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    Re: paint stripper

    Yes, don't strip off well adhered old paint. Use a power washer as your surface prep, it does a good job of safely removing loose paint while removing dust and debris. Renail as needed then a coat...
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    Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    Yes and lots of other hive behaviors as well. There has been some good research done on this by Jerry Bromemshenk.
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    Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    I've never seen a 30+ pound day though I have seen many in the mid 20's. My experience is they can lose as much as 1/3 of the initial gain overnight so I wouldn't count on back to back 30+ pound...
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    Re: One pound comb honey dimensions

    Seems like I've seen it individually weighed and marked much like random cuts of cheese.
  5. Re: Texas and Oklahoma flooding relationship to 2015 midwest honey production.

    Just heard an unconfirmed second hand report of 800 hives that got washed away.
    In light of recent news reports showing the loss of life and the scope of human suffering from the flooding,...
  6. Re: Texas and Oklahoma flooding relationship to 2015 midwest honey production.

    It sure couldn't be classified as a good year from a southern honey flow standout and it has been a pain dealing with 3 months (and counting) of mud and mostly light bees. However we did have a real...
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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    This is a bit of a head scratcher. I take it there are no puppies around as you only mentioned 3 large dogs. Im going to eliminate woodpecker because looks like a series of bite marks because of...
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    Cutout in Atlanta, TX. Area

    Sounds like it might be a good size swarm. PM me for more info. If you are interested.
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    We had a bunch of bees down in south Texas a number of years ago. Ended up requeening the whole lot of them and getting them the heck out of there. I couldn't even begin to count all the fake...
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    Re: Basswood - reliable nectar source?

    Yes, some years produce more nectar than others but at least as important is the weather during the bloom. A couple of hard, ill timed rains can spoil everything.
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    Re: Queen rearing calendar Generator

    If you grafted on the 1st make sure they are out of the builders by the evening of the 11th. That may not agree with many calendars out there. All I can figure out is whoever comes up with those...
  12. Re: Utah county proposes banning commercial and migratory beekeeping

    Well I guess so if this is, in fact, a small, closed, self sustaining bee breeding area. If it is, then I have no problem with the idea. However if they allow queen, package or nuc imports then it...
  13. Re: Utah county proposes banning commercial and migratory beekeeping

    So no queens or packages would be allowed to be imported into the area as well?
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    Re: Relocating hives morning vs. evening

    I used to move bees mostly in the dark but now prefer to move bees at first light in the morning, they usually don't fly much in the first few hours of daylight while in the evening they tend to fly...
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    Re: This is interesting...

    This may be true through evaporative cooling or it may not. It is an interesting theory, though and one that could be easily proven or disproven with an electronic indoor/outdoor type of thermometer...
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    Re: the bee and butterfies are getting help from the Government finally!

    Yes, I'll forward the 15% loss memo on to my bees. :D.
    I'm not normally in favor of more "helpful" programs from "big brother" but guidelines for bee friendly planting and mowing on public lands,...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    I don't know Barry, I just don't know. I can only say the tone of the CBS report doesn't reflect the beekeeping world I live in. I am a bit surprised at the tone struck by Mr. Delaplane. Queens...
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    Re: Million dollar rain

    Yup drought or flood, ain't that the truth. With what has been happening in California I hate to complain but we've had nearly 30" of rain in east Texas since the first of the year with a forecast...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    Something new? Hardly. Keeping our numbers up has been a yearly challenge as long as I have been in the business. The only difference is pre varroa our losses were primarily winter losses while...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    I typically have more summer "losses" than winter "losses" but I requeen everything each year. I think of it more as queen failures, though, and it usually falls somewhere between 10 and 20%. These...
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    Re: Weird beetles - what are they?

    Cockroaches. They are harmless to the hive but do show up if there is much debris in the hive and sometimes even if there isn't.
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    Listened to a presentation by Dr. VanEnglesdorp at the annual AHPA convention. He referred to last years survey as "an incredibly rich data set" and broke down last years report saying what was...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    I've got it backwards. Commercial guy here hoping to someday be a hobbyist.
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    Re: Who makes the best vented bee jacket

    I bought one of the Dadant economy jackets and it wasn't very well liked because of its poor lateral visibility.
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    Re: Queen cell installation

    I presume that's what happens the majority of the time and if there was a problem with the installed cell then you have a good head start on a new one. If you choose to wait another week those would...
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