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  1. Re: Beekeeping Photobomb (How NOT to market your honey)

    Thanks for sharing, that was soooo funny! :lpf:
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    Re: Label Design and Printing

    Design your own. Get Label Factory 4 Deluxe, get your label stock from Linton Labels, print them on your color printer, and you'll save a bunch of money!
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Re: Large Beekeepers and Treatment Free

    I would say that is more than significant! Do you mind if I ask what kind of bees you had, and where you got them?
    Regards,
    Steven
  4. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Dan, that is indeed part of the problem...everyone claiming to have the magic bullet. I've read studies that indicate cell size is irrelevant. For me, I've never used small cell, and have had...
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    Re: Large Beekeepers and Treatment Free

    When you say significant losses, what is significant? I've been TF since reentering beekeeping in 2005. My annual losses range from 6 to 20%. However, this past year I was devastated with a 30%...
  6. Thread: Why Monitor???

    by StevenG
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    IF you are a TF beekeeper, and decide to do mite counts, will the knowledge gained change your methodology? If you find high mite counts, are you going to then treat to knock them down? Or are you...
  7. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Dan (beemandan) I think we may just be on the same page. :gh: The one hive I observed DWV in several years ago came thru just fine, and is still going strong. I have been preaching all along it is...
  8. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Beemandan, first off, seriously, no offense taken at your comment regarding your recommendation that all TF beekeepers not test, that way they can blame their losses on other causes, because they...
  9. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    sfisher, life has overwhelmed me the last two weeks, I'll try to find what you're asking about and post it early next week. I assume you're referring to the blog that ran on this forum for a couple...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    :D I'm looking forward to see the uncapping machine you're building at work!
    Steven
  11. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    A person should not go into any kind or type of beekeeping blindly. Some do, but they usually fail, or learn the hard and expensive way. I had kept bees about 20 years before quitting due to a...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    I meant no offense when I stated that I don't understand why folks buy treated bees and think they can go treatment free...some of those folks truly are "numbskulls," others are just ignorant. ...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    Actually I got my idea from Roland...true confession! :gh: Roland, didn't you have a home made version you used? How did that work? And how would a person make such a heat tape?
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    :scratch: I and a couple of others on this forum who repeat this refrain just don't understand. Why do people continue to buy treated bees, and think they can go treatment free? If you do not START...
  15. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Angie, did you buy treatment free bees from the start? Or did your breeder treat and you're planning to be treatment free? If you did not buy treatment free bees, they will crash. Sooner or later....
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    Re: Hello and DWV Mite Question

    ElloreeBee, I hate to tell you this, but your hives will crash. Maybe not this year, but they will crash. They are not developed to be treatment free because they come from treated bees. Your best...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    The heat tape I used, and I've had it for years so I don't know exactly what I paid for it, does not get the barrel too hot to touch with a bare hand. All in all, the cost of the heat tape and the...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    BMAC yes I have done some honey that way.... the heat tape I used had some sort of internal control, but once plugged in it started heating. The barrels I liquefied were solid. Two days later...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    Another option is to get a simple heat tape from a big box store, that folks use to keep pipes from freezing. Wrap the barrel with the heat tape. Then get some batts of insulation, wrap barrel with...
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    Re: Treatment free???

    :eek: I do not check for mites. Never have, never will. I simply assume my bees have them, but deal with them. I know that may be heresy to some folks, but since I have treatment free bees, why...
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    Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    hmmm regarding colony size, survivability, etc... From what I've read in the journals and here, small cell does not seem to help much re: varroa control.

    Since 2005 I have noticed that of my...
  22. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Juhani, there is B. Weaver and R. Weaver, and from what I understand they sell different types/stocks of bees. My only experience has been with B. Weaver. I think both are on the internet. Dan...
  23. Thread: Wet Supers

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    Re: Wet Supers

    So then it seems the smart thing is to store them wet, protect from wax moth, and return next spring wet to the colonies to encourage the bees to get to work! :lpf:
    Regards,
    Steven
  24. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    I envy you folks in the clover regions of Wisconsin. Hi Roland! :lpf: I harvested this past weekend, and my average is like the Missouri state average, 40 pounds. Very disappointing. I didn't...
  25. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Andrew, may I make a suggestion? You have one B. Weaver colony that has survived.... my suggestion is that if it survives your winter, do everything possible to rear some queens and make some splits...
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