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    What Triggers Your Extraction Timing?

    I'm curious how you decide it's time to extract? The last few years, I have extracted the first week of August and again the first week of September. After that I feed if necessary, treat for mites...
  2. Thread: Iowa

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    Re: Iowa

    50074, Ringgold County, Iowa

    Two more swarms. Is anyone else reading this post? No reason to post if I'm the only one on here.
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    Re: Treating Swarms for Mites?

    Definitely in an isolated area!!
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    Re: Treating Swarms for Mites?

    2 swarms were in my apiary and 3 were 1-2 miles away in trees.
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    Treating Swarms for Mites?

    I have 8 over wintered hives that I did the OA 3 treatment, 7 days apart, early this Spring. Then I started 3 new packages that I treated before I hived them. In the last 3 weeks I have caught 5...
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    Re: Swarm Landed on my Hive

    I sprayed them with sugar syrup, brushed them into a pail and placed them in a new hive. It was a larger bunch than I thought. I gave them two drawn frames and so far they are staying in the hive.
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    Re: Swarm Landed on my Hive

    Would you brush them into a pail or box to look for the queen, or just slowly move the bees around in the ball? They are hanging under and behind the landing board, so it's hard to see behind the...
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    Re: Swarm Landed on my Hive

    I'm wondering if one of the queens is outside below the entrance. There is still a ball of bees a little larger than a softball hanging out there. Should I just wait until morning to see how things...
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    Re: How much cinnamon in creamed honey?

    Give it a try. I know that my customers love my mixture of 1/4 cup of Tones cinnamon per 10 lbs. of liquid honey. I thought the regular creamed honey would sell better than the cinnamon...
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    Swarm Landed on my Hive

    I was outside this morning observing my hives. Nothing unusual, just a nice, slightly windy morning. Some honey buyers stopped, so I went inside for about 15 minutes. When I went back outside, I...
  11. Thread: Iowa

    by LeonardS
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    50074, Ringgold County, Iowa. June 1, 2016

    Had a person stop and ask if I was a beekeeper because he had a swarm in his tree. It was a large swarm on a branch about 6 feet off the ground. He...
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    50074, Ringgold County, Iowa. May 30, 2016

    Found a large swarm on one of the "swarm posts" in my apiary. I'm sure it was from my own hives. It took two deeps to hive them. I saw the queen, so...
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    50074, Ringgold County, Iowa. May 22, 2016.

    Received a call about a swarm on a pine tree branch. It was a small swarm on the end of a pine tree branch about 8' in the air. Shook them once into...
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    50074, Ringgold County, Iowa. May 17, 2016.

    Neighbor called and said he saw a swarm at his next door neighbors. I loaded up and was there in five minutes. Swarm was on the trunk of a pine tree...
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    Re: How much cinnamon in creamed honey?

    I tried 1/8 cup per 10 lbs. of honey, but that wasn't enough. I went to 1/4 cup per 10 lbs. and my customers love it!
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    Re: How much cinnamon in creamed honey?

    "There is no comparison to the Vietnamese cinnamon we use (Penzeys)."

    I don't agree with this statement, Dave. If you talk to people "in the know" about cinnamon, they will tell you the best...
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    Re: need a package with queen

    Kalona Honey in Southeast Iowa. I have packages coming on May 13th, and he said he has some extras. Check out his website for contact info.
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    Re: Insurance for bee keepers

    $3M umbrella, but I wasn't sure that it would cover honey sales?
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    Re: Insurance for bee keepers

    That would be pretty expensive for my 8 hives and $1,500-2,000 in honey sales each year.
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    Re: Insurance for bee keepers

    Is the cost based on number of hives, total sales per year, or the same for everyone? Can you tell us what the cost is?
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    I was referring to their home location in Hackensack, MN..........yes it is rural!!
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    Re: Wild Flower Seeds = $$$$$$$$

    Go to edenbrothers.com and sign up for their email list. They will send you a new special every day or two. Just wait for a special on the seeds you want. You can get a 10% discount every day with...
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    Re: Honey testing & purity

    To stay non GMO, I wouldn't eat anything with corn or soybeans in it. I don't see the grain elevators separating GMO vs. Non-GMO in this area. Of course, I don't think there are many non-GMO corn...
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    Or people could understand that you are going to be waiting for a while if you order during their sales. They are located in a rural location, so it's probably not so easy to hire and train 20 extra...
  25. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    They say it can be used with honey supers on, and also in freezing temperatures. That's the first place I've seen those comments for OAV.
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