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    Re: What would you do with this equipment?

    Yes, purchased nucs are always a risk. My local inspector advised any time I buy a nuc I should put it in a quarantine yard. Good advice.
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    Re: What would you do with this equipment?

    I had a run in with purchased bees last season which turned out to carry EFB. My whole apiary ended up under quarantine and I lost my entire honey harvest. So I am not a fan of buying and rehabbing...
  3. Thread: Mannlake

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    Re: Mannlake

    I have found this generous fit in their 8 frame boxes, the 10's and the nuc boxes. I love that Select grade wood, but the boxes I get locally (wood is not as nice) fit the exact number of...
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    Re: Mannlake

    Am I alone in finding the Mann Lake boxes are a bit big? There is always room for ALMOST another frame, but not quite. This means you have to space them out, which means the comb extends past the...
  5. Richard Taylor's "How to Do It Book of Beekeeping"

    I have not been able to find a copy of this book for sale anywhere...for a reasonable price. Does anyone know if some kindly library has it digitized? I would really like to add it to my library!
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I had some big problems in my apiary last summer, problems that left me with under-provisioned hives by the end of the year. The bees were not at fault, and I not only fed them up with syrup in the...
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    Re: february panic

    Enjambres, great idea to feed back excess spring honey, the only worry maybe is that during the storage period (spring to fall) the honey may crystallize?
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I tried another method...where you fill your moulds with sugar, pour in 2:1 syrup and put everything in a warm dry place to cure. I found that a bit messy. The syrup did not reach all the sugar, and...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Enjambres, let us all know how your hives do over the winter! Your weather is a bit colder than our here in the PNW, but drier, I would think?

    I moulded 2" balls of pollen substitute and flattened...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Thankyou Lauri! I checked my hives today as it was just warm and sunny enough for them to take cleansing flights and some need more sugar bricks...will be cooking up a storm tonight, using your...
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    What were the advantages over holding in nucs?
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    Lauri, what lovely workmanship!!! How did the horizontal colonies work for you? Am thinking of running a couple next year and would appreciate hearing how they do and what is involved.
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    Re: Long/Horizontal Deep Langs questions?

    I am thinking of running some horizontal hives and documenting the process in a paper (part of the service points needed to earn my Master Beekeeper certification). I would appreciate hearing from...
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    Fondant components

    I have successfully made fondant slabs out of sugar syrup, adding some Honey B Healthy and honey during the cooling/whipping process.

    But I wondered if you can use some dandelion/chamomile tea in...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Lauri, thankyou for that very interesting information. It came along just as I had read Randy Oliver's recently posted article on winter feeding of weak hives (with syrup, but that is in...
  16. Re: Does it matter what type of foundation you use?

    How do you put the wax foundation in the frames...best methods and sources??
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    Merince, I have not tried wax foundation, started with plastic and I agree the bees don't like it much. How do you switch over??
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    I don't doubt that, but I would be surprised if they embraced the profession, given the incomes likely. It's hard to replace the income (and benefits) the day job usually brings. The other spouse...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    This has been an interesting thread, gentlemen. I am only in my second year of beekeeping and have noticed in attending bee club meetings both locally and wherever I travel, and in talking to...
  20. Re: I neglected my hive and they're all over the place in there.

    Adrian Quiney has posted on this board:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?265492-This-may-be-crazy-but

    about his practice of providing his bees with an empty super on the bottom of...
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    Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    The bees do love them...and not much else is going at that time of the year! I took one that I bought last fall, buried it up to its leaf tips in a big pot of rich earth, and left it till this...
  22. Re: land owner wants me to place hives right under electric high tension wires

    They used to use herbicides, likely still do, and they do send in clearing teams.

    Bees used to be summered under the high tension lines to take advantage of all the fireweed that blooms in these...
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    Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    I have read that Sunshine Blue (which has the nice chartreuse leaves) is also beloved of bees. So go ahead and plant! For some reason Caryopteris rarely makes the "bee plant" list, but they are a...
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    Re: crush and strain?

    In addition to the bag filter in my bucket filter system (typical sort) I put a ladies' knee high stocking over the honey gate, so that the honey has to pass through the stocking before bottling....
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    Re: Mixing Oxytet by Volume

    I think the concentration of the OxyTet as supplied in the bag is higher now?
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