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  1. Thread: Building nucs

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    Re: Building nucs

    A couple of queens will cost you $40-50 apiece at the most including freight. If you're comfortable with the gamble by all means do it. Be prepared to feed and do so heavily but it can be done. ...
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    Re: Caught a swarm, HELP please!

    Steal a frame of open brood from you other hive (shake off the bees before transferring). The swarm will be drawn to the open brood. It also works as an anchor to ensure they don't leave, and most...
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Don't beat yourself up too much. We've all had beekeeping (and other) dohh! moments. It's only a real mistake if you didn't learn from it. I've called myself and idiot more times than I care to...
  4. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    Request something but then don't follow the request oneself, only to top it off with saying humans are the worst creature ever evolved? Come on, when you look at your kids you think that? If so...
  5. Re: Clip to Hold Frames in Place In Extractor

    Ahhhh, I was thinking radial. Now I understand, but unfortunately I can't offer any help.
  6. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    Are you telling me I cook and eat "sub-lethal" BBQ? I'm selling sub-lethal honey?

    That would be funny to spout or use in advertising as long as those who hear it understand the pseudo science...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    I used to go 2 deeps with a super on there. Last year I went with double deeps. I fed heavily to ensure they had enough supplies and ironically didn't loose one of my 25 hives. Not saying it was...
  8. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    This is exactly why people shouldn't blindly trust "studies". These idiots are feeding glyphosate directly to the bees and then making note (and pushing their agenda) of associated problems. How...
  9. Re: Clip to Hold Frames in Place In Extractor

    Is this a homemade extractor? If not they should sit in their groves just fine until the unit is turned on, then centrifugal force should lock the frames in. Do you have a photo you could share?
  10. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    I use it around my hives with no problems.
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    Re: Maxant chain uncapper

    Hit Jake with Maxant. He'd know all this for sure. I've got one of those chain uncappers and love it.
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    Re: honey cappings

    I think you've got an interesting idea. If you put it in regular canning jars or something like that, and use bottling funnel and it'll be easy to fill. I use a chain Maxant chain uncapper so the...
  13. Thread: Dud Split?

    by D Coates
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    Re: Dud Split?

    Put a frame of open brood in there. They'll tell you if there's a queen in there within 3 days. A. If there isn't, being this late I'd seriously consider combining them back. You can always split...
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    Re: honey cappings

    Interesting. What are you calling it? Cappings spread, Cappings butter, etc... As for how much honey is in it? That shouldn't matter. You're selling it as a total weight product. No one worries...
  15. Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    I used casters for a couple years and got tired of the unit walking around on my Dadant 20. I bought the huge rubber disks ($3-$4 each) used on ramp doors for enclosed lawn and garden trailers. I...
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    Re: Finding a rural location for 60 hives?

    I found outyards by driving around viewing satellite images of land. Once I found an area of interest I found the nearest home and approached with honey in hand. If it's not the owner they'll...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Nah. The Fume board and Bee Quick push the queen out consistently to this point on the 30 hives I pulled supers off of. I'm certain I'll find otherwise eventually. However, when I had 5-10 hives I...
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    Re: Interesting techniques from Austria

    The extractor and it's ability to flip the frames as it goes clockwise and counter clockwise is something I've never seen before. Not sure if it's better then a radial extractor but it's definitely...
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    Re: I never realized.....

    Definitely charge. It's hard, sticky work. In the big picture it's easier to raise your own queens and make nuc than do a cut out. Don't get me wrong, I like the challenge of a cut out but my time...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Fume board and Bee quick. To get rid of the stragglers who don't leave the supers I followed it up with this blower...
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    Re: Maxant vs Dadant extractor

    There's a fuse in the direct drive set up. It blows it. Fortunately I figured this out when I was cleaning it (overfilled it with water). It's a simple/inexpensive fuse but if you don't have one...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    Currently they are not necessary, nor needed therefor they are passive aggressive in my eyes. I've hunted enough land and the land that I run into that has signs all over it though we've never...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    Nope. Exactly opposite. Good fences make good neighbors. Imagine if you could fence the bees in and there would be no issue here. If they've got a dog that keeps coming onto you property because...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    Amen. Escalating the situation by putting up no trespassing signs and game cameras is passive aggressive and will simply ratchet things up. You want to have good relations with your neighbors not...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    Short answer, yes. Better question, why are your neighbors concerned? Have they had problems or is someone deathly scared of bees? How long have you had the bees there? I'm all for keeping the...
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