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    Re: Share your Beekeeping Inventions!

    Pushable hive stand:
    Yes, the 4 wheels are solid plastic that you can screws it into the hive base like a low dolly. Then set the bee hive on top with 3 sides
    secured by 2x4s with a bottom bee...
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    Re: A down side to beekeeping.

    With that much bee poops it is time to gather some fertilizer for sale. Another source
    of revenue. Wish I have those around my hives here.
    Anybody knows if bee poop is good for the plants? ...
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    Re: queen balling DURING late season swarm?

    This queen will be doomed for sure if they keep on balling her. Even without a swarm prep sometimes
    they will do that to the old queen. Maybe they don't like her or perhaps she is lacking in...
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    Re: Share your Beekeeping Inventions!

    I always wanted to invent (already is) a full size non-grafting-needed resuable bee frame for collecting the egg/larvae at the development stage for queen
    making. The current non-grafting gadgets...
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    Re: The End of F.W.JONES beekeeping supplies...

    I believe Mike here. There is no need for the inspector to lie. There is no need for
    Mike to lie. And all the receipts will not lie either. Go for the facts to see who is right or wrong.
    I also...
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    Re: Preparing for Next Year

    Russian sage is nice to look at when they bloom. My bees rarely forage on them when
    they have other better options like Nyger, Borage, and Buckwheat. You have to have a
    rather large plot for...
  7. Re: Getting real tired of melting down capping on the stove..other options??

    Thanks for the reminder. I just so happen to have some wax saved up for this Fall project.
    I use a shallow pan fill with some water and the wax pieces into a big pressure cooker.
    20 minutes later...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    Now once you have 100 then you want 199, eh.
    If you keep on expanding then you will go commercial then. I would sell some
    nucs to keep the operation down if that's what you choose to.
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    Re: Pulled Queen off of hive. What to do now?

    Either day or in the night time they will be running around and bee more active/jumpy without a queen.
    The hive with the most active bees is the one without a queen. The queen right hive will be...
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    Re: Jack Frost has Arrived :(

    Yes, I'm trying to duplicate what a Fall flow should bee like during a dearth here. Looks like we
    are between the end of summer toward the beginning of the Fall. No rainfall, no wasting water...
  11. Re: can i combine two weak hive and make a two queen hive?

    Isn't it funny that beekeeping is location specific.
    What works in one location will not work in another area. At warmer climate beekeeping
    definitely has an advantage. ...
  12. Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    I don't understand this situation. If they are past their laying/mating period then won't they become a drone layer queen later on? If the wing is damaged then the chance of a mating flight is close...
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    Re: Jack Frost has Arrived :(

    Imaginary land:

    Its been hot here around 96 high and low 60 at night. Cukes died cuz of the aphids and drought. No Jack yet until Nov. 22nd if
    el Nino choose not to interrupt with a warmer,...
  14. Thread: uniting hives

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    Re: uniting hives

    No matter how much you try to delay them some will not reorient to their new location.
    One way I solve this issue is to place another hive box with 2 frames of drawn comb at
    the old location for...
  15. Re: can i combine two weak hive and make a two queen hive?

    During the flow, I would just take the weaker hive to put inside a 2-3 frame nuc with different stages of
    bee development. Then combine both hive into a stronger one with the strongest queen and...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    I lost 2 of my hives the first year to the ants. :(
    If for some reason the first hive do not grow then the 2nd hive can be a backup to donate
    frame of bees. If they grow then you can use a cloake...
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    Re: reneck bee yards

    It is good that you are recycling. There are the gaps that I see for rain water collection in them.
    Make sure they don't harbor any stinging mosquitoes thru out the seasons. Not sure which one...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    You don't have to keep 3 hives if you don't want to. Give it away on a CL ads will do. Let them swarm away if you don't
    want to do a swarm control. Build some osb hive boxes to make smaller nuc...
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    Re: Starter vs Finisher differences questions

    While I don't know the many meaning behind all these terms, I can only focus on practical methods and constant improvement on queen rearing. Because beekeeping is so forgiving and flexible there are...
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    Re: thinking about winter

    About winter

    "Not sure why but it seems most beeks on this forum are outside of California and many of the ideas to winterizing your hive are different than here in N. California."
    Of course,...
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    Re: WOW--Fast Blooming Buckwheat

    Although the plot size matters the quality of your food source is more important for the bees. The density
    of a feed plot is also important than the sporatic bloom. Bees will also chose the more...
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    Re: Last graft--August queens

    I think early Fall is the time that they get rid of the drones to prepare for the winter. It is time to feed them also if not much honey and pollen stores now. Each location has its unique...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Well, the buckwheat are blooming now. There are so many varieties to choose from. I heard that
    the Japanese variety is very good to grow. I wonder how the buckwheat honey will taste like when...
  24. Thread: Fall feeders

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    Re: Fall feeders

    Ben, I know budget is very tight on expansion in your case. So we have to improvise a little here. Trying to give you as many
    ideas here. How about going for the 5 gal buckets; the one that I ask...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Yeah, I'm happy to plant something for my bees right on a dearth every summer when
    all things seem dead out there. Goldenrod is about to bloom here.
    The list goes on and on but so far buckwheat...
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