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  1. Re: The interesting way this Russian man builds his bee boxes.

    Very pretty, and he obviously has been doing it this way for a long time considering all the special tools he created. Looks like a lot of effort compared to just sawing some boards. I'd like to see...
  2. Thread: Painting Supers

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    Re: Painting Supers

    Just to note, pics of commercial hives often show really rough, old paint. Many appear not to see it as worth the money to keep boxes painted.

    I use whatever is left over from home projects,...
  3. Thread: Russian Queens

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    Re: Russian Queens

    Wouldn't you normally expect more buildup than just to a 5-framer?
  4. Thread: Newbee here!

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    Re: Newbee here!

    Welcome! Lots of Florida folks on this forum. Florida has a lot of variability north to south so it might be helpful if you added your location into your profile.
  5. Thread: Feral Bees???

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    Re: Feral Bees???

    Sorry, used to be an English teacher and still a bit pedantic. It's obvious what you were saying but my habit is to 'correct' things that really don't need correcting.

    I don't know how you could...
  6. Thread: Feral Bees???

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    Re: Feral Bees???

    Feral means a domestic animal that has gone wild. Any honeybee in the US not in a human provided home is by definition feral. I got a swarm last year. It probably came from my neighbor's hive. I put...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    40 degrees today, single digits tomorrow's forcast. So, a normal February or a bit warmer.

    Checked my 4 hives and all look great, clustered up against the the sugar blocks. They were hollowed...
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    Re: Can I feed my bees Sorghum Syrup?

    You could ship a few jugs to me! Love me some sorghum molasses!
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    Re: Is backyard beehive feasible?

    This is my situation. So far no problems. My side fences are chain link so the neighbors can see into my back yard and I have had no complaints in 4 years. I told my back neighbor I had bees, and he...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Supposed to get to minus 7F the next day or two, and up into the 40s next week.
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    Re: How close to Row Crops can I be

    Depends a bit on what crops. Cotton, for example is sprayed a lot more than corn or beans. I keep bees near corn and bean fields and have had no problems. Personally, I wouldn't worry if they were 20...
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    Sticky: Re: treatment free member listing

    Well Greg, if my current bees survive another year or two TF, you are welcome to try some. Not far away at all.
  13. Re: Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

    I got very different numbers from locations not far apart. Apparently, my back yard is a very poor place for bees! Too close to cropland so high insecticide scores, and low floral scores. The program...
  14. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    Be ready for predictable events. Varroa, swarming, needing more equipment, winter, queen loss. All these things WILL come to pass. Have an idea what your response will be before they happen.

    I was...
  15. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    I used to put plastic pop bottles over my corn ears. The only way to keep the crows off! Might be a bit inefficient in a farm field...!
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    In Japan I saw many fruits bagged with paper bags. The rain didn't seem to cause any problems.
  17. Sticky: Re: A shift in message? The case for IPM instead of bond as the path to TF for new ba

    The way he describes his breeding stock it sounds like he has a very narrow genetic base. Not good when looking for new traits.
  18. Sticky: Re: A shift in message? The case for IPM instead of bond as the path to TF for new ba

    He talks about resistance here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwuR3uMkMF0
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Some political groups collect and re-use the signs. I don't want to accidentally steal property. Around here some rural corners however will have signs left over a long time. I call those fair game.
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    I am anticipating a lot of political sign availability this year! :-)
    My plan is to wait until a few weeks after the election. I figure if the people who place the signs can't be bothered to clean...
  21. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    https://mercaris.com/posts/organic-and-non-gmo-corn-prices

    Organic corn is roughly 3 times the cost of non-organic. I grow a lot of organic veggies, corn, melons etc. Just yesterday my wife...
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    2 4'X8'X1" sheets of particleboard. There was a lot more but bigger sheets that wouldn't fit in the minivan. Sad. I hope someone gets to them before they get wet. I will probably cut some up for hive...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Just my opinion, and a not very experienced one, but I wonder if that's just where we are and will stay? Treatment free is going to face higher losses than an experienced treating beekeeper will. The...
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    Re: Is it common for bees to get into your home?

    When I was a kid we had a swarm move into the wall of our kitchen. It was quite exciting. A neighbor beekeeper trapped it out. I wish I knew the details but all I remember is the box he put in our...
  25. Re: We had it figured out until we didn't have it figured out

    I have not really had a problem with comb. I use a lot of medium frames in deep equipment, because I bought too many medium frames and not enough deeps! So I started just sticking them into the deep...
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