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    Re: How Much Effort

    Gary -
    I'm in expansion mode, and recently moved shop, so calculations are done in reverse order as if I'm where I want to be next year, looking back.

    Before starting, go and get your county...
  2. Re: Groeb Farms, Inc., Case No. 13-58200 (WS) United States Bankruptcy Court, Easte

    Anybody spotting their hives and anonymously posting the locations should be sure to have an alibi ready for whatever could happen...
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    Re: 500 hive operation Honey extraction line

    My buddy usually varies between 450 and 650 hives, and he uses 2 extractors holding 72 frames each. Hopefully, I'll be operating them in a couple of days, and get all the details all over my...
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    Re: Failing Queens

    Oops! Sorry, double post:(
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    Re: Failing Queens

    Ironic that you hit on the answer in your own sentence... ROBBING. We equalize colony strength during nectar dearths to minimize the tendency to rob, but we take notes on who "donated" and who...
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    Re: Failing Queens

    I notice that later in the original post, you say some were swarm cells, some were emergency. If you found evidence that there was no brood, they could be emergency or supercedure, but not so likely...
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    Re: requeening a queenless hive

    You could introduce a queen on a frame of capped brood if the frame has some unfilled space. You have to cover it with screen, and give them plenty of time. The emerging bees will accept the...
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    Re: Queen raising book/dvd

    FWIW, a Jenter Box is an excellent setup, too. I saw them available in Blue Sky Bee Supply for about $85 + shipping, I think. I don't know of any books, though, so ask Michael Bush. I think it is one...
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    Re: Glenn Apiaries - Pol-Line queens

    It's kind of like having a race horse with Man-o-War in it's ancestry. The advantage was that the line came from a few hives of crosses that were not only surviving rough, migratory beekeeping...
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    Re: Strong Hopelessly Queenless NUC

    +1.

    Also. if they are back filling, they are still thinking about swarming. Break up the brood nest by taking 2 frames out (not right next to each other) and add empty frames - no foundation.
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    Re: Using house bees in a starter??

    Bees from 5 to 15 days old make the best queen cells, according to Laidlaw and Page.

    Taking nurse bees out of supers in the middle of the day, when older bees are mostly out on field flights is...
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    Re: Queen raising book/dvd

    Keqwow is right on about Laidlaw & Page's Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding, which is the best. I have read all 3 books mentioned - Eckert & Laidlaw's Queen Rearing, and Harry Laidlaw, Jr.'s...
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    Re: Game Plan Change

    Each year is different - notably rainfall, timing, and flower production all vary a bit. I'd suggest keeping your hives equal as much as possible, except if you are raising queens or have only a few...
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    Re: requeening a queenless hive

    jjimgee-

    Make a Laidlaw queen introduction push-in cage. It is a 5" wide x 7" long x 7/8" deep rectangle of wood with #8 hardware cloth over the top and a 1" strip of sheet metal mounted to the...
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    Re: Pic of one of this years queens

    How do you make it the desktop on your computer?
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    My best luck so far is a wooden top fitted inside the plastic tanks. The tops have 4 holes drilled in them, each hole has 1/8" mesh hardware cloth rolled into a tube and stuffed into the bottom,...
  17. Thread: How exact?

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    Re: How exact?

    Build a box assembly jig (a.k.a. "squaring jig"). That sets your inside dimensions while clamping the glued joints, and keeps the dang things SQUARE. Build it good and sturdy, as it will be taking...
  18. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    Destructive testing known as "beekeeping with old hives" gives the conclusion that coated staples and Tite Bond III kick booty over any nail. The reason is that the thinner metal of the staple does...
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    I use home made foam nucleus hives with waxed cardboard boxes inside and milk crates outside, with Coroplast covers. I get the materials for free at DumpsterMart ;)

    The only cost was building the...
  20. Re: Removing queen cells from plastic foundation.

    If I have only 2 or 3 QC's on a plastic foundation frame, I just give a queenless nuc the frame with all of them on it - no cutting required. Usually the first one out becomes the new queen, but I...
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    Re: Mead Recipes

    Vance - Thanks for the book recommendation, I'm getting the hint that Ken's book is probably the best available. The recipes abound - and I printed Ben Brewcat's basic introduction sticky article and...
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    Re: Dead queen, super bummed

    @ WBVC - If the bees are superceding a queen, there is a reason for it. Remember, they are VERY good judges of her, we only THINK we are. They may raise only one supercedure cell and take superb care...
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    Re: Dead queen, super bummed

    We've all been there, good buddy.

    I hear the good news for you is that the world is full of bummers, the number increasing greatly, the further one gets from Missoula, Montana (paraphrased from "A...
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    Re: Mead Making Question

    Another idea that speeds the learning process is to pay for an analysis kit. You fill the empty bottle and send it off to the laboratory and they give you a partial or full report on the entire...
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    Re: Mead Recipes

    A good recipe-making method is to keep notes on the honey, the water (test it!), and to put the same 5- or 6-gallon mix into 1 gallon bottles. Start by varying the yeast in each 1-gallon bottle,...
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