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    Slow build in spring?

    Every year I have a couple hives that are just slower then others. They make it thru winter and then don't do anything in the spring. This year I had two that where so small I just assumed they were...
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    Re: Evolution of Swarming?

    As I understand how traits evolve - all dominant, persistent traits evolved as adaptations - something which benefit the species - mal-adaptations either die out or are recessive.

    I'm not sure...
  3. Re: Moving semi-wild hive into a Langsworth hive

    I pulled a hive from a tree last year and what I did was go thru the hive and cut it into chunks that would fit in a medium frame. I then put rubber bands around the frame and the comb. I tried to...
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    Re: Split without moving 2 miles.

    Has anyone moved a split about only an acre away?

    How far away is an "Acre away"? I've done splits where I've move the hives 100-200 feet apart, which by the way would be about the distance of...
  5. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    In cases where the risk out weigh the benefit sometimes the answer is nothing. There are MANY things you just can't ship via UPS, USPS etc specifically for safety reasons. If you need those things...
  6. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    They have only been shipping them by mail for a hundred and twenty five years at least.

    I've never thought the "We've always done it this way" was a very valid argument.

    The pussification of...
  7. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    I never understood how these places allow shipping of bees anyway. Having packages break open is a pretty common thing in shipping and having a swarm of bees in a truck or worse yet a plane could be...
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    Re: UPS Not Delivering BWeaver Packages

    I ordered a bunch of queens once and had them delivered USPS. All but two, out of something like 10-15, where dead when I got them. Not just dead as in died in the cage, slaughtered, smashed,...
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    Re: Lifting and moving hives.

    I just ordered one of those. I think between using that to lift and place in various modes of transportation, Dolly, Truck, Trailer behind the tractor etc it shouldn't be too bad of a job. I only...
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    Re: Lifting and moving hives.

    How on earth have you been dealing with caring for the bees that far from the road?

    I throw everything into a trailer and haul it out with the lawn tractor. Piling a bunch of single supers or...
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    Lifting and moving hives.

    What's the easiest way of lifting and moving full hives?

    I'm looking at moving 6-7 full hives. I'm not so worried about transportation as they will be in a truck and only moved a relatively short...
  12. Thread: Please Stop...

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    Re: Please Stop...

    Isn't this the way it is with everything though? I've seen this in every area I've every come in contact with. Guy changes his oil and suddenly he's giving advice on car repair. Guy runs a 5K and...
  13. Thread: Theft

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    Re: Theft

    I was a store up in WI when a beekeeper came in with the exact same story, same number of hives and everything. He had two yards, he describe both as being well hidden. In both cases he believed it...
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    Re: Stacking Buckets

    How high can 5 gallon buckets of honey be stacked safely?

    Safely in what sense? Falling over or structural integrity. Stacking at all is "Unsafe" from a falling over standpoint but the amount of...
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    Sting sensitivity changing.

    I've been keeping bees for 4-5 years now and typically get stung every year, some more then others.

    What I'm noticing, or at least seem to be noticing, is that I'm becoming less sensitive to the...
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    Dadant Extractor Manuals?

    Is there any place to get Dadant extractor manuals or exploded views of their extractors?

    ~Matt
  17. Thread: Refractometer

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    Re: Refractometer

    That may be true. The USDA says that anything over 18% can ferment, and anything over 19% will ferment.

    Take this FWIW, which is basically a person with limited knowledge and no real formal...
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    Re: Accounting for Bee Keeping Associations

    Most of these programs today are pretty self explanatory, malleable and easy to set up these days. I set up the company in Peachtree with no problem and any mistakes I made were easily fixable when...
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    Hive tool tops my list. Useful for so many things even outside of the apiary when available.

    I think it was here that someone posted plans for a portable apiary table. I made one and as far as...
  20. Thread: Refractometer

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    Re: Refractometer

    I checked my honey with a refractometer, and it showed high at about 19%. I have 2 refractometers, and the 2nd one read the same. I left the honey in a room with a dehumidifier going, and heat bands...
  21. Thread: Useless gadgets

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    Re: Useless gadgets

    Don't ask me how I know this.

    Thanks for the heads up. Someone else mentioned they did this and it worked well...I'll pass I guess :-)

    ~Matt
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    Re: Useless gadgets

    I actually like the frame grabber and bee brush. I did buy the frame hangers and used them a couple time but ended up making a bee table I bring to the yard that I just move around that has a place...
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    Re: Customer concern

    A very good friend of mine told me when I first got into business for myself that I couldn't have everyone for a customer. He is correct. I can't, nor do I want everyone for a customer.

    I've...
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    Re: Accounting for Bee Keeping Associations

    2nd this. I know a lot of small businesses that use quick books and say it is easy to use and I believe fairly in expensive. I've used Peachtree for 21 years, but it is more complex and much more...
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    They appear to specialize in LCD screens, LCD mounts, Ghillie Suits, and a few beekeeping items ... for those folks that want to take care of their bees undetected while watching a movie.

    This is...
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