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    Re: 2 virgins ? In package queen cage

    Thanks Michael for the first hand information. But I have a question of how do we end up with 2 queen colonies if the virgin always goes for the mated queen. I have had 2 queen colonies and boy do...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I hope you made a list for your wife also, exchange the lists. Should only take one time. My wife and I have been painting supers together. Getting ready for the spring buildup.
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    Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Google books has many older books online. Cornell University Library collection, Hive and the Honeybee, digital collection of books back to early 1800's.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I expect delays for those who have packages coming this spring. We have had a good winter survival and will be raising our own queens early summer. But many in our club are not as fortunate.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Our honey sales have been very good this last few weeks. If we could start a social media blitz maybe people will start hoarding honey and increase sales even more!
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    Re: De crystaliazing honey

    We use a chest freezer we bought for $25. It works for freezing frames when needed. By running a 100 watt light bulb with a thermostat, running the wires through the drain in the bottom. Plug in...
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    Re: Bee removal in january-help!

    If that is an option, definitely do leave them in their own home.
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    Re: Bee removal in january-help!

    Mr Ed is in Louisiana on the Gulf Coast. He has more options.
    Up north in Michigan, when I was much younger, I helped cut out a hive from a barn wall. Not until much later did I find that the...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    I agree that all bees need to be treated for mites. And I am leaning towards requeening all hives in late July. But having said that we have been very happy with the Saskatraz we have had. If...
  10. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Good for you. I lost the job that was getting me similar wood this year. But I found that a local lumberyard had an order for Advantech siding that was canceled. They sold me 10 sheets at their...
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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    I have not been to LA since 1987. Google groups in your area, I am sure they are around. Good luck!
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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    If there is no immediate need to move the bees I wouldn't. Take time to learn first and find a local beekeeper to mentor you if you can. California still has winter and periods of no flowers or...
  13. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Of they have to be vested in the process. Without that they likely would not care enough to be a good beekeeper.
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    Good for you, sad for him. I have someone whose husband passed and wants to rid herself of his equipment. We are going use to help a beginner start up.
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    The fermentation sounds really hot! But remember time helps all meads, well most at least. We use honey from cutouts and cappings to make our mead which is often darker than our own but it ends up...
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    Re: Did my queen pass out?

    I came here to mention Jay Smith but Micheal beat me to it. We had this happen last year, watch her for a few minutes, see came to and walked down into the hive. She stopped laying soon after and...
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    Re: Will it be TOO cold to install my bees???

    What JWPalmer is true. We have installed packages in cold weather before. With just foundation and not drawn comb (for Insulation) it helps to give them as little space to heat/ maintain as...
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    We have had good luck with any bees we got from...

    We have had good luck with any bees we got from Oliverez. And the Saskatraz so far are overwintering as good as any we have. By mid March or early April I will be able to update. Still February...
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    I know it is off the topic slightly, but what are...

    I know it is off the topic slightly, but what are the winter survival rates of those who do over winter indoors? Ours are outside in the cold and the 4 frame stacked nucs this winter seem to have an...
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    Re: F550 question

    90000 miles is low for a work truck, let alone a diesel. Are you sure the engine needs replacing? Remanufactured engines are available and should come with a warrantee and be competitive with used...
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    Re: French Hill Apiaries Dot Com

    Congrats on the website. And thanks for all your work spreading your knowledge and experience. The videos and info are good for all beekeepers to learn something from. I know I have learned a lot...
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    Re: Parmak Magnum Solar-12

    Yes to keeping the weeds away from the fence. Watching for shorts, broken connections, grounds rods. I use Electric Fence Lights to help monitor the fences from a distance. Takes a little time to...
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    Re: Parmak Magnum Solar-12

    We just bought more Parmak 6's on Black Friday. I did replace one battery in a used one we purchased. I like the solar fencers but you can buy Parmak 12 volt fence chargers and use full size deep...
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    Re: bees not taking syrup from hive-top feeder

    In the fall, September we open feed from inverted 5 gallon pails 2 to 1 syrup. The open feeding away from the hives keeps robbing down while feeding the hives that really need feed. Then any light...
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    Re: Saskatraz Updates?

    The 5 saskatraz- no swarming.yet. Golden rod and asters are just starting and a little star thistle here and there. Last year every May split we had (italian queens) swarmed in August. So it might...
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