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    Re: What's a fair price

    You'd be in for $150 alone if you bought bees for hives that you would make. Add to that the cost of making the TBH's (don't fully discount your time, either), and it sounds like a good deal. The...
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    Re: Nuc's not building up

    It may be an issue related to resources. The energy coming into the hive (nectar, pollen) is going toward raising brood and there's not enough surplus or population to also support the drawing of...
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    Re: Do you need to harvest the honey?

    Right you are. I knew that, but hadn't fully linked that to my intentions for winter management.
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    Re: Do you need to harvest the honey?

    I think about winter. The more space there is in the hive, the more there is to heat.
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    Re: We gave some honey to friends

    That is adorable. A friend helped us to design labels, so we gave him some honey. When he tasted it, his eyes went wide and he said "It tastes like Spring flowers!"
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    Re: It's harder than I thought...

    If I get to spinning around, it helps me to choose one thing to do, and to do it. Doesn't matter how great or small the task is. Then, I move on to the next thing. Small steps make a journey.
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    How many different types of hives?

    As I was clearing an area for an out apiary next year, I found myself thinking about the different types of hives that have been or are in use. I'm aware of Langstroth, Warre, Top Bar, long lang,...
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    Re: Smoking your gloves

    There is a lot of wisdom in old ways. I'd give it a try, maybe by capping a small tipi with a glove.
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    Re: Robber screens & bearding.

    They seem to have no effect on bearding. My nucs have them on, and for a long while there was no bearding. Once the population increased, bearding began.
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    Re: Cool (temperature) pants/jackets

    I enjoy my Ultrabee suit, and wear shorts and a T-shirt underneath in the summer. It can be warm if there's no breeze, but I find that a slow walk takes care of that. Started will a non-ventilated...
  11. Thread: Disentary.

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    Re: Disentary.

    Nosema?

    http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/files/147621.pdf
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    Re: SHTF doomsday beekeeping

    skeps
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    Re: Drones seem to be missing ???

    They may have been kicked out by the colony. Happens every year.
  14. Thread: oav nucs

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    Re: oav nucs

    One solution is to make a spacer with a slot in it to accommodate the vaporizer, and place it (the spacer) under the cover. It doesn't matter if the OAV is applied from above of below as long as the...
  15. Thread: Dead bees

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    Re: Dead bees

    Superb! I would leave it on for the rest of the season.
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    Queen excluder in OBH on exhibit

    I recently installed bees into an observation hive at a local children's museum. The hive is nicely made, 5 deep frames below and three up, though the spacing seems a bit wide on the upper stories...
  17. Re: Stop feeding or add another medium in the Northeast?

    .....and they don't even bother putting on the veils any more (or gloves, or pants, or shoes). ....

    Be careful. The mood of a colony can change quickly, and they won't let you know in advance.
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    Re: Queen acceptance

    No, not yet. Those cells are potentially your new queen. Give it another week-10 days. If the cells are capped now, by that time you should either have a new queen getting ready to lay, or the...
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    Re: Older Deep Bodies with Metal Foundation

    I looked it up (thanks, internet), and $13.25 in 1922 adjusts to $177.22 in 2015 dollars.

    At Mann Lake:
    5 deeps: $97.75
    Outer Cover: $22.95
    Inner cover: $10.95
    Frames: $60
    Foundation (rite...
  20. Re: strange queen cells after caging queen for brood break.

    What do the cells look like, and where on the frames are they located? I'd be curious to know if there are larvae in those cells. If there are, then I wonder if the workers are moving eggs. I do...
  21. Thread: Chastisement

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    Re: Chastisement

    I've only been bashed once, I think, and in that case I sent a PM to the person to try to gain a better understanding of what took place, apologized if I'd caused offence or confusion. Turns out it...
  22. Re: Inner Cover comb building what to do? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The bees saw available empty space, and decided to close things up. To build the comb, they used their stores of honey.

    If you have some assembled frames without foundation in them, you can put...
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    Re: Making change two years out

    I do know a colorblind beek (red/green I think), and they seem to have easily gotten around any issues that those of us who aren't colorblind might imagine.
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    Re: Making change two years out

    On a side note, I've always wondered at some of the color choices and their ordering. For example, red and green are used for consecutive years, but some folk aren't able to tell the difference...
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    Re: getting fearful

    They are calmer, until disturbed. Then, you are the only focus and they locate the water vapor and carbon dioxide you emit by breathing. The most difficult install I've ever done was just after...
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