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    Re: Queen excluder modifications

    The point is to keep the queen down not force the workers through the excluder. Simply provide an upper entrance.
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    Re: Do bees rework wax?

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    Re: Ugly plastic foundation, will they use it?

    One of the best things that plastic foundation has going for it is that you can re-wax it and be good to go. That and the amount of support it offers when extracting, in comparison to the time...
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    Re: Current "rent" for bee yard

    +1 for a case of pints per yard. I also think between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the best time to deliver yard rent.
  5. Thread: Queen Excluder

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    Re: Queen Excluder

    Queen excluders are meant to keep the queen down, not necessarily to push the bees through it. Utilizing an upper entrance(s) will give you the best results.
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    Re: Double nuc frame spacing:

    I don't do anything about it. They make a little brace comb, but it doesn't cause me any issues. I center up the frames and go on, I would rather have that wiggle room to get frames out easily.
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    Re: Cut Comb - Reusing Thin Drawn Foundation?

    Q1- No, it will serve better use in the melt pot. Use it to secure fresh foundation with.
    Q2- The strip should be ok.
    Q3- You could, I prefer a strip or a sheet of foundation.
  8. Re: 19 out of 20 colonies have queen cells...now what?

    Hopefully you learned that you have to keep bees on their schedule. I'll second RayMarler, with only 20 colonies it wont take long to find the queen if she is still there, if not you have plenty...
  9. Re: I want/need to split and I want honey: is the cutdown split method effective?

    Yes cutdown splits work great for producing a honey crop, but have to be timed correctly.
    No more than 2 weeks before the flow and the closer the better.
    There are lots of effective ways to do what...
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    Re: Does honey production get affected by a split

    If you allow the smaller portion of the split to raise its own queen then I would say that it is not ideal. Small nucs do fine as mating nucs not so much for raising them.
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    Re: HI- I want to start bee keeping (Any ADVICE?)

    I live in the Memphis area, but I have a bee yard in Mississipi county. You could wait till next year but it's not to late, I'm selling some nuc's myself. The Memphis beekeepers association is having...
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    Re: which feeder is best?

    I like the Motherlode 1 gallon feeder, without cap and ladder.
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    Re: Newbie from Tennessee

    Welcome from Collierville! Have you sourced your bees yet?
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    Re: Can honey cure autism?

    Autism is passed down genetically, it is how your son is wired to think. It is a spectrum disorder, so some are affected to different degrees. If your son is high functioning the best thing you can...
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    Re: Pounds in a half pint

    11-12 ounces of honey.
  16. Thread: D Coates Nuc

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    Re: D Coates Nuc

    Coates have an attached bottom, you can stack them but might not have the same effect.
  17. Thread: D Coates Nuc

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    Re: D Coates Nuc

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    I like making my nucs stackable, it gives a lot more versatility than the Coates nuc for comparable cost and time.
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    Re: Collecting Pollen Questions

    I collected some pollen this summer, it was new to me and like you I couldn't find a lot of info on it. Ray Marler described a cleaning method that worked well for me. You need a table, a fan, a...
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    Re: D Coates Nuc

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    I've only been using advantech for nucs for 2 years but they are performing well, and look nice to me. I've been using them for lids and bottoms for a little bit longer with good...
  20. Thread: Unique honeys

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    Re: Unique honeys

    PM sent.
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    Re: Proper swarm trap set up

    If you can get some slumgum and smear the inside lid it works very well as an attractant. The smell lasts because when it's cool it hardens and as the sun hits the box it warms up and smells like...
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    Re: Treatment free queens

    Yes
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    Re: Treatment free queens

    If that is the case then they are not good bees and you shouldn't be trying to fill the niche market with them. Consider actually developing a bee you would want before offering them up as TF, their...
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    Re: Treatment free queens

    I can’t claim any isolated mating yards or fantastical buffers between my bees and others. I did however move myself and my bees from sw VA to west TN nearly three years ago and they are thriving. I...
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    Sticky: Re: Finding Mite Resistance - The Journey

    I agree, and good luck.
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