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    Re: Mann Lake Brewers yeast prices to rise

    This may be a dumb question...has anyone ever tried out, just to see, Lewis Labs Brewer's yeast, which is GMO free and from France. It is expensive, I found Blue Bonnet BY Gmo free and all natural,...
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    Re: Mann Lake Brewers yeast prices to rise

    Hi Keith,
    I am a third year BK, and am wondering what the reason is that I cannot buy Nutra-Bee supplements from you. It seems there are MANY smaller scale BK's that 'could' grow in their business...
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    Re: Mann Lake Brewers yeast prices to rise

    I just spoke with Per at Aventine, and their yeast is made with GMO corn, and the price is not but a few dollars less than MannLake unless you get large quantities.
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    Re: Spring Varroa

    Thanks...I was just wondering, the menthol drops I made sure helped MY throat though, I think I will just stick to that. :)
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    Re: Spring Varroa

    I am in the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC, and a man who has kept bees for over 30 years, said he puts a Luden Menthol cough drop in the back two corners of his hives and that is also what some of the...
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    Re: Closed up Bees

    Hey! I'm just up the mountain from you. I have two layers of roofing felt around mine, and on three sides I later (when the Artic freeze was forecasted) I put R-11 covered with some thin black on top...
  7. Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    I too tried to post and it wouldn't print, so again I will just offer this tid bit....have you tried HopGuard treatment? It is made from the hops plant, and so far so good the times I have used it....
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    Re: Montana beekeepers...

    Oh Lauri! I lived in NW Mt. for years, and wanted to get into BK, ended up in NC mountains....but loved it there. Fireweed was big up there for bees. I have read about the drought and it makes me...
  9. Re: "Inert ingredient" in styrofoam insulation board?

    Hi Lauri,
    Love you input! I do have a question....I am a NBK, going on three years. In the Blue Ridge Mountains, as with everywhere else these days, the weather is more unpredictable than ever. I...
  10. Re: First Winter, not sure if they have enough honey

    I made her feeder and recipe for one of my hive's and it is doing great! On the others I put the candy mush into Ziploc baggies, the gallon size and a quart one....when I went out today they had...
  11. Re: First Winter, not sure if they have enough honey

    I am a newbie too, but am wondering what is your precaution against foragers getting your honey in an outside feeder on your hive? A friend of a BK here had YELLOW JACKETS rob her hive out in less...
  12. Re: First Winter, not sure if they have enough honey

    Hi Maria,
    It's me again, I tried to respond to your blog with pictures and can't see how to email them...have some questions :) Thanks!
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    Re: What do you use for hive strap?

    Comic Sans MS]Love it Lauri! What is the brown paper over the wire for? I'm a newbie too :) Also, would not heavy tar paper do about the same thing as insulation board? I am in NC mountains, sixty...
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    Re: What do you use for hive strap?

    Comic Sans MS]Love it Lauri! What benefit is the wire unless you are using SBB for mites and beetles to fall through? I'm a newbie too :)

    Also, would not heavy tar paper do about the same thing...
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    Thanks SO MUCH for your input!!!! The pictures ALWAYS help too! :)
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    Re: To combine or not?

    HELP! I couldn't find the exact place to ask this question....I combined a queenless hive with a strong hive today. Many of the bees have come back after foraging (the flow is drying up here in the...
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    Re: What's everyone using for TREAMENTS??

    I used powered sugar last year through the summer as well and it did keep the mite count down. In the fall I used HopGuard and was well pleased. This summer I have not had a mite problem and have...
  18. Re: March 2010, The HBH Drench sounded like magic...

    I have altered my uses of it for two years, and have has good results! I don't want to do it consistently in case they would develop an immunity or resistance to it..... :)
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    Re: Goldenrod honey

    We have had nothing but RAIN most of the spring and summer here in the Blue Ridge, and almost all of the BK's I know said they couldn't harvest b/c it was too humid for the bees to cap the cells. ...
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    Re: Goldenrod honey

    My GR is the most BEAUTIFUL rich yellow I can imagine, like a good lemon drop, and smell almost perfumed (in a good way) - that is after it in canned! I am hoping for some really dark honey...
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    Re: Goldenrod honey

    Hey! I should've read your post before I posted anything....it is almost the exact same thing!!!! Right on! I also find the mix of GR with clover, Joe Pye weed, and Jewelweed make a great mix!!!!!...
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    Re: Goldenrod honey

    I LOVE Goldenrod honey, and it smells like butterscotch in the jar to me, when they are working it in the hives it is a bit different though :) There is such a WIDE variety of the nuisances of honey...
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    Re: Drastic times call for drastic measures.

    I have been told if I use equipment that has had die off for unknown reasons, torch the inside of the box before using again. Temps in the barn may not be a steady freezing point to do what needs to...
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    Re: Is this a joke?

    My friend who has had bees for YEARS, whom I have gotten several swarms from, keep a 18 inch square of metal roofing with metal pipe near his apiary. Many swarms have come out of his hives often...
  25. Dead larvae pulled from the brood box with dead bees!

    I am a first full year BK and my strongest hive has been slowing down some the past week with the number of bees flying. They were strong 8 days ago upon inspection, but yesterday there was quiet a...
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