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    Re: Pros of localized bees

    30 hives, TF six years, have never bought a single bee. Sold a dozen hives last year, will likely sell more this year.

    Like my friend Nabber all my bees originated from swarm captures or cutouts. ...
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    Sticky: Re: treatment free member listing

    There is actually a fair number around the Kansas City area I know of. I sell 6 to 10 full size TF colonies a year.

    Don Semple - Overland Park, KS

    5 years, TF, Foundationless & SC, 20 - 25...
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    Re: OH boy, I can't believe it....

    I'd sue Drew for not having better instruction! :D
  4. Thread: No wild bees?

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    Re: No wild bees?

    BINGO
  5. Re: I survived my first year of bee keeping! But now I'm broke...

    I've made money from day one by getting all my bees from cutouts, trap outs, and swarm catches all of which I charge for.

    Generally $50 - $75 for a swarm capture, $400 - $800 for cutouts and trap...
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    Re: The bee magnet type building

    I always fill the empty nest void after the removal with R-30 roll insulation and take before, during and after photos. Costs less then $20.00. The bees can always find away around just caulk.

    But...
  7. Thread: steps to TF ?

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    Re: steps to TF ?

    Let me preface by saying that I have the luxury to be TF because I'm a sideliner / hobbyist, If I counted on my bees for my living I would treat and have no agenda to convince others to be TF.

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    Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    Those hairy vines are poison ivy.

    :scratch:
  9. Thread: steps to TF ?

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    Re: steps to TF ?

    My experience is that management in TF just has to be different

    The bees I have that survive best shut down brood rearing during dearths.

    And any management I do that stimulates brood rearing...
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    Re: What do you charge for a trap out?

    I like trapouts a lot when they are convenient.

    It's not just about the bees, they can produce boxes of honey also in very short order when started early on a good flow. Just throw a couple of...
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    Re: The 6 Stages of Beekeeping Addiction

    Signs you're over it,

    You:

    - hate meeting new beeks
    - quit going to meetings
    - hate the bees every year by mid-july
    - don't tell anybody you're a beekeeper
    - quit trying to save poor hives...
  12. Poll: Re: Poll for category on Acebirds posts (to replace post counts)

    5. Waste of time
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    Re: Belief in Beekeeping

    I've seen Michael type, probably didn't take him more then 5 minutes.
  14. Re: Natural Farming practices insure Bees survival and possibly ours.

    lol, perfect treatment free beekeeping candidate in the making :)
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    Re: Yellowjacket success!

    Yes yellow jacket queens are huge compared to the workers and unlike honeybees, big colonies will have lots of queens.

    Drione Dust with a bellows duster does a great job in killing nests.


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    Re: No treatment hives

    60 lbs. is about average for our area, nobody beats a path to Kansas chasing a honey crop :(

    And, we generally have a long summer dearth and an unreliable fall flow so I always leave a couple...
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    Re: No treatment hives

    I've put up 1600 + lbs this year from 25 tf hives and haven't done any fall harvesting yet.


    Don
  18. Re: Impact of location on treatment-free beekeeping...

    1. 5a,
    2. 5 years
    3. Fair, 20 - 30 hives, generally can get 2 or 3 good productive seasons out of a hive, I've got a few that have survived 5 years.
    4. Summer dearth, local feral population (have...
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    Re: The Mighty Mite Bomb...

    I've been able to get 2 or 3 productive seasons out of most and have a few hives that have done well for 5 years.


    Don
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    Re: The road to treatment free...

    Don't know, I have never looked for that.

    Don
  21. Re: Found a yellow jacket nest. Best way to destroy?

    Drione Dust made from our friends at Bayer


    Don
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    Re: The road to treatment free...

    Got to leave them plenty of honey reserves.




    The bees that survive best in my apiary start a little slower but have explosive growth in the spring triggered by maple pollen in late Feb. or...
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    Re: The road to treatment free...

    Varroa wins eventually.


    Don
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    Re: The road to treatment free...

    I would agree with you about the natural brood breaks being very important. The hives I have that don't shut down brood production during our late summer dearth invariably fail after a couple of...
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    I side with the neighbors, it was rude of you to put bees 15' from their property line without asking them.


    Don
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