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    Re: Well this certainly isn't good.

    Notice how chewed up her wings are. If I try to introduce a virgin queen into a hostile colony, the first thing they go for is her wings and legs.

    So I'm guessing this is how the superior queen...
  2. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    :gh:

    Now I know what this icon is. It IS Brian in the middle.
    But it is Graham and myself with our hands around his neck.
  3. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I don't even know how to respond to that.

    Your perception of what I do here is not correct.
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    Brian, I've only been doing this for 4 years. Going now into my 5th. Building my equipment, making my own increases and getting into queen rearing has been my only focus. I need to try to cover all...
  5. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I just set up a couple hives with excluders yesterday. I'll do a few batches in about 10 days if the forecast looks favorable. I'll use a cloake board system for the first couple test batches, but...
  6. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Maintaining and feeding (to stimulate brood rearing late summer) the large colonies post flow.
    I've had great luck with hives this size. Even though I go into winter with populations like this, they...
  7. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

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  8. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I want to know who is getting hugged in your icon? Is that you and me hugging Brian?
  9. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I wish that were true. That would mean I'd had a good rest, I'm skinny and needed to eat. :D
  10. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    It's rarely too cold for a fortified sugar block.
    They sure work great for me.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P1240054_zpssbdgscdu.jpg
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    I'll be using excluders more this year than I have in the past. Now with more experience and plenty of drawn frames to place above the excluders.

    I've used them the last couple years to finish...
  12. Long Lang double divided breeder queen hive & all on one repro unit

    I haven't used it yet, but if the weather holds it won't be long.
    Each breeder queen will be confined in the center smaller areas on ether side of the center solid divider. Her supporting colony on...
  13. Re: I need some pointers on foundationless frames

    This works well for me:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?301391-Photos-of-my-partial-sheet-of-foundation-in-deep-frames-experiment
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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    This is what I use

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?301391-Photos-of-my-partial-sheet-of-foundation-in-deep-frames-experiment
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    Re: COMB HONEY FRAMES

    This worked well for me:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?301391-Photos-of-my-partial-sheet-of-foundation-in-deep-frames-experiment
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    Re: Advice Needed - Hauling Nucs

    That's a good question. Cardboard nuc box's, temp extremes & ventilation requirements can be tricky. In my situation, where I usually assemble a nuc out of each overwintered hive, my nucs have to...
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    Re: Warning / Safety Signs

    This is what I've been using. I'm just looking for fair warning & asking for the respect the hives deserve.
    It's about 18" x 24"

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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Thanks for the links Michael.
    I ordered a bag of pebble style Pine Rosin to add to my beeswax/Linseed oil mixture. I think it will be a better mix for my smaller projects.

    I had made this honey...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    Here's that car decking hive body

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/3-6.jpg

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/13-2.jpg

    firred out super
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Yup, what I was doing here was few specialty transport box's, not hundreds of standard hives. But Ben asked about linseed oil and I mentioned my experience with it.

    It's surprising how much the...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    Have you thought about using a hive made out of 1 1/2 wood? I've made several and although my temps here are not cold enough to warant them, they are nice hives. Only the bottom 2 deeps are 1 1/2"....
  22. Thread: "I Don't Know"

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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    If I saw the drones all hangin' out on the front porch and a spider web overhead with the words
    'Virgins Welcome' written in it,
    I would have some fringe genetics to talk about!
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    I wonder if the heat from the torch on a raw oil mix would simulate the boiled process enough to form the polymer chains? It does penetrate well when heated.
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Anything is simple if you know what you're doing.

    Until then, it can be complicated.:D
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Not entirely true.
    By then, it may be too late.
    Avoid/reduce the incidence of EFB or at least dependence on antibiotics and unsuitable genetics for your local climate with one good choice of...
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