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    Re: Iíve been thinking and wondering

    If you have gobs of bees in the area, I'd recommend, once ya decide you are getting into beekeeping, use the 2 brand new deep bodies with waxed plastic frames inside and Swm Cmdr on the outside...
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    Sticky: Re: Anatomy of a mite crash.

    Grozzie,
    Fantastically written anatomy!
    And fantastic reminder it is "conservative".
    May I/do I have your permission to refer other beeks to your article by simply giving out the URL, or google...
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    Re: Catching and Marking Queens

    My markers are plunge point acrylic paint pens called "Painters" and sold singly (+-$2) at Walmart
    or in a 5 pack (+-$9). The 5 pack holds all the queen colors except yellow, and instead has black....
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    Re: Premature ejaculation

    Ay yup, had a drone in a loosely closed fist one time. Felt a pop, wondering what that could be. Opened my fist to see . . . You know the rest.

    My markers. Plunge point acrylic paint pens called...
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    Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    "take out a frame of eggs and young larvae out of a hive during the nectar flow"

    Me, that is what I do but queenie comes with that frame or two and is now my "fake swarm split". No frames are put...
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    Re: Treat mites all the time?

    Bottom line. When, how often, and with what treatment form is a philosophical issue that each beek must answer for themselves to fit their own philosophy and purpose.

    Me, late summer, after supers...
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    Re: What are the bees gleaning from chicken feed?

    Bees go after protein in whatever form they find it, and as Rod says "even sawdust".
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    Re: What causes Honey to cystallize?

    Simply a thing called "supersaturation". Supersaturated sweets crystallize.
    Having been so glib with that answer, there have been numerous individuals, myself included that have had their 2019...
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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    Here, SW WA, I know filberts and other nut trees are hanging pollen tassels Jan. Weather provisional, if bees can gather that pollen, ie. it is not simply rain washed out, that kicks off the brood...
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    I love the simplicity of the 2 runner solid bottom boards that have dadoes on the inside of the runners for the deck boards.
    The idea of them being "reversable", I know is true, but the reality is...
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    Re: What to do with deadout honey?

    rt,
    Just saying. When I give honey to a hive with my intention they use it rather than ignore it, I make a point to uncap it for them. I have found during a reasonable flow, they may have a tendency...
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    Re: My self centering top bars

    Certainly, what you call "self centering", is advisable for whatever the "fit" between the top edge of the trough and the notch of some sort on the bottom ends of the top bars.
    Some top bars have a...
  13. Re: Contradiction: 12 fluid oz per pound or about 12 lbs per gallon?

    Ya definitely want what you say on the label to be "at least" the volume in the container.
    Someone can rightfully hold you accountable if the contents is less than stated. You'll not likely have...
  14. Thread: New Smoker

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    Re: New Smoker

    Congrats.
    I've only had can and bellows. Dadant. No heat protective shield. +-20 years.
    Lately, (last few years) am smoking only when my hives turn defensive, which thankfully so far is only when...
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    Poll: Re: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    Yes, absolutely, all beekeeping is local.
    No, I am not responding to the survey!
    And it is somewhat foolish to do pollen subs in winter in some locals. (Unless a great deal of thought and...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    "The 'Bee-Space' was 'invented' around 1850"
    Bull crap. It was observed and utilized.
    "Bee space" has always been the space left by bees between bottom butted twin cell comb sections that are right...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    Me, I reduce it down to essentially getting queenie out with enough bees to tend to her to keep this new "swarm" going. = fake swarm split.

    And 1-2 frames will do it, leaving enough of the field...
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    Re: Low cost bee box construction

    Ay yup, 2X side will work well including your tongue and groove joint.

    But your comment "Finger joints with nails are not very strong"???

    Really? I could kick a 3/4" finger jointed body all...
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    Bottom line, feeding any ratio of sugar water should only be done when necessary.
    Ideally, your bees will bring in ample nectar and pollen so as to put your feeding services out of business. But the...
  20. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Here, SW WA, my hives that winter over and get built up before the flow, depending on the size of field force and their bent on haul'n nectar, I get from a single med super to about 3 supers per...
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    Re: queen excluders

    I have metal, but have tended another's hives with plastic. I prefer the metal, for stability, and have found no difference in bees going through them, metal or plastic. With both, ya want the...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Not foraging. About 42F, and bees are outside the hive on the porch on a sunny day, or doing bowel "vacate" flights.

    Foraging, 45F - 50F depending on how much sun, rain, nectar/pollen...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Me, once I began consciously to treat for mites late summer/early fall, and had high numbers/percentages of hives wintering over, then my basic +-20 count became a drudgery. Where before, that is...
  24. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    Langstroth hives is a standard system, and yes, I do the double deeps with them even though I built the bulk of my early hives, including frames. Had no reason to change a system my mentor used for...
  25. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    No, it ain't "global warming", but it is "climate change". And it doesn't necessarily happen over the long haul. It can happen from one year to the next without there being a quantum continuing in...
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