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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    I've always had good luck with the cheap traps that any bee supply place sells. You know the black plastic ones that go between the frames. I especially use them in my splits and mating nucs, they...
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    Re: Anyone had AFB problem in Mid-Tenn

    I have never seen a case of AFB here, and I have never preventative treated either.
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    Re: Thinking of making my own hives

    I don't make my own boxes, but I do make my bottom boards and tops. It has saved me a lot of money.
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    Calling on all Chemists

    I have a fifty five gallon drum of thick heavy syrup, I am not sure of the water to sugar ratio, but it is thick. My question is, how much apple cider vinegar or lemon juice would I need to add to...
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    Re: Will copper top blow away?

    Around here the top would get stolen for the copper. :(
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    Re: Foundationless or using foundation?

    Foundationless pro: Cutting out queen cells to put in a nuc or mating box. You don't have to worry about hitting wire or plastic. I don't care how good a beekeeper you are, you will have swarm...
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    How do you Northern beeks do it?

    Watching the weather, it always amazes me that bees in the North survive sub zero temperatures and blizzards. I get worried when it drops in the twenties. I will see pollen in a few weeks and the...
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    Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    I plan on being over 60 hives this spring, with splits. (Lord willing) I use frame feeders for all of my hives, when I feed, I mix everything up in five gallon buckets. I pop the cover on low...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Jean,

    These were the first packages I bought in over ten years. I have read numerous posts here on BS that talk about package queens being inferior, and that the best thing to do is to replace...
  10. Thread: Queen Prices

    by Matt903
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    Re: Queen Prices

    Raise your own! It's not thar hard. It was the best beekeeping decision I ever made. Start breeding from queens whose traits you like, and don't look back!
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    Re: winter 5 frame nucs in northwest ky?

    I have been wintering five frames for the past few years, I make a nuc around the start of June, this is the latest I will do if I am letting them make their own queen. I can make a five frame a...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Did I say anything about basing ALL my beekeeping decisions on what happened to my packages? Did anywhere in the post did I mention scientific study? I merely shared an experience in which package...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    You are exactly right. I am glad I could help him, and I do have 80 frames of drawn comb now, the post was really an observation of the unreliabllity of package bees.

    Fields, how do you figure...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    No, the test isn't over yet, but an almost 50 percent loss on the packages, when I am used to about a 5 percent loss? Kind of speaks for itself.
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    I will never buy packages again.

    Long story short, a buddy of mine was getting deployed and had ordered nine packages. I have not bought a package in years, but he had already paid for them, and they would arrive after he left. I...
  16. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    About 15 years ago, I bought "combining paper." It was advertised a specially treated paper to help hives combine easier. It looked like newspaper when I got it. Kind of embarrassed to actually...
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    Re: 2015 betterbee catalog

    Barry I know you are right, but I just can't get past a certain suppliers free shipping for $100 order. Maybe I have been sucked in and played for a fool, but their prices seem to be in line with...
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    Re: 2015 betterbee catalog

    I agree, nice catalog, but you sure pay for that nice catalog with their shipping costs.
  19. Thread: 2015 plans

    by Matt903
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    Re: 2015 plans

    A growing year for me. Raise my own queens and double the number of my hives by splitting my current ones I plan on culling queens more aggressively and replace them with some proven local queens I...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Putting nucs in the same yard as strong hives. I have gotten away with it for years, but this summer it caught up with me. I hated opening those robbed out dead nucs and knowing it was my fault...
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    Pollen in East Tennesee in December.

    Sorry for the upside down pic, but the bees were flying today and bringing in pollen! Never seen that before in late December. The earliest I remember seeing pollen is February. Any idea what it...
  22. Thread: Black bees

    by Matt903
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    Re: Black bees

    Could have been a black drone that your queen mated with on her mating flight. A swarm that I caught this spring were feral, and they were black.
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    Re: Packages or 3 frame nucs?

    E spice,

    Adam beat me to it, but if his lead doesn't work out, I can get you five frame deep nuc for 150. Pm if interested.
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

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    To echo what Adam said, I overwintered some four and five frame nucs last year, and that was with the 0 temps. I did however feed them mountain camp style the whole winter, and gave them...
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    Re: The price of bees

    I got $150 for a five frame nuc last year and $200 for a top bar nuc, and sold out! Several older beeks told me I was asking to much, and would not sell them. I still got calls from people in July...
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