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    Re: queen rearing notes

    I'd keep notes of buildup rates - you'll need a bathroom scale or a fish scale and a harness for the hives, and weigh each candidate colony every 10 days or every week, depending on how often you go...
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    Re: What feed is best for queen rearing?

    Trap pollen during the peak of the flow, and freeze it. Thaw it and shake it back into a frame of empty comb a day before before raising queens (shake it into the frame the morning before rearranging...
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    Re: Grafting frame and cell punch tool

    I'd suggest leaving the candy escape out. I prefer to be the one who chooses when the queens are released - I use Laidlaw cages, which have no candy release. When the bees stop forming attack balls,...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    93022, 93023, 93060, 93001. Bradford Callery Pear started blooming yesterday, so the "Ammonds" will be blooming soon. A wind squall blew most of the early flowers off the trees down near the coast.
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  5. Re: Going to try this with a twist, queen rearing

    That should work fine.

    A frame holding individual boxes is a more flexible setup, but you can make a bunch of these "holey board" queen banks in so little time its ridiculous. If you include a...
  6. Re: Going to try this with a twist, queen rearing

    It sure looks like a lot of labor. I make a piece of 2" x 6-1/8" (medium depth) x 19" lumber, cut the "ears" for hanging it like a frame, then drill a grid of overlapping 7/8" diameter holes like...
  7. Re: Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    My best honey producer hives are gawdawful mean, though not as bad as they used to be. I take a hike through tree branches when they are "attack balling" me. They don't follow me through 3 avocado...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    But YOU drinking six bottles of MY mead is good for my sales...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    93022, 93023, 93001, 93003, 93004, 93030, 93060 zipcodes.

    Rosemary has been blooming since late October, but BLOOMING VERY HEAVILY in January, and the bees are on it. The heavy bloom is likely in...
  10. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    If you put 3 slots down the insides, you get use as 3 x 3-frame mating nuc's, 2 x 5-frame increaser nuc's, 7 + 3-frame breeder queen isolation hive using excluder partition, and as a regular old...
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    Re: Outdoor chest freezer?

    For outdoor use I'd recommend a stainless steel model, plenty big enough for lots of frames, and good on energy stinginess. I'd also put a lock on it if it's outdoors.

    Storing frames without a...
  12. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    How about the dumbest thing I DIDN'T buy? That would be pollen substitute feed patties my first year, unless you count not buying my own piece of property outside of the city and in good bee country...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    I recall from a few years ago seeing a listing of crops and pollination prices through University of Florida's website. Sorry, I don't have the link. They also had a study suggesting planting of...
  14. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    You can always cut deeps into all mediums later after you shoulders go to pieces. I set the table saw ripping fence parallel to the blade at 6-5/8", set the top side of the box against the fence and...
  15. Re: Restrictions on selling homemade woodenware?

    I'd very strongly recommend reading Nolo Press's business Startup kit book for your state. Some things have changed recently regarding business format, and asset protection resulting from it. If you...
  16. Re: Restrictions on selling homemade woodenware?

    Be cautious with business advice here on the internet. Get it from your SCORE counselors , your attorney, your CPA, your insurance agent or broker, etc.

    Special Kayme - Thanks for chiming in. I...
  17. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    The super horse has a rectangle made of 1" x 6" lumber. The length is 52" (a little bit more than 3 box widths) and the width is 19-7/8" (one box length).

    Cut 2 pieces 1" x 6" x 52", but cut both...
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    Re: Sad thing about equipment

    jdmidwest - How about bombing Guantanamo's water boarding chamber with AHB's? That would be a good depression fighter too, hey?
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    I'd avoid Sole Proprietor and simple Partnership entirely. Talk with the biz attorney and the tax person about this - there are changes to the business formats as of last year. Use a format with some...
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    Re: which magazine?

    To subscribe to ABJ, its on the catalog order from. Just add in the price to the order and check the box on the order form when sending in an order to Dadant & Sons.
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    If I were a small to sideline-sized operation living in snow country where 30+ % winter kill was the norm, I'd build a straw bale bee house and move them in on pallets in the winter, and have a...
  22. Re: Restrictions on selling homemade woodenware?

    You might want to take a few business start-up lectures from the Small Business Administration's S.C.O.R.E. counselors, if they are available within a reasonable distance. It's usually better to hit...
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    Re: productive build day

    I like how you are starting out, Rookie. You are asking the right questions and doing the right kinds of projects at the right time of year. Good luck with the bees and queens. :)
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    Re: Best size super

    I won't be lugging those 90-pound deeps around. I'm phasing out my deeps, going to 6 5/8" medium 10-frame boxes w/6-1/8" frames for most colonies, and 4-1/2" shallow honey-in-the-comb boxes w/4"...
  25. Re: Anyone have DIY plans for a uncapping tank ?

    Not a big honey producer, my focus is on queens, so low volume and done on the cheap. My uncapping tank is a clean, new, select-grain deep brood box with a solid bottom screwed onto it and a queen...
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