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    Re: Slatted rack - simple

    a good example of what can be done with few tools. good job
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    Re: Ever move a hive into the basement?

    any temp above 45-47 lets the bees break cluster and they will be too active.
  3. Re: What's the "ideal" number of brood frames?

    normally two deeps is what the capacity is for the queen to lay eggs. any more will end up with empty frames.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    this is going to be an expensive lesson on how to keep bees. lol
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    Re: Transporting bees - Netting

    you can buy shade cloth at 65% or above. green house suppliers will make any size you need. harbor freight carries one called a mesh tarp. also tractor supply carries one in stock. Its cheapest to...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    learn to test for mites and do counts. that's all you need to start. join a local club and learn from other members if possible. good luck
  7. Re: When are my package bees no longer a 'package'?

    I have to agree that the beekeeper causes most queen losses. many posts say the queen is balled as they check the hive. others talk about checking the new package too soon and queen losses within 30...
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    Re: comerical beekiping in ky

    It worked for walter Kelley. If you have a state bee inspector that would the person to ask.
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    Re: Preheating honey for finer filtration

    when starting out you invest in equip that pays for itself and makes money. I would buy bottling equip long before buying a deboxer. maybe that's just me.
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    as every year is different you can't do beekeeping by a calendar. It just takes experience to judge a hive. when the bees are working in the bottom super they can handle being reversed. other...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    Its now just a matter of time before someone starts a thread about the benefits of putting supers on upside down. LOL
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    In the spring they will start to whiten the top bars with new wax and there should be some brood in the lower super. If they are not working in the bottom super its too early. another benefit is they...
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    Re: hives on someone else's property?

    looks to be a mess. run. locations are not hard to find for a lot less trouble.
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    Re: 2x4 Hive Stand

    the one mp decribed is what we used to use. If the short 2x4s are placed right the two hives can be pushed together for winter giving a dead air space under the hives. back then we used to wrap for...
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    Re: Best size super

    the older I get there is no best of anything. If there was we would not have a choice. we started out with deeps and now use med supers for everything. works for us.
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    Re: cross wire or pinning deeps

    I would throw them away. to use a shortcut to build a quality frame makes no sense.
  17. Re: Wax dipping, wood polarity, and hardening oils

    If you pick up a dipped super it is heavier than normal. the wax that goes into the wood displaces air which reduces the r factor. think about it. wood does breathe. It may not be a large factor but...
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    Re: what would you do?

    just stick with med. If you have a good product and price they will sell. having both is shooting yourself in the foot. everybody sells deeps but med is the new market with little competition. any...
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    any moisture is displaced and the wax is sucked into the wood. must be done outdoors unless you have good fire insurance. after treating all insulating quality of wood is gone. not good for wintering...
  20. Re: Best way to mix drawn and un-drawn foundation in honey supers?

    for the best drawing is above the brood nest during a honey flow with no qx. do not mix drawn combs. keep fdn tight together.
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    most planting for bees makes the beekeeper feel good but does not do much for bees. they have to forage over a large area. (acres)
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

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    in my post #18 I stated my thoughts. It was a nice way to say be a better beekeeper and stop threatening other beekeepers.
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    too think of turning to government for a solution as said would not be good. isolate your nuc yard or make nucs earlier so they can defend themselves. you have to adapt to the situation. being a...
  24. Re: Queen Bees Control Sex of Young After All

    no. I think that the author (matt Kaplan) is repeating known research rather than an expert in bee research.
  25. Re: Queen Bees Control Sex of Young After All

    sometimes it may be best to study the background of the author rather than the article.
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