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    Re: To use or not to use an Uncapper

    The lack of mechanical aptitude is the deal breaker for me. I know my limitations. I can maintain an uncapping fork.
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    Re: No Gloves- No Veil......WHAT?

    McBee, how are those packages doing? Are they taking the syrup down well enough?
  3. Re: tricks for determining a colony to be queenless, without finding the queen?

    Also, there attitude changes. I have described it as angry, others have described it as depressed. Either way, they seem more irascible.
    An indication, without going into the hive, is that every...
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    Re: Solar fence sharger for bears

    One of the most popular brands i have seen mentioned in previous threads is the "Parmak"
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    Re: Combining Queen-right Nucs

    Chris, combining straight away would be fine. There should be no need for a delay. Make sure both boxes have an auger hole in them so that one doesn't suffocate - I've done that. :(
    You may want...
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    Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    I was hoping that the finishing of cells could be accomplished by a smaller split as most of the jelly had been put in by the starter. All indications point to that being a false hope. Thanks for...
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    Re: To use or not to use an Uncapper

    Stainless uncapping tanks are beautiful, but they are not absolutely necessary for a smaller operation. A tank is not needed. An uncapping rack will suffice. Something to hold the frames, allowing...
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    Re: What does a swarm hive need?

    The stimulus to bring in pollen is open brood. If there is no open brood they have no urge to gather it. They will get it when they need it. Don't worry.
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    Re: Box joint machine??

    Thanks for answering so quickly. If it works that well I can see it being a game changer in the bee box industry. Good work. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Box joint machine??

    How much does it cost? The only thing I didn't like in the short video was the bend in his back. The machine would be easier to operate if it was a foot taller. What I really like was how safe it...
  11. Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Ian, you seem to be doing pretty well from where I'm standing. You have all your bees to hand. You are not dependent on the vagaries of other people's weather. You don't have to leave your wife...
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    Re: Simple nuc sling.

    That does make sense, and I appreciate the tip. :thumbsup:
  13. Re: Do bees "waste time" on certain plants?

    Stuart, the bees turn that pollen into brood. I would not cut down any early pollen source. Bees do well with a variety.
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    Re: Simple nuc sling.

    Mark, after the bottom board has been removed and cleaned in the spring it falls off when the box is lifted by the handles. Also, I am only 5' 8" so I can not reach around the boxes as easily as...
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    Simple nuc sling.

    I was looking for a relatively ergonomic way to weigh my nucs. Lifting with the OD Frank handles is fine for the individual boxes, but when I lift the whole thing the bottom board will sometimes...
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    Re: Short Course or Not?

    It is a mixed bag. Whilst I am doing quite well without the methods taught in the course I attended there were some valuable tips around basic bee biology, flows, and some management that I...
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    Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    I'm still curious about this method. As I understand it, most of the royal jelly is deposited in the cell in the first 48 hours after grafting and so the finishing of the cell should be a minimal...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in MM

    Nick, thanks. I lost 3 out of 39 over winter. I follow Mel Disselkoen's method for starting them, and Mike Palmer's methods for the growing and use of nucs.
    In June I start them with 2-3 frames...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in MM

    Sam, that is a FBIC ( A feed bag inner cover). The FBIC goes under a 2 inch piece of styroafoam. There is an auger hole 3 inches from the top of the box that serves to vent air and as an exit on a...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in MM

    Sam, to back up Michael's point it can be done and it is not too hard. I am just east of the metro. This video gives you a picture of my set-up.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MatoOA9TapA
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen

    That is true - I haven't seen any studies either, but brood breaks work.
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen

    My book came. I am very happy with it. Much of the information is on Mel's website, if you are undecided about the method I suggest you try it as prescribed on his website and then buy the book in...
  23. Re: What makes a nice hive turn mean?

    Yes.

    Also, the beekeeper can have an influence, as can the weather and time of day.
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    Re: The Hex Plex Pagoda beehive

    OD, that is a thing of beauty.
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    Re: Swarm with Clipped Wing Queen

    As I understand it: Swarm cells occur as normal, then the swarm issues, and the queen tries to follow. She will end up on the ground, and may not get back into the hive. The swarm returns to the...
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