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  1. Re: Serious Concern - capped honey has black blotches in it

    Is it pollen at the bottom of the cell? Can you describe the blotches?
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    Re: Frustrated with Swarm Harvester

    Edgar, PM Cleo Hogan. He is the inventor of this and has posted regularly on Beesource. He is very helpful, and will be able to tell you if you are missing something, or if there is something wrong...
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    Re: Beeyard is a brown mess !!

    It is good news and normal. Well done - your bees are making it. Don't worry. Just use the warmer weather to check that your survivors have a few frames of honey left.
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives

    Practice using the smoker, lighting it and keeping it going. At first a beekeeper is slow, and the longer you are in the hive the angrier the foragers become. Angry foragers become defensive. ...
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inhereted 50 hives

    Do you have any protective wear and a smoker?
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    At this time of year I will take a plain live queen over a pretty but dead one - she is doing her job. Handsome is as handsome does. There are plenty of pretty queens that aren't able to lead their...
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    Re: Aves "Fix-It" compound

    I think it may outlast the rest of the box. The person repairing my box put a few short nails in the wood to give the repair something else to hang on to.
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    Re: Aves "Fix-It" compound

    I had a colony in two good double deeps. Two years ago a woodpecker decided to chip a hole of about 3 inches in the boxes. It went right through the frame rest of one deep and into the bottom of...
  9. Re: Does anyone in the north use 3 deeps ??

    JTGaraas, if your hives are close you can usually tell if they are alive by just pressing your ear and head against the hive. Unless you have hearing loss you should hear a low buzzing. Whilst your...
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    Re: What is the purpose of a Nuc

    Perhaps not a purpose, but side effects - fun and satisfaction. I derive much more satisfaction from raising my own queens in nucs and bringing them through the winter than I do from making honey. ...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    You're welcome. I have trouble remembering anniversaries and Birthday's, but articles like that stay with me.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Thanks for your thoughts Ian/Earl. I think having an emergency "out" is a good idea. Spring can arrive in a rush.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I have some questions. Imagine that people ran their systems exactly like Bush84 and McBee7, but had the hives arranged against the walls so that the bees had access to the outside through small...
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    The cleats would have been a lot better with a 15 to 20 degree angle on them - Od frank style. They are much more ergonomic than square/rectangle profile cleats.
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    Re: Winter pictures?

    For the non-europeans, according to Wikipedia.

    "The tits, chickadees, and titmice constitute Paridae, a large family of small passerine birds which occur in the northern hemisphere and Africa....
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    It is fascinating stuff. I am reading Seeley's "Honeybee Democracy". With regard to cavity size he says wild colonies won't select a cavity smaller than 12 liters, with about 40 liters being the...
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    Earl, instead of whining - give wine to the wife! Then the good lady may let you build boxes anywhere. :)...
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    Ddawg, I think the problem is that there is no industry standard for the width of a 5 frame nuc. Mann Lake's is 9 5/8", Miller Bee Supply's is 9 1/4", using 3/4 lumber it looks like the one here...
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    Re: This may be crazy but....

    Mike, don't let the "crazy comb" distract you. I posted the photos for interest, the comb was an unusual side-effect that I thought was interesting. As I remember Roland telling me the jury was out...
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    Re: This may be crazy but....

    Hey, Risky. I don't know, but in Wisconsin in winter noone is inspecting hives. The colonies were not left like that for long. Shortly after the photos were taken the extra comb was cut off and...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I have resurrected the specific post I was thinking of over in the "Forum"
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?265492-This-may-be-crazy-but
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    Re: This may be crazy but....

    Ressurected for Eduardo. When I refer to packages note that these were in the spring of 2011. I haven't bought packages since.
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Eduardo, I did write up Roland's method somewhere once I will see if I can find it later. I'll PM you the link when I do, if I feel ambitious I might write up the whole integrated scheme.
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    In getting back to the focus of the thread. If you have the space, and the time, try raising a few queens by whichever method interests you most. Raising queens is fun. Opening a nuc then seeing...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    squarepeg, in reading Mel's writings his goal is that nurse bees have access to appropriate aged larva, as soon as they can. I see notched larva as insurance. I notch cells on 6 frames if I can...
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