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  1. Thread: Southbound 2012

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    Re: Southbound 2012

    If the hives start raising more brood as a result of the patties, Marks hives sound like they have plenty of honey to feed that brood. Sounds like a solid plan.
    I've always added pollen patties and...
  2. Re: Pros and cons on Sharing a bee yard with another beekeeper

    Personally, I'd avoid that situation. I have shared yards before and usually something happens that makes you wonder if the other persons hives, and the way they were managed, effected your crop/hive...
  3. Thread: Black Comb

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    Re: Black Comb

    When you previously inspected this hive were the frames in question covered in capped brood? Did this hive start out as a nuc with new frames of foundation added, was it a package installed on all...
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    Re: Package bee hauling business

    As I mentioned, they were reserved for when I wanted them but my dates have been moved the last 3 years so yes I am B&Ming. Is the solution to produce them myself, yes I suppose I could OR find...
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    Re: Package bee hauling business

    I have had difficulties getting a reliable date for picking up packages even when reserving a year in advance. I would order 500 packages at one tme and still my dates got moved around. I think the...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    What is the mixture ratio using sugar syrup?
  7. Re: Northern Beeks; Hives should look like this....?

    Noticed the same thing in my hives this year, really surprised me. However, worked some hives for a friend and pulled honey and found much more capped brood and bees in his hives- he is about 70...
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    I have a friend that created a label, and a brand, based around his image ( he really looks lke a farmer )so I think you have the right idea. It has really worked for him, mostly because he sells...
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    Re: Carpathian queens in the US?

    Dave Miksa had some Carpathian cells this spring. tried some and so far they look good.
  10. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    Glad to hear there is finally a nectar flow, see you next Sunday.
  11. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    Brian,
    Do you know when you're sending your first load home?

    Did some splits last week, then going back the end of next week for the final round of nucs. Some mighty chilly weather last month in...
  12. Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Yes I did get a gooseneck and what a pleasure to tow compared to my previous tag along. I hope to get a bobcat in the next couple years- I thought I could get away with hiring operators with machines...
  13. Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Mark,
    Could have rented a bobcat but it would have meant another round trip back to the yard. I did make arrangements for an operator w/bobcat but he never showed so being somewhat frustraited at...
  14. Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Hey Brian,

    Just returned from SC last night. Moved bees to out yards and did some feeding. Don't feel bad about the skidder, my guy canceled last minute so I hand loaded 120 off pallets, then back...
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    Anyone heading north around 5/11?

    Anyone looking to fill out a semi load heading north into NYS or PA around the middle of May. I have about 45 pallets in South Carolina.

    thanks,
    Ron
  16. Thread: Mating Flights

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    Re: Mating Flights

    Hi Steve,

    I made nucs at the end of Feb in SC this year, used danish buckfast cells, and just checked the first 8 and they all took but are extremly light. I won't go through the rest until I have...
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    Re: 46 Degrees and Windy/Inspector Showed Up

    So, a knowledgable keeper or inspector can determine accurate varroa levels and presence of AFB, even scale, without opening a hive. Hmmmm, very interesting. I must have more to learn then I...
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    Re: 46 Degrees and Windy/Inspector Showed Up

    You should check your states Apiary law, it may allow inspectors to come onto your property without permission. Inspectors are there to check for AFB which most states have laws requiring something...
  19. Re: increasing amount of hives (lost 6 had a question)

    I would go into this season with 24, make sure the area can support that many year round. Make nucs during swarm season and start learning how to overwinter them. Make increase or replace the...
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    This is the second year I've been using the MQS and never noticed any queen issues the first year, that's what I liked about it.
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    That's the part that is a mystery to me, I did see drone brood in mid-Jan when I treated. I also did not see signs that they tried to raise a new queen
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    Sounds to me like, with mite treatments a beekeeper has to realize the impact on a queen and be proactive in replacing her after so many treatments. When I look at my situation, I don't feel...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I've been using the MQS formic strips, just one instead of two. Maybe the formic did make a difference but I've never seen that much queen failure.

    Mike- I used the MQS for mid-Jan, it was in the...
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    I have heard of so many beekeepers that have lost hives this year. Some feel the cause was poor nutrition in 2012. I am certain anyone starting a nuc last year and didn't provide supplimental feed...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I lost about the same percentage and for the exact Same reason. Every hive with failed queen had a fair amount of bees left with unfertilized cells in the middle of the frame. In some live hives I...
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