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    Re: Bars ripped from 2x2?

    I make ripped blanks that a 1 1/4 X 1 1/2 inches. Then I can route it for either dimension to make the comb guide.

    Scot
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    I forgot to mention, I buy materials for and make...

    I forgot to mention, I buy materials for and make batches of 50 at a time. That how much lumber I can fit in my basement. I spend approx $2500 for lumber, and a couple hundred on hardware and paint....
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    It cost me $56 to make mine from all new...

    It cost me $56 to make mine from all new materials, cost including hardware and paint.

    To sell one new, I would want at minimum $150 to make any profit. A mature colony with bees? Well I would...
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    It seems many of us have bees without pollen this...

    It seems many of us have bees without pollen this year. I also have not one single hive with pollen in it. I can't understand it, but it is so...I know others also are seeing this right now.
  5. I believe there is alot more to the "bees build...

    I believe there is alot more to the "bees build cells according to seasonal needs" than meets the eye. When a new swarm builds a nest, they only have certain resources, and so only build a starter...
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    Poll: Bob, Do you use any of the Instant Messengers...

    Bob,
    Do you use any of the Instant Messengers that are available such as ICQ, AIM, YahooIM, MSN Messenger, or etc? If you do I wouldn't mind talking with a faster medium than e-mail and message...
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    Poll: The quote can be found starting at the bottom of...

    The quote can be found starting at the bottom of page 112 in the book "50 Years Among the Bees". In my book which is "40 Years Among the bees", the quote happens to start on page 111. It is not...
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    Poll: 40 Years Among the Bees ~ CC Miller ~Page 111...

    40 Years Among the Bees ~ CC Miller
    ~Page 111
    Shall I take frames of brood from strong colonies to give to the weaklings? Not I. For the damage to the strong colonies will more than overbalance the...
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    Poll: >>I have tried top bar on a small scale but see...

    >>I have tried top bar on a small scale but see no place for top bar in my way of doing beekeeping.

    That's a little better than calling it silly. One of the things we worry about as beekeepers is...
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    Poll: What if the wheel has been so modified that it's...

    What if the wheel has been so modified that it's no longer a wheel but a complex mechanism or process that doesn't do what it is supposed to do anymore, stops working altogether if a step is...
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    Poll: Bob, You did suggest that we do it. We...

    Bob,
    You did suggest that we do it. We don't, perhaps if there was an emergency I might consider it, but doubt it. Yes Dee has done so in emergencies, but not as a strategy. It makes no sense to...
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    Poll: Bob, Earlier you posted that you get 1.20 for...

    Bob,
    Earlier you posted that you get 1.20 for honey and spend .20 for hfcs. How much money do you think you are spending to make the extra trips and perform all the extra work involved in pulling...
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    I would also recommend Myron Kropf in missouri....

    I would also recommend Myron Kropf in missouri. 573-549-2312

    Myron sell packages which may be an advantage to some who don't want nucs.
  14. Just to chime in on some of the comments. A...

    Just to chime in on some of the comments.

    A test will not be worth anything unless if involves several years of study. First thing, beginning small cells often loose all their live stocks while...
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    Actually you may wish to trap them out anyway....

    Actually you may wish to trap them out anyway. After you have gotten most of the bees out, then you can open it up. It will make your life SOOOOOO much more pleasant.

    Remember to have plenty of...
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    Jim, The lusbys have never shipped mated...

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    The lusbys have never shipped mated queens that I know about...Its against the whole acclimating principle to ship mated queens, the whole idea is to get queens from known productive...
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    As it turns out, the lusby's do not mark queens.

    As it turns out, the lusby's do not mark queens.
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    Ya know, just for the record. Michael Housel was...

    Ya know, just for the record. Michael Housel was provided Virgin queens which were therefore mated locally. Isn't there some documentation on the HOT characteristic of AHB coming from the drones?
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    I don't chime in much, but I will here. There...

    I don't chime in much, but I will here.

    There is something about religion which isn't applicable here. Religion is about beliefs which are intangible. However what the OrganicBeekeeper group has...
  20. The sound of smokey though....you sure you just...

    The sound of smokey though....you sure you just didn't smoke the hives too much too often? you can really give the honey a smokey flavor doing that.

    I have one buyer that will only buy honey that...
  21. Thread: Clover

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    To answer the alsike question, alsike clover is...

    To answer the alsike question, alsike clover is the clover in most people's yards that continues to bloom even though you are mowing the lawn regularly..Sweet clover comes in yellow and white, and...
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    Not to be picky jim, but anyone not a computer...

    Not to be picky jim, but anyone not a computer guru has no idea that != means "does not equal".

    To the rest of the group, there is PLENTY of GM soy around, and we got lots of soy around here and...
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    You can prevent the broam from taking over if you...

    You can prevent the broam from taking over if you let some grazing animals have run of the field occasionally.
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    It would be worth planting sweet clover and...

    It would be worth planting sweet clover and alfalfa if you planned on haying it. Remember it takes 2 years for legumes like clover and alfalfa to mature. So you have to plant it 2 years in a row if...
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    Potatoes are sexual plants too, they are not...

    Potatoes are sexual plants too, they are not exclusively restricted to asexual reproduction. Otherwise how could you breed potatoe varieties?

    The potatoe is a very close relative of belladonna....
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