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    Re: There is only ONE reason to burn equipment

    Mike - I'm confident you've already done the background on the parafoulbrood and snotbrood - I suspect many have not seen or had a chance to research (me included on the research) maybe you could...
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    Re: Florida dept AG apiary inspection

    Sutton - I feel your pain and if you look back you'll see I (and others) went to task with NYS and although our inspectors are few and far between today they are qualifed and I no longer have my...
  3. Thread: Split Questions

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    Re: Split Questions

    I never understand the concept of not re-queening a split with a bred queen and therefore not losing 2 brood cycles of seasonal production getting built back up. Emergency queens are often smaller...
  4. Re: Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    The key behavior we look for when hand releasing queens is workers extending the proboscis ( as to feed and communicate) through the screen as opposed to biting it. Bees "kneeling" on the screen is...
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    Re: Florida dept AG apiary inspection

    As you well know and as Peter stated there are methods for control but as you also know, NYS requires any hive tested positive for AFB should be burned - there is no one cell threshold. I would burn...
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    Re: There is only ONE reason to burn equipment

    Good timely post, we get that frequently as well and it is unfortunate to see good equipment gone bad for not. We do scrape feces off top bars in dysentery or nosema but I agree it's not necessary. ...
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    Re: Florida dept AG apiary inspection

    "I know my experience is anecdotal, but I have never used TM or Tylosin to address AFB."

    I would value your experienced higher than just anecdotal - you have a pretty in depth training and...
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    Re: Florida dept AG apiary inspection

    I disagree, certainly the outbreak of AFB in the last century, absent antibiotics, nearly wiped out beekeeping in the US and hives were much less numerous then. In the early part of this century...
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    Re: Honey flow and drawing comb - question

    What type of foundation are you using?
  10. Thread: creamed honey

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    Re: creamed honey

    Always the same old threads - year after year - I get busy, come back for a visit and it's Ground Hog Day!
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    Re: add package to queenless hive

    If the hive has been queenless for a month it may very well be developing or have a laying worker. The bees in that hive will recognize her as the "queen" and may well kill the package queen leaving...
  12. Re: Cursed Hive (perpetual queen problems)...what to do?

    I'm inclined to let the "curse" run it's course at this point I think.

    And surprisingly this is often the most effective method for a problem hive to work out it's issues or end up getting culled...
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    Re: How often to inspect?

    A great deal of inspection, and enjoyment as well as education can come from not opening the hive. You can tell a great deal at the entrance. Are the bees bringing in pollen and calm(usually queen...
  14. Thread: creamed honey

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    Re: creamed honey

    We sell 400+ cases a year - we use this method:
    http://www.masterbeekeeper.org/dyce/creamhoney.htm

    Instead of grinding seed we keep stock of specific honey which normally crystallizes at a very...
  15. Re: Can i use half burned frames? - ( Photos Attached )

    Some say we beekeepers are frugal, other might say cheap - I say don't step over a dollar to save a dime.
    Frames are cheap - why add new foundation, have the bees waste all the energy and time to...
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    Re: dead hive.. your thoughts?

    Dead bees in with their heads in cells with honey inches away is common for early spring starvation. Bees in the north start raising brood the last week of January and will not leave brood to move...
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    Re: 1:1 mix, boiling or raw?

    I'm pretty sure I read a study about boiling water and sugar and feeding it to bees may increase mortality. Not to the point of hive collapse but to us any unnecessary loss is just that,...
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    Re: dead hive.. your thoughts?

    Likely the white stuff is just crystalized honey from frames above. With what little information you give and knowing what the season has been likely your bees have brood they won't leave to move to...
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    Re: Video blog your pollination service

    I stand with Eastside and Harry ( Harry always seems to have an accurate moral compass in his briefcase). This isn't the "fun time" of hobby beekeeping once it becomes your "business". The risks...
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    Re: Where can I get a Queen?

    Take another look in the hive and see if a supercedure cell has been started. A failing queen is recognized quickly by workers due to phermone reduction and usually a new one is started. If not take...
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    Re: 46 Degrees and Windy/Inspector Showed Up

    It's an annual practice my inspector shows up in October, usually when it's raining and 45 degrees. In NY they always call 1st. We've never had that issue with the South Carolina inspector. I...
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    Re: Moving Nucs in Severe Cold Weather

    As long as you handle the nuc carefully and don't knock the cluster down you'll be fine. One year I headed out from NY with hives at 13F from NY to SC over some pretty bumpy roads and did not lose...
  23. Thread: 2 queen hives

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    Re: 2 queen hives

    We've been running 2 queen units since 1995. We currently run 250 annually and have good success with it. They are very labor intensive for about a month. I enjoy the challenge and the success of...
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    Re: Do they move them or not?

    Bizzy - You're full of it - everyone our age (yes you've dated yourself by quoting a very old commericial)knows from watching the owl it takes TW0HOO

    Then there are the legends of bees "stealing"...
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    Re: Newbee from Massachusetts

    A few years ago we were a dying breed - beekeepers and bees - Glad to have you join us in the assylum! It's the best addiction you'll ever have.
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