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  1. Re: finding efficiency with nuc sales; specifically transportation/boxes?

    We use cardboard nuc boxes. No backwards and forwards, damage or lost boxes. Just drop off and not worry about them.
  2. Extraction set up, what would you do differently?

    Hello all!

    I've been a beekeeper in Paris, France for four years now and head beekeeper at the company for two years. We run 650 (mostly urban) beehives and space is becoming an issue in our...
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    Re: Fast way to grow one nuc to 40 hives

    Why do you need 40 hives to make honey for friends? How many friends do you have? I thought you said you wanted to go into pollination anyway.

    I think your maths is way off. There is no way you...
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    Re: Huh? Bee flew in ear

    :applause: That made me laugh!

    Glad it worked out Dave!
  5. Re: What to do with the waste leftover from rendering wax

    I've heard that adding a bit of slum gum to your smoker calms really agressive hives. I'm planning on trying it out this season.
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    Re: 2 packages installed in same hive?

    You put 20 packages in one hive? What happened?
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    Large scale cleaning wax cappings

    Hello all!

    I've just spent the past four days cleaning out buckets and buckets of solid honey and wax. There must be an easier way of doing this for next year. How do you guys process wax cappings...
  8. Thread: Oak a mead?

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    Re: Oak a mead?

    Hi FlowerPlanter!

    They age Chateau d'Yquem in new oak barrels and that is said to be the most prestigious of the sweet white wines. So why not do the same for a mead?

    I would aim for a more...
  9. Thread: Woodpecker?

    by Michael H.
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    Re: Woodpecker?

    Thanks!
    The entrance is a plastic one from Nicot in France. Fairly standard over here.
  10. Thread: Woodpecker?

    by Michael H.
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    Woodpecker?

    Hi guys! Went to check one of my sites this afternoon and noticed this on the front of one of the hives. It was empty with only a small cluster of dead bees but lots of capped honey. It was a weak...
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    Re: 2 Queens in one hive- What fun!

    Great picture. How did they react to each other?
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    Re: Propolis Traps?

    Not me but a beekeeper at my local organic market sells a small 20g bottle of tincture for 16 euros and a 6g propolis lipbalm for 5 euros.
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    Re: Nuc box as tool box?

    Well here it is!

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    Re: French update

    I believe the presence of V. Velutina in France was tracked down to a queen hidden in a shipment of clay bonsai pots in around 2004 rather than through honeybee trading.
    We've found that trapping in...
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    Re: Hello From North Brittany, France.

    Bonjour and welcome! Great blog! I see that you also have to put up with asian hornets up north. Horrible things! It seems every year they're getting worse down here. Trapping the queens in the...
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    Re: Greetings from Ireland

    Welcome! Things are a bit damp here too! Can't wait for spring!
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    Re: Do bees rest?

    Welcome! I would be more worried about the humidity rather than bees drowning. Damp misty mornings and cooler nights next to the river could cause mould issues. Not mentioning flooding...
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    Re: Nuc box as tool box?

    Thank you all for your replies! I built my new toolbox today and I'll post pictures once I've taken them. It's a five frame Dadant Nuc with a lockable lid and a strap so I can carry it over my...
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    Re: Nuc box as tool box?

    That's what I have now.
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    Re: Nuc box as tool box?

    That's what I was thinking of making but I was wondering if I would ever use it as bee box if I used it to carry my tools.
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    Re: Nuc box as tool box?

    Sorry about that, got mixed up with the Michaels. This won't be my first job and I don't plan on running before I can walk.
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    Nuc box as tool box?

    Hello all!

    I've just got a new job as a professional beekeeper, so I'll be getting paid to play with bees! Great! :D

    To celebrate, I'm looking to get a new tool box and I was wondering if I...
  23. Thread: Bonjour!

    by Michael H.
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    Re: Bonjour!

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome!

    Radallo, here we tend to produce a lot of mixed flower honey. Ours is generally quite dark: lot's of chestnut, bramble. But we also have a lot of cherry,...
  24. Thread: Bonjour!

    by Michael H.
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    Re: Bonjour!

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    I think so. Some tend to be darker than the others. There might be some cross with the local black bee mixed in there somewhere.
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    Re: larger queens

    Yet another excellent post KC! :thumbsup:
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