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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    If a fortnight is the same as our 14 days, then we are in sync. We schedule inspections every 14 days, and move brood up, empty comb down. The queen maxes out at 12 frames because she wastes time...
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    Re: queen run out of sperm?

    Listen to Oldtimer, but I would check back inside in no more than a week from the last inspection.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Black Locus Bloom

    In Wisconsin, typically a couple weeks after fruit trees, but before the Sweet Clovers. Fills an empty hole. They where an important bloom in the 60's, but not so productive as of late.

    Crazy...
  4. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Beemandan: That is what I would expect after 20 years. The superiority of the box joint does not show that soon.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    MattDavey: You might try keeping with just one deep for the brood, and moving frames instead of adding a second deep. You will have fewer frames to inspect, and can get just as poppulace a hive.
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  6. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    We have deeps in service from the 1940's.(hand holds are made with a Delta tool used in a table saw) When I pick one of them up, I can tell if it is a box joint or not. The Rabbet boxes are...
  7. Re: Setting out deep frames of honey so bees put it in medium supers?

    I am lazier than Vance G. Scrape open, then place the whole box on TOP over an innercover. I would NOT suggest open feeding.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Snap decisions in the apiary

    Most of the situations have been handled before, and there is a standard operating procedure for it.

    Look at what resources are there, find what is missing or low, and correct the imbalance, ...
  9. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    Absinthe: Interesting analogy. Alot of skilled beekeeping is a feel for the timing, which is only gained be years of experience. In another thread, OSB is discussed. We expanded past that in the...
  10. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Re: Wisconsin

    5-4-2020
    Dandelions, about 10 days late
    53051

    Roland
  11. Re: why doesn't a hive with poor queen supercede?

    We blame pesticide residue in the comb. The queen still has stinky feat, but can not provide the eggs as she should. Off with her head.

    Orrrrrrrr. Put her and half the brood above the...
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    Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    Now Harry, don't ya know it's "Safer at Home"?????

    Crazy Roland
  13. Re: What are the best size/gauge of staples and nails to use when building boxes/fram

    For Deeps, 7 penny box Maze double dipped galvanized nails. No Glue. They should last until 2090. We still have some in service from the 1940's.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Mann Lake / Shastina Millwork

    Hmmm , maybe there is a reason Dadant has been around so long..

    Crazy Roland
  15. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    OK Dan, let's see If I understand your situation. You have 8 hives on new comb, and are in the northern part of Wisconsin where thee Ag scene iis not o intensive. How did I do?

    Crazy Roland
  16. Thread: Bit of a giggle

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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    Look at it this way:

    All of those unsuspecting sheep that follow him only to fail, will get a taste of REAL honey, and after they are done beekeeping , will gladly pay that rich...
  17. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    Thank you Dan, I will review your posts with that in mind.

    Crazy Roland
  18. Thread: Bit of a giggle

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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    Just don't call me late for dinner.

    Crazy Roland
  19. Re: Would a optimal inspection time service be of use to a commercial beekeeper?

    The temp was off, Predicted higher than actual.

    Yes, ussualy the schedule is pretty set, just dodge the bullets(thunder storms). We do use live radar , and have gone South when the storms went...
  20. Re: Would a optimal inspection time service be of use to a commercial beekeeper?

    Just checked for Hustisford Wisconsin, way off. Too cold to open hives today.

    Do you plan to work in algorithims for time/temperature/sunlight/rain???? That would be interesting if you could...
  21. Thread: Bit of a giggle

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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    Adam wrote::::

    "I have come to believe that commercial beekeepers are the ones most likely to get us there, as they have all the bees."

    Similiar to my statement that earned me the title. I...
  22. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    Dan - to help me understand your thinking, how many hives do you run?

    Yes, alot of knowledge from previous generations has been lost with all of this mite distraction. It is obvious from some of...
  23. Re: Would a optimal inspection time service be of use to a commercial beekeeper?

    If you can accurately predict the weather more than 15 minutes from now in Wisconsin, Sure. We have a slogan, if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes.

    Crazy Roland
  24. Thread: Bit of a giggle

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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    C''mon guys, he is not all bad. After all , he is the one that annointed me with the "Crazy" title.


    Crazy Roland
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    Re: ...so whats being done about hive theft?

    Mr. Palmer., I may be crazy, but I will still pass.

    Never had a hive stolen that we know of.

    Crazy Roland
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