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    Re: Honey yard spacing

    The old timers kept their yards 4 miles from other hives, a rule developed before Sulfa cured AFB. The forage determines the number of hives in those yards.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    Rhop - we inspect and manipulate as needed every 2 weeks until the summer flow is on.

    PHINV - The queen is only in the bottom deep, so we only inspect 10 frames. Brood Frames are moved upstairs,...
  3. Thread: Frame end bars

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    Re: Frame end bars

    If the bottom bars are 1/2" thick, Dadant end bars may fit. Call Hamilton.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Frame end bars

    Be careful, Dadant changed the thickness of their bottom bar, and hence the notch for it in the end bar. It was around 2010.. How old are your frames?

    Crazy Roland
  5. Re: Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds

    Jonsl - I see your point, results are results. In general, getting close to detectable levels is grounds for suspicions. Too many "other" things may have effects at unmeasurable levels.

    Do I...
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    Bernard - Everything you wrote is true.

    Yes, a queen has a limit to the number of eggs she can lay.

    Yes, brood scattered all over the hive would be a waste of energy by the nurse bees, just...
  7. Re: Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds

    Jonsl - True, scientific method must be upheald, but how do you verify your syrup is "clean" if the level of pesticides that causes ill effects is bellow the level of detection??

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    Bernard - with respect- We acknowledge that we are investin more labor, but believe the higher brood production more than pays for the added labor. We average 6 minutes a hive.

    Dekster - that is...
  9. Re: Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds

    As a reference, 5 ppb of imidicloprid is the Level of Detection for pesticide residue testing (I looked at my lab results). Anything less than 5 ppb willl show up as a "Zero".

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    Horse Hockey on the swarming. I bet, with proper frame manipulation, I can run a 8 frame deep brood chamber with excluder and NOT have swarm issues. We run single deep 10 frames and see no swarm...
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    No need for a deeper frame if you do more moving of the frames.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    My Great Grandfather ran a mix of 8 and 10 frame deeps until the '20s. He most likely used some dark German bees, whicj=h may have had smaller clusters. My Grandfather phased out the 8 frames in...
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    Re: Nectar Management Question

    Many years ago, StevenG and I had discussions at great length on this subject. He was more of a proponent than I. We run single deeps, with frequent inspections with manipulations.

    It depends...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    2-3 gallons pails. All depends on the Goldenrod/Aster flow.

    Crazy Roland
  15. Thread: Bees and Ash?

    by Roland
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    Re: Bees and Ash?

    I vote "minerals".. The fires in the prairies recycled the minerals faster than in the woodlands. The minerals are all tied up in the wood until it slowly rots. The prairie gets to turn it into...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Swarmhunter:

    No upper entrance in winter, only bottom mouse guard with wire mesh 3/4" by 3" opening. Open one window, get some fresh air, open two windows, get a breeze.

    Crazy...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Swarmhunter - appropriate entrance blocks, changing with season, and upper set back supers, again changing with season. And deeps for supers.

    Listen to Grozzie, he nailed another aspect of what...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    Vance, try two excluders, spaced so that the two queens can not get to each other. I tried that setup once with side by side 5 over 5 deeps. They did expand faster in the spring, but not worth the...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Like the Householder, we run single deeps, possibly since they where invented. Like him, we inspect every 14 days in the spring, and keep the brood nest open. It may seem like more work at first, but...
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    Re: Found 2 queens on one comb

    The "Bull of the Woods" is the German-Amaerican beekeeper that ran the beekeeping operation. He was blunt and to the point. For example, when cutting wood for bee equipment, the quote is "WE aren't...
  21. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    Freezing does not kill AFB spores. With Terrimycin now requiring a Vet prescription, expect it to be on the rise.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Found 2 queens on one comb

    The "Bull of the Woods" used to claim that 10 percent of the hives have two queens.

    Crazy Roland
  23. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    Odfrank - they must quit quickly in your part of the world. Yes, less risk with those than our comb from the '60's.

    VanceG - what is the chance you are wintering poorly because of comb...
  24. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    Hey ODfrank---- can you smell pesticide buildup? You may be able to. I rarely agree with Harry, but I must agree with him on this one. Worse thing we ever did was acquire a large number of...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    My bad, just a cheesehead here. (Colby is from Colby Wisconsin)

    Crazy Roland
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