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    Agree. One is plenty.

    Agree. One is plenty.
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    I picked up 4 packages from the same Mann Lake...

    I picked up 4 packages from the same Mann Lake load in Wilkes-Barrie and transported them to my home in Alabama (I work in NW Jersey). I am very, very happy with them. Plus, the p/u was about 3...
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    :hi:Welcome!
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    You will get as many answers as there are...

    You will get as many answers as there are beekeepers.

    I have each full sun, dappled sun, and woods. They all have pluses and minuses. Biggest problem I have in the woods in moisture... a killer...
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    You can download the pdf at...

    You can download the pdf at https://www.pigeonmountaintrading.com/
    Go to the bottom of the page to "Extras" and click the "Bee Calendar." Adjust from North Georgia to your region.
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    I was not aware that USDA was involved, either. ...

    I was not aware that USDA was involved, either. The documentary "More Than Honey" depicts efforts in Australia.
  7. If you want to push honey, one trick you could...

    If you want to push honey, one trick you could try is to keep a top feeder with water. In theory, this minimizes the water flights (since water is in-house) and maximizes the nectar and pollen...
  8. I have a mentor who says that too much space to...

    I have a mentor who says that too much space to maintain "demoralizes the troops." IMO, you will need to wait until 8 of 10 frames are "involved" before adding other boxes of any type; bees should...
  9. I can handle my bees with just smoke 9 times out...

    I can handle my bees with just smoke 9 times out of 10... it's that tenth time that you remember.

    It took me two years to break down and buy a <$50 "fencing jacket." Now, I don't work without...
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    bought mine on amazon

    bought mine on amazon
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    Welcome. We certainly give answers. Many...

    Welcome. We certainly give answers. Many answers. Often correct. Sometimes conflicting. Always wise. Plenty humble.
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    FWIW, I'm going to try this for the coming year. ...

    FWIW, I'm going to try this for the coming year. I just can't take the bee losses I am having every year, and I truly believe that VMs have eclipsed my stupidity as a major factor.

    I have found...
  13. QUAABSA (Questions you ain't asked but shoudda)

    Perhaps we should have a thread on stuff we learned that maybe we didn't have to have learned the hard way, had we only asked. Some of us aren't even smart enough to know what we don't know.:lol: ...
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    What Dave said: Just do it and have fun! The...

    What Dave said: Just do it and have fun! The girls pretty much take care of themselves the first year. Get used to inspections and handling. There will be people around to help you in the fall and...
  15. Maybe this is one of those food processor vs....

    Maybe this is one of those food processor vs. hand prep issues. Harvesting is the emotional reward for doing it right, and I would miss it. But, then, I am a hobbyist. I might feel differently if...
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    Uh-oh! This is one of those 10 beekeepers / 11...

    Uh-oh! This is one of those 10 beekeepers / 11 answers questions.

    I was taught, in theory, the side with the larger gap should create bee space for the top frames and reduce the building of bur...
  17. Thread: nucs

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    With newbeeks coming on every year into a more...

    With newbeeks coming on every year into a more challenging environment and steeper learning curve-- and even good, experienced beeks experiencing 30% or better losses-- early spring nucs are hard to...
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    My local club advocates mediums for everything,...

    My local club advocates mediums for everything, in a perfect world, making all equipment interchangeable. Michael Bush and others advocate mediums for the lighter weight. I still use both, but...
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    20' sounds right for any activity that would not...

    20' sounds right for any activity that would not throw anything into their flight path. Many of us sit a few feet away in a lawn chair and just quietly watch. But if you are mowing and blowing...
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    I use snap in wood frames.

    I use snap in wood frames.
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    I know I should do what camero7 and kebee said......

    I know I should do what camero7 and kebee said... and you should, too. I am still that cheap guy that has to learn everything the hard way. The way I should look at it is: the cost of losing one...
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    Very reasonable, imo. I wish I lived close to...

    Very reasonable, imo. I wish I lived close to you!

    But, of course, a nuc is only as good as the person who put it together. So, I guess it depends on where the hardware store is getting them. I...
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    I'll second the recommendation for black plastic....

    I'll second the recommendation for black plastic. I find if just don't give the girls a choice, they draw plastic out just fine.

    Storage is much easier.

    The only regret I have is that I...
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    >> remember that a lot of beekeepers are very...

    >> remember that a lot of beekeepers are very interested in "free" bees - bait hives, swarm catches, cutouts - find a local beekeeper that is interested in "free" bees that will come and take splits...
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    Ordering some supplies for spring (Kelly is 15%...

    Ordering some supplies for spring (Kelly is 15% off this month).

    For culling drone brood to interrupt the mite population: does anyone have a preference for drone foundation vs just hanging a...
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