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    Re: Wax Dipping Setup

    >How do you transport your vessel on and off the stove and how heavy is it with the solidified wax in it?

    I don't ever remove it. I have a lid which I put on it with some bricks to hold it down....
  2. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    >Nebraska at 63 and 59 pounds.

    I haven't kept up. If it's up to 63 that's good. :) I'm pretty sure it used to be around 40 when I checked a few years ago.
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    Re: Wax Dipping Setup

    >#1) seems as though everyone is very concerned about fire hazard with the open flame and melted wax (rightfully so)

    You certainly need to be aware of the issue, but I've been doing it on an open...
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    Re: queen excluders

    The plastic ones you need to keep out of the sun. They fall apart if they get too much sun. They also are harder to clean since you can't use a torch if you need it. I really like the wood bound...
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    As mentioned, you need a strong flow and a strong hive. You also will have better luck if you crowd them and maximize the foragers by doing a cut down split as close as you can get to two weeks...
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    The Nebraska average is 40 pounds...
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    Re: How do bees ventilate in the winter?

    In very low temperatures they move very slowly and they don't ventilate.
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    Re: New to bees

    There isn't much in any of the "kits" that I would even buy...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesoptions.htm
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    I've typically heard "up to 40" so "up to 50" isn't that far from that. It's not that hard to test since all the sperm from one drone are identical. Some DNA testing should give a very accurate...
  10. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beespackages.htm

    Day 1 – install bees and direct release the queen. If nothing is blooming, feed.
    Day 10 – quickly check and replace feeders if nothing is blooming and...
  11. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    >could you expect 80-100 lbs per colony?

    You can expect whatever you like. But keep in mind:

    "Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed"--Alexander Pope
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    Three days.
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    Re: Chalk brood and thyme

    It takes a lot of concentrated thymol to show serious antimicrobial effects. It's doubtful that sprigs of thyme will produce the kind of concentration necessary to kill the chalkbrood. I would...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    And yet books from Nichol Jacobi to Shirach to Moses Quinby have people who are keeping bees in hives without movable combs who are harvesting without killing the bees, doing walk away splits and...
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    Re: Collecting pollen or not

    >...will help stop a possible swarming- to keep the hive from becoming pollen bound

    No. It will not stop swarming. They will simply gather more pollen to make up for what they lose in the trap.
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    >Abby warre also mentions that as the practice of his and others and the reason his hive and management was a better way.

    Everyone selling a better hive has said that. Certainly SOME people...
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    The research would indicate that the more genetic lines in a colony the better they do... mine are all pretty mixed by color anyway...
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    Re: Collecting pollen or not

    The Sundance pollen trap is probably the best on the market. I like the Sundance II because the pollen will be cleaner and it's a top entrance trap and I run to entrances. You will get some less...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    >...in an attempt to improve upon the requirement to destroy colonies of bees in order to extract their honey

    In 1568 Nicol Jacobi, in "Die Rechte Bienen Kunst" basically says that only really...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    The main thing is that it's not so cold that falling bees can't climb back up and it isn't going to quickly get so cold that they don't have time to find the new location if they get confused. So on...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    When I was doing it just for fun I ran between 1 and 7. Some years it might have strayed a bit over 7 with nucs, but I tried not to have more than 7 actual full size hives. If you do the math on...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    >Anyone here remember the details?

    Russel Apiaries was advertising them. The idea was originally a spoof posted by Jim Fischer talking about crossing a lightning bug with a honey bee so they...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    >My grandson thought it tasted spoiled.

    Goldenrod can smell really bad at first and that can make it taste bad but the smell doesn't last and the flavor is pretty good after that.
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    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestwoqueenhive.htm
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    Before we bred it out of them, bees all used to do this. That's where the name comes from: Propolis is Greek for "in front of the city".
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