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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
  3. Thread: Bees and Ash?

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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...
  9. 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
  11. 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...
  12. 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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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    Many years ago my Grandfather patented a "Level-Drain" bottom board with a 3/4" opening on both sides. We still make them to his print.

    Roland Diehnelt
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    There was a time that "NWC" was controlled by Sue Colby, and was only allowed to be used by Strachan and "___?__". Be careful , they may not alll be of the same quality as Strachan. "Carniolan" ...
  16. Re: Honey extractor- Dadant 20 Frame- Stripped Gears

    Most quotes from the local gear shop, Butler Gear, start at 500 dollars.

    All you need to make your own is a blank, a Horizontal mill, a dividing head, and the gear train to spin the dividing head...
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    Re: Stolen hives in N cal

    Don't know a John Ross, or a Thomas Harris, but pigs eat bones. You figure it out.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    Robert - Who's NWC did you use?

    Crazy Roland
  19. Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Para di cloro benzene airs out. If your storage area drops below freezing, you only need to apply enough to get from extracting to "chilly" temps when the moths do not fly. Doing so, it does not...
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    Re: Stolen hives in N cal

    Know any pig farmers?


    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    It matters not if you buy bees or not every year. It matters if you make money with them. He sells them every year. No need to treat for mites.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: rate of expansion

    I am entering data from years past. It appears that at the high end, without significantly decreasing honey production, a four fold increase is possible in good years. On the low side, three from two...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    We picked up about 50 Saskatraz packages last year. The Queen colors where very inconsistent. They made a good honey crop, but got mean when the hives got big. The dealer claimed I was the only one...
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    atta boy Mr. Lyon, some times you must call a "Steaming pile of Pooh" what it is.

    We have seen those exact symptoms, and cured them by putting the bees on WAX Dadant foundation.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    VanceG, actually the is a paper out there that shows how Glyphsoate shifts the gut flora in the bee, encouraging bad and discouraging good. It is a sub-lethal effect.

    Crazy Roland
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