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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Thanks for the update!
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    Re: No compete clauses

    This!

    And it is true from collecting trash to building rocket ships. And it doesn't require running a bunch of hives to know.
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    Re: No compete clauses

    Attack me all you want, but competing with the start-ups is a part of having a business.
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    Re: No compete clauses

    Respectfully, this shoot-in-the-head analogy is so silly as to be obviously irrelevant.

    And, this "ethics" argument is just another way of saying the old guys shouldn't have to compete anymore. ...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    If an established business is losing clients to the up and comers, then there is a problem with that established business.

    Clients will switch to a new supplier if there is a slip in customer...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    Thinking that because a business is established it no longer has to compete against the young upstarts, regardless of where they got their knowledge, is a sense of entitlement usually only found in a...
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    I always thought a larger hive would have more bees and thus more foragers, and, additionally, a larger hive would have a larger percentage of its bees working as foragers. Meaning, larger hives can...
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    Re: swarm commander vs ultra breeze bee suit

    Obviously, people are free to buy from wherever they want. Myself, I don't care where a product is made. I look to quality first (including quality of materials, quality of design, quality of...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    JMHO, but I think it is unreasonable to teach others, and then expect them to not use that knowledge any way they want.
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Excellent. Thanks!
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    What's the difference between a "Dadant jumbo" and a "Dadant deep" and a "Langstroth jumbo" and a "Langstroth deep"?

    And, are there any other big hives used in the U.S?
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    Re: Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)

    Joe! Good to see you on the forum! This is a great place and there is lots to learn here.
  13. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    While not directed to dry pollen substitutes, this is a good study comparing pollen patties by Randy Oliver:

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/a-comparative-test-of-the-pollen-sub/

    Both Ultrabee...
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    Re: new to bees, never been stung, should I?

    JMHO, but you are being too cautious and are over-thinking it.

    If you have enough interest to read books and go to a bee club meeting, then you have enough interest to warrant buying a package of...
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    Re: mid winter OAV in the south.....numbers

    deknow - are you doubting that the killing mechanism of OA is absorbing the acid through the mite's footpads, or are you pointing out that there is no definitive proof that this is the killing...
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    Re: ordering new bees

    "What kinds of "fancy" queens are you referring to?"

    I'll send you a PM, since in this context it will seem like the queen suppliers I have used are providing an inferior product, which I don't...
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    Re: ordering new bees

    100-150 lbs of honey is a great production result. Especially along the Front Range, which is a relatively dry region. I never had anything like that kind of performance from any of the "fancy"...
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    Re: ordering new bees

    I have had good experiences with Noble Apiaries. I ordered my packages for this year from them.

    JMHO, but I think the focus on bee breeds is misguided. Unless you are replacing your special...
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    Re: Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)

    I have given some serious thought about placing an early order for queens. I was hesitating because I didn't think the commercial queen producers would want to deal with a small-time hobbyist (~12...
  20. Re: Does a top entrance on langstroth hive promote robbing?

    The key to preventing robbing is to keep the entrance(s) small so that the bees can adequately guard it(them). There should always be a little bit of a traffic jam at the entrance(s). I check and...
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    Re: Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)

    I did feed early last year with the intention of kickstarting the brood rearing cycle to get bigger hives to get more honey. I don't really need the honey, I was just experimenting with a common...
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    Re: Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)

    Arnie - Thanks for you input. When do the maples usually bloom in your area?
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    Re: Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)

    Good advice. Thanks!
  24. Thread: Frame Perch

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    Re: Frame Perch

    I am a big fan of the frame perch. Although, an empty super would work too. The frame perch is nice because it is "right there", minimizing how much moving around you need to do during an...
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    Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)

    I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather here in Denver, Colorado, today to do a quick check of my hives.

    I found that my strongest hives have started producing brood. I saw small...
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