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« Last post by texanbelchers on April 26, 2015, 04:11:28 PM »
They handle the sun fine.  Welcome.
Right... These are not from packages... All of my hives are cut outs or swarms... One split.

I marked these queens myself, they didn't slip in unnoticed, except on their own power.

I checked on her a few mornings ago, they are still feeding her as she is still alive. I just need time and weather to get in my other hives to make sure everything is alright and if not I have the ability to correct it.

Hopefully she is still producing, what is the limit/downside to banking like this?

HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: Love-making tips for Seniors...
« Last post by tefer2 on April 26, 2015, 04:07:32 PM »
 :tongue: :cool: :rolleyes:
Also I only went in the hive to see if she was laying. Checked one frame then closed them back up!
I checked today... And my queen is laying. There are also some yellowish capped cells. Not sure what those are! But just happy to know my queen is there and doing her job!
HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: Love-making tips for Seniors...
« Last post by iddee on April 26, 2015, 02:37:31 PM »
I still had to use bifocals to read it, but I'm stealing it anyway.
HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Love-making tips for Seniors...
« Last post by sawdstmakr on April 26, 2015, 02:29:45 PM »

1. Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.
2. Set timer for three minutes, in case
you doze off in the middle.
3. Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF!)
4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.
5. Write partner?s name on your hand in case you can?t remember...
6.  Use extra polygrip so your teeth don't end up under the bed.
7. Have Tylenol or whatever else that you use ready in case you actually complete the act...
8. Make all the noise you want... The neighbors are deaf too.
9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news ... even if its 8 p.m.!
10.  Don't even think about trying it twice.
Your sweetie says, ?Let?s go upstairs and make love,' and you answer, ?Pick one; I can't do both!'

Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you?re barefoot.

Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.

You are cautioned to slow down by the  doctor instead of by the police.

'Getting a little action? means you don't need to take a laxative today.

?Getting lucky? means you find your car in the parking lot...

An 'all nighter? means not getting up to use the bathroom.
You're not sure if these are facts or jokes. 
      (I sent this in larger type so you can read it better.)

DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Manley sizing a viable option to standardize on?
« Last post by little john on April 26, 2015, 02:13:04 PM »
Hello Russell

I sympathise with anyone about to begin beekeeping, as there are so many options available 'out there' and just about every beekeeper has his or her own opinions about what kit is the best to use ...

I would say it's important not to tie yourself to one supplier, no matter how local he might happen to be - if he should ever stop trading, what would happen then ? My advice would be to choose the most common format used within your country - especially as you are considering selling a few nucs yourself later on. Boxes and frames can always be delivered 'flat-pack' - so distance needn't necessarily be a crucial factor when deciding.

How are your wood-working skills ?  With beekeeping it really pays to be able to make at least some of your own kit.
For example - in your situation, if faced with choosing either deep or medium boxes - I'd always go with the shallower of the two. Then, if you ever needed a deeper box, it can always be created by simply making an eke to fit underneath whatever depth box you already have.

You seem to be concerned about the possibility of wasting money on unsuitable gear - and I certainly understand that one ! - and yet you talk about buying a Flow Hive. That's a very expensive and unnecessary piece of kit for any beginner to be talking about purchasing.
I'd advise - buy some standard kit - and get yourself started. See how it goes with just a couple of hives, and only THEN think about enlargement, Flow Hives, selling nucs, and all the rest.  Do you have any neighbours who are beekeepers ? There's a lot to be said for copying the type of equipment used by neighbours, especially in the early days, as any rescue missions would then be simplified.

If you already have a bad back - it would certainly be wise to consider hives which do not require the lifting of full-depth, or even full-width boxes. So - we're talking Long Hives (where individual frames are lifted out, not boxes of frames); conventional hives with full-width shallow boxes; or conventional hives with half-width boxes above the bottom box - of whatever depth you can easily manage the weight of.
I'm currently converting all my conventional hives to half-width upper boxes, but I still run a large number of Long Hives. There's nothing to stop a beekeeper having several such formats in an apiary, as each hive type has it's own merits - although it does make life so much easier if just the one size of frame is used throughout.

Best of luck with the decision-making ...

This link will not work for me . Is there a new link that works. I see someone said that the original link
did not work. If there was a later link I missed  it. How do I get to this site???
« Last post by don2 on April 26, 2015, 01:11:35 PM »
I had planned on checking them Friday or Sat. If they are fully capped on that day I will go ahead and put the safty cages one. I haven't ordered my #8 mesh wire yet. I had a couple cricket pails that were shot except for the wire. I am assembling the cages today. Will keep y'all updated. d2
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