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    Re: Sizes: Commercial Lumber vs Traditional Lumber

    Cyan,

    I have been using non-standard freebie lumber for nuc boxes, covers, bottoms. I build these pieces for nearly nothing, other than time. Having these knockaround boxes for transport, swarms,...
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    Re: Newly build hex hive

    I suggest using something like this. You can make it hex shaped and shorter, but then make a screen ladder so they don't drown or draw comb in it. I just built 4 of these last night to give them a...
  3. Thread: Your toolbox

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    Re: Your toolbox

    This is the one I made. Classy, but heavy. I am switching over to a nuc type toolbox this season.
  4. Thread: Cutout Hive Volume

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    Cutout Hive Volume

    This winter taught me that I need to be doing many things differently. All of my bees were from swarms and cutouts, mostly cutouts. I am questioning whether or not there is too much comb being saved...
  5. Thread: Nuc Feeder Opinion

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    Re: Nuc Feeder Opinion

    How about a close up photo? I just built a dozen 5 frame deep and 2 6 frame med nuc boxes last night, and I want to try a couple of these feeders before going all out.
  6. Thread: Nuc Feeder Opinion

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    Re: Nuc Feeder Opinion

    johng

    I use the hole in the top of some hives now, but it simply rains too much here, so I have to use an extra box and cover to keep the water out.
  7. Thread: Nuc Feeder Opinion

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    Nuc Feeder Opinion

    After losing my bees this year, one of my system changes is to feed swarms and cutouts immediately to help jump start their development.

    Are any of you using this type of nuc feeder? If so, do...
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    Re: Using 5 frame medium nucs exclusively

    Up in NY? How many boxes do you leave on for winter? Do you push them together to share heat? I am intrigued by this idea.
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    I didn't insulate. Will next winter.
    I should have reduced the number of boxes and added dry sugar closer to the clusters.
    I incorrectly assumed there was a fall flow. Most of my hives gained in...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    What Oldtimer said.:thumbsup:
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    Re: Hi from Northern panhandle of West Virginia

    Hello from another WV native.
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    I finally got to check mine out today, and lost all 13 I went into winter with. All had stores left. They starved about an inch from honey. I guess it was just too cold for too long. Starting over.
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    Re: Hey from New Zealand

    NZ is an amazing place. Beautiful land. Enjoy your bees.

    If I ever get the chance to take another trip there, Oldtimer gets a free strong back in the bee yard for a day.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    This was on Thanksgiving Day. I am jealous of folks seeing pollen coming in, down south.
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    Re: Butterfly Milkweed Honey Taste Opinions

    nlk,

    I see you are not far from me. There is an ENDLESS amount of free seed available, along roadsides and on disturbed areas. This past year, I collected thousands and thousands of them and...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    I question the use of 1" lumber for the legs.

    :thumbsup: on the window.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    I will no longer expect a fall flow in my area.
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I don't know how they could be less viable than package bees from GA, but swarm calls and cutouts are just plain fun. Out of 9 or 10 cutouts last year, I charged 3 of the owners $200 each, because...
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    Re: Critique Please - Swarm Infographic

    I did the same thing the past two seasons (my first two seasons keeping bees) and it really paid off. Between 10 and 15 removals each season so far. Also, Orkin no longer allows employees to spray...
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    Re: Lets talk about Long Lang Hives

    That is a nice looking setup! I am going to copy your design, and make it into several deep nucs. Also, does that metal roofing fence help as a windbreak? My bees are high in elevation for WV, and...
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    Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    This is good advice. Remove a couple of hives or swarms for free by posting on Craigslist. All of my hives been obtained this way. You get to help someone out and get local bees.
  22. Thread: Fall Flow in WV?

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    Fall Flow in WV?

    I am near Parsons, WV, and was wondering if there was a significant fall flow. It was not apparent in the increase of stores in any of my hives.

    The elevation is around 2900' where the hives are....
  23. Thread: Bee Vacuum Please

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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    >>>Now, the reason for my response. If you do not plan to use your vac for a few days, would it be a good idea to cut a hole in a bottom board just slightly smaller than the 5 gallon bucket, slide a...
  24. Thread: Bee Vacuum Please

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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    I have ~28 cutouts under my belt now, and the vac is a great tool in most situations. Several of the ones I did this year were fairly easy and no vac was needed, or would have really even helped....
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    Re: Pittsburgh Beek Needed for Removals

    No one?!?!
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