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    Ummm. I'm not selling in the right market! I do...

    Ummm. I'm not selling in the right market!
    I do get $10/# in glass. I'd expect to sell cut comb for $1.5/oz but have not yet....
  2. Yep. Nuc em! It worked in ww2! My goodness, when...

    Yep. Nuc em! It worked in ww2! My goodness, when things are in balance pests are not an economic issue any more....
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    I agree with Tim, However: In Feb or March I tell...

    I agree with Tim, However: In Feb or March I tell an estimated date for pickup. I will keep in touch if it is far off but otherwise let them know a week in advance. I want to get 2-3 apiary...
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    Alex, we have yards with lots of black locust...

    Alex, we have yards with lots of black locust around. Last year I was driving south right before bloom. About an hour south they were in full bloom. I was excited. Ours never bloomed, I don't know...
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    We sell overwinetered nucs and spring nucs....

    We sell overwinetered nucs and spring nucs. Overwintered nucs are obvious: last summer's split overwintered, with 2-3 brood, 1-2 food, 0-1 foundation/part drawn/empty comb to give me a bit of time...
  6. I agree that animals can be beneficial. When...

    I agree that animals can be beneficial. When buffalo roamed the praries they fed countless humans and the praries were healthier for it. Goats "grazing" on the cliffs prduces meat where nothing else...
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    Crab, you can easily check stores at 25F. At that...

    Crab, you can easily check stores at 25F. At that temp the cluster is solid enough to open the hive for 30 seconds to check. You can pop the inner cover. Look to see where the cluster is, check for...
  8. I agree with the need for community. The human is...

    I agree with the need for community. The human is after all a social creature. And there is more than plenty aerable land in the US to feed everyone here, and more. We just need to learn to waste...
  9. Correct. There are a few details I never asked...

    Correct. There are a few details I never asked about. Such as non native spices. I don't know if he drank black tea. I know they did not drink coffee or alcohol. They did have herbs for tea and...
  10. I couldn't let that slide grozzie. Just because...

    I couldn't let that slide grozzie. Just because you don't know or won't believe does not stop people in the real world from developing innovative organic systems. Targeting developing countries where...
  11. Not so bad here 1950: 10F and windy with snow on...

    Not so bad here 1950: 10F and windy with snow on the ground. They must be on something good.... But seriously, pics of your pollen baskets would help. Words for colors are notoriously suspect. Mauve?...
  12. I'll bite on another side of the bagged apple(!)....

    I'll bite on another side of the bagged apple(!). Suppose chems were banned and suppose that made yields per unit fall and therefore prices increase. Any dissent so far? Many suburban lawns would...
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    Thanks Bernard. That is helpful. Because your...

    Thanks Bernard. That is helpful. Because your frames are about twice the size of Peschetz' do you move only one frame of capped brood above the queen excluder from each brood nest every 2-3 weeks?...
  14. Nice thread. Some great points. I think sometimes...

    Nice thread. Some great points. I think sometimes our expectations get muddled by our goals. Goal 1) learn how to keep your bees alive. Some people are first year beekeepers over and over. I mentored...
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    By all means build some boxes. Its fun! As to...

    By all means build some boxes. Its fun! As to economics in our market: last time I bought lumber it cost $6 / box for #2 pine. Then I bought unassembled boxes which cost $8 / box delivered. I don't...
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    Hi all, whereas I agree with everyone that some...

    Hi all, whereas I agree with everyone that some healthy scepticism of far out anecdotes leading one to wish for corroborating (scientific?) evidence is a good thing, I for one do not have any...
  17. Agreed, Deb. Healthy bees are so prolific. I...

    Agreed, Deb. Healthy bees are so prolific. I understand if the beekeeper is worried they may loose all their colonies they may order bees for "insurance." If you come out of winter with any healthy...
  18. Sorry typo "afb drones"

    Sorry typo "afb drones"
  19. Around these parts the apiary that sells the comb...

    Around these parts the apiary that sells the comb that comes in the nuc must be inspected (chiefly for afb) by the state inspector.
    And getting used equipment that has bees in it that can be...
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    Time to sponsor a translation if not already...

    Time to sponsor a translation if not already done.... 😉
    Bernhard, do you still use these methods now and how many of what sized frame do your queens have access to in your 8 frame boxes (ie...
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    Certainly mating in full sized equipment takes a...

    Certainly mating in full sized equipment takes a lot of resources. And finding queens is very labor intensive if she can hide anywhere. So large producers of queens will use minis. Not being a full...
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    I wonder if you could compromise? Get a few...

    I wonder if you could compromise? Get a few packages this year then spray swarm commander on some convenient branches next spring and see if it works with your own bees. Then experiment with how long...
  23. I am a cheapskate. I love the idea of free...

    I am a cheapskate. I love the idea of free equipment. And I don't use any used equipment unless I know the beekeeper and their bees. Its just not worth it. Yes, there is plenty of great equipment out...
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    Fuzz, do you have any more info from what the...

    Fuzz, do you have any more info from what the moth larvae had not eaten yet? Capped queen cells? Chewed down queen cells? Capped brood? Only drone brood? Any bit of detail can help. I am doubtful...
  25. I agree with giving the nuc an 8 frame deep box....

    I agree with giving the nuc an 8 frame deep box. You may decide you like them as a bottom (brood) box. Or next spring when the bees are in the mediums when you first dig into your colonies you can...
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