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    I love shipping pallets and crates. I've made all...

    I love shipping pallets and crates. I've made all bottom boards, inner covers, telescopic covers and quilt boxes that double as swarm traps. I also make all my pig hut hotels out of skids. These...
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    Will the ladies utilize the frozen remains or...

    Will the ladies utilize the frozen remains or just chuck them poor males?
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    I might buy some spring splits ( my terminology)...

    I might buy some spring splits ( my terminology) from an old timer this spring. He does his splits in April to combat swarming. He's up front, says he'll only know what he's got come April and he...
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    That's a good idea JP. Other than chickens,...

    That's a good idea JP. Other than chickens, what's the best way to remove the drone brood?
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    This fella has his hives at his house and his nuc...

    This fella has his hives at his house and his nuc yard is at a farm maybe five miles away. I've bought from him also. At first I was miffed because at the lack of bees in the nucs and how much I had...
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    Exactly! That's why I felt he was selling spring...

    Exactly! That's why I felt he was selling spring splits. Why not just ask for a deposit on the nuc box like our club and everyone else is doing.
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    I didn't think about it that way. I can see the...

    I didn't think about it that way. I can see the logic. Personally, I wouldn't do business that way.
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    When the seller is selling an over wintered nuc,...

    When the seller is selling an over wintered nuc, I don't want to see empty queen cages laying about. Would you want an over wintered nuc with this year's southern queen? We're talking the first half...
  9. Thread: Bees and Ash?

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    What scares me? When I see the bees in the...

    What scares me? When I see the bees in the puddles where the pigs do their business.... Would this be adulterated honey 🤔 Hope New York state find out.
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    I can kinda see her side, if she has been taken...

    I can kinda see her side, if she has been taken advantage in the past. We've got some shady nuc sellers around here. One fella in Victor New York passes off April splits with bought queens. He has...
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    I'd love to, but it's farrowing season. I've got...

    I'd love to, but it's farrowing season. I've got eleven more litters coming. Maybe my daughter will have that week off from college 😉.
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    Nothing goes to waste. I sift the ash through a...

    Nothing goes to waste. I sift the ash through a .25" screen box and save the charcoal for the pigs. The ash I use to dust the garbage cans in the summer. No maggots, no flys. Sometimes the pigs eat...
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    Thanks for your response wildbranch200. I wish we...

    Thanks for your response wildbranch200. I wish we could just have a warm enough day to check stores!
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    Aran, hello. At what temperature in the spring do...

    Aran, hello. At what temperature in the spring do you apply the Apivar? I've got some late season cut outs that I never treated. In November I was getting an alcohol wash of 4 and I wanted to see if...
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    This is pretty neat. We heat our home with wood...

    This is pretty neat. We heat our home with wood and the piggers love the charcoal that is left over. I'll have to save some for the warm weather and see if the bees will work it.
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    Evening. At what point does the hive start to re...

    Evening. At what point does the hive start to re queen its self? And if it starts down that road, would they except a different queen? Of course if it's too early in the season this could be a moot...
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    Hi there. How fast will they out the...

    Hi there. How fast will they out the foundattionalless compared to wax foundation and plastic?
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    I love the idea of supporting local businesses....

    I love the idea of supporting local businesses. Lets start a thread of where folks know of Amish/ Mennonite businesses that cater to bee keepers. I'm in upstate New York in the Finger lakes region....
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    Update on the drones. Haven't had flying weather...

    Update on the drones. Haven't had flying weather for quite some time but I'm seeing dead drones in the snow underneath the entrance. Hard to say as to how many as the skunks are prevalent here. I've...
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    Would this alter the chances of swarming during...

    Would this alter the chances of swarming during the spring flow?
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    Hopefully not. Had eggs and larva when I did my...

    Hopefully not. Had eggs and larva when I did my alcohol washes in the beginning of November. I've only seen 3-4 drones total amongst 4 hives. That's why I'm going to mark them different colors to...
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    Just seems like a waste of a hives resources to...

    Just seems like a waste of a hives resources to carry drones over winter. Any idea how they might fit in with the clusters heating Dynamics? Mating flights in upstate NY wouldn't be until May. How...
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    Drones...

    After feeding the pigs this morning I figured I better check and make sure the hives are battened down with the storm that is coming. Long story short I've still got drones coming out for cleansing...
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    Proof, ah who needs it when we have concepts like...

    Proof, ah who needs it when we have concepts like small cell and gadgets like varroa gates and laser mite removal. What will we need next?
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    Excellent insights here. I'm not opposed to...

    Excellent insights here. I'm not opposed to feeding sugar. It just seems like adding more ingredients would add to a higher gut load between cleansing flights. On a separate note when I'm feeding the...
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