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    Re: Ceder hives : worth it?

    We run about half cedar and half pine on our langs. I don't see any difference in the health related to the material. With my bees, the inside is coated with propolis in about a season so I don't...
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    Re: spline material...

    While guides are nice (especially if they are long enough they keep bars from accidentally getting knocked in), what I learned from Les Crowder is that they are unnecessary. We run no guide at all...
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    "Blaming the Manager" is exactly what allowed for my skill to grow by leaps and bounds. Just me - and I blamed myself for every failed colony and asked, "What could I have done differently." I...
  4. Thread: Decisions

    by ChuckReburn
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    Re: Decisions

    Distant cousins with distinctly different businesses and business models.




    They are the source we use for requeening mean feral bees and other queens with issues (Swarms are typically an...
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    Re: When to split

    Seeing drones in the "Purple eyed stage" is looking for the earliest possible date to get a queen mated and not necessarily ideal (or likely successful) for a backyard breeder.

    I'd advise...
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    Re: Texas Weather Swarm Prevention

    ^^ Good info.

    I'd guess about 2 weeks earlier than you down in Austin.

    My friends in Navasota (about the same latitude) will have queens the first week of April (this year they say maybe a week...
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    Re: Texas Weather Swarm Prevention

    Many of the early swarms may be absconding rather than reproduction swarms.

    One of our friends said he went into boxes last weekend and was typically seeing no capped brood and about 2 frames of...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    We've built several hundred top bars, currently keep about 40 and work with Les Crowder. We are getting rid of screened bottoms (Les never used them).

    A screened bottom when open makes it all but...
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    Re: How do you utilize comb honey

    Swallow it or spit it out.
    The ones who ask how to use it rarely buy it.
    It spreads like a thick peanut butter.
    Freeze it to slow crystalization - once crystalized, it stays that way (some...
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    Re: Pile of dead bees. and africans

    Seen the same thing with feral rural hives. Our theory is that the areas more heavily populated with people have historically not "tolerated" aggressive colonies. We do see geographical pockets of...
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    Re: Bee Breeding - Controlled Environment

    Danny Weaver would be BeeWeaver (they sell their own line of Hybrids), R Weaver would be Clint (who still offers Buckfast). Their father's being Binford and Richard respectively.

    I have heard...
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    Re: Pile of dead bees. and africans

    Experience? I've had a disproportionate number of those little ground dwelling colonies turn into mean buggers once they got to the size of a double deep.
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    Re: Pile of dead bees. and africans

    Removing colonies and getting them to survive is an acquired skill. I don't tend to smoke those little meter box colonies (but I do keep a smoker lit). The small size, ground nest and "running off...
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    Re: New guy's first build of TBH

    I'd just run the side walls at a 30 degree slope and calculate the bottom dimension from that. Length sounds fine - I like to have a light weight roof so I use luan clad in aluminum, without a lot...
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    Re: New guy's first build of TBH

    The 17 inch bar works great with a Langstroth hive - It will fit between the end bars on a frame, or you can put a screw in each end and make it 19" to fit on the rail. We've done both to get comb...
  16. Re: Is $225 a Good Price for a "Complete Hive"?

    Is $2,000 a good price on a used car?

    It may or may not be a good price. A new buyer tends to look at the paint rather than doing diagnostics on what's under the hood. The biggest question is:...
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    Re: Honey bees are doomed

    The most common cause of colony loss is mites and their related diseases yet newbees are predisposed to make rare diagnoses.

    "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses not zebras".

    Since...
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    Re: Good new for urban Beek's.

    I've found my urban hives do better than my rural hives BUT the city here was invaded with hipsters planting native flowering plants and shunning pesticides, I also situate these yards near open...
  19. Re: WOW! just rolled out of bed! Some great meads.

    I've had 1 batch out of 8 or 9 that came out like rocket fuel, we blame it on being mishandled on the rack to secondary (my son siphoned lees and unintentionally oxygenated). With that exception,...
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    Re: Alternative nuc boxes

    Exactly. I looked around at options and settled on the Jester Nucs at about $10 each (ordered from Dadant and picked up at a convention to avoid shipping costs). It just factors into the price of...
  21. Thread: Buckfast

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    Re: Buckfast

    B Weaver hasn't advertised or sold Buckfast bees for about 15 years. Shortly before that, Buckfast drone semen became no longer available and they combined their beestock into a single genetic line....
  22. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Beginner complaints this year:
    "I put the queen introduction cage on the landing board so they would all go inside - she died, I need a free replacement."
    "I put the queen cage in and went on...
  23. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Excellent answer.

    To agree that the instructor was unethical would be to say he was, dishonest, deceitful, fraudulent, underhanded and corrupt - essentially, the primary purpose of the class was...
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    Re: Honey and Cheese

    We plate comb honey with Brie or Camembert and fresh raspberries (the raspberries add a little twang) - half a Ross Round and half a small wheel of cheese surrounded by berries present nicely....
  25. Re: Feeding bees is harmful... do u agree? research article

    I find strong hives that put up adequate stores and don't need to be fed generally do pretty good over the winter.

    Hives that need to be fed and aren't die - this has on occasion been some very...
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