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    Re: The optimal cluster cavity???

    Every size has been tried over the centuries and we could discuss this ad infinitum. I have tried standard langs, Brother Adam 12 frame hives with 11 1/4" frames, and have a lot of hives (for me)...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    >they printed them on Avery Labels off their shelf and it works out very reasonably priced. I have no real urge to learn the technology to do it myself

    Online Labels are a fraction of the cost...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    The Western covers supplied with several boards lapped don't hold up well to the weather. Make you own with exterior plywood. The metal covered TC are a lifetime purchase if painted well. I am still...
  4. Re: Who made this 5 gallon bucket strainer holder?

    Yes, my friend cut big hole in a bucket and the same size hole in the lid which goes under the bucket with the hole. We set that on the bottling bucket. BUT...with the holder I showed below which...
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    The last picture was up until three years ago, I filtered though USED nylons. The last three years we switched to Drain Sock. I don't think it does as good a job as double USED nylons, but it is...
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    >My recommendation if you want a replacement: Since the rain is finally "on" as not seen in years you might want to GO BIG.

    When I go big, I use my filters pumped though GALVANIZED pipe. But the...
  7. Re: Who made this 5 gallon bucket strainer holder?

    Thanks, that must be the new one. What good does it do hanging on the tank? Outside the honey will miss the tank, inside it will sit down in the honey as the tank fills. That is the problem with the...
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    Those little particles of rust add flavor and texture to a delicate honey.
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    Re: Ask This Old House now instructs beekeepers?

    >8) The honey processing was also disturbing. Did he brush the second side of the frame? How many bees should be pouring out of the extractor?

    Yes, the unscreened extracting shed and the dead...
  10. Re: Who made this 5 gallon bucket strainer holder?

    I think I got it from Joe Smith.
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    I thought one of the big guys had it until recently, but I can't find it.

    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t7/odfrank/2014/2014-12-17132108_zps55a01960.jpg
  12. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    The native flora in the Bay Area does not suitably support bees for production purposes. They are covered with oak trees and grasslands. In the right areas groves of Eucalyptus globulus will aid the...
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    Sure, if TF beekeeping can equal treatment beekeeping in losses ratios, they have achieved the best we can expect at this time. My goal of pre-mite loss levels is a pipe dream at this point until the...
  14. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    I noticed they only included winter losses in the graph. I ran out of bottled honey in July and was "lucky" enough to fine four dead colonies with about 100 pound crop getting robbed long before I...
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    I was a "successful" non-treater and treatment free beekeeper for about ten years between bouts of treatments. My production did not suffer, in fact it increased. But would anyone call me a success?...
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    Comments from a Marin neighbor:

    I have kept bees one hour's drive from Marin county for 45 years. I have 25 years pre-mite experience, 20 years post mite experience, and eight years post (CCD,...
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    Re: Equipment in Michigan

    >I'm planning on running supers.

    What does this mean?
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    >the influx of the migratory colonies for almonds ect. so i imagine the competition for resources is pretty fierce.

    I would think there are almost no commercial almond orchards in Marin County....
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    I see no reason that 500 pound crops or averages would be so difficult. Due to all day rain here, I scanned some pictures from the '70s and 80's, Hillsborough, California. My stacks showing 300 pound...
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    Re: my bees keep killing each other

    A few years ago I put strong new swarms flat on a concrete patio. Towards the end of the summer I noticed that bees were scurrying back and forth between the hives and fighting. I laid 2 X 4...
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    Re: greetings from Berkeley CA

    Buy or beg a super. Maybe cut it to half its height to make two quilt boxes. Saw a 1" vent hole in each side on a steep upward slant. Cover holes with window screen. Staple window screen to bottom of...
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    Re: greetings from Berkeley CA

    I don't know of a commercial source for a Langstroth quilt box. Easy to make with an extra box.
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    Re: greetings from Berkeley CA

    Untreated hives in our area can look great in November and be gone in December. If they are flying well now and bringing in pollen, that is a good sign that they will over winter. I have four in the...
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    Re: greetings from Berkeley CA

    When the rain stops they will fly out and fill up on all the eucalyptus in bloom. No worry, bee happy.
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    Re: my bees keep killing each other

    >that video is not for my bees but only video i found about this

    We can't diagnose your problem with an incorrect video. What I see is a normal hive and normal "grooming?" behavior. Killing and...
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