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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/29/2013 27526

    came home to a swarm in a old deeps i had laying around. estimating basketball size. 1st time that has happened for myself.
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    5/28/2013 Raleigh, NC 27606
    swarm entered house between 1st/2nd floor joists. Cut out on 5/29
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    had a couple buddies hive some of their swarms over the weekend (3/30 and 3/31). They are in the 27526 (Fuquay Varina, NC) area.
  4. Thread: Maxant?

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    Re: Maxant?

    We have a 16 gallon Maxant bottling tank and really like it. My main reason for going with the 16 was due to space and I could also use common 5 gallon paint filters for this size vs having to buy...
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    Re: Share Your Website

    our website is in my sig,
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    bee cut out on house in Apex, NC (27502) on 3/13. Swarm took residence on 3/11. Basetball size cluster.
  7. Re: Thinking ahead to spring and how to arrange new hives

    I use deeps like Konrad. In early spring they are ramping up quickly in our area and using nucs just adds more work since they outgrow them quickly.
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    Re: Foundations--The best way

    not with the medium supers. i do with the deeps but not enough to worry about it.
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    Re: Tour Maxant Industries

    very nice. agree, Jake is excellent to work with as are the other guys there. Great quality equipment and considering adding a spinner to the lineup this year.
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    Re: Foundations--The best way

    If I have to add foundation weeks ahead of a flow due to the large number of frames I have sitting in front of me, I will either use a spur embedder or electronic embedder but if I am setting supers...
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    Re: Foundations WHEN ?

    I second what Vance mentioned. I try to save foundation till the very last moment before placing on hives. Sometimes ordering foundation during cold weather will increase the chance of chips in the...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    2 swarms today, sunny, around 80 degrees. one was around 3lbs and the other a solid 6lb swarm.
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    4/14, Apex, NC
    ~4-5lb swarm, 10ft up in pine tree around 7pm.
    was helping a new beekeeper split a hive that swarmed on 4/13. found 4 virgin queens, one flew so we split into three hives. counted 15...
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    ~ 4lb swarm, 70 degrees, breezy, sunny and beautiful day. 1st swarm of season that I know of for my apiaries.
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    our chickens don't mess with our bees. i have even given them some frames that had some wax larva in them with a few bees attached and they did not eat the bees on the frame.
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    Re: Is now the time to feed pollen patties?

    started feeding megabee 2 weeks ago here in NC. put on 2nd and last round of patties yesterday. our maples should pop next week. I base putting my patties out about 3-4 before maples bloom. for that...
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    Re: Dadant vs maxant

    you are going to enjoy your new Maxant. I have a Maxant extractor and recently bought their bottling tank. I echo the positive customer service experience already mentioned above and Jake is great to...
  18. Thread: extraction

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    Re: extraction

    we did a small extraction in May to resupply our honey sales efforts then we usually do our large extraction in mid to late June which is normally Tulip Poplar with some American Holly. Weather was a...
  19. Thread: extraction

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    extraction

    we extracted our American Holly and Tulip Poplar supers this past weekend. I updated our website with pictures from both the harvest and honey house activities:
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    Re: Blue sky 18 frame extractor

    i had my maxant 1400 shipped to my primary work address since commercial rates are typically cheaper then shipping to a residential address.
  21. Thread: Maxant 1400PL

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    Re: Maxant 1400PL

    I have enjoyed my 1400. 20framers are also a great all around size.

    Now I am itching to get my new Maxant bottling tank. Started bottling wedding favors last night and keep thinking of that nice...
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    Re: Maxant & Blue Sky

    yep, nothing but good experiences for me with Maxant.

    i have to agree with the first poster on frustrations with some bee companies. i converged to a few bee companies i can depend on. what is...
  23. Re: Hobby Extractor advise needed, Datant or SAF or ?

    my first extractor was a hand crank 9 frame radial that had a lot of plastic on it. while it was easier on the bank account, for myself it was not one of the better equipment decisions i have made...
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    Re: How long from swarm to eggs and brood

    there are lots of variables that can effect when you will see eggs. i typically give them a couple weeks before checking. i don't like to disturb swarms and risk losing them.
  25. Thread: Swarm cells

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    Re: Swarm cells

    Our main flow starts around April 24th...so my referenced dates are centered around that big flow. Our main swarm period is about 2 weeks before April 24th (roughly). We also sometimes have a small...
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