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    Re: Queen rearing books

    Michael Bush has some good queen rearing material on his side. I also believe Jay Smith's Better Queen is in public domain available free (PDF)
  2. Queens raised from splits versus grafts or other methods

    I wonder if there is a quality difference generally speaking between queen raised from cells picked 100% by bees (splits, swarms etc) and queens reared from grafts or any other...
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    Re: Full time beekeepers

    I,d say if you want to make 50K a year get a gov job in Obama administration, or keep at least 1000 hives.

    LOL
  4. Re: Value of tomato and pepper plants to honey bee

    Tomatoes and peppers are pollinated by a breeze, or plant vibration (under greenhouse conditions) Cucumbers need insect pollination, but I never see any honeybees on my ...
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    Re: do i need a smoker?

    If you think you do not need the smoker, you probably don't.
    Then you are smarter and you know something 100000000's of beekeepers in last 10000's years did not know.
    I have...
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    Re: Soda jar feeder?

    Sure soda bottles would work, I was thinking about using them too, but so far I have many different sizes mason jars with leads, they are more durable then plastic got to be...
  7. Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    I guess top feeder is your option, I only use top feeders also in my 8 frame hives, many beekeepers would agree that entrance feeder would encurage robbing. Also top ...
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    Re: Cutting down 10 frame boxes to 8 frame boxes

    Lots of good ideas above here. It all depends on one's situation and preferences. Obviously money and wilingness to tinker with existing boxes is a desicive factor.

    Personally I...
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    Re: Smoker fuel - shredded paper.

    I would not use shredded paper unless I am sure it is not coming from those 4 color adds/inserts which are proven to be toxic to plants, I assume so they are toxic to bees.
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    That's why I previously expressed concernns on this thread about using plywood under Fl conditions. But I gave it shoot anyway, with slight mods:

    Since tops and bottoms are the...
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    Re: Why aren't my bees as smart as I am?

    If I was to bet my house, I'd always take odds bees being smarter than you.
  12. Re: Put new hive together, but surprised about the frame spacing.

    I started with 8 frame boxes from Mann's Lake and PF frames, I can fit 9 PF frames in 8 frame box, you could probably fit 11 in your 10 frame box. Some beekeepers do that...
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    Re: Mann Lake Price Increase.

    Well, I consider price increases across the board as an incentive to go fundationless and perhaps start cutting my own frames after my current supplies dry up.

    I think I may ...
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    Re: Beekeeping is a very cheap hobby

    Beekeeping can be inexpensive, or not so, depends on your attitude and willingness to make your own equipment, catching swarms etc.

    Anyway I bet than beekeeping in ...
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    Re: two hives. how far apart?

    If you have only two hives, it does not really matter, if you put them next to each other they may "drift" from hive to hive, which might be beneficial if one of your...
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    Re: Plastic Hive bodys?

    Those who can not afford wood use plastic hives in Europe.
    Condensation is the biggest problem with theese, I hear.

    In US we are blessed with relatively cheap wood...
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    Re: bees from lang. to top bar?

    Here we go, confirmed my suspicions about TBH before I jumped in. At this point I know that TBH is not for honey production, but I may play with one of those to see ...
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    Re: bees from lang. to top bar?

    Anybody flirting with idea of TBH would benefit researching following:
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    Re: Covers for Mason Jar Feeders (Nucs)

    I am cheap so I hoard just about anything, using all kind of jars left from pickles, preserves etc, also plastic coffie jars. Just punch few little holes in the lid. I have...
  20. Re: Frame assembly jigs: Walter t. Kelley vs brushy mountain

    Mine is same like yours, works great and "cost" me 15 min to make out of scrap boards.
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    Re: Best Wood Glue For Hive Bodies & Frames?

    I used Elmer's since I had a large container of it, now I am using TB II, I do not believe TB III is worth extra money.

    This glue thing is overblown, in the past there...
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    Re: Warre practically empty

    As a new beek few years ago I did considered my options with TBH, Warre etc touted as more "green" and "bee friendly" approach, and more I red into it more I was ...
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    Re: Incubator temp controller question

    Reading your original post again, I do not want to get smart with you or unproductively criticize your approach and effort, but it seems to me that it was your first attempt to ...
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    Re: Incubator temp controller question

    In my personal experience using 4 incubators from styrofoam to cabinet over the years the most accurate temp holding is Brinsea ECO, about .5F variance even with fluctuating room...
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    Re: Deep or shallow

    I am switching to all 3/4 (western) supers. I do not like medium super for a brood box, most queens would also agree if they could talk. LOL.

    For cold climat the best super to ...
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