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    Re: Making sugar syrup

    5 gallon pail, mark it off in gallon increments. I never add more than 4 gallons in a bucket because of splash factor. Fill pail to desired amount with sugar up to one of the lines you marked off. ...
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    Re: simple tests for viruses?

    The recommendations I received from the university of KY is to make sure your bees have proper nutrition to maintain health to fight viruses.
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    Re: Worm wood

    Won't look into it till spring. Which is mid april for me. Working on some house projects to keep the wife happy.
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    Re: Found 2 queens on one comb

    Leave them alone mother/ daughter situation very normal most likely. One will disappear in time.
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    Re: Catching and Marking Queens

    I do things differently these days. "EVERY" queen gets caught by my hive tool "EVERY" year. I keep only young queens since there free. So why mark them. My method is here:...
  6. Now that much of my equipment is reaching 20+...

    Now that much of my equipment is reaching 20+ years. I'm finding that betterbee equipment is lasting the longest. Especially there frames.
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    Worm wood

    Have quite a bit of old pine logs. Any issue using this pine for boxes? Will be chewed with some small holes. Thoughts?
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    An artificial swarm is where you "swarm" a colony...

    An artificial swarm is where you "swarm" a colony to let bees go through the natural process of reproduction. This is done to work with honeybees natural inclinations rather than "fighting" the...
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    Sticky: Re: TF in a world that treats

    We just have a difference in terminology. Artificial swarming is when the queen is taken with the split, leaving the other half queenless. This is opposed to a queenless split where a cell or...
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    Sticky: Re: TF in a world that treats

    Greg I had kept bees there since I was 10yrs old. It was my home yard I wasn't moving away. Been there for 30 yrs or so in 2016. Like I said I changed what I was doing. If you can't flex and...
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    Sticky: Re: TF in a world that treats

    For anyone interested in my honey production method it can be found in Richard Taylor's book, The Comb Honey Book. It goes perfectly hand in hand with mel's OTS method. The chapter (Ch. 11) is...
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    Sticky: Re: TF in a world that treats

    From 2000 to 2016 I was hard bond style TF along with small cell methods. In 2016 enter commercial yard down the road from my main mating yard. Hard bond TF doesn't work well in this situation. I...
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    Sticky: TF in a world that treats

    This is my ramblings on how TF works in the real world:


    Advise for new beekeepers:

    1. Choose hive type
    2.Understand honeybee life cycles
    3.understand varroa life cycle
    4.knowledge of bee...
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    Just chatted with Tucka Saville ( she works at...

    Just chatted with Tucka Saville ( she works at French hill apiaries for M. Palmer as a queen catcher). She uses the modified warre hives already. Lives 30 minutes north of me and has sourced me...
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    Seriously if I were to try them I'd probably go...

    Seriously if I were to try them I'd probably go for it. I would require probably 100 boxes straight off. With at least another 100- 200 after. That's what I'd be looking at for initial conversion.
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    I think Sam's shallow warre type hive is a great...

    I think Sam's shallow warre type hive is a great alternative to langstroth. The shallow boxes are good for his queen rearing. Personally I'd use a 1x8 or 1x10 depth box if honey production was my...
  17. Instead of a 44, why not winter in 8 frame...

    Instead of a 44, why not winter in 8 frame deeps? You can leave division board feeder in to take up a comb if neccessary. Maybe a rim for sugar blocks if needed.
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    Small cell study

    For those who follow Lusby's small cell methods here is another study:

    http://english.resistantbees.es/?p=228
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    Miller Feeders

    Hi all, I've used gallon jar and paint can feeders for years now. Think I'm tired of this method of feeding I just hate hauling all the empty hive bodies along with the feeders. Don't get me wrong...
  20. Re: How many boxes as I prepare for winter

    Something to remember is even if you leave a super it doesn't necessarily mean you have enough honey to winter them on. I would make sure there is at least 6 frames of honey in your second deep...
  21. I just scrape them down. I have an old crock pot...

    I just scrape them down. I have an old crock pot with wax and a mini paint roller. Put thin coat on the foundation and your done. Try to avoid putting wax on too heavy so that it fills the cell base.
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    Re: Couple of ?'s about 3 deeps

    Are the honey supers foundation?
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    Re: Question on Wintering...

    I look at it this way. Winter lets you know if:

    You have well fed colonies.
    Healthy, disease free bees.

    Winter in itself doesn't hurt bees except by direct exposure. It mostly lets you know...
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    One more pic I missed.
  25. Just a bit of follow up on this thread. Took some...

    Just a bit of follow up on this thread. Took some pics of this being done. First pic is three bars placed in strong single. Second is one of the combs being drawn out. I use a card board template...
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