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  1. Re: A series of interviews from commercial beekeepers

    You don't often see videos of big operations with most workers in short sleeves or no shirt. Looks and sounds kinda cult like.
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    Actually as of this afternoon I am as much impressed with myself over our 8/3/19 born home grafted queens as I was earlier over the 8X8 hive stand. Five frame divides made end of July are now 10...
  3. Re: wax foundation falling apart in the extractor

    Vertical wire foundation also requires horizontal wires and slow fist time spinning.
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    I also find frame feeders to be the most effective. No syrup leakage like inverted jars, no rain leakage like jars. No drowning robbers like top feeders. Easy to fill, and seem to stimulate the bees...
  5. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    >2) Bad: Ran Down quiet suburban street in full bee gear being swarmed by hot hive at 11pm - had to run about 3 city blocks before bees left me alone. Definitely Africanized.

    Who works bees at...
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    No. It is a poor access site for us and was for them. The stand is on a few inches of clay fill they left behind. The beams were just left behind in a pile of lumber. We installed them level which...
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    The client will scream when she gets my invoice for this stand, artwork might make her go over the top. Although...if you can afford a personal beekeeper, you can afford some artwork. I should...
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    Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    I get so sick and tired of Charlie and Ray bragging about their ant proof hive stands. I just don't have ant problems that worry me. But out here in California we have earthquakes and bears. Global...
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    Re: Treat Package Before Installation?

    I have been treating all new swarms, packages, purchased nucs, and divides with Apivar immediately upon starting them. And feeding them one gallon Prosweet. The effect of these two crutches is...
  10. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    >Since you and Ollie have a mutual admiration society kind-of-thing going on, maybe you all can complement each other on what pillars of the Beesource community you are...

    Charlie treated me and...
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    Re: Oxalic Dribble Method

    I did a single and double dribble on 150 hives in 2017 as per Randy Oliver and still had 60% winter losses.

    I don't think johno should turn a thread on dribble into a plug for his vaporizor.
  12. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    Thank you. I am not that old, only a youthful 68. I first worked bees in 1968, had my own hives in 1970 or '71, and up to 60 hives by the end of the '70s.

    This movie shows my then new Brother...
  13. I think Brother Adam melted down those old black...

    I think Brother Adam melted down those old black combs. Many beekeepers do not use black brood comb for honey production.



    Circulation Brother Adam style was THE thing I did not manage to do.
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  14. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    >there is no way you can use 2 full size 12 Jumbos on a colony, to enable frame circulation (one with darker frames filled with honey, other with lighter frames downstairs for the queen)
    Isn't it...
  15. Try Rossmans. They had them maybe 5 - 8 years...

    Try Rossmans. They had them maybe 5 - 8 years ago.

    (229)985-7200

    QUOTE=elmer_fud;1763405]Anyone have a source (other than making them yourselves) for jumbo frames?[/QUOTE]
  16. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    Are we talking frame depth or box depth? The jumbo frames I have used for 40 years are 11 1/4" deep.
  17. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    A lot of people use "1 and a 1/2's". That is a deep and a medium as the brood chamber. I use those and single deeps, double deeps, all mediums, 10 and twelve frame jumbos with 11 1/4" deep frames....
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    I have one three visit yard.

    1. Spring inspection, place supers and supered bait hives.
    2. Harvest and place Apivar.
    3. Remove Apivar.

    I should use Formic Pro and get it down to two...
  19. Thread: Frame rack

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    Re: Frame rack

    I don't build frames until I have a bee box to put them in. The beginners in the club are always talking about buying plastic totes for frames at Costco. Mine spend their lifetime in a bee box.
  20. Re: How to store pulled Supers for the winter in warmer climates.

    Use queen excluders, keep your honey super frames brood and pollen frames. In my area wax moths do not infest white combs, even when they have had cycle of brood in them. I have 45 year old...
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    Re: Moving bees across country

    I don't see that moving them would be a problem, on or in a truck, not a small trailer, too much bouncing. Screened top and bottom board protected from the wind. Pollinators move thousands, millions,...
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    Re: Processing Other Peoples Wet Cappings?

    On a small scale with a solar melter I find that it does not pay, for even 100% of the product.
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    That sounds rather labor intensive, and not too EZ. (easy)
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    Here are pictures of a half plastic frame follower board for a wide Mann Lake 8 frame brood chamber. I cut them on my table saw with a Freud Diablo 90 tooth carbide blade. We usually turn the side...
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    I solve the Mann Lake 14" wide problem with a follower board in the brood chambers and wide spacing in the honey supers. A plastic frame with one side of the sidebars cut off makes an easy follower...
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