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    Re: Electric Fence Ground Rods? 3 Needed?

    Pat, David, others who might try it -

    A 30-30 in not sufficient for bear. Black bear - .30/'06 Springfield with at least a 150 grain slug should be considered minimum, preferably in a lever action...
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    Re: Cut-out box

    I'd never use that for cut-outs. I vacuum them up, go combine them to an existing (weak) colony, and then come back and finish the work. I'd then feed he honey back to the bees, and melt and left...
  3. Re: Why I decided to buy my equipment, instead of build it.

    Your goal (as in number of colonies) and your calendar make the decision for you - time vs. money. Also, your situation - having a place to work, a flatbed truck, a forklift, a number of orchard...
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    Re: b) First equipment & supplies to obtain

    Start out getting (or making) your protective clothing so you can begin learning from other beekeepers, and read Beesource! It has more info than any book. Pay attention to the older, more successful...
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    Re: Replenishment of starter/finisher box

    David L - Thanks for the link to your website. You've written a good, clear explanation of Joseph Clemen's method. That will be my late-season setup from now on, but I'll probably just pop in a...
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    Re: Caging and attendants

    For shipping, they do well with 7 to 10 attendants per queen.

    Introducing foreign queens is best done under a push-in cage, over part honey, part bee bread (pollen), mostly capped brood. If the...
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    Re: Caging and attendants

    Oops! Double-post. :(
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    Sticky: Re: Talk About Your Incubator

    14" x 13" x 19" = 3458 cubic inches, just barely over 2 cubic foot (3456 cubic inches, just short of 15 gallons, somewhere around 55 or 56 litres, i think).

    50 Watts is arbitrarily large for a...
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    Sticky: Re: Talk About Your Incubator

    Redneck (and Jim Lyons earlier) brings up the issue of portability - I had not thought of that.

    I'm now bringing the breeder hives, the shaker box, and the grafting tent to the mating nuc' yard...
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    Re: How do YOU harvest brood for mating nucs?

    When I'm working with my friend's large-scale operation, we shake bees through an excluder into the shaker box, which has 1 frame of open brood in it. We do this during mid-day if we want nurse bees,...
  11. Re: I have a queenless hive can I use it to raise cells?

    Robin - You should try adding 8 to 10 frames of capped brood 10 days prior to adding your grafts, THEN make them queenless in the morning before grafting in the afternoon..
  12. Re: Wax cell cups queen rearing on a large scale.

    There was a thread about pouring wax cell cups molded out of a silicone mold. They used JZBZ cups for a model, I'll have to search it again to find the release agent.

    Someone figured that you can...
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    Re: Any flow in Los Angeles now?

    Poison Oak honey is a little bit dark, but nice and sweet. Zero problems.

    Also blooming is bottle brush, Matilija poppy, lavender, buckwheat is now full-bloom with bees on it, and some trees that...
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    Re: I HATE Foundationless!

    Several of my hives are started on foundation, and the foundationless frames are slipped in afterwards, in-between drawn combs. I do wire them.

    I add wire-only frames to break up the brood best...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    Once you get big enough, you'll probably consider keeping a queen bank full-time, year-'round, buying queens from Hawai'i of necessary. Using an IPM program, a target date for a harsh mite treatment...
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    Re: Any flow in Los Angeles now?

    Oranges are finished. I had 5 days of purple button sage here in Ojai (Ventura County). The flowers are not sweet as of yesterday, so it's over. April's not even over yet, and its so dry that the...
  17. Thread: Eggs

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    Re: Eggs

    Usually about 3 weeks queenless does it. If you think you actually have this situation, consult a veteran beekeeper at once.

    Also, when introducing a mated queen not related to your LWs, place her...
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    Re: over 30 days and no eggs yet

    The earliest you should see eggs is 22 and 1/2 days from a queenless split with open brood, unless it included an existing queen cell or had an unregistered virgin- or mated-queen, in which case it...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Now that is a classic of Beesource AND of mathematics! 1 +1 = 3!

    I am reminded of the limerick that was written about Paul Erdoes (pronounced "Air-dish"), the Man Who Loved Only Numbers...

    A...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    We don't all fit into the same mold. Some folks get into beekeeping from different routes than others.

    Laurie Miller is an example of a beekeeping prodigy, possessing great computer skills, a...
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    Re: My Little Queen Cells Experiment

    I like the idea of distributing the load of the feeding work over more nurse bees. I'll try this, moving the QC's 2 days after grafting into queen less 10-frame nuc's primed 10 days earlier with 8...
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    Re: Bullet and powder queen rearing?

    There have been several threads about Mel Disselkoen's "OTS" Method. Use the search window at the top of the page, type in "OTS" or "Mel Disselkoen" or ".257 caliber" and you'll probably find them.
  23. Re: What's bad about half height frames & boxes?

    Snapper1d: Save the strips and run them on the router table to make your tops and bottom boards (unless you're using IPM screened bottom boards). Tongue-and-groove, Lockmiter, or wavy glue joint all...
  24. Thread: New hives

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    Re: New hives

    JConnolly - how did you imbed that drawing into your post? I'd love to learn how to do that!
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac

    Very similar to the photos above, I made a 5-gallon bucket bee vacuum with an old 2 HP Shop Vac. It had a 1.5" hose that I cut to fit into a PVC ball valve to control intake speed. The PVC fittings...
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