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  1. Thread: Yellow Pine

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    wood prices

    John F writes:
    "I'm not sure if you mean $225 per 1000 bdf or $225 per thousand 6 foot #2s but darn if I can find that sort of deal around here."

    Flathead replies:

    SYP prices move up and down....
  2. Thread: Yellow Pine

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    We use SYP

    Southern Yellow Pine is much stronger than white pine and seems to be more robust than Ponderosa. But white pine is more dimensionally stable, SYP will crown.

    We use SYP and it is a great wood. It...
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    Shanghai royal jelly frame

    Visited a Chinese beekeeping operation this week. Mr. Q has a lot of experience with bees and is very proud of them. He doesn't use smoke. Bees are very gentle Italian stock.
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    I learned this lesson this year too.

    newbee 101 sez
    <a frame I placed undrawn foundation in its place.>

    I had a few frames of honey on some established hives I bought.

    Pulled some and checkerboarded it with foundation when i fed...
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    bees can cling

    It is hard to vac a bee setting on rough wood or comb, at least with the one I made. They can really hang on. You may have to cover them with the end and kinda scrape gently to make them let go. Or...
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    good help is hard to find

    We pulled some honey this weekend, our first real crop.

    http://zacharyfarmsllc.com/2007_extraction.htm

    http://zacharyfarmsllc.com/extraction-uncapping-07.jpg
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    once there is a box of honey

    the queen will not usually cross it anyway.

    We don't use them anymore except when queen seaching and around our breeder hives etc.

    Best place for them is in the shed.
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    watch the stuuf at local building supply

    All Cu-Nap is not the same, or at least the carrier is not.

    The stuff at Home Depot is for fence posts and is not labeled for beeware. Don't use it for beeware.

    When we started we looked(tried...
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    two months is enough around here

    <with a third on top they have not moved into yet...>

    I would bet the second medium is filled with mostly syrup.

    The queen will be reluctant to cross all the "honey" so they may be crowded...
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    from the honey board website

    "Single ingredient products (such as honey) do not have to name that single ingredient when already used in the common or usual name on the front panel. However, if there are ingredients other than...
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    ask a russian breeder

    Homestead Harvest says:
    "Nobody can absolutely, 100%, guarantee that this queen is 100% russian."

    It is my understanding that there are controled breeding programs, at least one I know of that...
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    you can get russians

    The only place I know to get pure russians is from a guy near us. I am sure there are others.

    The queens are open mated on an island where there are no other bees around except russians.

    You...
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    beautiful honey

    Thanks for sharing.
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    what panhandle beeman said

    Got fireants everywhere here and we don't do anything special for them.

    http://zacharyfarmsllc.com/hivestands.htm
  15. Thread: Night swarms?

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    Rain not a problem

    I caught a swarm this year in a drizzle and had several others get drenched before I could get to them. Didn't make them move in those cases.

    IMO, rain will not be the problem....
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    Why not raw?

    Our definition of raw is unprocessed. No heat, no blending and no additives.

    Straining out a few bits of cappings before bottling, in our opinion, does not change that.

    Like this-...
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    Shanghai next week

    I will be in Shanghai next week and hope to tour some bee operations while there on other business.

    Should be interesting if I can get a tour.
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    queen marking rubbing off

    http://zacharyfarmsllc.com/marked_a_queen_this_spring_.htm

    We have mixed luck finding them. It seems if you go into a hive intent on finding her she is not easy to spot. As we gain experience the...
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    fences make the difference

    I have an old craftsman my neighbor gave me to rip with. Its ok but I really like the Ridgid I got from Homedepot.

    The Craftsman is for ripping and the Ridgid for dados. The reason is the...
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    we don't use them

    They will (and do) glue down the telescoping covers though.

    If I had just a few hives I would use them.
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    yea, yea thats the ticket...honey sweet pickles

    Think I will try that.
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    sure sign of summer

    is Kerr jars popping in the kitchen

    http://zacharyfarmsllc.com/canning.jpg
  23. Thread: Bee Mapping

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    sent you an email

    sure would be nice to have something like this all filled out by say 50% of the beekeepers.
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    good and fat too

    The mediums look easy to uncap. You running 9 frames?
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    Nice.

    We use medium empty frames with rubber bands to hold the comb. Works well and is easy to do with honey all over your hands(gloves).

    The one on the below webpage had swarm cells and we carefully...
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