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  1. Thread: No Beetles

    by RBRamsey
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    Re: No Beetles

    I thought I was being such a great beekeeper this year somehow...

    I have seen very few this year and that includes my mini mating nucs. The mini mating nucs generally have a few. By this time of...
  2. Re: Will they supersede a poorly mated queen?

    I believe the hive will eventually supercede her, but personally, I would not wait for them I would pinch and replace.

    If you like the genetics, I would pinch her, wait 4 days and remove all queen...
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    Re: 5 frame nuc entrance?

    I build several variants of the Coates Nuc. Some with a 3/8" entrance across so I can use a boardman feeder, and some with 3/4" hole and a hole on the top for a top feeder. You can adjust the plans...
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    Re: Instrumental Insemination Equipment

    This was an excellent thread, but with all of the pictures not showing up, it has lost a lot.

    Does anyone have the pictures that was used through out this thread?
  5. Thread: Pro Nuc?

    by RBRamsey
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    Re: Pro Nuc?

    That looks just like the one I got.
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    Re: Honey Differences Between Hives?

    It goes further down in the hive. You can have different honey in the same hive. You can see the different nectar sources on the the same frame as different colors. I generally extract once a year in...
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    Re: medium vs deep nucs prices

    I charge the same for both deeps and mediums. I only make mediums on request. It takes more time, and effort for me to make medium nucs. I basically have to shake bees from a deep into a medium to...
  8. Thread: Pro nuc

    by RBRamsey
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    Re: Pro nuc

    The plastic is to thin and brittle. They must be handled with care. I wanted to keep it on my truck to catch swarms. I was thinking that it being plastic it would be better than leaving a wooden on...
  9. Thread: Pro nuc

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    Re: Pro nuc

    I ordered one to try, but came in broke. They put a gallon of HBH in the nuc, and put both in a large box with no packing. It has been 3-4 weeks ago, and Dadant still hasn't sent a replacement. That...
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    Re: Blue Stained Lumber for building Hive?

    I have several hundred board feet of blue stained lumber, and many boxes made from it. I haven't noticed any ill affects.
  11. Re: A veil that doesn't flop around when doing cut outs?

    I use a Chinese viel over my jacket. It is much cooler than the fencing veil. I use with and without my jacket.
    47775
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    Re: 5 frame nuc entrance?

    I drill 3/4" hole for entrance near the bottom, and use the little plastic entrance disc. I also drill a 3/4 whole under the handle on the back and cover from the inside with 1/8" screen. I make all...
  13. Re: diy solar cappings melter for under $50 and better than factory

    I bought a stainless steel apple press to use to press comb from cut-outs. Place all of the wax in a painter's filter bag and place it in the press. All of the wax stays in the filter bag. It makes...
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    Re: Spices etc in Honey

    This may not be exactly what you are looking for...
    I don't have the link to the FDA rules, but if you add anything, regardless of the amount, to honey, then you can no longer call it honey. It...
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    Re: Study on bee venom and lyme disease

    slightly off-topic, but I do 15-20 stings per month to help with my back pain. I can easily handle the stings then the constant back pain.

    At this rate, I am half cured before I even get a tick...
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    Re: SHB-Lay eggs in comb only?

    BTW, I was shown hive bettle larvae on paper towel that had some syrup on it. It was in an observation hive below the jar feeder. This shows that hive beetles do lay in areas other than comb.
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    Re: SHB-Lay eggs in comb only?

    This is from the university of Florida. Go down to life-cycle.

    http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/small_hive_beetle.htm
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    It looks a lot better, and more comfortable for both the bees and and the beekeeper.

    I really like the fact it is only 7.5lbs. I haven't weighed mine, but I am sure it is pushing 20lbs.

    The...
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    Re: honey samples/tastings

    I always give samples. I use the little plastic tasting spoons. I put honey in a clear squeeze bottle, similar to the round ketchup bottles.

    I have never kept actual records on this, but I would...
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    I believe the humidity is the biggest source of the problem. On cooler less humid days, I loose very few. The example is of some of the worst days, not the more common, but I am looking to design for...
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    Oops, you guessed right.
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    Texan,

    One of the last bee removals I done was on a 100% humidity weekend. I lost a double handful of bees, and I attributed it temperature. When I probed it with a thermometer, they were about...
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    BWN, thanks

    I would still like the vacuum motor Texan has also. It would save me from more trial and error on finding one strong enough and still efficient.
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    I like your basic design. I have been working on using the dewalt portable vacuum. I like it because it uses both the and old dewalt batteries and 120v. I want a back pack design also. I Have been...
  25. Thread: Bee Density

    by RBRamsey
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    Re: Bee Density

    For me it seems to be around 75% of the frames are filled. As density drops below the 75% threshold, the chance of beetles and moths increase this time of year. I will start to combine hives to keep...
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