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  1. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Checked - auto-translate is satisfactory, when in a pinch.

    I'll try it out when watching some Spanish videos.

    Just get used to the word "uterus".
    Computer is not smart enough to realize that...
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    If no obvious aggression is demonstrated (as in they are trying to break inside so to kill her) - I would just close in and walk away.
    They should release her in 2-3-4 days.
    No real rush.
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    Well, if one is unable to determine whether bees like or dislike the introduced queen - sure - the best bet is to just let it go as-is (chances are greater they DO like her - so this is a fine plan)....
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    Do check in a day or so to see the un-plugging progress.
    In fact, if they like her, could just open the cage and let her out.
    If they are trying to kill her (if not already) - different project...
  5. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    LJ, will follow up when have time.

    Yes, me too - trying build a complete picture and see how could this work for me.
    The ergonomic value of such setups - priceless.

    But for sure - as I am...
  6. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Thanks.
    I was not aware - will verify and see.
  7. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Yep.
    One reason I want to produce and sell something like these (minimal work for me; higher price per unit of my work).
    No processing means - no legal requirements to be met for food processing....
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    That "discoloration of honey" and " mold along the bottom of the box" are a non-issue.
    Normal.
    None of these will damage your bees.
  9. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    All we need to do - STOP producing so much of the cheap and mediocre honey.
    Lots of mediocre and cheap honey killing everything and anything.

    It should be like this:
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    Sure; understood; the right bee in the US could be of the Russian/Carni origination stock.

    A bonus - super long polar days in summer (bees will be working long hours) and very good, ecologically...
  11. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    Me too - loving it.
    I got hundreds of recycled frames for the setup right now as-is (no need to be building custom frames).
    Just need the boxes.

    Not the beloved 300x300 square, but pretty darn...
  12. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    Well, notice - two older veterans were pulling honey by-a-frame due to a bigger frames.

    The solution is trivial:
    -make the supers on a smaller frame (Lang mediums, for example)
    -pick a box...
  13. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    True noney road-warriors based on 6-framers.
    Gypsy-beekeepers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrJgFHV-BvM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLQ6hRgM43o
  14. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    Here is a video - the entire yard is nothing but 6-frame hives (call them nucs if wish, they will only smile at you).

    That is a lot queens there per one yard of a stand.

    I like this production...
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    People are doing it.



    Auto-translated from here:
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    Here is where they are:
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  16. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Transporting log hives by a horse was rather routine.
    Not a big deal.
  17. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    1) Imagine that most any one has several distributed yards.
    2) Imagine that the mega mono-crop fields, horizon to a horizon do not exist.
    3) Imagine that the pesticides are not invented yet.
    ...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I certainly will not breed any super-resistant bees.
    Not the goal and not possible.
    I have repeated this many, many times.

    But, better locally adapted, average bees - why not, possible to do,...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    By now I am totally confused with your position, MSL.
    What is it?

    So what is the point of artificially propping the bees anyway?
    All you are saying - it does not matter.

    So why do YOU graft? ...
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    Yes, as has been discussed.
  21. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Just down my alley.
    Few days ago I posted few links to 6-frame based production hives.
    I spent the time over the holidays trying to nail their methods and I think I got them.

    To be fair, even in...
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    Re: How you winter in 300x300 setup - a beauty.

    102mmx280mm if go by the spec.

    https://agronomu.com/bok/5014-preimuschestva-ispolzovaniya-ulev-udav.html
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    Not ALL my queens are marked.
    Heck, I got myself feral bees!
    :)
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    Re: How do you ventilate Layens hives?

    LJ, exactly.

    Scraping the propolis off the wooden ware is a chore I never have time for.
    So my 1.25" frame as a default is a good default - since effectively it is always MORE than 1.25"....
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    Re: How do you ventilate Layens hives?

    LOL! I figured.

    After my first winter struggles with these top bars (trivial dry sugar feeding was a major PITA) - I said - forget about it.
    That is Spain there.
    Not here.
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