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    Re: Instrumental Insemination Equipment

    Welcome to Beesource kbayture! Nice work. If you can post prices in U.S. Dollars, we'd like to see them.
  2. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    It's a good start, but there is a long way to go. Unfortunately, it does not detect beekeeper stupidity, which takes many of us a while to get over. It might be very helpful to any newbie beeks who...
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    Re: Portable Bee Vac

    I am presently building a 5-gallon bucket type with a sight window. The bee speeds (flying backwards) into the cages work out best with a 1.5 horsepower to 2 hp vacuum power source into the bottom of...
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    Re: Hurricanes and bee hives...

    I'm not from hurricane country, but if I was, I'd try to build up some kind of high ground, then put a hole in the top of the hill big enough and deep enough for the bees and a deck to slide over it....
  5. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    To get meaningful content, I'd run the question past Dr. Tom Rinderer if he is still at the Baton Rouge federal bee research laboratory. He's the guy any new genetic bee stock coming into the country...
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    Re: Smallest truck for pollination.

    Most of us use a 3/4 ton or a one ton dually flatbed. The 12 foot flatbed is what makes a truck worth having for a beekeeper. The full, double cab is what you'll want, not the cab and a half, cab and...
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    Sticky: Re: Hive design, what type?

    Okay, you left out the best of them. The Modified Square Jumbo Dadant beehive, known in Europe as the Brother Adam beehive, has many, many advantages. Being square, one advantage is that the honey...
  8. Re: What is a "safe" late August mite count ?

    Nationwide in the United States, August 15th (or as close to it as you can) is GIANT MITE BOMB DAY. This is the one day of the year that IPM (Integrated Pest Management - the sparing use of pest...
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    Re: Smallest truck for pollination.

    Do not use a Ford Ranger. The transmissions are totally inadequate. They blow up on schedule. About 65,000 miles with the 4.0 liter engine, either side of 90, 000 miles with the 3.0 liter, and...
  10. Re: Preparing for the fall flow - preventing late swarms - please help.

    I seem to have neglected to mention that the goal for 2-deep box standard U. S. Langstroth hives going into Winter is 130 Avoirdupois pounds. You may end up newspaper-combining them after the Fall...
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    Re: Pollen patty drying out

    Glycerin, and maybe Karo syrup (corn syrup). If you mix real pollen into it, the bees usually will eat it before it dries up.
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    Re: Huge garden spider behind my hive

    My new inspiration for tying a BIG fishing "fly". Probably will require a 12-weight line and rod.
  13. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Thank you so much, Dar.

    So, I am essentially building Fusion-power Modified Square Brother Adam / Jumbo Dadant beehives :) ...a mouthful, but gotta give credit where it is due. Not to mention...
  14. Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Thank you for posting JWC. I'll try to get the court transcripts on Monday.
  15. Re: Preparing for the fall flow - preventing late swarms - please help.

    I would not break them apart during a nectar dearth if I could avoid it, although you may have to and go ahead and feed them if you do.

    If they have back-filled the brood nest with nectar, they...
  16. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Bernard - Could you please list the differences between the Brother Adam hive and the Modified Square Jumbo Dadant (If there are any...I suspect they are different) ?

    Thank you!
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    Re: What is an ideal beehive?

    The only source for the oversize 5.1 mm foundation wax is Dadant and Sons. You'll have to contact them early and plan ahead for the following year. We could combine an order and make it feasible for...
  18. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    It usually takes from 700 to 2,500 bee colonies per person in the company to make a full-time living. Most of the time that applies to someone with land, trucks, and a workshop.

    So figure a team...
  19. Re: Let's talk about your best Bee Vacuum Designs

    So the see-through feature is very desirable. Thank you. I can probably do the same thing with a 5-gallon plastic water jug if I can cut it in half and come up with a quick disconnect, or just add a...
  20. Re: Thanks

    Probably not very realistic ....yet. You most likely do not have enough knowledge of local (nearest 8 to 25 states) nectar and pollen flows, who your pollination contracts are coming from, how...
  21. Let's talk about your best Bee Vacuum Designs

    Lost almost everything I owned, bee equipment included in the Thomas Fire back in December of 2017. Getting back into it gradually. About to build a bee vacuum system, so I was just wondering if...
  22. Re: Queen replacement strategy advice needed

    Hello Diane, Welcome to Beesource!

    Just thought I'd chime in and let you know a little bit about the Russian queens. If they are indeed heavy on the Siberian genes, they will not be your usual...
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    Re: Testing a hive for defensiveness

    You could screen-plug all three hives and test them individually, but you'll have to note the fist hive open only, close the hive up, wait an hour or so, then open the second colony and work it,...
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    Re: What is an ideal beehive?

    Not to oppose Gray Goose's point, but from the view of, "What is ideal for the bees?" it is clear that hive boxes larger than the standard U.S. "Langstroth" hive have distinct advantages when...
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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    Just curious, do you have drones flying in your area? Your VQ may be flying out hoping to meet some drones, and coming home "empty".

    So you've introduced a fresh queen, I do not use candy hole...
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