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    Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    I plan on being over 60 hives this spring, with splits. (Lord willing) I use frame feeders for all of my hives, when I feed, I mix everything up in five gallon buckets. I pop the cover on low...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Jean,

    These were the first packages I bought in over ten years. I have read numerous posts here on BS that talk about package queens being inferior, and that the best thing to do is to replace...
  3. Thread: Queen Prices

    by Matt903
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    Re: Queen Prices

    Raise your own! It's not thar hard. It was the best beekeeping decision I ever made. Start breeding from queens whose traits you like, and don't look back!
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    Re: winter 5 frame nucs in northwest ky?

    I have been wintering five frames for the past few years, I make a nuc around the start of June, this is the latest I will do if I am letting them make their own queen. I can make a five frame a...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Did I say anything about basing ALL my beekeeping decisions on what happened to my packages? Did anywhere in the post did I mention scientific study? I merely shared an experience in which package...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    You are exactly right. I am glad I could help him, and I do have 80 frames of drawn comb now, the post was really an observation of the unreliabllity of package bees.

    Fields, how do you figure...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    No, the test isn't over yet, but an almost 50 percent loss on the packages, when I am used to about a 5 percent loss? Kind of speaks for itself.
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    I will never buy packages again.

    Long story short, a buddy of mine was getting deployed and had ordered nine packages. I have not bought a package in years, but he had already paid for them, and they would arrive after he left. I...
  9. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    About 15 years ago, I bought "combining paper." It was advertised a specially treated paper to help hives combine easier. It looked like newspaper when I got it. Kind of embarrassed to actually...
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    Re: 2015 betterbee catalog

    Barry I know you are right, but I just can't get past a certain suppliers free shipping for $100 order. Maybe I have been sucked in and played for a fool, but their prices seem to be in line with...
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    Re: 2015 betterbee catalog

    I agree, nice catalog, but you sure pay for that nice catalog with their shipping costs.
  12. Thread: 2015 plans

    by Matt903
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    Re: 2015 plans

    A growing year for me. Raise my own queens and double the number of my hives by splitting my current ones I plan on culling queens more aggressively and replace them with some proven local queens I...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Putting nucs in the same yard as strong hives. I have gotten away with it for years, but this summer it caught up with me. I hated opening those robbed out dead nucs and knowing it was my fault...
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    Pollen in East Tennesee in December.

    Sorry for the upside down pic, but the bees were flying today and bringing in pollen! Never seen that before in late December. The earliest I remember seeing pollen is February. Any idea what it...
  15. Thread: Black bees

    by Matt903
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    Re: Black bees

    Could have been a black drone that your queen mated with on her mating flight. A swarm that I caught this spring were feral, and they were black.
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    Re: Packages or 3 frame nucs?

    E spice,

    Adam beat me to it, but if his lead doesn't work out, I can get you five frame deep nuc for 150. Pm if interested.
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    Rooster
    To echo what Adam said, I overwintered some four and five frame nucs last year, and that was with the 0 temps. I did however feed them mountain camp style the whole winter, and gave them...
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    Re: The price of bees

    I got $150 for a five frame nuc last year and $200 for a top bar nuc, and sold out! Several older beeks told me I was asking to much, and would not sell them. I still got calls from people in July...
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    Re: Package bee hauling business

    Thanks for the replies. Since the post, almost every supplier I have contacted is either sold out already, or wants retail value for their packages. I guess I don't blame them, I am sure they will...
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    Package bee hauling business

    This spring I would like to start hauling packages to sell in my local area, and perhaps north of me. Anyone have any suggestions? Type of trailer? Anything thing at all would be helpful. Anyone...
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    Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    [QUOTE=Rader Sidetrack;1171099]I registered my apiary with the state of Tennessee, but I have never got any survey requests.

    Radar,

    Mine are registered also, but have never had any survey...
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    30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    I keep hearing and reading that the national average of colony losses for is 30% In fact I think it is the most common quoted figure on bee source when talking about overwintering, mites, etc. ...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    To get them stared, I will use a starter strip on a few frames. Once they get those going straight, I just put in empty frames next to the straight ones. They will build straight.
    Check out...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Not. I went foundationless last year, and have not looked back. It saves money and time, gives you clean natural wax, and the bees build what they want. Yes they will build more drone comb, but...
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    Pigeon mountain 2015 nuc prices.

    Pigeon mountain bee company is charging $187 for a five frame nuc in 2015. And that is just if you order in October. The price goes up every month after that. I need to raise prices, I was charging...
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