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    Re: swarm control methods

    Last year, I minimized swarming by "opening" the brood nest by inserting empty foundationless frames. I think it minimized swarming, but I got way too much drone production.

    This year, I will try...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    IMHO, you are over thinking the feeding issue. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, with a lot of that being personal circumstances and preference. There is no one method is that is...
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    How does it keep from blowing the OA powder out the nozzle before it gets hot enough to vaporize?
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    If money is an issue, then baggie feeders are the best choice. Cheap and effective.
  5. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Thanks for the info! I am hoping to raise queens for the first time this coming year. What you describe sounds like it would be perfect for me.
  6. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    What time of the year are these splits made, say, relative to swarm season or the honey harves?
  7. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Sounds reasonable, and I agree with the last statement 100%. I think the last point is (intentionally or unintentionally) overlooked by many non-treaters, making them just masquerading as TFBs, as...
  8. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Such information may be available in the Survey. I didn't spend much time digging.

    But the point is; maybe a comparison to some sort of average national loss rate could form the basis of a...
  9. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    A graph of over-winter colony loss by year as reported by the Bee Informed Survey. It also includes what most beekeepers find to be an acceptable loss rate. Maybe this could form the foundation for...
  10. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    That is a pretty high bar. I think only a small number of beekeepers would qualify.
  11. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    Odd.

    Bee-52, you ask for suggestions on how to improve colony build-up, JWChesnut gives a thoughtful response full of specifics and you shoot them down.

    If your bees really are "doing just...
  12. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Good point about just how to define "Treatment Free Beekeeper" ("TFB")? It won't work if it is too complicated. And, we can't expect mathematical precision in a word.

    Maybe draw the line between...
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    Re: Bar keepers friend

    This is what you want:

    http://www.amazon.com/Savogran-10501-Wood-Bleach/dp/B002NZWY4A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1418652341&sr=8-4&keywords=wood+bleach
  14. Re: State apiarist says oxalic is about to be approved.

    Regardless of whether OA gets registered or exempted or approved or whatever, you will still be able to buy 12oz of the white powder form of OA sold as wood bleach for less than $10 at the hardware...
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    Re: Is there a mite worse than varroa ? Yes!

    First I have heard. Scary stuff. Thanks for the head's-up.
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    Re: Good source for foundationless guides

    I use the paint-stirring sticks available for free from Home Depot/Lowes. Cut them to length, and with a few swipes with a sanding block along the edge to make a slight taper, they will securely...
  17. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Developing a standard definition of "treatment free beekeeper" would eliminate the "subject to interpretation" problem.

    :)
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    Which raises an important point in discussing TF beekeeping: Just what is successful TF beekeeping?

    Until I hit the ground, I could say I "successfully" jumped off the Empire State Building, but...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Wow! I admire those who build their own. Digging through the "budget" pile at Home Depot, visiting building sites looking for scrapes, waiting for things to go on sale, finding discarded trees and...
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    Wow. You know the hobby has gone mainstream when Williams Sonoma starts selling the gear. Next it will be Martha Stewart offering bee suits in "smart Springtime colors."
  21. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Fascinating information. Thanks for posting.

    I wonder if there is a different dropout rate for TF vs. T beekeepers?

    Also, I wonder how many TF beeks would never have taken up the hobby if TF...
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    Re: Less may be more by Mark Winston

    Is it really that simple?

    More than double your profit while reducing you effort by 30% . . . ?

    If it were true, people would be falling all over themselves to do it . . . wouldn't they?
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    Glad to hear you put the hurt on the mites.

    What are your daytime highs and nighttime lows? Those two numbers have a big impact on your available feeding options.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Also, be aware that both top feeders and frame feeders can drown a lot of bees.

    I haven't tried all the designs out there, but the only feeder I have found so far that doesn't drown bees is the...
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    Re: Winter patties

    What would be the purpose of feeding protein in the middle of winter if you are in a cold area? Its not like you want them to be brooding up when it is going to be sub-freezing, or worse, for three...
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