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    Re: Sideliner Profitability Study

    Looks good, don't forget new equipment cost (even though I make my own) and treatment costs. Its the small red entries that tend to un-noticably add up quickly.

    I've found my best estimates for...
  2. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    The neighbor has been transferring 20k bushels of corn into our silo the past few weeks. With the warm weather we've had our bees have been foraging on spilled grain and chaff, giving a few of their...
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    Re: Medium on top of Deep Brood Chamber

    I ran out of 10 frame deep equipment and had to super a split with a 10 frame medium. It worked for the bees but not for me. It is definitely getting rotated out for a second deep in the spring.
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    Definitely a thumbs up for this thread. I have enjoyed looking at all the pages. There's people from Hawaii to Canada, from the north to the south, different countries, and we can network together...
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    The signature line is a good place to put it
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    Re: Should I be worried

    The first brutal cold snap here always knocks off the unprepared. I'm not worried, are you? :D

    http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h356/DestructionManZ/20141121_170953.jpg

    That was after 5" of...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Raw honey is on all my labels. I dont heat and I strain.
  8. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    Entrance reducers.
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    I use 2, 4-d with a surfactant to kill broadleaf plants and to leave grasses. We use roundup or glyphosate to kill all growth. If you go online or read the manual that comes with your glyphosate it...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    On natural comb you have to. I don't find it too offensive, the bees know better than I do, but when another beekeeper looks at my frames they always tell me how the comb is ruined by the drone...
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    Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    I always keep the rough side to the inside of the boxes, the bees really seem to like a rougher surface. I make my own out of recycled lumber with rabbets. I have been seriously expanding my apiary...
  12. Re: Bio Control of Varroa by saturating female sex pheromone

    Interesting approach to the problem. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    Being in a pinch usually motivates me to take a step in a new direction. My opinion would be to migrate and chase flows. Boat trailers are pretty cheap and can be modified to fit 10 or12 hives on...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    That's the truth. We lease out our 250 acres to other farmers now but it always makes me chuckle when people think that the government is going to bail out some one who loses half their crops for...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    I knew at the time I should have taken a picture but I didn't. I ordered 20 sheets of SC foundation and put them in hives this past spring to get drawn. A few hives drew out the comb and used it...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    I run all small cell and natural cell in all my brood boxes. The biggest benefit I have ever seen from small cell is more bees per frame.
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    Re: Bomb Cyclone to hit US next week

    You beat me to it lol
  18. Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    My double story 5 frame nucs seem to winter a bit better than a single 10 frame deep. My theory is more surface area that is warmed by the sun. I've had success with both however the double story...
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    Re: more tf mite counts

    I have noticed that drifting bees tend to go into basically 1 hive as I'll have 1 hive that really loads up with them. I don't think the drifters have more of a mite load than mine do (the other guy...
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    Re: more tf mite counts

    When I pollinate my hives are sometimes 20 feet from another beekeeper's hives. He usually pulls his hives from the fields before I do and I catch his drift. We discussed it in the past and he said...
  21. Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    I have left behind a few practices in the past few years. The biggest being the amount of time spent messing with the hives. This year my intrusions into brood boxes were the fewest in frequency...
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    Re: side entrance question

    All my boxes have 'side entrances' that are 3/8" x 5/8" so a double deep will have 2 side entrances. Some hives use them exclusively, but every hive that has one has in/out traffic to differing...
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    Re: Time to make candles

    Your pine cones come out nice
  24. Thread: Red Honey

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    Re: Red Honey

    My winter dearth started almost a month ago. Fortunately, in the area of my apiary, watermelons are harvested for their seeds which gives my bees the chance to feed on the pulp of the thrashed...
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    Re: Time to make candles

    Two thumbs up :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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