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    Re: Location for Extraction

    I vote for the kitchen. Its already an area you used to having clean for food prep. It has access to clean water. Shove the table to a corner, set the extractor in the middle of the room. ...
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    Re: Dadant packages from April 24th

    Hamilton IL. Word has it packages came from CA. No word on queen types. Although if I had to guess, Carolinas. Ive gotten 4 Italian's in the past 5 years from various sources, clearly not...
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    Re: Dadant packages from April 24th

    the 2 at my buddies house both have queen cups despite having a queen that is laying and has space in undrawn frames.

    one of my hives is doing fine. the other didnt have any eggs, or larva 10...
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    Dadant packages from April 24th

    Any other beekeepers that picked up packages from Dadant on the 24th, Im curious to hear how they are doing.

    I picked up 4 packages and hived 2 of them at my house that afternoon and hived the...
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    bees NEVER "cover" frames of capped honey. There are always a handfull that will work the area, but for the most part its an area in the hive that doesnt get much bee traffic.

    Like anything...
  6. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    No worries. I made it clear in my post it was my personal opinion. I don't claim to have all the answers or that my opinions are the end all be all for answers. You clearly have demonstrated...
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    Little hard to follow.

    You intend to take full honey frames out of hive A. and swap them with "empty" honey frames of hive B. thus giving hive A more empty frames to fill?

    or are you just...
  8. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    http://www.betterbee.com/images/DNB_n.jpg

    What is the point of this? you made late splits? (dont make late splits) you caught some late fall swarms... perhaps.

    but for normal hives, most...
  9. Thread: Dark/nasty wax

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    Re: Dark/nasty wax

    the "slum gum" all the nasty black crap left over when you melt frames, is highly flammable also. mixed with dryer lint it makes GREAT fire starters.
  10. Re: Opinions on moving a trapped swarm into a hive

    I prefer to move them at night after the flyers have returned.

    I would make shure the queen is laying in the frames of your 5 frame nuc trap before moving them. MUCH less chance they will...
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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    just drive around and look for places that you think would be good to place hives.

    Keep in mind, you want them out of the way, but yet still have decent access. They need a good water supply...
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    Re: Beekeepers Associations

    They often feature experienced keeps that are willing to come check out your hives. help you through issues, guide you on things to look for durring inspections.
    They will sometimes have...
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    Re: Harvesting a single frame

    crush and strain.

    cut it out of the frame, then grab hand fulls and squish. strain through cheesecloth or an actual 200 mesh screen.
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    Re: How old is your oldest brood comb?

    I subscribe to the camp that the old brood wax will build up a collection of past years chemicals that were brought into the hive. I feel the 5-8 year replacement schedule is a good one to be on. ...
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    Re: I HATE Foundationless!

    I though there was some basic lessons to be learned here.

    1) foundationless doesnt mean no-support
    2) checker boarding foundationless in honey supers is a recipe for disaster because the bees...
  16. Re: combining brood from different hives question

    with that many frames you might do a news paper combine if you have a 5 frame nuc box "extension".... stack them on top of each other.

    if one of the sets of bees had no queen i wouldnt worry about...
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    I stopped counting at 30 stings in one leg about about that many in my other leg last summer when i shook a swarm from a branch on my head instead of in the box that was 3' in front of me.

    I took...
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    Re: over 30 days and no eggs yet

    you have drones flying?

    Its my understanding it can take 2-3 weeks after hatch for her to have her mating flight, get back and get settled in and start laying.

    If you dont see flying drones it...
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    Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    5 frame nuc with only 3 working frames, ill find her in under just a couple of mins.

    double deep hive with 4 honey supers and 100K bees... thats a 20-30 min job that i really dont care to do.
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    Re: Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    how soon after you put the paint on did you put her back in the hive? only a 30 sec or so or did you leave the paint to dry for several mins?

    If you quickly put her back in the hive, the workers...
  21. Re: Do packaged bees eat a lot of sugar water?

    I hived 2 new packages fri of last week (5 days ago) I put front board feeders on 3 days ago on sunday. Judging from the amount of stored liquid in cells they were preferring the nectar they are...
  22. Re: New Package Install Help! It's all going pear shaped!

    wow, the arrogance that drips from that statement. To assume you know everything there is to know about the subject to the point that you-should-look-no-further-than-me.....

    Black, keep up...
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    Re: Question about Sevin Dust????

    different bee yard for shure.


    I know my bees work my potato blossoms.
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    Re: first inspections

    growing fast is in 3 week chunks.

    Just remember the time frame. If you are seeing eggs a few days ago, its another 2.5 weeks until those are nurse bees. So 5-7 full frames of capped brood...
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    Re: Fantastic phone call

    might take a friend, even this early for AK, they could already packed on 60lbs of spring nectar. Its harder than you think to move full hives that weight over 100lbs by yourself.
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