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  1. Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I have never used the Palmer method yet but am highly interested in it and may be able to answer your question - I am certain someone will chime and tell me if I am wrong.

    It depends upon a...
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    Re: Boosting a weak swarm

    I combined a weak swarm ( complete with a laying queen )with a queenless nuc a couple of weeks ago using the newspaper method.
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    Re: Home made Vaporizer design;

    Is there any reason an old tin pie plate or one of those cheap aluminum pans couldn't be cut up, molded to shape and a glow plug attached to it ? I am trying to think of a easy alternative to...
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    Extracting non wired foundation

    I have always made up my medium honey frames with crimp wired foundation and a single pin on each end - no other wiring. I have never had a blow out when extracting. I have some non wired medium...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    Ms Williams. I think the moderator is trying to be fair minded about this. This section of the forum is for information about keeping bees. It could quickly become cluttered with political rancor...
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    Re: Honey bees and Purple Martins Question

    I also want to add that the mosquito eating martin is a myth.

    http://www.abirdshome.com/pm/myths.htm
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    Re: Honey bees and Purple Martins Question

    As a bee keeper I would not be keeping purple martins. I used to live in a place where the guy down over the hill had martin houses. Probably 500 yards away - I could watch the martins way up in...
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    Re: Found a queen walking on ground

    Thanks for the information DCoates
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    Found a queen walking on ground

    Three days ago I did a newspaper combine - united a weak swarm that had a queen and eggs and brood with one of the crap nukes I finally got last week ( one of which had no queen ) I figured this...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    It will be interesting to see where this leads.
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    Re: Annual Dieback

    Hi Alex-

    The disappearance of any VSH gene in my weaver bees may very well have been what caused my ever expanding losses - I bought packages a couple of times from weaver and at that time I was...
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    Re: Duragilt opinion?

    I made the mistake of trying 20 sheets - I like it but the bees dont. I wont buy it again.
  13. Re: Queen Emergency!!! - Buckfast Fiasco

    try the robber screen and if they are still hot I would inform Weavers - they may send you another queen as a replacemnet.
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    Re: Annual Dieback

    I bought my first packages of bees from the Weavers in 1996. I started with their buck fast and all american queens. I didn't treat for mites for the first year. I had never heard of varroa nor...
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    Re: Video of a bad 5 frame nuc?

    If I need any more bees again I am going to be making a trip over to see you. When were your nucs ready this past spring ?
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    Re: Keep feeding or wean them off?

    Stop feeding and if you are going to do a split do it. Your bees will find it impossible to protect that much comb and syrup from moths and beetles once their numbers taper off.
  17. Re: Titi or swamp cyrilla as nectar source

    I am not sure what variety of titi I have here - Is there an easy way to tell ? What ever it is I would guess we are a week or two behind Florida' s bloom.
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    I see a nice pattern of egg in the 2 nd close up. If it were my hive I would give swap out a couple frames of nurse bees and brood from your strong hive treat for mites and keep feeding as long as...
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    Bob it may help you find the queen if you use reading glasses with a decent magnification level - I find I can not find eggs anymore unless I am wearing my readers.
  20. Correlation between plywood and moisture problems ?

    Over the years I have made my own hive bodies and the various parts that go with them - sometimes out of solid wood and sometimes from plywood for things such as the inner cover, cover and bottom...
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    Re: Honey Hive Farms package experience

    I would have had no problem with doing that. Just wondered how a queen producer with some time in the business would handle it. Apparently ( just a guess on my part ) the folks I bought packages...
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    Re: Honey Hive Farms package experience

    Who is responsible for a queen which does not lay viable eggs or brood, honey for all ? One of my packages this spring had a bum queen . I realize it happens but then what? I called the supplier -...
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    Re: double nuc

    Thank you for the post ! Like you I will make my own - I have a lot of yellow pine that I had sawn a few years back to use.
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    Re: double nuc

    Does anyone have any plans or pictures for the dividers for the 10 frame deep and for the bottom board? I have a couple of small swarms that I think I am going to have trouble getting to full deep...
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    I bought some duragilt foundation this winter from Brushy Mountain. I was impressed with it as it was the first time I have used plastic based foundation. My bees are less impressed. I am having...
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