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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    Les helped me one evening a month ago knock together the remaining $1,000 worth of equipment I purchased for expanding our Lang operation. He was down to about 30 hives preparing for his recent move...
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    Here's a few of the ways I've seen new beekeepers kill bees this year:
    - Package bees soaked in sugar syrup
    - queen and/or bees left in the sun
    - queen left on the landing board for introduction...
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    Re: Top bar nuc and queen breeding?

    The Chandler style with 17 inch bars is widely adopted, several local manufacturers and a number of national sources that offer shipping are compatible. Occasionally a little trimming is necessary...
  4. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    If the thought is to mate a daughter of the original queen, you first have to consider that half of that virgin daughters DNA came from the drone. And if the queen was mated in the same area you'd...
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    Re: Top bar nuc and queen breeding?

    We sell top bar nucs hand over fist at a premium price with local (BeeWeaver) queens or Hawaiian imports from a small breeder. I find 30 or 40 nucs come pretty easy. I'm still doing this part-time...
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    Re: Just a rant

    Mann Lake has the split bottom boards now. I'm finishing up assembling 600 Mann Lake WTB SBB frames with hooked wire. No problems. As to customer service: I've got a coworker who bought 40 budget...
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    Re: Nuc vs established and checkerboarding

    I'm more comfortable bringing the outter frames of the brood nest up rather than checkerboarding. In an 8 frame box this typically means moving the frames in position 2 and 7 into the 4&5 position...
  8. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    If you believe the overly defensive issue with open mated queens in an AHB area is related to the AHB drones the virgin mated with then you'll perceive the temperament of the hive as drone based -...
  9. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    Light your smoker and see what you think. My rule on aggressive behavior is 3 strikes and she [the queen] is out!

    My experience is that these decisions are best made when the hive is no bigger...
  10. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    They'll just get meaner and harder to requeen if they get bigger. Move the box to a new location. Leave a box at the old location (you can either let those foragers wander into other hives or spray...
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    To the original poster: How much sugar water was sprayed on this package and the package you previously installed?

    For previous package install, see :...
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    Inaccurate. Retailers maintain a merchant account in which funds from purchases are placed, and reversals and fees are debited. The merchant takes the loss. I know of reversals over deadouts 6...
  13. Re: When do you guys feel comfortable not to wear protection?

    If I had 1 piece of personal protective equipment, it would be a smoker. Learn to keep 1 lit and use it properly. Technique - learn to move through a hive without banging frames and squishing bees....
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    Re: Correcting comb....how?

    If its got brood in it then the depth from the mid-wall is the depth they will want to keep it at. I'm guessing it's wavy with a bit of burr comb. Some cutout frames have comb that is near perfect,...
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    Re: Just a rant

    Defective?

    I've had discussions with both Mann Lake and Dadant prior to ordering and building 600 frames with foundation this spring.

    Dadant as clear in that their foundation would work with...
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    Re: Hot hive cross comb mess

    Learn to keep a smoker going, learn to use a smoker properly. 500 fires. This may mean that you light it in the backyard and play when there is no intention of working bees.

    Bees are a wild...
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    Re: wax rotation

    I think there are plenty of hobbyists who don't know "anything about anything" buying these products. We check out the local retailers attempting to stock beekeeping supplies (I say "attempting"...
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    Re: Just a rant

    Mann Lake recommends wedge top bars and split bottoms for their wax foundation for a good reason: They do not manufacture their own foundation and it is further out of spec than the foundation sold...
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    Re: wax rotation

    Lets for a moment discount commercial foundation due to the halflife of the synthetic miticides and the low volume by weight it makes up in a frame (in short - there ain't a lot in there) and focus...
  20. Re: Deep nucs into mediums, please vet my plan...

    When I first started, I was working fast and furious to get into all mediums. In retrospect it wasn't that big a deal. And a deep on bottom was even less of a deal. A deep on bottom empty of of...
  21. Re: Deep nucs into mediums, please vet my plan...

    Brushing is tough on bees and I'd never do that to a queen!

    If you just let them build up, chances are that a deep on bottom will be empty comb by next spring.
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    Re: wax rotation

    The scientific community has documented the sublethal effects of fluvalinate and coumaphos on queen honey bees for more than a decade, and the effect on drones for a slightly shorter period of time. ...
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    Re: wax rotation

    The last studies I saw indicated that by far, the highest levels of contaminates found in comb were from miticides and treatments applied by beekeepers. Many of the miticides are proven to cause...
  24. Re: Going to 9 frame supers with foundationless?

    I've run some foundationless in supers, spacing them between drawn and partially capped comb got me some great comb honey. When I had 2 empty frames together, I found they would ignore 1 and greatly...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    I run hives in downtown Austin, There are MANY more beekeepers in my area than are in the local club(s). I find out about new ones every week. While concerns over africanized genetics exist, this...
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