't forget about skunk cabbage
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    I would recommend buying nucs as long as they are...

    I would recommend buying nucs as long as they are from a reputable beekeeper. Make sure the nucs are on relatively new frames that haven't been exposed to all kinds of chemicals and viruses over the...
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    When I get my boards from the sawmill they are...

    When I get my boards from the sawmill they are still wet, usually they have just been cut. So, I make my boxes and stack them up on pallets. After the wood has dried out I cut them down to size. ...
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    I have built all of my boxes, and these are the...

    I have built all of my boxes, and these are the dimensions that work best for me:

    5/8 deep x 3/8 wide rabbet for frame rest

    9 1/2 deep hive body - 9 1/8 frame = 3/8 bee space which is what you...
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    I'll have a few nucs available in May. Bleta...

    I'll have a few nucs available in May. Bleta 12(Gilman) has some as well. I'm further away though, down in the southeast corner, and Gilman is just north of you.

    Alan
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    Nick, Check out March 2007 ABJ article "Does...

    Nick,

    Check out March 2007 ABJ article "Does the US Need a Honey Standard?". I don't believe that pollen is mentioned, but it definitely cites a study about heating honey in the microwave and...
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    Rob, I believe that the vsh/hygienic gene is...

    Rob,

    I believe that the vsh/hygienic gene is closely linked to the defensive behavior gene. This would support your anecdotal evidence. I read this or heard it directly from a bee scientist,...
  14. Thread: insulation boards

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    insulation boards

    Most northern beekeepers recommend using the rigid foam insulation, pink or blue board, for the upper insulation board. This is what I have been using, but what about foil faced insulation? The...
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    Dadant sells a 1" stainless bottling valve

    Dadant sells a 1" stainless bottling valve
  16. Thread: Anybody going

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    I'll see you there Jack

    I'll see you there Jack
  17. Thread: Rough sawn boxes

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    All of my equipment is made from rough-cut pine...

    All of my equipment is made from rough-cut pine that I get from one of the local sawmills. I have built probably 1200 boxes so far, all 1" thick, with the interior dimensions matching up with the...
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    Last fall, mid October, I gave each hive, full...

    Last fall, mid October, I gave each hive, full size and nucs, a pollen patty. The full size colonies were coming off of a formic acid treatment and used the supplement to brood up again. On the...
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    Betterbee

    Try Betterbee Jeff. If they have it in stock, their bulk price is hard to beat. There is also a candle supply house in PA, but I can't remember the name. I don't have any experience with the...
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    Bumble Bee Mimic

    I believe it is a flower fly. They work flowers just like honey bees and bumble bees. I just read about them in my new "Befriending Bumble Bees" book. There is a picture as well.
  21. Thread: upc barcodes

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    I've gotten mine from buyabarcode dot com. It is...

    I've gotten mine from buyabarcode dot com. It is very inexpensive, and I haven't had any problems. I print them out on Avery mailing labels. Good luck
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    I would try Betterbee, if they have it in stock. ...

    I would try Betterbee, if they have it in stock. There is also a candle supply place in PA, but I can't remember the name. Both had the best prices I could find, around.90-.95/#, better than the...
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    Package bees as tower colonies

    I'm planning on running some tower colonies using hives started from packages. Is it better to have bottom boards facing opposite directions, or is this irrelevant? Should I run single or double...
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    I'm planning to be there

    I'm planning to be there
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    Gilman, I use Contrax plastic strapping from...

    Gilman,

    I use Contrax plastic strapping from Grainger. For $80.00 you get 2500 feet of strapping material and more buckles than you will need. The kit lasted me 3 years. Its easy, inexpensive...
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