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  1. Re: Who's got a better laying worker than this one??

    Shake it out and start over.

    You will invest far more energy and resources into it than it is worth, and you probably won't even be successful at turning it.
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    My bees are all over the Bradford pears.
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    Re: What bee suits you?

    My own mutts..........BUT, when I need a queen quickly or need extras to make nucs - I supplement my yard's genetics with Carniolans or Russians. I try to keep those lines in the drone gene pool.
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    Re: Velbert Queens

    Always received good queens from Velbert..........but I had heard he was retiring. Is this true?
  5. Thread: bee cozies

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    Re: bee cozies

    I leave them on awhile longer (I am in Oklahoma now). Leaving them on in the spring doesn't hurt them and, can help by making it easier to maintain internal hive temperature for brood rearing. If...
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    Re: Deer? Vandals? We shall see.

    A raccoon is likely going for the brood. They are carnivores, but not quite as omnivorous as bears. I suppose they might also take the honey. A raccoon's belly fills up a lot more quickly than a...
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    Re: Deer? Vandals? We shall see.

    In my experience - it is a raccoon.

    Raccoon can get big - a lot bigger than you would think. I have had them knock over hives - one at a time like that. I know it was a raccoon because the...
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    Re: Warning / Safety Signs

    In some states - like Oklahoma and North Dakota - it is are legal requirement.
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Maple blooming as of 14 February in NE Oklahoma/NW Arkansas. Ash too I think. Saw a stray dandelion or two this past week. Cold snap now though - so things will probably slow down/delay.
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Used boiled linseed oil on a set of hives once. Lasted exactly one winter. Then I was pulling pieces and repainting/repoly-ing.
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    I kept bees in ND. We had temps down to -90F. A couple of times we stayed below -40F for a week or more.

    SOLID bottoms
    Wrapped hives (I used BeeCozy's from NOD Apiaries)
    Top entrances...
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    Re: Missouri early buildup timing

    I am actually in northeastern Oklahoma - my queens are laying. They are also bringing in maple pollen. I too, am concerned about the coming cold spell - but the bees seem to be gearing up to go...
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    Re: Opinions on Protective Clothing

    +1 on this advice. I have been keeping bees for some long time now, and if I am going to do any 'serious' inspection or other work - I use a full suit. Just got tired of bees crawling up my pant...
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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    Or how about a "Freegan"?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeganism
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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    The posts pointing out vegan/vegetarian hypocrisy with regard to plants are right on. Somehow, the notion that plants are "less alive" than animals and somehow ok to eat because they are not animals...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Hard to believe this is back after all that happened.

    It was nothing short of offensive that he referred to himself and had others referring to him as "Dr."
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    There will be a lot of hungry, starving people in the world (here as well as in other countries) without GMO plants.

    Starving bees too.
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Here in OK (I have moved), broomweed is starting to bloom. It won't make edible honey, but perhaps the bees will build up on it and put away enough for the winter.

    Question: Springtime, the...
  19. Thread: Extractors

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    Re: Extractors

    I checked it out and the difference is in the shipping. The 9-frame Brushy ships (to my address) for about $75. The 18-frame Brushy requires truck shipment and costs over $350.00 to my address. ...
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    2014 package suppliers list

    I have started the 2014 package/queen suppliers list once again. As always, there are disclaimers:

    1. Inclusion on the list does not constitute endorsement of any products or services.
    2. The...
  21. Thread: Dansk Farms

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    Re: Two thumbs up for Dansk Farms!

    As did I - no complaints
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    Re: Russell Apiaries

    Right - where is he. Last fall he had some pretty snarky and condescending comments for me too, based on some of the questions I was asking.

    His profile indicates that he joined last July and...
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    Re: Robert Russell is a fraud

    My intent was not to ignite a discussion about the legitimacy of Russell's product - only to state that I didn't think that the sub-producers colluded or did anything nefarious with respect to when...
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    Re: Robert Russell is a fraud

    I agree with Astro. I was never a sub and never really fell for the Russell sales pitch (just too much wrong with the science). However, I think that we can assume a few things:

    1. The...
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    Re: Robert Russell is a fraud

    This from the Russell website today:

    "Holdover/Transfer orders and Cancellations

    Due to the many struggles that we have faced during the 2012 season with the storm damages, the traggic loss of...
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