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    Re: 2nd year expansion plans

    I'm a rook so take that into account but Bee Havin has a good plan for both splitting and honey from what I've seen so far. Let the hives build up and right when the flow hits pull the old queens For...
  2. Heavy bearding after evening orientation flight

    The square deep hive has settled into that pattern. I find it kind of weird but it is consistent regardless the weather. This hive orients between 4:30 and 5 every evening. Up until that time there...
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    Re: Vails for keeps that wear glasses

    An Alexander with a baseball cap under it works good for me:kn:
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    Re: Feral stock not as advertized

    Interesting video. It may have legs with why TF works in pockets and not so much on a broad scale.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUFDXl8VGvs
  5. Re: Bearding. Other functions than cooling or dehumidifying?

    Boredom.
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    Re: Bottom Board - Solid or Screened ?

    Could be 3 times that amount of bees were working just as hard or harder inside the hive to control things because of a wide open hole messing with there climate stabilization efforts. The things we...
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    Re: Randy Olivers call for breeders to go TF

    Never happen to be blunt about it. People are not gonna risk a livelihood for an ideal. Add on top of that that most who have the gumption to pursue don't have the time or means. The pursuit of a...
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    Re: Project X, another square deep thread

    Little kinda weekly peek shows slowed progress but the trickle flow appears to be hanging in there. Beats me what they're working. Work in the top super has resumed, I'd call it 85% of the 11 frames...
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    Re: Too tall of a hive.. too much honey

    I just start spinning frames, I did the same as you with the crush thing. If the have extra honey, take it and put the frames back in if they need the space. I wont advise on the splitting part as...
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    Re: Too tall of a hive.. too much honey

    I move things around in supers or between hives until I can get a whole supers worth. Depends on how fast they're bringing it in and how much room they have left. If its still going strong I'll...
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    Re: Too tall of a hive.. too much honey

    I do it as I refuse to let a hive get above shoulder level.

    Go thru the supers and take enough of the best frames to get one off. I move frames from one hive to another to eliminate supers if I...
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    Re: Foundationless pulling frames

    normal comb building and can be pulled as soon as they are built they just need to stay vertical
  13. Re: Next door farm using roundup, will it hurt my bees?

    I spray around my hive stands so probably not
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    Re: Project X, another square deep thread

    Did a check and it was interestingly different than what I expected, wax production in the bottom has halted. The 2 wax foundation deeps I added to the broodnest, untouched. The plastic deep, full...
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    Sittin in the shade

    With a nice breeze blowing and a 1000 or so strong orientation flight breaks out. Sure makes a good brew that much more enjoyable :)
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    Re: Project X, another square deep thread

    Added a super the middle of last week because I'd been out of town until today. Need some sun to see what's happening in there, looking good at the entrance. http://i64.tinypic.com/jpjtc8.jpg
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    Re: What to charge for 1 gallon of honey?

    $60 a gallon works here with zero complaints. For 5 gals I wouldn't go less than 250
  18. Re: Straining honey -what size micron do you use?

    Whatever microns a 5 gal paint sack is
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Had a pollen explosion going on earlier with the square hive. Every other bee with full sacks, a few hundred a minute, it's settled down to normal foraging thank goodness. At that rate they would...
  20. Re: Treatment free at all costs - the chronicle of a beekeeper from South Germany

    That doesn't look like the normal bearding I've seen and would initially think that has swarming written all over it.
  21. Thread: black bees

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    Re: black bees

    There's a feral hive of mostly black bees somewhere within flying distance of me. I caught a small secondary swarm of them late last year and they couldn't get over the hump to make it. It appears a...
  22. Re: How Many of you have successfully kept TF from package bees?

    missed that part, scratch me out :rolleyes:
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    Re: Project X, another square deep thread

    I figured they would need supering but there's still 3 frames that have a ways to go and another few they are still filling. I decided to hold off another week on that. The broodnest is a puzzle of...
  24. Re: How Many of you have successfully kept TF from package bees?

    Still early in the game but so far so good
  25. Re: How much is everyone getting for 1lb of honey

    works very well here. A friend lives in a big neighborhood with a homeowners association can't get enough. He could sell a hundred gallons a year easy.
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