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    Re: CNN Inside Man: Bees 3/5/15

    same here, i set the dvr to record it later.
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    Re: CNN Inside Man: Bees 3/5/15

    about to start, thanks for the heads up cr. hopefully it will be more factual than sensational.
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    mine came crated up pretty good and was on a small pallet. with the crate and pallet it could very well push 300. i sunk lag bolt anchors into my concrete floor and bolt it down. it's not always...
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    it's nowhere near 300 lbs lt. less than 100 i bet. if i have a helper the two of us can easily carry it out of the garage to the yard for rinsing. if i am by myself i lay a blanket in a...
  5. Re: Treatment Free Study in Northeast Pennsylvania

    very interesting gw, looking forward to hearing how it works out.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    many thanks joel, and to all of you for your interest. :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    i just got through taking a careful look at all of the frames from the four deeps that have been in the freezer. one of them was from a hive that went queenless late last season from which the bees...
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    Re: When to super?

    reproductive swarming (as opposed to overcrowding) usually happens on the strong spring nectar flow. we haven't got there yet up here, but you may be approaching it down there in griffin. keeping...
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    Re: Should I close up the entrace?

    i agree, they'll be fine. i did the same on a couple of mine yesterday. they should be going wide open next week.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    we managed to get up to 70 here yesterday and i was able to observe entrance activity on my lunch break. thankfully all hives were foraging strongly with virtually all bees loaded to the max and...
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    Re: SBB and pollen loss

    really good point arb. i expressed a similar thought to the former moderator of of this subforum some time back.

    it's very likely that our 3/4" wood boxes don't have anywhere near the r value...
  12. Re: On splits - Take the old queen or leave her in the original hive?

    good post mike, and that's how i've been going about it. sometimes the the queenright split surprises me and yields a little harvestable honey when the split is made early enough. the parent...
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    agreed that's a good price, less than what i paid in '11. i have no regrets with mine.
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    10-4 rader, i also see now that it was laketrout posing the question instead of shinbone, my apologies.
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    it runs on 120 household ac shinbone. motor is very quiet, smooth, and governed. i don't know that much about the gearbox but i assume its for reduction. more than enough power, i rarely crank it...
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor sale

    i bought a mann lake 18/9 in 2011 after using one belonging to a friend. i have no complaints whatsoever with it. the gauge of the steel seems more than adequate, and were it any heavier i feel...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    cyan, excellent attitude about the learning process, you'll be two steps ahead for the experience. if you haven't already done so i would consider getting at those frames of comb into a freezer...
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    Re: I acquired a weak hive.

    excellent. i wouldn't worry about putting sugar in if that's the case. you might consider adding a protein supplement to help the small colony grow a little faster. i usually have enough fresh...
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    Re: I acquired a weak hive.

    good plan. it may be to chilly for a while yet for them to take the syrup from the frame feeder, but they won't have any trouble taking the sugar if it is placed right above the warmth of the...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    pretty much the same here today dar, with mostly orientation and cleansing flights seen from all hives.

    i managed to put together a couple of checkerboarded supers out of leftovers from the...
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    Re: I acquired a weak hive.

    excellent. the easiest way to make sure they don't run out of food until it warms up a little more is to slightly dampen some table sugar (sucrose) to a thick pasty consistency and put in on top a...
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    Re: I acquired a weak hive.

    welcome to the forum jwcoo. have you determined whether the hive is queenright and assessed how it is doing for food stores? if not, i would consider asking an experience beekeeper to look into the...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    i don't think it's so much the size of the boxes as it is having the winter cluster big enough to not get stranded on the brood when it stays real cold for an extended period. some of that includes...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    papabear, it's hard to tell because your photo is zoomed in too much to see if the cells around the brood are dry or empty of stores. if you have a couple of inches or more between the edge of the...
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