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  1. Re: Can you usually keep more hives in a more urban area?

    We don't have any bee laws in town here but I always err on the side of Aurora bee code and only run 2 hives per location inside the city limits. If you pick spots that have nice flyways where the...
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    Re: My first year with 8 frame mediums

    I run 8 framers inside the city limits, overwintered two of them in single 8 frame equipment last year. Both of the hives mentioned will be overwintered in 3 deep 8 frame boxes this year. Most...
  3. Re: Cleaning now Blackened Beeswax splotches from the driveway

    A guy I pollinate for has a portable hotsy pressure washer that I have borrowed on occasion. It burns kerosene for the heat and works great for removing wax, propolis, oil, grease, paint, etc. from...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    Same here. I did a cut out from a log a few weeks ago where I had my arm in the log to my shoulder holding a 12" breadknife cutting comb. First cut out I've ever done by feel. Took 3 stings, 2 to...
  5. Thread: Bee Art

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    Re: Maybe he has no plans to work the hives.....

    I would love to hear the conversation between him and the bee inspector. Art guy, "I forgot my lift, :ws:."
    Bee inspector "No worries, I have an axe."
  6. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    Another beekeeper in my area has 70 year old comb his father used in honey supers and is still in use. I have cut out black comb that was hard as a coffin nail during removals that I put into a...
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    Re: Pounds vs Gallons-

    1 gallon of honey is 12# a medium 10 frame super 35#
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    Re: Testing a Electric Bear Fence.

    I bait my fences too, it really helps. Only thing I don't like about bear meat is it's a bit greasy. I can deal with greasy :)

    :wiener: And they do make into good sausages :wiener:
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    Re: Testing a Electric Bear Fence.

    They sell fence testers... They're pretty cheap but not as much fun as peeing on it :lpf:
  10. Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    I use a ramp and a dolly. Wouldn't mind having a lift gate.

    Edit: I forgot I have a line on some slide on forks that will fit on the bucket of my front end loader which will make loading the...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    Before I set up for pollinating melons I ask how many hives they want per acre, I tell them its a 1 month contract or to end of bloom or until they want the bees gone - whichever comes first. I need...
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    Re: Honey quantity???

    I usually get about 80# from a 10 frame deep and 30 - 40# from a 10 frame (9 frames spaced) medium if I remember right. I've never run shallows.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    My apiary. We just moved 5 pallets to the melon fields to catch the alfalfa flow and then in a few weeks melon pollination. Everything that is left in the apiary is either a split, a captured...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    duplicate
  15. Re: Get any lab test results back yet? ...been a

    So if we started with an africanized queen and bread her with a european drone the f1 generation will be...?

    Requeening with EHB in an AHB area... what about the f2, when the f2 would be an f1...
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    Re: Bee removal ideas

    There's still time to do a trap out and have the new nucs beef themselves up before winter. The only problem I have at this time of year is getting mated queens back to their respective nucs, the...
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    Re: Solar wax melter not melting brood comb

    Ill honestly say it burns well after its dried (I tried boiling it too :) ) I have used it to start fires but I mostly use it to bait hives in the spring. Using a small amount to get your smoker...
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    Re: Solar wax melter not melting brood comb

    Old brood comb has very little wax in it. I typically do put it in the melter and then toss it in a bucket with the rest of the slum gum.
  19. Re: Small hole in side of hive body from outside hive

    I had a similiar problem, mine was solved when I found a bullet on the bottom board. Someone made them a nifty new entrance which they still use.
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    Re: "Butt Joint" Hive Supers

    My rabbeted boxes have held up just fine. I will say when I super with deeps I can feel the box flex when I remove one full of honey. Full length cleats help to stabilize the boxes as I can get a...
  21. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    So even manageable colonies of AHB will reap the whirlwind by not only the uneducated public but by beekeepers who should know better. I talked to a beekeeper from Guatemala who, when confronted...
  22. Re: What is the best way to combine queenless nucs with eachother?

    You can't go wrong with a newspaper combine. It allows enough time for the queenless colonies to acclimate to each other. All my queenless combines were successful this spring thanks to the Pueblo...
  23. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    Pedigree has never mattered to me. Manageable is the name of the game. It sounds like their aggressiveness isn't tied to a cloudy day, queenlessness, etc. It sounds like they're just an aggressive...
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    Re: White clover yields with honey supers

    I sometimes migrate to the foothills to let the bees hit the red clover in early summer and they can draw and fill a medium in 9 - 14 days during the summer dearth. The bees usually ignore it until...
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    Re: Looking for raw TF propolis

    I wholesale mine, grade 'A' gets about $9 a pound, grade (lowest) gets $4 I think was the quote to me. If you add up the price that they sell it for on the net it comes to about $100/lb but those...
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