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  1. Thread: REI gaiters

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    REI gaiters

    Anyone who has a favorite pair of low hiking boots that they like wearing better than work boots needs to consider a pair of these. Very light, bee (and chigger) tight and easily laundered. I have...
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    Re: Do you check before you place your hives

    "You guys"?? There are thousands of commercial beekeepers. Most care, many don't.
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    Re: Update - Pics - Re: Old 45 frame honey extractor

    It's either a Root or an old Woodman that has been retrofitted for some reason. I used to run these a lot as a kid but never paid much attention to the manufacturer. The base should be flipped over...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Exactly, there was such a severe shortage of cells in east Texas for weeks that we grafted longer than what we had either need or orders for. Apparently everyone else did what we did and the...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Yes, I totally get this. After years spent living out of cheap motel rooms, I made an investment on a second home. Best money I have ever spent. We have family and friends that love to come down...
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    Re: How to transport nucs 1600 miles?

    Well technically Ray probably needs an export permit from Florida and an import permit from NY. Personally I wouldn't worry about it. My concerns would be more about them making the journey safely....
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I agree Ian. Down here getting your losses replaced is relatively easy if you are willing to get set up in the south. Doing it in a northern climate takes a bit more skill and a little luck.
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    I couldn't agree more Peter. Love those multi colored mutts. One observation, though, when working yards of even 30 to 40 hives is how difficult it is to ID an aggressive hive as single mean hive...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    There is no reality quite like a first hand testimonial. Your honesty is refreshing. Your reminding (or educating) folks about the Chinese honey dumping is right on the mark. It's a big part of the...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    It may just relate more to curious "beehavior" than the marking event itself though most likely marking increases the probability. I spend a lot of time each spring looking through large hives to...
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    Re: A little frustrated with Dadant

    I do lots of business each year with both Dadant and Mann Lake. Have had both good and bad experiences with each.
    My Cliffs Notes version?
    Better overall product quality? Dadant
    Your best bet...
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    Re: Requeening annually

    We had 2 to 3 men doing about 60 to 80 pallets a day killing maybe 90% of the queens. Always have a forklift in the yard to move pallets around if they begin to drift. We pick them up the next...
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    Re: First grafts of 2014

    That's nice Daniel. I would recommend "quick checking" your grafts at 24 to 48 hours and move all the takes into the center of the frames. It can save some of your good cells on the far ends of the...
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    Re: Requeening annually

    Must have been a nice flow. Most times when I try splitting strong hives that have just been moved in, the robbing can get pretty bad. If they have a day or two to settle they are calmer but, of...
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    Re: Requeening annually

    every thing equally as strong, all reaching their peak right before the main flow.


    Easier said than done in recent years with the sporatic weather.

    Crazy Roland[/QUOTE]
    The perfection I...
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    Re: Requeening annually

    I totally agree word for word. New queens and well timed nucs. Dont let them get light and give them plenty of empty space overhead.
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    Re: Requeening annually

    Yes, as long as they are large enough to adequately occupy the space they are in. Two comb nucs are tricky in a 10 frame deep but work awesome in a space half that size.
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    Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    JZBZ hands down. Can be placed flat between two frames while still allowing bees access through the side holes. No screen to accidentally peel off. Which one would you want to put in your shirt...
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    Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    Duplicate
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    Re: How to find an unmarked Queen?

    Good advice as usual from MP. You sneak into a big hive with as little disruption as possible. When dealing with a large double I use the "divide and conquer" strategy. Carefully set the top box...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Agreed. Many commercials I know, first got the necessary experience then took the plunge by purchasing smaller commercial turnkey operations.
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Yes, it's true that it takes a bit to get built up to a profitable level if you are working from the ground up. What business doesn't? It's also true that few businesses offer the potential ROI...
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    Nice, informative post Chuck. We run thousands of hives that not only evolved from either Bweaver or their Kona "cousins" but are open mated in similar east Texas territory. They are a bit hotter...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Ha ha! Bet none of the naysayers are commercial guys. I've done this for 40 years and with honey prices, pollination rates and bee and queen prices at historic highs, these are the best of times.
  25. Re: "17 billion honey bees injured, killed...", Article featuring Kim Flottum.

    Sounds familiar.
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