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  1. Re: Look at this exposed column-of-bees I will be removing soon

    Wholly.....................
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    Re: 30 year old beehives!

    I'd be amazed if there's anything salvageable but I'd be checking them out too. Please take pictures!
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    Re: Other ways to control mating?

    Not really. If there were, the tedious difficulty of artificial insemination would be a thing of the past. Some folks in Germany use islands as bee mating locations as bees will not travel over...
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    Re: When did CCD problem start

    Wait, this thread started when you asked "when did CCD problem start." A hive swarming 8 times in the past 4 months has nothing to do with CCD or harmful chemicals. The bees are apparently doing...
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    Re: Recommendations for extractor?

    It completely depends on what you see in your future. I started with 2 hives figured 5 would be max. I bought a used 2 frame reversible Kelly. Worked fine until I got to 10 hives. Sold it and...
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    Re: When did CCD problem start

    I don't care where my bees are getting their fresh water from. Both apiaries have access to creeks but undoubtedly they're getting it from wherever is easiest. Again, I don't care. One apiary is...
  7. Re: My first frame with foundation. My evolution as a beekeeper. I feel kind of dir

    Great post. There's not a beekeeper who's got any time under their belt that hasn't had some form of evolution. What's interesting too is that the evolution doesn't seem to stop. I'm heading into...
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    Re: When did CCD problem start

    Where is this going? Are you indicating there are no fishing worms, grubs or beneficial bacteria left in the ground, and it's due to chemical use? Round Up kills honey bees and is responsible for...
  9. Re: What tape doesn't mess up textured sheetrock?

    First of all the Frog tape worked well but wood strips with screws is a great idea. I'll be sure to sell it ahead of time. I used black plastic sheeting to push the strays towards the window in...
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    Re: Let me show you whats in my swarm truck.

    Love to see how others do it. I've got the same ladder and pole set up already. The extendable loppers are nice. I don't carry near as much as you do but my bed isn't closable like yours. Nice...
  11. Re: What tape doesn't mess up textured sheetrock?

    Frog tape possibly with a few thumbs tacks. Thanks everyone. There are recessed lights that have large lips on them that I'm planning on wedging some of the plastic sheeting under to help hold it...
  12. What tape doesn't mess up textured sheetrock?

    I've got a cut out this weekend. It's in a 2nd story kitchen bay window above the sink. The house has VERY open layout and I'm trying to contain the bees. I'll be putting plastic sheeting up to...
  13. Re: OrganicView's Open Letter to American Beekeepers

    Agreed, it's going to be sitting somewhere in the middle but until I see the scientifically based repeatable proof I'm suspect of everything. My opinion is it's non-scientifically based gobbledygook...
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    Re: Found a queen walking on ground

    I'd bet it's a virgin that tried to go out on a mating flight but couldn't fly due to an injury. She would be quickly balled if it's not her hive either way so you wouldn't see her come out. If it...
  15. Re: OrganicView's Open Letter to American Beekeepers

    The better question is where isn't it? Here are a couple of the lowest hanging fruits.


    "If American beekeepers accept this report, they will suffer:"

    "American beekeeping stands at a...
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    Re: Comb honey containers

    Acceptable to whom? The plastic is recyclable. How about tin http://www.specialtybottle.com/cleartopsquaretincontainersmi.aspx? I don't see how that's any more environmentally friendly though. A...
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    Re: Houston, we HAD a problem.

    Put a frame of open brood to lock the package queen in place. It'll be 3 weeks before new bees emerge otherwise and if you're down to 2 pounds of bees you need a population boost ASAP. Open brood...
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    Re: Extractor info

    Don't forget Maxant, they've got some good stuff too. I've personally got an old Dadant 20 that I refurbed that's great for what I need. I started with a Kelly 2-frame hand crank. Worked great...
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    Re: help turning this into a uncapping tank

    I used to use modified queen excluders (the all metal ones) It's enough to get most of the big wax but plenty open enough to allow draining. Inexpensive as well.
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    Re: help turning this into a uncapping tank

    Raise the backside or lower the front a little to ensure it drains via gravity. Put a screen in there to filter the wax. Make sure the sides are the proper distance apart to hold the frame ears. ...
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    Re: Will GMO crops affect bees

    Do you have a link to this study?
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    Re: Honey vs sugar water

    Not really. Honey from nectar has various other things in it that in concentration give it color.
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    Re: Selling 2 Oz Bears

    I sell them for $2.50 apiece, a few hundred a year.
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    Re: Yep, another newbee :) with pics!

    Welcome to the forum. Looks good so far. Looks a bit spotty in a couple photos but that could be as the bees emerge at slightly different times. The other photos show a good pattern so it makes...
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    Re: Increase vs. Honey Production

    If your primary goal is to never buy bees again start splitting. If you want honey leave them alone. If you only want a little honey leave one hive alone for honey production and split the others...
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