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    Re: Honey price in your area

    I'm only selling a few jars to friends, family, and their friends this year, but I'm asking $8/pint. I tell everyone it's $8/pound, but since I didn't have time to get pound jars they're getting a...
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    Re: Smoke when taking honey?

    Just out of the box, I AM a barbarian :D
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    Re: Smoke when taking honey?

    I use a combination of smoke and a leaf blower. I take each super and set it up on its side on a picnic table and blow the bees out. I don't usually worry about stragglers, they'll fly out on their...
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    Re: freezing honey frames for extracting later

    I've done it before when I haven't had time to extract and it worked just fine.
  5. Thread: splits

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    Re: splits

    I'm not in western ky, but I think late August would be a little late for them to raise a queen and build up enough population before the cold hits. I'm overwintering mine in nucs and did my splits...
  6. Re: Small Hive Beetles have major advantages over the bees in the assault of the hive

    Interesting read. I've never lost a hive to SHB, and in my first year I had a hive that had a lot in there (several hundred)...luckily it was a strong hive and they were able to keep them corralled....
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    Re: First sting of the new year...

    I got mine a week or so ago. My veil rode up and she popped me on the back of the neck.
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    Poll: Re: Small cell/natural comb poll

    I'm also choosing not to answer. I started all 4 of my hives last year on small cell foundation, and added foundationless from there. I don't have any experience on large cell to compare them to. One...
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    Re: Saw New Comb Today

    I saw them starting this over the weekend, but it was a little too cold for me to get in and get my candy spacer off. I snuck out of work early today to get in and found this! :eek:...
  10. Thread: Burr Comb

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    Burr Comb

    http://imageshack.com/a/img827/8740/sxcy.jpg

    Out of my 4 hives going into winter, I've had one deadout (they had heavy losses over the winter and had a small handful-sized cluster going into this...
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    Re: Something Bloomed Last Night

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    I took this this morning. Mine have also been bringing in the ugly grey stuff, and I recently read in another thread somewhere that it's American Elm. I'm just glad there's a pollen source...
  12. Thread: When to sell?

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    When to sell?

    I've taken an interest in queen rearing, and through the many hours of reading on the various methods, there's one thing that still hasn't quite been answered in my mind. If I were to get into...
  13. Re: Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds And The Reason Will Surprise You

    Interesting read. I hope it catches on as much as the article leads us to believe...but I suspect that, much like our treatments for varroa, GMO-producing companies will create new pesticides and...
  14. Thread: Dadant

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    Re: Dadant

    You should have told them you may or may not decide to pay, and if you do it may or may not be in the correct amount!
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    Re: Zombie Bees make their way to Vermont

    First, we introduce lizards to eat the flies. Then, we introduce snakes to eat the lizards. After that, we bring in snake-eating gorillas to eat the snakes, and in the winter the gorillas will simply...
  16. Thread: Dado Blades

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    Re: Dado Blades

    Excellent information everyone. It sounds like the Diablo set from Home Depot would work for my needs, but considering the Oshlun from Amazon is roughly the same price I think I'll wait the day or...
  17. Thread: Dado Blades

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    Dado Blades

    I'm hoping to start making some of my own equipment this year, and I've been poking around the internet at the different dado blades available...and it's a little overwhelming. The general opinion of...
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    Re: Time to think about ordering mated queens

    I'm looking for the usual traits I suppose, tight brood pattern, reduced laying in a dearth, pest/disease resistance, etc. Price is a small factor, but I will pay more for proven queens from proven...
  19. Thread: Black Locust!

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    Black Locust!

    I'm sure this has been beat to death somewhere here, but I haven't come across anywhere that specifically covers my question. It looks like I'm going to have some land to plant on and I'm really...
  20. Thread: Gluing Frames?

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    Re: Gluing Frames?

    Haha this is exactly what I'm trying to avoid!

    While I didn't get the answer I was hoping for, I can't say I'm surprised. I'd love to get an air nailer/stapler in the future, but my current...
  21. Thread: Gluing Frames?

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    Gluing Frames?

    Does anyone here only use glue to assemble their frames? The reason I ask is that I've got 300 that need to be put together at the moment, and I don't really know when I'll be able to find the time...
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    Re: Insurance For Club Officers

    I'm no attorney, but I think it depends on how your club is structured. Is you club registered as a corporation of some type in your state? If so, I would think that the club itself would be liable...
  23. Thread: foundationless

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    Re: foundationless

    That's how most of mine were, but they did draw it completely down to the bottom bar on a few of my frames. It wouldn't surprise me at all to find the gap between the comb and bottom bar to be almost...
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    Re: Favorite Ways to Make Increase: Why & How?

    I'm planning to do splits next spring, but since I only have 4 hives I plan to order a few different queens from different places to get some more variety in the gene pool in my area. I'm also...
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    Queens EVERYWHERE

    Today I went out to split a hive that was/is getting ready to swarm, and in doing so I lost count of how many queen cells I found. I have 3 medium supers on the hive, and in those alone I had...
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