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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    Add to that aspen and willow. They're early and in bloom here (Massachusetts). Forsythia if it's up there.
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    Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    Looks like golden aster, to me.

    http://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Heterotheca%20subaxillaris

    The parent directory of that link has a comprehensive list of wildflowers by state, so see...
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    Re: End bar router blowout

    I just made 50 boxes and I did them one by one on a table saw with a dado. I was using eastern pine, but I did the end bars one at a time, using a guide fence that came out partway over the blade.
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  4. Thread: Honey pumps ?

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    Re: Honey pumps ?

    As someone who's not a commercial beekeeper, I'm not an authority on any of this. But seeing that no one else is answering, I'll share what little I know. I worked a commercial operation last fall,...
  5. Thread: Frustrations

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    Re: Frustrations

    The guy who taught me about alcohol washes takes a frame, makes sure there's no queen on it, then takes the jar and tilts it slightly, and scrapes down from the top with the outside lip...gently. The...
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    Re: Ultimate hot weather bee suite

    A great trick I heard about is finding a fishing vest and carrying around a cooler full of cold packs. The cold packs fit into the pockets of the vest and you wear it under your bee suit.

    Frosty...
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    Re: Upper entrance ?'s

    I'm experimenting with top entrances this year. Michael Bush's website has a great piece on it.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopentrance.htm

    I like it because I can use queen excluders and...
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    Re: Skills for hired help?

    I worked a honey flow last year. Important skills DID include heavy lifting, but other things that would help include a CDL, very good forklift knowledge, knot-tying, resource cataloging if you're...
  9. Re: Would you like to learn more about commercial honey production?

    I also worked for Warren last year. Due to personal scheduling conflicts I can't go back this summer, but that has been a tough decision.

    My perspective is:

    Warren's a great guy and boss.
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  10. Re: foundation prices and question about increasing hive counts

    I'm a new beekeeper, but my limited experience and understanding is that wooden frames with plastic foundation is the best for brood. The wooden frame holds up well over time, and you can scrape off...
  11. Re: Has anyone bought a package from Gold Star Honeybees?

    I bought a package from them last year. It was a healthy hive and despite coming in mid may (I ordered late) I got about 20 lbs from it. But it bears mentioning that I don't believe her packages were...
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    Re: Supplements for weight loss and more.

    I take your point about this being an off-topic forum. But I still think it's slightly off to advertise here.

    That said, if my criticism is inappropriate , my apologies. Just make sure you know...
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    Re: Supplements for weight loss and more.

    Well, to be perfectly honest, I was just making a glib joke in response to something I saw as spam. Glad to see you enjoy beekeeping.

    I'll tell you though, while I'm happy that you've found some...
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    Re: How much flow from blueberrys

    Yeah, I think you usually have to feed while pollinating blueberries.
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    Re: Supplements for weight loss and more.

    You and your friend should take up beekeeping with your newfound mobility.
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    Re: 2 young bears with a beehive ( Germany )

    This more or less mirrors my beekeeping methods.
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    Re: Buying an Extractor

    I just bought a used 20 frame maxant. The guy I bought it from had another 20 frame he had installed wheels on (the type under a dolly). I think he just locked down the wheels when he was extracting...
  18. Re: Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    The usual reason there will be a blowout is that either the foundation is weak, or because you're ramping up to full speed too fast. When you start an extractor you want to start it slowly and try to...
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    Re: Flat deck truck ?

    Well, I don't have a large scale operation, but I just got back from working one. The had 1 tons that could hold 8 pallets and then double stack them (16 total), and 2 tons that could hold probably...
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    Re: Excel Spreadsheet for feeding....

    *deer in headlights*

    I wasn't planning to, only because I'm not that familiar with excel. But I think it's a great idea.
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    Re: Excel Spreadsheet for feeding....

    No it isn't. Just have a field where you put in how much additive you put in per gallon, and it pops out with an answer of how much for the batch.
  22. Re: Beekeeper wanted for large operation in Northern CA

    Rader, I think if I were living in South Dakota in November, I'd be pretty dang motivated to get to California too. Just saying.
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    Re: Q: All Mediums for Almonds...

    I just got back from nd where I worked a commercial operation's honey harvest. The guy was a share cropper and had 5000+ hives from different people from all over which then get shipped back to them...
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    Re: honeybee and pay for place

    The reason beekeepers are sometimes paid to place hives is because for some farmers - for some crops - the increase in yield from nearby bees is very large. Apples can see an increase in yield of...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor

    As someone who lives in massachusetts, I was fortunate enough to swing by the maxant factory on my way back from a mountain biking trip with my brother.

    The people were amazing and they gave us a...
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