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  1. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I love the discussion of so many heavyweights in the ring. This thread is a fun read, and it reminds of something my dad once said.

    "I went to see a fight and a hockey match broke out!"

    From a...
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    Re: Motorizing an extractor

    I used to use a variac rig for lots of different projects. The incoming household juice was 115VAC 60 Hz, it went through fuse receptacles to a lighted rocker switch, then to an isolation...
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    Re: Observation hives at school and liability

    If I were invited to lecture at a school, I'd probably carry insurance and a couple of Epi-pens, just in case.

    I build my observation hives with double pane windows (that's no guarantee -...
  4. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I hate to tell you this, but not all honey is created equal. Clover, Tupelo, Sage, and Mesquite honeys seem to get the top prices, then comes orange and the better tasting medium - dark honeys. Most...
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    Re: Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    Does anyone have any suggestions how to turn on the sound for the video? I do not have my old laptop anymore - lost in the fire - and the Library computer is usually set to silent.
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    Re: Community Apiary

    How true - this brings up a point I forgot to mention - you need ENOUGH enthusiastic newbies and ENOUGH experienced beekeepers with enough slack in their system to allow beekeepers to be beekeepers...
  7. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I'll pay $3.00 U.S for Adam's autograph if it's on a check or money order.:D
  8. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    I gotta admit, I do it too, though it is not a mission of mine, and I do keep bees in some well-built hives.

    More places for feral and "wild bees" to live is unlikely to hurt Mother Nature a...
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    Re: Tulsi forage

    I expect a honey flavor report if you are successful! :)
  10. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Thank you, Russ, but the heavyweights on this topic are Juhani, Eduardo, Fusion Power, and yourself. It is very educational to hear from folks like these, Eduardo with a whole lot of hands-on...
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    Re: Community Apiary

    JC is correct. It needs to be hashed out between the local bee club, the bee inspector (County Agriculutral Commissioner if you are in California), and whoever controls the property. Insurance needs...
  12. Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    As for me ans my bees, I tend to check them as close to the 1st, the 10th, and the 20th of each month during the Spring, then slow it down somewhat after the nectar flows taper off.

    This is not...
  13. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    DNA testing with honeybees will only date back so many generations, not hundreds of years. This is because of the diverse mating of drones and queens, also due to the fact that some years, more than...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Hi Jeff! If you see Yukon Jake, Sam Mcgee, Dangerous Dan Mcgrew, or any other of Robert Service's characters going up the Golden staircase, do tell them I said "Hello!"
  15. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Did you call them on the phone? The sales person should be very willing to quote you a price.

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    BTW - an idea just struck me...I think I will make a hive top feeder with 2 (Don the...
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    Re: Community Apiary

    Ojai, California has such a lot. Down in the old sherriff's honor farm property where there is a Raptor Recovery program, near the creek. Too bad it is not a better flower bloom zone! Its good during...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    I was hiking up a trail near where one of the commercial beek's keeps her mating nucleus colonies. I counted 44 small mating nuc's. In a nearby gulch, I heard a loud buzzing. I hurried over thinking...
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    Re: Tulsi forage

    My Hare Krishna buddy will be overjoyed! Tulsi is a sacred plant to the Hindis. I'll bet he plants a thousand of them when he hears about the honey & pollen factor.
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    I had some colonies that were considerably darker colored than others. One of my mentors said that they were likely a feral honeybee bloodline brought in to Mexico more than a hundred years ago,...
  20. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Dr. Gordon Wardell at megabee.com says that the Schedule 77 adds weight because it is so much closer to the consistency of honey, and they'd have to dehydrate the schedule 55 stuff quite a bit. He...
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    Re: Startup Company Making "Super Bees"

    Hurry! Hurry! Step right up. Snake oil by the hogshead. New ideas from the marketing department trying to control the world's food supply. Get your TODAY!
  22. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    After reviewing what little research I could find, it appears that Randy Oliver cites quite a bit more sources than I have read.

    His article, Fat Bees - Part II and Part III notes research by W....
  23. Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Until you KNOW that your bees have the traits, such as mite biting, required to survive the mites and the diseases that the bees are exposed to in recent decades, "Hands-Off" beekeeping is just...
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    Golden Oak Honey Festival is Tomorrow

    The Golden Oak Honey and Pumpkin Festival is held tomorrow, Saturday, 26th October, 2019 in Downtown Park in Paso Robles, California from 9 AM to 3 PM.

    Central Coast Beekeeping Alliance will host...
  25. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    All I know about the stuff is that the schedule 77, combined with HBH, is what puts weight on the hives. They just sort of burn through the schedule 55 corn syrup, they make it, but they are not...
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