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    Re: Attempting chemical free beekeeping

    Too many issues relating to possible problems of beginner failure to put in one post. One reason beginners fail is they are beginners and if they have a mentor with any experience that mentor...
  2. Thread: Natural Cell

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    Wow, WVBeekeeper, my post must have really gotten...

    Wow, WVBeekeeper, my post must have really gotten your nose out of joint. So much so that you researched my old posts just to give me a personal dig. My post was to Marc who had questions about SC...
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    What can be confusing is you don't know the...

    What can be confusing is you don't know the context from where other beeks get their experience (not talking about MB and those with lots of experience here but those from whose posts you don't know...
  4. Thread: Hive tool

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    The first frame is really the only tricky part...

    The first frame is really the only tricky part where one tool might have an advantage over another. I use the 10" tool exclusively. Once you break the frame loose laterally one can use the corner...
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    It will work even if it isn't fully loaded as...

    It will work even if it isn't fully loaded as long as you load frames opposite each other so it doesn't run unbalanced. If you expand it would be a very nice extractor to have. If you don't...
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    The adult moths come from down south where they...

    The adult moths come from down south where they survive the winter. Not sure how it works in Utah but in the Midwest those southern breezes in the spring help transport many insects, soybean rust,...
  7. Thread: Shipping Honey

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    Develop standard shipping costs.

    Chef, I think you are trying to be a nice guy and split hairs where you shouldn't. Maybe I misread what you have posted.

    If you try to print a unique and specific invoice for each customer to the...
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    You have an extra step that isn't needed. Just...

    You have an extra step that isn't needed. Just take the frames with the cells and make up mating nucs with a frame of honey/pollen. If a frame has more than one cell that's OK as the queen to first...
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    Another myth that might get wings if it's...

    Another myth that might get wings if it's repeated enough. Gentle bees can make lots of honey. There's always a couple of my hives that produce significantly more than the others in my apiary. I...
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    The bees have been working my pecan trees heavily...

    The bees have been working my pecan trees heavily the last week for honeydew. I haven't noticed them doing this in previous years and it may be due to there being no pecans because of the late...
  11. Thread: Marking Queens

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    Betterbee and Beeworks (www.beeworks.com) both...

    Betterbee and Beeworks (www.beeworks.com) both carry numbering kits. While having a number on the thorax sounds cool, there may be a couple of things you don't know about yet. The numbers can come...
  12. It's a beginner book but probably not a bad one...

    It's a beginner book but probably not a bad one to start with compared with all the others that use chemicals as a first step. I also was hoping for more content on organic technique. I found his...
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    Just let me add that the HAS conference was very...

    Just let me add that the HAS conference was very worthwhile. This was my third HAS conference and I think they just keep getting better. There was content for everyone from the rank beginner to the...
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    Dr. Tarpy's formula might make sense if you are...

    Dr. Tarpy's formula might make sense if you are raising tens of thousands of queens but four drone colonies managed for drone production is way overkill for mating 16 queens.
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    The classic queenline glass jars work for me and...

    The classic queenline glass jars work for me and are a nice way to show off the honey. You can still get them from many of the bee supply companies in sizes from 8oz to 4#.
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    The genetic explanation of why one nuc is yellow...

    The genetic explanation of why one nuc is yellow and the other is mixed is probably because the yellow nuc has a queen that has either two dominant genes for color or two recessive genes on her...
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    I have (had) the same problem as your picture...

    I have (had) the same problem as your picture shows from two nucs I got from central Florida this year. Other hives from different genetic stock aren't doing that so I would say in my case the burr...
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    Just keep mowing the lawn. They will work the...

    Just keep mowing the lawn. They will work the clover when it is the preferred nectar source in the area. Until then, mowing will encourage white dutch to put up more blossoms so there will be some...
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    Bee2, Sounds like you have done a lot of...

    Bee2,

    Sounds like you have done a lot of things right so far and have a booming hive. Well done!

    Sometimes, the advice you get in books and from others seems to be confusing. That may be...
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    If you only have one datapoint you can interpret...

    If you only have one datapoint you can interpret the trend any way you want. While this is a great forum to share experiences, there are a lot of people sharing here with limited datapoints. I have...
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    The white and yellow sweet clovers are usually...

    The white and yellow sweet clovers are usually biennial and will grow this year, bloom next year. Some varieties might be annuals. White dutch, alsike, ladino are perennial and might bloom a little...
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    Totally cool! It is really nice to see you have...

    Totally cool! It is really nice to see you have your youngster involved, too.

    When I was young, it was my job to keep the smoker lit for my Dad. It may not have needed my attention but it kept...
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    Dead bees are normal after winter. Is there a...

    Dead bees are normal after winter. Is there a mass of bees still living? If there are living bees, honey, and spring arriving it sounds normal. Relax, unless there is a mite or disease problem...
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    I've used hive top and division board (frame)...

    I've used hive top and division board (frame) feeders. Both work pretty well but I'd go with the hive top feeder because it holds so much more and you can refill it without opening the hive. A...
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    I'd get the motorized radial and size it to how...

    I'd get the motorized radial and size it to how fast you can uncap. That way if you can uncap 9-12 frames while a load spins, get the 9 frame radial and you'll be ready to reload and keep the...
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