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    Re: $1 an oz how do ya do that?

    Maybe there's a huge "allergy following" in that area and that's what they are going for? Either way, it's distinctive!
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    Re: Cheapest way to harvest cappings

    After hanging/pressing it in a paint strainer bag, spread it out on a pan and let the bees clean it up for you.

    The wax will solidify on top of the honey.
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    Re: Anyone in Fredericksburg, VA area?

    I've sent her info to folks who've PMed me. Thanks guys!
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    Anyone in Fredericksburg, VA area?

    I got an email from a lady today in the Fredericksburg, VA area looking to have a hive removed from a chimney? Anyone on here interested? I don't know any details, but will pass your info along to...
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    Re: Honey Prices in your part?

    In mason jars:
    (0.75 lbs) 1/2 pint jar 5.00
    (1.5 lbs) 1 pint 8.00
    (3 lbs) 1 qt 16.00

    I have no problems selling out.
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    Re: What size to expand to next year?

    I'll say an hour or so per week. I extract 2 or 3 times a year and that takes another hour or so per time.

    My honey sells itself easily. I post pics regularly on FB to share with friends and...
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    Re: What size to expand to next year?

    I'm in the second year and have 9 hives. I started last year with two and ended with two hives and two nucs. I bought one more nuc this year (for genetics) and am up to 6 hives and 3 nucs. My "goal"...
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    Re: Golf course bees

    Can you cut the chunk of tree they are in and take it home to work on there? At that point, you could do a cut out, or a "trap out" by putting regular supers on top (of the exposed hive) and getting...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Mobile Hive Tracks?

    I didn't know about this. It looks pretty slick, thank you!
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    Re: Value of FACEBOOK ?

    I use it to let the people I already know that I have more honey for sale. The strangers that have asked about honey I sometimes meet in town, but more for convenience than security.

    I've had...
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    Cutout in stone house

    There is a 1903 2-story stone house that I've been asked to do a cutout on. The bees are entering though a previous awning hole between two floors and two walls. I tried the stethoscope method of...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Sunday, May 20th-
    soccer ball sized swarm on soffit of two story house.
  13. Re: Swapping frames to increase bees in weak hive

    Lori -
    Not only do I use this to boost the numbers of my weaker hives, I also use this to keep my nucs, nuc sized! That way I can keep those queens working hard and move some of the brood over to...
  14. Thread: Bear attack

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    Re: Bear attack

    We just went through this with a buddy up here. VDGIF setup a trap by his house (which didn't catch anything), gave him some rubber buckshot and recommended a paintball gun. He also got a few "Nite...
  15. Thread: hugh swarm

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    Re: hugh swarm

    And I thought the 6lb 3oz swarm I caught the other day was big!
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    Re: Another lesson learned

    I have the same thing and had to use a lighter to get it going the other day?!?! Never had it not light before, but it is probably 10 years old!
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I live in Northern Virginia.

    Swarms I've had so far this year are:

    April 1
    April 13
    April 14
    Snowed on April 23 (No swarm, just snow!)
    April 26
    April 30
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    Re: Splitting a hive twice?

    I would do it, but check on the nuc for a few weeks while waiting for the new brood to hatch. If you see a shortfall of food or bees, then provide some from another hive. After her brood starts...
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    How much swarming is normal?

    I'm a second year beek. I had a hive go through winter in 2 deeps and a medium. They came through winter and built up nice and quick. I went to build a hive stand on April 1st (for a split) and they...
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    Re: Nrctar and bloom

    Depends on the flower and the conditions from what I understand. Some flowers only produce nectar in the morning, others throughout the day. Some produce nectar that Honey Bees don't like or can't...
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    Re: First Swarm Call. Is Evening catch OK?

    First swam I caught was 10:30 pm with a storm rolling in. Make sure you have a lid for the bucket and flashlights can confuse them. After I got the swarm in the cooler, I left the flashlights off for...
  22. Re: Dumping a swarm onto board leading up to hive

    Do they usually find bait traps on there own, or you put them in a nuc instead of a larger hive?

    While letting them march in is cool looking, I always **ASSUMED** :eek: that it was less risky to...
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    Re: Permit to have bees

    Print off the applicable ordinances highlighting what you feel exempts your from a permit while allowing you to have bees.

    Go meet with the person and make your argument in person. If they...
  24. Thread: Hive Autopsy

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    Hive Autopsy

    It was 63F outside today, so I thought I dig into the hives some. One hive was doing great, they had eaten the fondant patty, but doing well. The other was dead. The dead hive was doing very well...
  25. Thread: smoker fuel

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    Re: smoker fuel

    I start with a crumpled ball of newspaper. For fuel I use pine shavings. We have chickens and a rabbit, so there's always a bag of it around.
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