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  1. Re: Two beekeeping styles, and a significant lesson learned.

    I'm with Michael & Chick on this.

    Over the years I have been stung many times,not once have I thought "Wow, I would like some more of that."

    I would rather walk away from hive a hundred times...
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    Re: My experience with Walter Kelley.

    I have ordered from Kelley's since back in the day when if you mailed in an order and over paid you would get a refund check signed by Walter T. Kelley himself. My wife is the primary feed mixer,...
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    Re: Problem extracting from wooden frames

    My manual extractor only does one side of the frame at a time it is not a radial. If I try to remove all of the homey from one side of the comb before flipping it will blow combs. I partially extract...
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    Re: Pail Feeder

    I have been using the plastic containers that coffee comes in when you buy it. Wash them out poke some holes in the lid, fill with syrup, invert over the inner cover hole,inside a empty deep. I put...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    47872
    5/22/2010
    small to medium sized
    issued at 12:50 PM, from one of my hives. 2nd cast. previous cast 5/20/10.
    Blue bird day.
    Too high to reach. ignored my bait box. :(
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    47872
    5/20/2010
    medium sized
    issued at 1:50 PM, from one of my hives. Overcast sky, light rain.
    Captured, so far.
  7. Re: Newly hived package bees not eating syrup.

    Still, that is only 4 days. One the hardest things ,for me anyway, was to learn that things happen inside a hive in bee time, not me time. Make sense? You should see things like comb starting to be...
  8. Re: Newly hived package bees not eating syrup.

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but am I understanding that you hived this package 2 days ago? On foundation? If so I wouldn't expect to see them take much syrup yet.They would only be taking what...
  9. Re: Hooked Fondation/Wedged Frames Question

    Three nails as well, I've also used staples again three both manual and air gun.
    I personally have found staples easier to place while holding the frame, wedge, etc.
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    Re: How mean is mean?

    OK after all the hoopla over over proper inspection vs not, experienced vs newbie, finger pointing and shoulda, woulda, couldas. Let's go back to the original point.
    1. I consider a hive mean when...
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    Re: Packages in 2010: Hardeman vs. Wilbanks

    Ordered two packages from Kelley's they arrived in fine shape, cages marked Hardeman, very gentle on installation. But, were heavily wetted to minimize flying. Both queens are released and laying...
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    Re: e) Buying nuc vs. package bees

    I would say for an absolute beginner with no experience, packages, marked queen, on new foundation. They are docile, easy to handle, and as your experience and confidence grows, the hive grows....
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    I got two packages from them this spring, they...

    I got two packages from them this spring, they came from Hardeman's. Hived 4-14 one is going great multiple frames of sealed broad. The other the queen just wasn't cutting it,spotty layer and drones...
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    I heard a story, a pig tale if you will (insert...

    I heard a story, a pig tale if you will (insert collective groan here) of a bee yard next to a large hog operation. The only water source for the bees was the hog lot. Upon extraction the honey...
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    My father grew up during the depression, when...

    My father grew up during the depression, when money was tight and toys were few, and entertainment was what you made for yourself. I recall as a child, him telling me of one of the things they did...
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    While placing supers on upside down over the...

    While placing supers on upside down over the inner cover will encourage the bees to clean them, and does seem to discourage them from using them for stores. Do NOT assume that they are empty when...
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    I am sure that the car wash would do a fine job...

    I am sure that the car wash would do a fine job washing down extracting equipment. However, I would want to verify that they do NOT recycle their own water. If I am not mistaken, I believe that some...
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    I am not speaking from personal experience, or...

    I am not speaking from personal experience, or knowledge. However a speaker at the “Bee School” held in our state last week did talk about such a situation. To my understanding this is what one...
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    I agree with Michael this seems to be excessive....

    I agree with Michael this seems to be excessive.
    This hive would be on my list for an attitude adjustment (i.e. requeen). I simply will not tolerate a hot hive. HOWEVER, I define hot by repeated...
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    Now that I have somewhat gracefully reached...

    Now that I have somewhat gracefully reached middle age. I can recall that when my father (who taught me to keep bees) was the age that I am now I thought he was old.(what do kids know) Couple that...
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    1. On Belgian waffles. 2. On ice cream 3. On...

    1. On Belgian waffles.
    2. On ice cream
    3. On ice cream on a Belgian waffle
    4. In hot tea
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    Walter T. Kelley still carries the book by Jarvis.

    Walter T. Kelley still carries the book by Jarvis.
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    I use the same trick as jfischer, I however use...

    I use the same trick as jfischer, I however use thin wire. My past experience is that some bees with nothing better to do, will become highly motivated to chew and remove string from their hive....
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    #1.....Presently. Why? I have recently started...

    #1.....Presently.
    Why?
    I have recently started beekeeping again after many years of not having bees. I however spent many years working my father's bees and then having my own hives. This was...
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