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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, ...
  2. 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...
  3. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Re: Wisconsin

    5-4-2020
    Dandelions, about 10 days late
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    Roland
  4. 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
  6. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. Thread: Bit of a giggle

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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    Just don't call me late for dinner.

    Crazy Roland
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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
  17. 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
  19. Re: Will the coronavirus negatively affect the beekeeping industry?

    I predict RAW honey sales will climb.

    Crazy Roland
  20. Re: Single brood Box honey production manipulation

    I would advise against having more than 2/3ds of the brood above the excluder. Temperature can be a problem, not enough bees to cover where the queen is. There is not set "do this", It changes with...
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    Re: Honey yard spacing

    The old timers kept their yards 4 miles from other hives, a rule developed before Sulfa cured AFB. The forage determines the number of hives in those yards.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    Rhop - we inspect and manipulate as needed every 2 weeks until the summer flow is on.

    PHINV - The queen is only in the bottom deep, so we only inspect 10 frames. Brood Frames are moved upstairs,...
  23. Thread: Frame end bars

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    Re: Frame end bars

    If the bottom bars are 1/2" thick, Dadant end bars may fit. Call Hamilton.

    Crazy Roland
  24. Thread: Frame end bars

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    Re: Frame end bars

    Be careful, Dadant changed the thickness of their bottom bar, and hence the notch for it in the end bar. It was around 2010.. How old are your frames?

    Crazy Roland
  25. Re: Pesticides damage the brains of baby bees, new research finds

    Jonsl - I see your point, results are results. In general, getting close to detectable levels is grounds for suspicions. Too many "other" things may have effects at unmeasurable levels.

    Do I...
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