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  1. Alfalfa nectar temperature and tolerance to frost.

    We received a light frost last night. 31F or -1C for 2 hours last night. The grass was white in the morning.

    My questions are: How much frost can the fall flowers take and still produce...
  2. Re: Make 15 year old help with sideline business?

    Matt903 I can identify with you 100%. I have boys, 16, 14.5, and 12. I have been working very hard to grow our operation towards commercial. My boys and I have gone through alot of stages in our...
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    Re: When to stop supering?

    Awesome!
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    Re: Centripetal force in extractors.

    Astro, thanks for running the numbers. I suspect the difference is rounding. Its interesting that the difference between the 2 suggested rpms from cowen is a difference of around 7 g's as well. ...
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    Centripetal force in extractors.

    I friend of mine sparked a question about how fast extractors should be spinning. He just purchased a new cowen 120 frame this year. Cowen told him his machine should turn at 260-280 rpm.

    I...
  6. Re: Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    If you make a colony queenless for 24-48 hours they will begin emergency cells. I have had great success introducing a queen into this situation. Who tears down the cells, im not sure, but my...
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    Re: Queen cell dying

    Are you sure your dates are correct?
  8. Re: Well another milestone reached! Just got stung by a queen!

    The sent of other queens is something that I didn't consider. That makes alot of sense, as I had handled about 15 queens before the one that stung me. There was no stigger left behind, and the...
  9. Well another milestone reached! Just got stung by a queen!

    I know many who believe that a queen will not sting you, but I have experienced it. I was marking queens at my kitchen table when I was stung by one. No worker bees around, and definately a laying...
  10. Re: I guess you can shoot bears in Minnesota for raiding your hives!

    You always could, you're just not supposed to.
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    Re: Reading the hydraulic pressure gauge

    Yeah, my math is wrong, some how I failed to square the radius and multiplied it by 2 instead. Thanks for reworking it.
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    Re: Reading the hydraulic pressure gauge

    Total Area of your 2 cylinders = 7.0685775sq"
    So if there is no mechanical advantage involved, if you applied 100psi to the cylinders they should lift 706.8lbs
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    Re: Hive lifting Ideas/Help needed

    How many hives are you looking at moving?
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    Re: Safe area around bee hive

    I find that it is helpful to have enough room to set the lid and top box behind the hive and still have 4 feet between equipment and the next hive back. Seems if things are closer than 4' they...
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    Re: Mini nucs,are they worth selling?

    I would ship them unassembled. Standard 1/2 frame top and bottom bars, buyer selects shallow, medium, or deep end bars. Unassembled is much more compact.
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    Re: Mini nucs,are they worth selling?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?288103-How-I-plan-on-overwintering-40-mating-nucs-on-mini-frames

    These are pretty much what I use, and what I think would be must practical to...
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    Re: Mini nucs,are they worth selling?

    What I think would be most desirable and is not available is 1/2 length frames that fit into a split box super with a 1/4" divider. The top and bottom bars can be mated with mann lakes side bars of...
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    Re: Mini nucs,are they worth selling?

    Mini nucs are most effective for those looking to raise a large number of queens. I find that regular hives or full sized nucs are fine for raising a hobby level of queens. You may be able to...
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    What's everyone elses thoughts on the ecconomics/cost to draw comb that JM put together?

    I have considered a test using 10 hives that are as even as possible. Give half of them all drawn comb...
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    What i understand is that the auction was listed as unresearved. Not to say a seller cant have a buddy buy the bees back for him, but that's ethically questionable. A friend of mine bought 120 of...
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    Nuc prices were around $125, but by the end of they sale they were selling for $60. Some lots went higher but not many from what I hear.
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    Manitoba Bee Auction

    I heard that this years sale had a record number of colonies up for auction and prices went cheap. Everyone seems to have bees this year.

    It seams a strong statement that there is no need for...
  23. Re: Put the queen cell in a mating nuc 2 days early or 1 day late?

    I agree, and am in the same dilemma. Just make sure the coloney has enough bees to keep the cell warm, and be very very gentle. Also, dont chill the cells when installing.

    How many are you...
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    Re: Baby nucs, divider boards, 5 framers...

    I hear ya. I am on a very similar path, and resources are always the issue. I am working towards a system similar to Laurie's or Michael Palmers mating nucs, and plan to winter the bees in the mini...
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    Re: self spacing frames

    I have about 400 bent up discarded frame spacers is a garbage pile if you want them. Lets just say im not a fan.
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