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    CCD Lecture in IL

    http://www.fnal.gov/culture/NewArts/Lectures/07-08/Berenbaum.shtml
  2. I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I'm not into marketing...

    I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I'm not into marketing or how to sell the service your looking to provide and wasn't trying to tell you how to sell to your customers. I have seen field workers sitting on...
  3. Chef the only thing that I can add to this is use...

    Chef the only thing that I can add to this is use the least defensive bees you can find. Cordovan Italians are a good choice. There a blond bee. If they swarm or supersede you will notice darker...
  4. Thread: pallets

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    It depends on what your trying to do. If your...

    It depends on what your trying to do. If your just trying to move a few hives once in a while just throw them on a pallet and go. If your looking to move them more often than that and looking to...
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    It was 19f today and I was squaring and wrapping...

    It was 19f today and I was squaring and wrapping pallets. I wasn't the best weather but they don't drift back to the old spot. There isn't brood to chill this time of year and they will stay in the...
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    I give a case of 1# in spring and fall and a Gift...

    I give a case of 1# in spring and fall and a Gift card in a Christmas card.
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    I agree with what every thing that everyone said....

    I agree with what every thing that everyone said.
    The thing is there are many different ways you can do it. I like the way you said the package you got is doing really well. When you have a good...
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    Not having your equipment out all winter in the...

    Not having your equipment out all winter in the snow and mud sure would make it last allot longer. No wet moldy dead outs. No mice nests.
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    If your going to try to keep bees inside it has...

    If your going to try to keep bees inside it has to be pitch black, cool and have air exchange.
    The colder it is the more honey they eat to stay warm and build up waist in there gut. The warmer it...
  10. Thread: Who are you?

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    I'm 43 and have been married for 22 years. I...

    I'm 43 and have been married for 22 years. I think I'll keep her. LOL We have 1 boy and 3 girls.
    The boy is going to school for visual journalism at Brooks and is on an internship with NASA. His...
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    Try to find your bee inspector. He should be able...

    Try to find your bee inspector. He should be able to help you find a club or a beekeeper close by. Good Luck!
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    I wrap most of my hives. I never have enough...

    I wrap most of my hives. I never have enough wraps. They help in the late cold snaps in spring when the bees have brood that they sit on and starve 1" from honey. When you open a hive like that it...
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    I'm Glad you said it. 2 years ago I had that...

    I'm Glad you said it. 2 years ago I had that happen. Last year the packages had Hawaiian Queens and they were good.
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    Packages

    Packages can show up dead or half dead. I think about 5% abscond. You have more drift. You have to take the package back for deposit.
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    When you make splits it is better to divide the...

    When you make splits it is better to divide the brood and honey. Make the split going to the new spot stronger as the field bees will drift back to the old spot. I would pinch the old queen and give...
  16. Thread: Winter wraps

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    I warp. They seem to build faster in the spring....

    I warp. They seem to build faster in the spring. If you wait until it has been cold for a while before wrapping you won't get as many ants and bugs under the wrap. I put mouse baits out at the same...
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    We try to pull in the goldenrod flow. When there...

    We try to pull in the goldenrod flow. When there is a flow they don't rob as much. We also feed at this time. In the middle of the flow just a couple of feedings and they are good for winter.
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    $35 for pickles

    I was talking to an inspector about a guy that was doing pumpkins with 2 frames of bees and the splits were queenless. That was in central IL. I wonder if he is the same guy in IN.

    The bees that...
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    I like new Queens. They build up faster and swarm...

    I like new Queens. They build up faster and swarm less. Next spring make splits and watch how much better your new queens do next to the older ones.
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    Cook n beals is in Nebraska. They are a small...

    Cook n beals is in Nebraska. They are a small family based shop. Good people but they can get backed up on orders and can have a lead time.
    The cook unit has a larger diameter than the cowen and...
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    older cowen

    They will update the older uncapper and they will take the plastic just fine.
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    I run singles all year. In my area they seem to...

    I run singles all year. In my area they seem to build faster and I can super earlier. I have to feed spring, fall and sometimes in august. They can go down hill fast and you have to keep an eye on...
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    When I use smoke I use the pellets from Dadant....

    When I use smoke I use the pellets from Dadant. Once there going they don't burn out and they have a nice smell.
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    When can you get Queens? You can always feed but...

    When can you get Queens? You can always feed but sometimes it is hard to get queens. I always give syrup when making splits. They accept the new queen better if you feed them and it gives them a...
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    If you give them light syrup it will trigger them...

    If you give them light syrup it will trigger them to start rearing brood earlier than they normally would. I wouldnÂ’t give them gallons of heavy syrup just enough to get things going.
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