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    Re: deeps for honey supers

    At 71 yrs and a very bad back, I am very thank full that the good lord told me to run mediums. A friend said he runs deeps because his dad did and his granddad did. I assume it was a genetic defect...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    I went from a few hives to hundreds in a few years, BUT, I am in southern CA. I lucked into some real good producing bee locations and bought out some folks with good locations. Did this all with a...
  3. Thread: bee space ?

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    Re: bee space ?

    Bee space is 5/16 to 3/8 only! All spaces top bottom middle sides!!!!!!!
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    Re: First Forklift setup

    Anyone remember when beeks made a forklift out of an old 4wd jeep or toyota chassis with steering reversed and a fork mast welded to the rear. 1967?? I know of 2 still being used after 45 yrs.
  5. Thread: AHB Question

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    Re: AHB Question

    AHB Swarms will sting. I used to love to walk into a swarm with pherenome on my hand and coax the swarm to land on my hand. Tried this with a AHB swarm and got 5 or 6 stings on a warm sunny day....
  6. Re: Storing Extracted Supers On Occupied Hives Over Winter

    Why would you want to store them on the hive? Wax moths are not an issue in the winter. They will be in the way for spring inspection and manipulation. High winds could blow them over. It just makes...
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    Re: Ross Round Comb Hives??

    As a semi commercial beek, I produced ross rounds for fruit stands I worked with. I only did it because I aquired about $3,000.00 worth of ross round equip. free. The covers , rings and lables and...
  8. Thread: Moving the Hive

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    Re: Moving the Hive

    get some shoring and put it under the hive. Use a lever and pivot to lift the hive to slip shoring under it. Give me a lever and I will move the world.
  9. Thread: Got drones.

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    Re: Got drones.

    Here in sunny So. Cal. I have 1000 acres of wildflowers blooming. Good rain this week end to give them plenty of nectar. What will I do with all that honey?
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    Re: Preventing Bees from Pollinating Citrus Trees

    The clementine varity tangarine does produce seeds when bee pollinated. The only remedy in so. cal. is to net the tree. I would also suggest planting a new tree of a diffrent variety that is not...
  11. Thread: Organic Honey?

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    Re: Organic Honey?

    I could make a crop of honey and possibly call that crop organic. BUT! after that bloom is over, if I left the bees in that location, the bees would starve so they must be moved to a non organic...
  12. Thread: split question

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    Re: split question

    I go into the hive and set aside 4 or 5 frames of brood in all stages, and 4 other frames of food. I shake all of the bees into the bottom box. Put on an excluder and a 6 in box of frames. Put all...
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    Re: Had to kill a hive today

    As for requeening. I wasted $175.00 worth of queens back when they were $15.00 ea trying to requeen the strain of AHB in my area. As a 30yr beek, I am not a newbee to requeening. I tried everything...
  14. Re: Hi from near Death Valley California; Ridgecrest.

    They will leave feed for natural nectar. I have a bucket of wet cappings in my yard that bees have been working for the last month. Fillaree was out last week but weather was not warm enough to cause...
  15. Thread: honey crop?

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    Re: honey crop?

    17,000 lbs from 75 hives in 12 weeks. Another year, I averaged 250lbs per hive on 150 hives of which 50 were spring divides after Almonds and before July 4 on Black Sage.
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    Had to kill a hive today

    One of my hives turned really hot last fall. I am in an AHB area. I am a retired commercial beekeeper and fully suited I could not get into this hive. After trying to work them, they would sting...
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    Re: My testy bees, and the local drones

    Dr Orley Taylor proved in an experiment in central Kansas that drones only fly 1500 meters from their home hive to mate and Virgin queens fly at least 3,000 meters before mating. Virgins from your...
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    Re: Anyone use liquid N2?

    Most milk cow dairies use LN2. It can be transported and stored in a stainless thermos.
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    Re: Canadian built extractor

    I had one of the first small Cowan extractors. They were very simple with no bells and whistles. This type machine, even if all manual is faster than anything out there. The 30 frame is a nice size...
  20. Thread: turf wars

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    Re: turf wars

    One time I was set in wire weed, (wild buckwheat family). First a beek dropped 400 just out of alfalfa pollination about 400 yards from me. Then another beek dropped 120 1/2 mile away and another...
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    Re: What do you set your Langs hives on

    I USE DIRT. Beekeeping in CA. is grand.
  22. Thread: Hive handles?

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    Re: Hive handles?

    I use a 2 1/2 in cleat that goes to the top of the box. This cleat, when glued on , will greatly reinforce the most fragil part of the box. I use a flat migratory cover. Never understood the need of...
  23. Thread: Bottom Board

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    Re: Bottom Board

    Still need to learn how to do pictures on my computer. My bottom board is: Two 2x4s, 16 1/4 long each. Saw cut 1 1/2 x 3/4 on the top of the end of each 2x4. attach 1 1/2 x 3/4 x 21 1/2 on each...
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    Re: africanized queens taking over colonies

    As for altitude and not stinging, I am at 2400ft and yesterday at 69 deg F, they were in a stinging mood. I have three hives of AHB cross that are totally disease resistant. I have even tried to...
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    Re: africanized queens taking over colonies

    [QUOTE=Ted Kretschmann;617547]The AHB we have has some of the same traits that the cape bee has. Some of Dr. Kerrs bees came from an area just north of the cape bees territory. Upsurption is only one...
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