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    Re: Best plants for cows and bees

    I seem to remember sweet clover causes bleeding in cows if eaten in quantity. Not sure if its yellow or white but the drug coumadin (blood thinner) was developed from it. You should research it a...
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    Re: Queen Excluder or not

    I use excluders on all my hives and dont think I have any problems with honey production. If your having trouble getting the bees to cross the excluder you can wait a couple days for them to stat...
  3. Re: What process do you use to clean an extractor after use.

    I clean with cold water. then dry the inside and out before putting it away. I don't take the motor or basket off.
  4. Thread: Swarm gathering?

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    Re: Swarm gathering?

    You can check them as often as you like. During peak swarm season here ( May 15-July 4) I check them at least twice a week.
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    Poll: Re: MAQS Winter Survival Poll

    Treated 15 hives in Aug. three lost queens before winter set in. All remaining hives alive but we still have some winter here.
  6. Thread: lemongrass oil???

    by kbee
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    Re: lemongrass oil???

    Most natural food/herbal stores should have it. You shouldn't have any trouble finding some. Remember a little goes a long way. Only use a few drops at a time.
  7. Re: When to set swarm traps in Northeast?/ Best trap%

    I use 5 frame boxes with a 1 inch hole toward the bottom on one end. I put 2 frames of drawn comb and 3 empty frames in with a few drops of lemongrass oil. Put them up 10-15 feet if possible. I like...
  8. Thread: Wax Melting Fail

    by kbee
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    Re: Wax Melting Fail

    I have never had much luck getting any amount of wax from old brood combs. I have tried the hot water method and that made sludge. Even wrapped in old cloth. The solar melter didn't work either. The...
  9. Thread: Cotton Seed

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    Re: Cotton Seed

    I have looked in the vege/flower catalogs for packets of cotton seeds but haven't found any. Any ideas where to look? Are there any varieties that will grow in Upstate NY. I only wanted to plant a...
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    Re: The Yin Yang of Beekeeping.

    I will jump into the hotseat and offer, Information and advice concerning the keeping of bees and the production of hive products using the honeybees inate biological charactoristics while limiting...
  11. Re: Foundationless Frames in a Tangential Extractor?

    I have extracted foundationless frames with a 2 frame extractor. If you are careful it can be done. The most fragile is new comb. Older comb especially if it is wired should be OK. You still need to...
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    Re: Bee School - Most Important topics

    Our course is very similar. We help students order equipment and have a night where we put stuff together(frames and foundation, and boxes) demonstrate smokers,hive tools and veils and jackets. The...
  13. Thread: Best size Bottle

    by kbee
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    Re: Best size Bottle

    I use 8oz, 16oz, and 32oz. I sell more 8oz than 16oz. It's nice to have options but don't make it confusing. People will buy what you have available.
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    Re: Pressurized honey??

    Yes,I agree that this is a good example of fermentation. Did you check the moisture content when you extracted? Did you extract some frames that were not fully capped? The moisture should be less...
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    Re: what would be in bloom his time in NY

    One of the first pollens here is skunk cabbage. Our soft maples started 3-4 days ago.
  16. Thread: Swarm Lure

    by kbee
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    Re: Swarm Lure

    Elkridge, Thats a high price. I haven't bought LGO in awhile but I think you can get it much cheaper than that. Look around online. Just putting the drops on the frames works fine for me.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2010

    Soft maple 3-16-10, crocus 3-17-10 zip 13037
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    Re: Q: 5-frame Nuc as a swarm trap??

    I would put them where it's convenient for you. Jeffzhear is right about the height, about 10-15 feet. I try to use deer hunting stands when I can, although I have had them as low as 5 feet and still...
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    Re: Q: 5-frame Nuc as a swarm trap??

    A 5-frame nuc works fine. I catch 10-12 swarms every year with them.
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    Observation hive questions

    My bee club has been asked to setup and maintain an OH at our cooperative extension building. Can an OH be self sustaining with supplemental feeding? How many frames should it be? What diameter and...
  21. Thread: Gloves

    by kbee
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    Re: Gloves

    I have used the standard leather beekeeping gloves and didn't like the loss of dexterity. They crushed bees. Then I used the non-latex exam gloves and they worked well but the bees can sting through...
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    Re: Mountaincamp Revisited

    I'm also having a little trouble understanding. Most of you feed sugar syrup but dry sugar causes problems? It would seem the syrup could have more potential for contamination due to the higher...
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    Re: Looking for Frames

    I have had good luck with Beeline in Bedford PA. I don't know what their bulk rates are. Phone 814 585-4699
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    Re: A few piccy's from the bee yard today

    Nice pictures. Thanks for posting. Minus 8F here this am
  25. Thread: foundation or not

    by kbee
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    Re: foundation or not

    I do it just as you suggested, foundationless brood boxes and crimpwired foundation in the supers. Works well for me and the bees seem to like it. I have no worries with extracting.
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