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    Re: Check out this nuc

    These are pics of nucs Randy Oliver sold this year here in California. They were jammed full of bees, sealed brood and stores for $190 after the club markup. Yours was worth $12 for the box and maybe...
  2. Re: What to do with last winter's 5 deadout hives honey frames?

    >I could extract the honey, but I'm not real interested in doing so. Dark comb, crystalized honey = work and not great looking honey.

    Oftentimes you gotta do what you gotta do.....even if not...
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    Re: Help with solar wax melter

    You will find that black combs do not produce much wax and they leave a black residue on the frames that I remove by hot pressure washing.
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    Re: swarm in a 6 inch shallow

    Place a deep on top and run it as a 1 1/2.
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    Re: Missed By Inches

    They likely did not move in due to over applying lure. Two sprits of Swarm Commander for a few drops of LGO is plenty. They would have been as likely a catch set up on a stand in your apiary as up on...
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    Re: What Happened to these bees

    >I just sent a sample to Beltsville. for all 15 hives to have blocked entrances would be unbelievable. All had both top and bottom entrances and were clear. I burned all 15 hives just in case....
  7. Thread: Pro Nuc?

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    Re: Pro Nuc?

    I ordered four and one was like this upon unpacking. So until the manufacturer makes them of a more flexible plastic, I would call them worthless. The supplier did give a refund. I overwinter in five...
  8. Thread: Drawn Comb

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    Re: Drawn Comb

    I am always puzzled by the fear of drawn comb on this forum. What diseases are comb contagious besides AFB? Some say EFB and others say it isn't. Mites? I don't think so? Nosema? Chalkbrood?

    I...
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    Re: What Happened to these bees

    >"Cannabis growers were suspect, but they could not prove which farm was the culprit. I was surrounded by 7 cannabis farms within 2 miles."

    Yummy high! Imicloprid pot! A systemic pesticide on...
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    Re: What Happened to these bees

    Isn't picture #3 honey and uncapped honey?

    Some kind of poisoning would be my guess.
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    Re: different size deep horizontal hives

    With that 1.5 piggyback Dadant frame you will find that a lot of your honey crop is in the brood chamber with no means to extract those giant frames. All of these experiments were already done 150...
  12. Re: New igloo disposable ice chest as a swarm trap?

    There are hundreds of piles of empty boxes all across California.
    Here is one in Linden:

    https://stockton.craigslist.org/grd/d/linden-10-frame-bee-boxes-with-frames/6881714066.html
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    Re: Swarm came and then left my trap ??

    One of my most famous quotes is:

    "A small swarm will fit into a large bait hive but a large swarm will not fit into a small bait hive"


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  14. Re: New igloo disposable ice chest as a swarm trap?

    Price of this funky box: $10
    Cost of budget box from Mann Lake...$14. This proposed trap is DISPOSABLE. It will only last a few years. Time and money wasted. A real beebox will last decades.
    I...
  15. Re: New igloo disposable ice chest as a swarm trap?

    You will waste time and money on a funky box AND then need to spend time and money on an actual bee box to put your catch into. Your best value is to make traps out of real bee boxes and be said and...
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    Re: Heating Honey to stop crystallization

    I have been heating squeeze bottle honey to 130 degrees.
  17. Here are pics of my self serve cabinet. Too bad...

    Here are pics of my self serve cabinet. Too bad they came sideways.
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    Re: big bait box to get a big swarm?

    > As an experiment, would it make any sense to put 2 deeps (or a deep and medium) together as a bait box to see if a big swarm may take up in it?

    Yes. Swarms often move into stacks of stored...
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    Re: big bait box to get a big swarm?

    >Why would a huge swarm move into a box that clearly won't be big enough for them in the long-haul?

    They do and in this case leave the next day.

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    Re: big bait box to get a big swarm?

    Huge swarms do move into huge traps. This was a 12 frame double deep. Search for my posts years ago "Gargantua".


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3zB61HDtXs
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    Re: Cut out 2.5 Stories Up

    Like Mike said, leave em. The best value for the homeowner is to exterminate and plug the entrance. My bee club board of directors told me that I am forbidden to recommend that option. So that the...
  22. Re: Does honey sell online? How do I increase online sales?

    After I got a video doorbell I had the idea to convert an electrical cabinet at the front of my house to a self serve honey sales cabinet. It cost me almost nothing. With no advertising it has become...
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    Re: A swarm UNDER the swarm trap

    Like they said....too much lure or too small. This one was using both SCL and LGO. Had three hang outside that year.

    https://i.postimg.cc/c12LbdZ2/2016-04-04-12-51-36.jpg
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    I assumed they were on frames. Either way I have...

    I assumed they were on frames. Either way I have very few problems with bees absconding.



    Ok. You will see more swarms in a week than I will in a decade, so I'm listening. You would not worry...
  25. I do not advertise shipped honey just supply a...

    I do not advertise shipped honey just supply a few people who ask. For one pint doubles their cost but less when I fit in three or four. I often sell to folks who see my operation or hives at home...
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