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    Re: Electric Fence Ground Rods? 3 Needed?

    All about your soil. Some out yards on clay soil have one 6' rod. My home yard on sand has 6 rods and could use more. The grounding is so poor I am tempted to buy GEM material.
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    Re: Telescopic Covers

    Get a cheap folding tool. I got mine from harbor freight. >20 bucks
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    Re: Bear problems

    Electric fence with a strong charger and very good grounding.
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    Re: Do only Virgin Queens Pipe in the hive?

    I believe all queens pipe for one reason or another. Mated queens pipe during swarm season from being harassed by the workers.
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    Re: Drone laying queen

    You could. Best is to pinch and wait a few hours and install new queen.
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    Re: New split not foraging

    Usually the foragers returned to the parent hive. As you pointed out, you have mostly nurse bees. As long as the queen is laying and you have capped brood I wouldn't be too worried. Just make sure...
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    Re: Can someone identify this smoker?

    The design make all the sense to me. Sweet!
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    Re: Wiring Frames without an Embedder

    I wire all wax foundation frames. No need to imbed. The bees will build right over them and imbed for you.
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    Re: Paint - Exterior Vs interior

    Walmart mis tints are plentiful. No knock on the employees but they are not paint people. They just can operate the mixer. I usually see 10-15 gallons of mis tints per visit. Much much more than...
  10. Re: Who's got a better laying worker than this one??

    Shake them out and be done. Let them join other hives.
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    Re: why nucs so late?

    My nucs are in June. If you are getting them in May they are over wintered as nucs or splits with a purchased queen. Can't raise queens tha t early and evaluate them.

    Other options are they were...
  12. Re: OA still has to be approved in every state !

    Yes. Each state must approve. Most approve without a hitch. California and New York always have delays in approvals no matter what.
  13. Re: How do I keep 2:1 sugar syrup for later use

    prohealth. It will keep it fresh for months in kept cool.
  14. Re: Should I put these frames back in the hive?

    No problems. Re-use
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    8% losses. Slightly below average for me. This winter separated beekeepers from people who keep bees.
  16. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Do tell. I have stone fruit and blue berries but have ben put off by apples because of the hard chemical risks. I have a small orchard of about 25 trees and 50 blueberries.
  17. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Honestly, apples and bees don't mix. Apple trees need constant chemical inputs to keep them healthy. Ever seen nice looking organic apples? Me either.
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    Re: Touched bear fence

    Come on. Get brave. Stick one finger through the snow onto the soil and then grab the hot wire.

    MHO....I don't like inviting bears to my bee yard.
  19. Re: Small Cell and Large Cell in the same Hive

    I run large cell colonies. I have kept small cell bees too. I have added a fully drawn small cell frame. Bees didn't care. They raised brood in it as normal.

    I have had good luck getting them...
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    Re: Inner Cover question please

    Option 2. I pull back my supers about 3/8" during a strong flow to allow for ventilation and a upper entrance.
  21. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    I am finding more and more that quality nucs are underpriced. I sell my deep nucs with freshly mated queen grafted off proven stock for $150.

    Far too often package bee re-sellers are getting...
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    Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    Dadant 20 frame radial. Can handle all frame sizes in radial configuration.
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    Re: Hello from frigid Upstate NY

    Yup! I have a few hundred gallons of syrup ready to get in the hives......one day maybe?
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    Re: Hello from frigid Upstate NY

    Welcome aboard! Still frigid in Western Massachusetts too!
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    Re: To deep? Two deep? Or Too deep?

    No wrong answer. Any set up will be fine. Bees will raise brood in any size frame. The last few winters in Massachusetts have been colder and snowier than normal. Bees have to be fed in late...
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