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  1. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    Best of luck with your presentation, as prepared as you are going in, I am certain it will be a success.

    One point I rarely hear is: the temperament of your hive yesterday may not be the same as...
  2. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    " Without the polarizing hype, what kind of a proposition would it really be? "
    If you have ever sat in a grain truck at the COOP and had your load rejected.... you would understand exactly.
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    My bees two years ago honed in on my neighbors pool, they LOVED her floating warming mat, they would land on it and walk to the edge.

    I bought her an inexpensive bottle of Peppermint oil and she...
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    Re: multiple queens from production hives

    MSL , love that book, what a great Christmas present.
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    " Visionary " .... Genocidest... such interchangeable words.
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I strongly believe, there is nothing as eye opening, resource freeing, and mind freeing in beekeeping as raising your own queens.
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    Why do you think that is so?
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    "It ain't ignorance causes so much trouble; it's folks knowing so much that ain't so."

    Good on you Ian, for having the fortitude to even ask.
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    I would suggest these, in this order:
    Increase essentials , Lawrence Connor and then his Queen Rearing Essentials
    then Contemporary Queen Rearing, Laidlaw.
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    Re: multiple queens from production hives

    Yes MSL, just moving frames with cells to a Coats' or better yet in my opinion a 'Palmer type' split box will make queens... really good queens if you even remotely know what your doing.

    It was an...
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    Re: multiple queens from production hives

    Getting back to this, bottom line is: the desired outcome did not happen.

    The goal was to raise two 'extra' queens in the supper while maintaining the original queens brood nest in the bottom -...
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    Re: multiple queens from production hives

    Getting back to this, bottom line is: the desired outcome did not happen.

    The goal was to raise two 'extra' queens in the supper while maintaining the original queens brood nest in the bottom -...
  13. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    The worst of times: This spring I went and open up what I thought was going to be a queen I was going to breed from this year. I breed her last summer and her hive was exactly what I want in my...
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    Re: Carl Killion's Honey in the Comb

    I'm amazed at how often he refers to CC Miller which I will have to pull back out and reread.
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    Re: Bee Escape Not Working

    Some hive just do not want to give up what they consider their resources... can't really blame them.

    I set my wet boxes from last pull, back up over light hives and they clean them up nice.
    This...
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    hot knife issues

    Went to a hot knife this year, but I am not sure it is working properly.

    I went with the Pierce adjustable temp. The issue is only 1/3 of the blade heats up, the 'heel' stays cool enough to...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    Alan, there is quite a bit of good advise here....
    Personally, I never did C&S, I wanted the drawn comb as a resource to give back to the hive. For my first several years, we just did a 2F hand...
  18. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    ' If not ___, then what?'
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    Re: Single Brood Box Question

    The cluster will move up as they go through winter (though I bet here in the mountains it is much different than Florida) and you would endanger the queen being trapped below and outside of the...
  20. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    Well drawn comb is far to valuable to destroy.

    Badly drawn/drone on worker, smashed, really old, badly infested, yes. After scraping down and adding to melt, I scrub off what I can with a stiff...
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    Re: New one for me... thoughts?

    Ended up with 8 frames of capped and open brood and NO stings __ I think I'm going to like this queen..
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    Natural comb is so beautiful!
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    Re: Double nuc, a nod to Mike Palmer

    1. How to make a double nuc, exactly? Do I just nail a piece of wood in the middle of a 10 frame box? Before box assembly, I run a dado blade down the middle of the end set at 1/8 in, OR after...
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    Re: New one for me... thoughts?

    Going back to revisit it. I am going to flex the combs apart and look for capped brood... if the queen is laying out there then there probably is no in there, eh?!

    Oldtimer, there is only one...
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    New one for me... thoughts?

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    So, never dealt with an open comb hive before, we hit 0 F regularly in the winter, here at 6900 ft. so they just don't exist Good temperament, so I know they aren't AHB newly arrived from...
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    Re: Extracting honey for comb

    Congrats on your first cut-out!

    MB nailed it, crush and strain.
    One idea for you- on cut-outs where there isn't much honey, I give it back to them but above the crown board in an empty box....
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