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  1. Re: Noob mistake...Mixed full frames with empties and now in stuck...literaly! :-(

    Flip the box upside down and take the box off the frames instead of removing frames individually. You won't make a mess that way.
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    queenless overwintered nuc

    Still lots of bees but a couple attempted queen cells but I don't think anything produced ever would have had a chance to mate. The broodnest in the nuc is primed, nice pollen band with open honey...
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    Re: A little frustrated with Dadant

    I talked to Arlen this afternoon and we decided the best way to proceed is they will run off 300+ sheets of foundation that are cut 1/8" short. Included will be a voucher for return shipping on an...
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    Re: Never, Never, Never and Never again wear.....

    Despite what one would hope would happen, I doubt things will just become "enhanced".


    A little duct tape over the fly will help but if you're anything like me I'd forget to take the tape back...
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    Re: A little frustrated with Dadant

    I plan on doing that but I have 200 frames that are all assembled and wired. Probably 10+ hours of just frame wiring that I did when I didn't have anything else to do, now I have a garden and the...
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    Re: A little frustrated with Dadant

    I can call Dadant and pick it up hours later in Hamilton.


    I'll have to measure the foundation too, I just wish I had a nominal dimension on what it should be.
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    A little frustrated with Dadant

    Their quality control on frames really sucks this year. I bought 800-1000 frames this year and have found bottom bars with two different depths. I use all wedge top bars for crimp wired wax...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    I'm a little further south but we had plenty of below zero temps. I lost 22% but all my bees are from swarms I caught or colonies removed, no California queens or packages.
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I'm going into my third year as a hobby/sideline beekeeper. Started 2012 with two colonies, ended with 9. 2013 started with 8, ended with 21. Hoping to go from 16 to 50 this year. Been paying cash...
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    Re: Newly assembled hive body not square.

    I put a couple staples in and measure from corner to opposite corner and make sure they are less than 1/8" difference and the boxes come out nice and square. Once they are square I'll shoot the rest...
  11. Re: Trapping etiquette around commercial enterprise

    They let a swarm get away, finders keepers (as long as you aren't trespassing).
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    Re: wild caught hive update.

    Sounds like you lost, killed, or damaged the queen doing the removal. If you want those hive genetics than let them do their thing. Otherwise, locate a mated queen and install normally making sure to...
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    Re: Reducing the number of Deeps??

    bottom one will be empty.
  14. Re: What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    I started a tradition last year with my 4 kids, each year they get to decorate a super, I gave them a bunch of acrylic paints and some brushes and they had at it. I wanted to do it to honey supers so...
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    Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    I hope I can have that kind of success when I try it when it warms up a little.
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    Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!

    You can get the same woodenware at Dadant. Western Bee seems geared more towards commercial outfits or clubs making a group order and you get it shipped LTL.
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I'm having a decently good winter with 4 losses of 21 colonies to start the winter. What surprised me the most was the hives I did lose. Some were the ones that were doing so well in late summer...
  18. Thread: Bee Tree

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    Re: Bee Tree

    If you can get the tree lowered carefully when cut you're better off doing a cut-out but in my experience anytime they fall very far the comb collapses and high probability of killing the queen. You...
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    Re: Question on M Palmer double nuc set-ups

    I'm doing the same thing and planning on entrances at opposite ends. I'm going to use them for mating queens and don't need queens going back into the wrong colony.
  20. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    How long have you been keeping bees? How many hives did you start with? How many do you have now?

    This will be my third year with bees. Started out with two then kept getting calls for swarms,...
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    Re: first cutout coming up - some advice please

    You can borrow my beevac if you want. I've done them both ways and find it easier with a beevac and kill fewer bees that way. Office max has big bags of rubberbands, can't remember which number work...
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    Re: nuc sales profit margin

    This pretty well sums up my feelings on making nucs. I can't live on $5k but throw in another $5k for honey sales and for doing something I ENJOY and get a lot of personal satisfaction out of?!?!...
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    Re: nuc sales profit margin

    I'm not sure where the $100 is coming from, I stated in the OP that I was going to sell overwintered nucs for $150, maybe $160 after I have a better idea on what time and expense related to queen...
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    Re: Bee Package coming 2nd week in april.

    I don't think you have to worry about wax moths on foundation. Unless I'm mistaken it's the cocoons and pollen that they are attracted to as food for the larvae stage.
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    Re: nuc sales profit margin

    I'm not going to put packages in a nuc and sell it, I don't think that's right or fair to your customer. Just hoping to be able to be able to supply local beekeepers with a quality nuc with queens...
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