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  1. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    I think I've gotten a better grasp on this whole 'beekeeping' thing than I did 5 years ago. I'm definitely still in the red, but things are starting to look up. The biggest help to me was reading...
  2. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    No one ever told me I would be a complete and utter failure my first year...and second year. First 2 years is like going to the strip club. It's fun and your wallet is empty with nothing to show for...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    Im running singles through winter. Half my hives have 4-5 frames of brood. I felt the need to give them a second deep since it looked like they were on the verge of a massive hatch out. Them new bees...
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    Ah ha! Hence the reason why beekeeping is always local. I completely understand your reasoning now. Your bees are brooding with a purpose. My bees are brooding to lighten my wallet.
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    JWPalmer, I think you are absolutely correct in saying the bees are going to brood based on weather. However, based on Randy Oliver's article 'Understanding colony build up and decline', brood...
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    I run single deeps and I use treated migratory tops from mann lake. I staple a 3/8 shim on the inside of the lid as to allow a roughly ~1/2" gap above the frames. I also have a 1 1/8" hole drilled in...
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    Re: rate of expansion

    I think a critical aspect of making splits that people don't consider very often is drone availability. Yes, you can split your colonies in half no problem, but when you start making alot of smaller...
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    Re: Winter in Dixie 2018-2019

    awesome! I had the idea to slip a sheet metal divider between the frames in a single deep sometime in the fall and let them raise their own queen and go through winter with nucs. come spring i have 2...
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    Re: Winter in Dixie 2018-2019

    Just noticed this thread. Awesome idea because I could always use ideas from others in the south. Im in south Arkansas. I'm wintering 7 hives in singles and I have one 6 frame Styrofoam nuc im trying...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    odfrank, the ride quality is entirely dependent upon the load applied to the trailer vs. the maximum load. any dual axle trailer is ridiculously bumpy without anything on it. But with 1500-2000 lbs...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Joel, I plan to move them at night. shouldn't take 5 minutes to back up to it and take all the jacks off and hook it up. I don't have an issue with bears where i'm at (not yet atleast), but there is...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    The last picture with the deck over trailer is what I really wanted, but it was a bit more costly. They were also like 20ft long. I was afraid of the weight applied to the trailer during the peak of...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    Sorry I can't seem to figure out how to rotate the images. It'll be a good neck exercise for anyone reading this though.
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    Beekeeping Trailer

    I looked around for awhile and I couldn't find many pictures of beekeeping trailers. I had an idea in mind and I went ahead and built it. I thought I might share some pictures and hopefully provide...
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