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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    Welcome and you are going about things the right way.

    Here is my list of what you need:

    Hive Bodies. You can use two 9 5/8" deep boxes with ten frames each and foundation to fill them OR...
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    Re: I'm using a 1/2 hp sump for syrup

    Ben I am proud of you and watching your progress with pleasure. It is great to see someone building the dream. Keep up the good work and your chin.
  3. Re: Would you B interested and How much would you pay for a 18/9 extractor kit??

    Answers to your query seem to prove your assumptions. The problem would be with people not getting the specific dimension barrel that you build your prototype on. I think people would pay $250 for...
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    Re: Winter Prep

    I need to keep my facts straight! TWO CUPS water to ten pounds sugar. So very sorry but you figured it out. Just so the sugar is all sticky and it will turn brackish. I do really prefer the loose...
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    Re: Pre winter inspection techniques

    Do not tamper with the way the bees have positioned their stores! They have a better handle on what they require. Weigh the double and see if you need to start feeding. My target in a little...
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    Re: Winter Prep

    put a quart of water in ten pounds of sugar and stir til it is all wet. Then I form it into paper soupbowls each holding a little over a pound and gently turn them over in the holes eaten in the MC...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen method

    The cartridge keeps the flour out of the cell which kills the rest of the larvae. I would use a frame that is still pretty white wax so the bees can tear down the bottoms and adequately feed the...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen method

    He used .257 empty cartridges which are very different from a .22 bullet. No reason it wouldn't work.
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    Re: Well now, is this what I think it is?

    Yes indeed. This time of year large populations of bees are traveling farther than normal looking for a diminishing number of flowers. You will see bees this time of year if never otherwise.
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    Re: beekeeper's attitude

    If you do a cut out now at your latitude, you will most probably kill them. Maybe they will live til spring otherwise just harvest the honey because mostly they die overwinter in walls anyway unless...
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    Re: beedun still can smell on frames

    Be more careful next time but unless you really drenched the frames your honey will be fine.
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    Re: 18% moisture honey

    Honey will not ferment if it is less than 18.6% moisture. If your 18% is accurate, you have no problem. Consider blending it with your other buckets that are presumably a little dryer. If you have...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    A small patch of GMO wheat was just found in Montana. The first impression is that it is sabotage as the plants were clumped in the stand. Like someone broad cast some seed. The luddites must need...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen method

    It is a good system and I use it for mite control and producing more colonies. My weakness is judging the best time to perform the process. I take the queen and a couple frames of brood and let...
  15. Re: Do I need to use "shim" or super when applying Apiguard

    I placed it in between the two brood boxes and treated very successfully without apparent colony mortality.
  16. Thread: Winter Prep

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    Re: Winter Prep

    Make sure colony is queenrite. Weigh colony with target being between 125 and 140lbs. If lower I feed til they meet that standard. In later October I put on a feeder rim about three inches deep...
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    Re: Resource Recommendations

    I would be cautious about the fluff books like flottams and the dummies books. A lot of oversimplifications and shiny new eco warrior noise. Read Mr. Bush as it is free on line but by all means buy...
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    Re: Protein patty supplementation

    globalpatties.com will reach them and you can hopefully find a dealer closer to you so freight isn't a killer. The paper stays on as it helps keep them from drying out. They are not winter patties...
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    Re: Protein patty supplementation

    I am feeding my nucs and late splits Global Patties that I get out of Butte Montana. The bees find them palatable whenever I feed them. I use the ones formulated with 15% bee pollen. I get faster...
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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    My biased opinion is that a first time beek is well served by starting with Carniolans. One gains most of the supposed advantages of Russians and they are docile little kittens with wings for the...
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    Re: When to feed 2 to 1

    They will take syrup under 55 if you put it in gallon zip locs as the cluster keeps it warmer. It is still best to pile it on and get them fed as soon as you know they need more weight to winter.
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    Re: I hope I didn't start something bad

    As the available supply decreases, competition increases and they start fighting over whats left. Open feeding can cause problems but the loss of a few (this time of year) overage workers is not...
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    Re: my honey has turned

    The old time whiskeymakers thought the taste of whiskey suffered when people started using yeast instead of relying on natural "souring". That being said, I select my packaged yeast because I want...
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    Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    Bucket feeding works fine for me in isolated yards where I am not feeding another thirty commercial hives. I set the buckets out in front well floated with wheat straw or timothy grass. As long as...
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    Re: Top feeders with Top Entrances?

    It hasn't for me but I don't think robbing is as bad here as it is in your country. I put two each gallon baggies of syrup in shims yesterday. I worry about that happening but the bees seem to...
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