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    Re: Building a better beehive

    The hive they're making in Digby looks way to involved to me. I like top bar hives for their simplicity.

    I wintered tbh's in Nova Scotia for years with no problem. I made my first one there in...
  2. Re: Guerilla Beekeepers Spehar frame - Review Part 1

    I can't say that I really believe that plastic is any more 'sustainable' than wood... But other than that, have at 'er.

    Adam
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    Re: Spruce Woodenware

    I wonder what some of the modern glues do for box longevity.
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    Re: Spruce Woodenware

    Wow. 8000'. That's a busy winter in the shop! I thought I was busy just making 100 deeps...

    Adam
  5. Re: Switching to foundationless...maybe

    The two main reasons I'm foundationless. First, that it lets the bees do their thing with their comb building, and second - it is WAY less expensive. Plastic and wax are adding up to and beyond a...
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    Re: swarm trap placement

    About a half mile or so away.
  7. Re: Who puts swarm traps in or near their apiary in case thier own hives swarm?

    I always keep a swarm trap near my hives. Over the years, I've caught three swarms at traps near my own bees. I was there for each of them - and none of them came from my own hives, they aways came...
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    Re: Building Boxes

    In my opinion, buying unassembled boxes is just way too expensive just to save on the effort of milling.

    I get full 1x stock from a local mill at around $.50 a foot and build my own boxes. From...
  9. Re: All Deeps - How Many Do You Plan On Per Colony?

    I've noticed some of your posts relating to this, and I've thought about it myself. I wonder if a person wanting to avoid changing gear, could just add a 3-4" shim under the bottom box and let the...
  10. All Deeps - How Many Do You Plan On Per Colony?

    I've been working with all deep frames now for a few years, and I am currently building numbers just using 4 frame deep Nuc boxes and 10 frame deep boxes. I wanted to ask, for those of you who have...
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    Re: wire vs fishing line

    Wire.
  12. Re: Treatment Free Or Not to Be? - One Person's Internal Debate

    SteveStevenson:

    I get what you're saying and agree. I have kept top bar hives and taken 20-30 lbs per season with no problem, and mites were manageable. However, that is not the commonly accepted...
  13. Treatment Free Or Not to Be? - One Person's Internal Debate

    For several years now, I have held the position that consistent treatment or the fighting of mites interferes with the natural ability of the bee to adjust, and that I - not depending on bees for...
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    Re: December Pollen

    Pollen coming in here today in the Champlain Valley in Vermont. And quite a bit of it actually. Dark yellow (like aster) and a fair amount of an off-white pollen as well.

    On December 12! Crazy.
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  15. Re: With Beepods, the bees don't get mad when you inspect the hive or extracting hone

    At $1375, it's got to account for $100 anyway...

    This stuff kills me. So much of the point of a TBH, is the fact that it's so simple and inexpensive. "Pattented"? "Better for the bees"? I love a...
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    Re: To buy foundation now or wait?

    Solid planning.

    I bet you got a WAY better price buying that far ahead...
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    Colony Desperation

    It's interesting to notice that sometimes the behavior of a colony makes it very clear that they recognize when their situation is not good, and they are willing to go the extra mile to improve their...
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    Re: Foundationless honey production

    Haha, well, "the bigger time" anyway... I've been watching the forums all summer, but mostly just "listening in".

    I've got nothing against foundation except the cost. I've got a hundred sheets or...
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    Re: Foundationless honey production

    Thanks OT - Always like to hear your input. I'm not currently using any TBH's although I will likely use them again in the future. Using TBH's is a great way to learn how to manage foundationless and...
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    Re: Foundationless honey production

    Hey Oldtimer - Can you talk a little more on this? Can you elaborate on timing, number of combs and placement in the hive - things like that?

    Thanks,

    Adam
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    Re: Sustainable Apiary?

    Time to get your book done and published under "The Sustainable Apiary" while it's still available...

    I think most people associate that title with you anyway, Mike. A quick Google search brings...
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    Re: Top Bar Hives still popular?

    I've built a number of hives and wintered them fine in Nova Scotia for several years. They offer an inexpensive approach to beekeeping that is very enjoyable and simply different than the much more...
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    Re: Stain vs Paint.

    Good point about the UV. From what I've seen, the sun is just as hard on things as the rain is. Unprotected wood takes a beating.

    Adam
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    Re: Asian Hornet In Florida.

    If you do see an Asian hornet...
    ...kill it.
  25. Re: The shortest time you've seen a queen raised and laying?

    So... 23-24 days? Wait. jwcarlson are you saying an egg laying queen in 10 or 11 days?!
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