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    Queen marking pens

    I like marking my queens. That topic is not up for debate or discussion. I'm looking for suggestions for a long-lasting paint, something that will last three seasons. I'm currently using Testor's...
  2. Re: How to go from overwintered Nucs to Production Colony + next Winter Nucs ?

    You're on the right track. Personally, I like your "queen method."

    Grant
    Jackson, MO https://www.createspace.com/5966374
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    Re: How many swarm traps

    I concur. Bees do not want to be too close to the home hive. Earlier work from J. O. Schmidt and Tom Seeley suggest swarms nest 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile away.
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    Re: capping spinner

    Thanks. https://www.createspace.com/5966374

    I've been tweaking Mel Disselkoen's method for the OTS queen rearing method (more of a splitting method), also adapted by the Coweta Georgia Beekeeping...
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    capping spinner

    Looking to buy a capping spinner such as this one offered by Dadant. Also looking for anyone who may have experience, both good and bad, with such a unit.
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    capping spinner

    Anyone have experience with a capping spinner, such as this one offered by Dadant.

    https://www.dadant.com/catalog/m00599-junior-capping-spinner

    Thanks,

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
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    Re: Swarm Trap plan for spring 2016

    Thanks for that tip. I've melted some of that old slummy gummed up crap left over from wax cleaning and smeared the hot mess along the corners. Not sure if it helps, but anything to make it smell...
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    Re: Swarm Trap plan for spring 2016

    I think you got things covered. Sounds like you're on the ball and prepared for a very productive summer. I'm impressed!

    Having read Tom Seeley's work, I'm revising my old practices and...
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    Re: Where do you get yours?

    I went to a local "chain" farm and supply store. They had to special order 100' rolls of 24" 8-mesh wire, but they were willing to do it. So I went and ordered two rolls. I'm still working on that...
  10. Re: Statistics of new and total beekeepers, estimates of nuc and queen sales

    I think it's more than just numbers. You have a potential to niche your market, and specialize to meet certain expectations. The pricing structure could elevate your profit potential. It's the...
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    Re: Making a swarm trap

    I've had great success with 6-frame nuc boxes, as well as those winter dead outs left on the hive stand that I was going to clean up when I had time. Turns out, I never find the time and a swarm...
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    Re: 1st Swarm trap success.

    I think you're on the right track of setting the trap where the hive will be, giving them some time to reorient. You won't know until you open it up. It may all be good! However, my experience...
  13. Re: Swarm Trap w/Swarm Commander Success - 18 May 15

    Very cool. Some days I think trapping is better than bee keeping itself!

    I use Bee-Scent, and some lures from Great Lakes IPM. I'm experimenting with Dr. Chip Taylor's own mix from Monarch Watch...
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    Re: swarm trap success!

    Very cool. I had a similar experience with my first attempt. Within the first week, BAM! A swarm. Pulled the frames and reset the trap, and the next week, BAM! I thought, "Holy Cow! I need more...
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    Re: Ordered a Nicot kit

    One of the consistent issues confounding NICOT users is transferring eggs. My success rate with eggs runs about .000000000001%

    If you like those odds, more power to you. If you don't, then wait...
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    Re: Best placement of bait hive?

    I'm out of advice, but I'm loaded with opinions. You'll get a lot of responses here as many of us on beesource trap swarms. In my opinion, a medium super is too small, and too horizontal. If you...
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    Re: Plastic Foundations

    I LOVE plastic foundation, especially for the honey supers. My bees, well, they're a little reluctant. I made my plastic foundation as appealing as plain wax foundation by adding my melted cappings...
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    Re: Wire deep foundationless frames?

    No, but in hindsight, you'll be glad you did.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
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    Re: I want to attempt to attract/catch a swarm....

    Everything so far is right in line with my experiences....except the heighth requirement.

    In my increasingly reluctance to climb ladders, with my fear of laying in the woods until the deer hunters...
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    Re: Why do you keep bees?

    I started keeping bees because I had the idea I could make a living and get filthy, stinking, independently rich. Seriously.

    What launched my interest in bees was "Entomology 222: Beekeeping"...
  21. Re: Yet another imbalance caused by feeding sugar - - robbing of hives with honey?

    On a more serious note, is there a place to have honey tested? I clicked on the link, but it was not helpful. I can't tell what Randox is offering, but it looks like it's not for me.

    I'd like...
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    Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    I've got a bunch Langs, and I'm in the business of honey production. I was given a TBH by a wealthy friend because it was "all natural and going to save the bees from CCD." At least, that's what...
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    Re: Swarm prevention idea???

    I'm not sure what the queen swapping accomplishes, nor do I like the idea of "crowded" hives on the edge of swarming.

    I think you are on the right path of giving more supers to the hive, prior to...
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    Re: foundation: wax or plastic???

    I like plastic, especially when I add more of my own beeswax with a 4" roller. If you e-mail me at [email protected] with "plastic" in the subject line, I'll send you a PDF file on how I do it. ...
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    Re: Controlled Queen rearing

    I use the Nicot queen rearing kit, a clone of the Jenter. Transferring eggs won't work. Been there, tried it, got ticked off at the wasted time. Nicot queen cups are translucent so you can see the...
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