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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    As far as I am concerned it is still production from that original colony. the only time I adjust my hive number from the start of the year is if a purchase or otherwise acquire additional colonies...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    That I agree with. I find it is not understood to a shocking degree. To me it is almost like nobody is even looking at it. I have spoken with some entomologists and has some small amount of...
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    Re: Acquiring a large volume bees?

    I was thinking something along the same line. I know I would not want to land in the creek at 200 hives. there is a lot to learn with 20. There is a lot to do at 10. Remember that list of selling...
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    Re: So.....how do you pronounce "Muth"?

    You will need more. I sold 2 dozen in the first week of showing them to friends and family. In the end I sold nearly 6 dozen of them and never marketed them other than word of mouth.
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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    I set the start of the year. I have had to decide if that is going to be January 1st or December 20th. I have pretty much just left it with some where during winter since nothing much happens during...
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    Re: Acquiring a large volume bees?

    How big is the bank. Is 200 hives in 3 to 4 years with an out of pocket cost of less than $2000 maybe even less than that acceptable. Or 200 hives in one year at an out of pocket expense of $30,000....
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    1. explain the none genetic basis for Hygiene. It is my understanding that it is genetic and that work on breeding for it is being done with some degree of success. The results are typical for...
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    Re: How much nectar can bees gather

    I drilled two 1/4 inch holes in the lid of the bucket. It turns out 1/4 inch is slightly to large and bees can get inside the bucket when it is empty. Fill bucket and turn upside down in a shallow...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    Cut it off and make em start over. you might try hanging the page from the book with the picture in their hive.

    Nice looking bar.
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    How much nectar can bees gather

    Just an observation I have made over the past few days. I found it interesting.

    I often see comments saying "The bees will move nectar to make room. But I have never really seen much information...
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    Or maybe we should consider that not all crops can be grown just anywhere anymore.
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    Re: Advice on the number of nucs I can make up.

    If you can get them built up that large it could be the answer to nucs having enough stores to make it through winter with no feeding. I am not certain about that though and woudl want to see it...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    From what I have heard the bees will carry a dead bee all over the hive. So a robber screen is not necessarily much of an obstical. I make my screens so they open to the sides. I can then close up...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Small entrances on weak colonies. I am talking about a 1/2 inch diameter hole is to large. I go about 3/8ths. I make my own. then cover it with a robber screen if it looks like robbing is starting...
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    Re: So.....how do you pronounce "Muth"?

    Long U sound. Moooth, not Mutt, with a lisp.
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    Yeah, when we hit 360 and nothing happened.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Mike, I do not consider what I am doing as breeding. I consider it rearing at best. I also never said selection does not work. I said natural selection does not result in desired traits. Natural...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Drone production from this gene source is my goal. that is why the 8 daughters are incredibly valuable at this time. i want them not to produce only more queens with those gueens but more importantly...
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    Re: How Much Effort

    This past year I set a specific goal. That was a 9 fold increase of my apiary. At the time the goal was set we had 23 total colonies over half of them nucs. This meant a goal of 207 colonies by the...
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    Re: Postponed superseedure?

    We had 4 5 frame nucs swarm on us last weekend. complete abandonment of the nucs. not completely sure what that is about just yet. Not a good vote for keeping nucs though.

    As far as bees getting...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    On the issue of selecting from the best. In 2013 we managed to get a swarm. the queen in that swarm produced the largest brood nest I have seen so far. I would have to look it up but I think she...
  22. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    John, it has to do with the number of queens I was trying to produce. It is a long story that I have posted in other locations but the final results was planned to be 2 frame compartments for mating....
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    As a beekeeper I let the results dictate the effects. simple as that. I have no concern as to the how or why of the outcome. You can have all the debate about micro analysis you want. that is fine....
  24. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    I don't tend to listen to opinions of those that have never tried it. Simple as that. Opinions without experience is called antagonism. I don't consider you comments to be constructive. I consider...
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    What time difference are you seeing? If you have 100 frames and 100 sheets of foundation. It will take exactly the same amount of time to place foundation in those frames regardless of weather they...
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