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    Re: Commercials Using MAQS

    Also used them myself last year. Overwintered well enough to make my increase and sell a surplus of 100 nucs in the spring. I'm very happy with them, especially when I remember the year before I...
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    Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Just got a bee blast from Mann Lake. They have the 114 (102 segmented) frame extractor on sale for $4500. I have no experience with it other than what i read in their catalog, but I thought it...
  3. Re: How do you wind down your colonies as the season draws to an end?

    Sorry my mistake, thought this was the commercial beekeeping area.
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    [QUOTE=sqkcrk;830289]Isn't this another discussion?QUOTE] Well I guess it could be. I only posted because I did not think it made sense to tell someone winding down for the season to leave uncapped...
  5. Re: How do you wind down your colonies as the season draws to an end?

    I agree normally, but what if your uncapped honey is testing at 16.5 to 17.1 like ours is this year due to the extremly dry weather?
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    Poll: Re: How is your crop looking?

    Ron, I hope your new operation cannot keep up this year. :D That would mean we were enjoying a great year.
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    Re: Sideliner wanna be questions

    Great suggestion. I also run two extractors a 60 and 72 frame and I think your right about the idea that it quickens the operation.

    I would like to add what I consider the biggest advantage to...
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    Re: MAQS Checkbacks

    Had good weather to go through about 300 of my hives last week. Only brought in 4 dead hives. Compared to the winter before when I brought in over 300 dead hives by Jan 1 this is great.

    I am...
  9. Thread: Maqs

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    Re: Maqs

    Don't know if my input will be useful or safe ;) After bringing in 80% of my hives last winter due to poor mite treatment I needed a new plan. This year I used MAQS for my main treatment.

    We...
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    Re: Indiana

    Atkins Family Bee Farm - a family business run by Kevin and sons Garrett, Hunter, and Stewart. With lots of help from wife Janet and older daughters Cassidy, Adrienna and Victoria. Plus smiles from...
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    Re: Michigan

    Atkins Family Bee Farm - a family business run by Kevin and sons Garrett, Hunter, and Stewart. With lots of help from wife Janet and older daughters Cassidy, Adrienna and Victoria. Plus smiles from...
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    Re: Ohio

    Atkins Family Bee Farm - a family business run by Kevin and sons Garrett, Hunter, and Stewart. With lots of help from wife Janet and older daughters Cassidy, Adrienna and Victoria. Plus smiles...
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    Re: Pollination versus Honey production

    Jim - Wayne Stoller my mentor has told me numerous times there have been studies done on the benefits of bees in soy bean fields and that there is a yield increase. I admit I've never looked it up...
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    Millions of bees die in Florida

    This may have already been posted, but I did not see it. If so Mod feel free to remove the post.

    Found this news on Drudge report. I feel for those beekeepers, would be devestating for my...
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    Pollen Collection

    Any of you larger operators collecting large amounts of pollen?

    I know it will vary by area, but I was wondering on average how much can be collected from each hive in a year.
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    Re: 2 weeks: 3rd super, no drawn comb

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    Just wanted to give you a update in regards to my last post. Since posting I've went through about 300 of my hives to make sure they have room in supers. I am drawing a box of new foundation...
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    Re: Who's got a Bee Blog?

    I have one that does not get updated as often as it should.
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    Re: 2 weeks: 3rd super, no drawn comb

    Put the super with the foundation under a full super of honey. They will work it much better.
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    Re: Empty drum sources?

    Thanks Ron, Does the scrap yard you are referring to have plenty? If so would you be willing to PM the contact info. I don't want to get them if it will cut into your supply though. I doubt you...
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    Empty drum sources?

    I was wondering where is a good place to look for good quality food grade drums? I don't care if they are used, but don't want the rusty ones I've been given as exchange drums from honey buyers. :( ...
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    Re: Honey Robber smells good!

    For us they both seem to work about the same on sunny days, but honey robber seems to work better than bee go on cloudy days when you don't have as much direct sun light.
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    Re: Honey so far?

    Poor..
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    Re: MAQS Checkbacks

    So far pleased with MAQS results. Pulled 3 sticky boards checking for natural mite drop over a 10 day period. No mites! Thought my eyes may be getting bad, so I took the boards to my building and...
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    Re: Cold start for 2011

    I left out the "butt naked" part and only got 1/2" rain. :(
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    Re: HAS convention

    I was there also. Great conference!

    Took my 3 boys who also enjoyed themselves. The 2 older boys (17 and 14) attended the queen classes. They were very happy with what they learned. They came...
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