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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    What problem are trying to solve?

    If it ain't broken - don't fix it.

    If you have specific problems, then solve them specifically and in most effective manner.
    If you are bored - feeding the...
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    Re: Top Bar Mite Treatment Options

    No need for this, odfrank.

    As far as I am concerned, the shallow topbars are disadvantageous for a variety of very general issues in my area.
    Natural cell, TF/non-TF, and all that "yadda yadda"...
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    Re: TIN FOIL HAT or REALITY?

    This is why one should leverage the current technology status and consume the alternative media - plenty are available.
    No one is forcing no one to be consuming the approved mainstream media (unlike...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    The Southern Finland is similar to Chicago due to the "lake effect" - see Baltic Sea (very compatible to the Lake Michigan).
    What is NOT compatible - the jet stream direction - which makes the "lake...
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    Re: Ants emptied one box

    Remember, CoffeeCup keeps the Ceranas.

    Totally different beekeeping and we are not really in a position to suggest the Mellifera methods as if working for the Ceranas.
    May work; may not work;...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hunker down and don't worry too much.
    For sure, they will not drag the entire dome away.
  7. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    On average he is running one set of 6 Dadant frames (the excluded brood nest) and 7 honey supers.
    Here is a brood nest inspection in July.
    6 brood frames (fully utilized) is sufficient....
  8. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    It is not a reason, it is a feature.

    He did try running 10-frame poli-hives on his trailer.
    Was terrible, reportedly.
    Imagine working with full-size deep boxes on the trailer - it is a no-go.
  9. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Few short points about the guy - "пчеловод дальнобойщик".

    He is based in a very mild region of Russia, Krasnodar region - about USDA Zone 7.
    (which allows for very light hive construction and...
  10. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    The guy is a serious road warrior.
    His self-customized rig takes on 100 6-frame units (50 on each side).
    Each unit can go up to 12 boxes (before hitting the roof).
    It takes a heavy diesel truck to...
  11. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    People can argue until blue (especially IF already invested heavily in something AND especially IF no hard evidence is really available, just anecdotes).
    BUT - seeing is believing.
    :)

    This guy...
  12. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Thanks.
    I was not aware - will verify and see.
  18. 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.
  20. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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
  25. 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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