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    Re: Requeening annually

    It's more work but you can increase acceptance by splitting the hive and placing the 2 halves a hundred feet apart. After a day of good flying conditions, the queen less hive will mostly bee just...
  2. Re: Building 4-way pallets: Treated or painted? More questions

    I also use screws so I can replace the untreated plywood when it is no longer serviceable. I buy 2 inch deck screws and reuse them too. Nails hold great but are time consuming to remove. I have...
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    Re: Anybody using MAQS on singles

    Thanks John. I was thinking that a half dose might be too strong. I think I'll dose a hundred or so with half a MAQS and use thymol on the rest. I'll check mites before and after and see how it...
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    Anybody using MAQS on singles

    Been wanting to try them on singles but all the directions I've seen are for doubles. Any experience? Any thoughts? Thanks Chip
  5. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    When I get my bees back from CA, they are wall-to-wall brood (6-8 frames of brood out of 9 frames), so OA may not be the best in my situation since it works by contact. I've used apiguard in the...
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    Re: Apivar

    I used 2 in my singles last fall and it worked great. Trying to decide what to alternate with when they get back from CA. Any suggestions?
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    Re: How many hives on a semi trailer?

    408 doubles of 816 singles unless they 're super heavy. Short conversation here ; just thawed out a frozen septic line for the dog kennel. Stinky job. I'm ready to get my bees back!!!
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    Re: Lost a good one. Rip soupcan

    My sincere condolences
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Same forecast here Ian--I'm hopeful but my glass is always half full. Just remember, weather forecasts are always 100% guaranteed. If you're not satisfied, just bring it back and the weatherman...
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    Re: Its been a cold windy winter

    The last ice age sent Canadian 'soil fixings' (glacial till) all the way to Iowa. Maybe the US border would head way south too!!!!

    Been cold and windy in North Dakota too. I read in the local...
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    I cull old frames that are more than 10% drone comb but sell them to an outfit in South Dakota rather than recycle. I just stack them on an old pallet and store them till I get 4 pallets or so. The...
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    Re: Box Joint Jig by Carl Korschgen

    Looks like a slick jig Carl--wish I had a fraction of your talent! Once my schedule settles down a little, I might try making some hive bodies out of cypress I get out of east Texas. Good luck with...
  13. Re: Comm. beeks - do you paint your pallets?

    I use cypress for my middle strips and they hold up very well. I was interested in dipping entire pallets in wax but never located an inexpensive source. I use green treated below, regular exterior...
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    Re: Managing back pain!

    I work at a comfortable height and avoid bending over like the plague. For splitting, I built 2 work tables that I place on both sides of a pallet of bees to be split with a forklift. I use the...
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    Re: Migratory lids

    I get cypress boards that are 17 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick so don't have to splice them together. Cypress is naturally rot-resistant and should outlast me. Otherwise, pretty much as Ian's set...
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    Re: TED Talk by Marla Spivak

    I don't know if what I've observed is true or not but maybe one of you from Iowa could comment. I pull a boat to Louisiana each summer for my family fishing trip and am always impressed with the...
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    Re: TED Talk by Marla Spivak

    I'd like to see something done to improve the quality of our ditches too. Here, ditches are hayed and the timing is generally at a time when the flowers are just starting to attract bees. I don't...
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    Re: TED Talk by Marla Spivak

    I think the focus will be on seed mixes for future enrollments in conservation programs.
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    Re: TED Talk by Marla Spivak

    Good question and one that I can't answer. Sometimes, the best we can do is get the word out. Sort of like fishing-you have to have your hooks in the water to have success. I do know that honey...
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    TED Talk by Marla Spivak

    Marla gave a recent presentation that should be of interest to all beekeepers. It's at: http://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing.html
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    Re: November COLD

    Sounds like a pretty slick trick; I'll have to try a few next year! Canola here has mostly been replaced with soybeans and corn. Not even the small grain crops we used to be known for. I've moved...
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    Re: November COLD

    Thanks for clarifying. Good idea to get the population up at the right time--maybe something for me to consider. I did the same thing--a hundred or so doubles and the rest singles but shifted to...
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    Re: November COLD

    Ian, I looked at your website-- you're documentation is terrific! Noticed double deeps in the field but singles in the wintering room. Do you winter both or do you collapse the doubles to singles?...
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    Re: November COLD

    Yep, we've done that and it works well for cutting steaks but trimming the fat isn't much fun (frozen or not!!). I like fat on my beef but venison fat is pretty wicked stuff! It's forecast to warm...
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    Re: Flat deck truck ?

    I've been silent but I'll play. I started with an old 89 4x4 F250 diesel with a standard box on the back. When I had more hives than I could support where I lived, I took the bed off and put an 8...
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