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  1. Re: Pay your state bee fees! I was a fugitive from justice

    One of my Club members wrote this recently:

    "A slave asks if its legal or illegal,
    A free man asks whether its right or wrong."

    lance corporal Larry Hough
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    Re: Kelley vs Dadant smoker

    Bought this in 1978. Guards and such were available, but this was cheaper. No identifying mark anywhere.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=16718&stc=1
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    Re: I should Combine Much more aggressively

    My best honey production from a single hive (11 gallons) was a combination of two weak NUCs with a new queen the prior fall. :)

    FWIW and if its too far off topic, forgive me David...A beekeeper...
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    Re: Can't find my green marked queen

    Don't know if its the same queen, but my queens do get darker with age. :)
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    Bradford pears have been blooming one week already here. Not much else blooming now, so the bees are always on them. Glad to have them in the neighborhood! :)
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    Sounds good. Where can one read an official announcement? :)
  7. Re: Making nucs with Pseudo strips until having a queen

    It is well known that brood pheromones suppress laying workers. I was experimenting after reading John B. Free and his reports by Voogd and later Melojevic, referenced here...



    In these mating...
  8. Re: Making nucs with Pseudo strips until having a queen

    About the pseudo Queen strips. I called the manufacturer last year and spoke to one of their experts (don't remember the expert's title if it was mentioned). I was told the strips are good for at...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Michael Palmer posted a video bearing on the question of which box has a queen...I've tried this a few times. Sometimes there is no doubt, but sometimes I'm not sure. More experience interpreting...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Have you ever seen one of those pictures where you see one thing at first and then another thing by changing your focus? My method is to scan the frame for the one bee that is different. Usually...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    I don't mean to 'pile on' with monday morning quarterbacking advice Cyan......But, the cluster seems to have stuck to that patch of brood, and their unwillingness or inability to move to the small...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    I don't mean to 'pile on' with monday morning quarterbacking advice......But, they seem to have stuck to that patch of brood, and their unwillingness or inability to move to the small honey reserve...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    Depends on the strength of the hive. Strong hive, no problem. Weak hive, may be a problem. A robbing screen, adapted for the upper entrance might help. :)
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    The number of holes depends on your purpose for feeding. If they have enough stores and you are just stimulating brood production you can use fewer and smaller holes. If you want to feed a lot in a...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    If you must use the frame feeder, there are ways to refill the feeder without disturbing the bees. I have done it like this:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=16279&stc=1...
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    Re: MY HIVE FELL OVER

    FWIW, I had three hives scattered during 100 mph winds and driving rain, they all lived. :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Squarepeg, reading the link in your post #115 was like the dawn of a new day for my understanding of why some bees just never prosper. I lost three NUC sized colonies of bees this winter that just...
  18. Re: Moving hives to a sheltered place during frigid weather

    Welcome Peri :)

    You can take Rader's advice as sage advice.

    I had a weak Nucleus (NUC = half sized hive) last year. I brought it inside my shop during the cold and fed it all winter,...
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    Re: When to give the boot

    Great point Ray!

    This week I'm looking at hives to decide which queens I'll graft from. The Italian based VSH line is going strong (and using a lot of stored honey in the process), but the...
  20. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Can't express how optimistic I feel about seeing this express action by our govt! We are used to slow, feckless action patterns from a polarized nation -I welcome this type of action. Don't want...
  21. Re: Queenless hive with a handful of queen cells but no drones. What to do

    There may be value in waiting to see what happens. You could be surprised. Another frame of brood in a week or so and she could be mated and laying by then. If no eggs by then, pinch her and the...
  22. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Thanks for keeping us in touch with progress on this matter SNL. :)
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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Still good advice! I have some maples ready to pop. Mountain cedars are puffing clouds of pollen now, but nothing coming in the hives yet that I see. :)
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    Re: Checker boarding

    Here is the link you referred to. I found Walt's book difficult to follow. Read the POV & the Bush site, and you will have the kernel points of checkerboarding on a platter. HTH :)
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    Re: Slatted bottom rack question....

    Use of the slatted rack is not common and there seems to be quite a few configurations out there. Here is another version, its the one I'm going to make. HTH :)
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