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Reintroduction from central Fl.
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:20:44 pm »
 I have not been active for a number of years, but I see quite a few familiar names on here. I used to run 40-50 hives and had a honey sales route and worked full time. After the second heart attack I had to let the bees go. Still have a couple and all the fixings for about 10-15 hives. Bought a place on the coast and seeing the flow potential, I can't stand it. Got a location last weekend for hives. Now I just have to build for next year. I run an odd size for most of ya'll, 8 frame 7 5/8. Old fashioned, but I do all my own woodwork. Rick

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 09:48:33 pm »
Welcome back to Beekeeping and welcome back to the forum.

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 02:58:59 am »
Welcome to the forum. Nice to see you remembered us and have checked back in.
I know 6 3/8 deep foundation is available (most likely Special Order now) Was carried by a few suppliers when I started keeping bees. My question is, do you use foundation or go foundation-less?
Member Chip Euliss uses 7 5/8" supers for honey, about 20% lighter than a 9 5/8" super. with you dropping down to 8 frames You have reduced the weight of a full super by about 40%. Not a bad Idea as we get older.
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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 05:26:39 am »
Welcome back, RAST.  We look forward to hearing about your adventures in Florida beekeeping.

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 05:53:44 pm »
First and foremost---we're glad to hear that you are recovered from your heart attacks and well enough to get back to bees.
Enjoy the action as a hobby and remember not to overdo it. 
As my age creeps up on me, I find my body telling me to take it easy with the hives.  This year I have seven, but when it came to taking off the spring honey, I decided to avoid the heavy lifting and took my full frames into the extracting room in a nucleus hive with only 3 or 4 frames inside.  True, it means more trips back and forth, but I do it slowly. I also decided not to take off as much honey as I could have.  Since I don't sell any, just distribute to family and friends, I don't succumb to the unnecessary pressure of wanting every drop I can get from the girls. 
I guess that leaves them happier too, having more reserves inside the hive.

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 07:26:06 pm »
Welcome to the forum Rick Long time no see.  Remember you from a couple of forums way back in the day.  Iddee started the forum along with my help, G3farms, perry, and Riverbee.   We grew it into what I would call the most bee friendly forum on the net.  Hope to see you around
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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2018, 10:52:51 pm »
hey rast! (rick) i remember you! and welcome back!!!

i get letting bees go for health reasons........been there done it, just something about them can't give them up.

welcome back to keeping bees and welcome back to the forum, looking forward to reading your posts!

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2018, 07:30:18 pm »
 Thanks all. apisbees, I used to cut the foundation into 1" strips and tack it into the top of the wired frames. This time I am trying the "Popsicle stick"method with some plastic in between. Riverrat, yep and don't forget Tec.

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2018, 08:26:11 pm »
Hey Rast, I remember you well. Age is catching up to all of us, finding ways to do things easier is #1 on most of my lists nowadays. :D
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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2018, 09:41:36 pm »
howdy from Texas Last.  like yourself I have been awol for a spell.  busy I guess...

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Re: Reintroduction from central Fl.
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2018, 01:20:58 am »
Welcome RAST! :)
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