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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I thought I was the only one experiencing this. Throughout this Spring, I've had laying queens with beautiful frames of brood just disappear (did not swarm) and most of the time the nucs refused to...
  2. Thread: Drumming bees

    by Alf57
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    Drumming bees

    January 2012, I rescued a colony of bees out of split spruce tree, by cutting the stump and placing plywood on both the top and bottom. I placed it at my home yard intending on trying to transfer...
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    Re: Is my honey considered raw?

    After a day or so, skim the air bubbles off of the top of the honey in your bucket, then bottle as soon as possible. I bottle my unheated raw honey into wide mouth 1 and 2 1/2 pound glass jars. I...
  4. Re: Hives stolen from Taylorstown, PA area- Please be on the look out

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Will keep my eyes open for your equipment. Really sucks that some feel that they are "entitled" to steal from some other beek.
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    Re: Wow smell the goldenrod nectar.

    Just posted on my facebook page the same thing. Started smelling a little goldenrod coming in 2 days ago. With the lack of honey production in our area this summer, hoping the girls will fill the...
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    Re: extracting and supers- do you put them back on?

    Generally wax moths do not go into honey supers unless there has some brood raised in it, especially if there are cells with pollen in the super. I tend to put a few extracted supers out at a time...
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    Re: Drought- has it affected your crop?

    Here in Southwestern PA, we had an extremely early spring followed up with 6 weeks of drought like conditions. Bees were not strong enough to take advantage of spring flow. We ended up with...
  8. Thread: NWCs

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    Re: NWCs

    Are you referring to Honey Run Apiaries? http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/
  9. Thread: Queen for a year

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    Queen for a year

    A little over a year ago, I posted that my daughter had won the PA Honey Queen honors (a Dad has to brag occasionally)! She recently competed in Las Vegas and won the ABF American Honey Queen honors....
  10. Thread: Essential Oils?

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    Re: Essential Oils?

    I get a lot of my EO from Camden-Grey. Check them out.
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    Re: Queen for sale??? ANYWHERE????

    Call Carlton Simpson of Ohio Simpson's Bees). He normally gets extra queens with his packages and may have a few to sell.
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    Re: heating honey in plastic

    If you have a small quantity to heat, try placing a few on your dashboard of your car on a warm, sunny day. I have had 5 # granulated containers liquify in a day.
    Al
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    Re: Is this a good or bad idea?

    Check with The Honey Householder. He is located in NW Ohio. I believe he has posted in the past that he starts early packages and will shake packages for sale late April or so. Maybe he would start...
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    Re: Greetings from Pittsburgh, PA

    Wecome to beesource. Nice to see another local beekeeper from the Pittsburgh area. I am located a little south of you near Monongahela. I do sell at the East Liberty Farm market on monday...
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    Re: who sells carni's

    Nortpete
    Simpson"s sells Carniolan 2 pound packages from Koehnen's. I am planiing on purchasing 20 or 30 queens from Koehnen's and should have some 4 frame nucs available by end of May.
    Simpson's...
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    Re: late fall extraction

    Why not store them outside with a loose cover and allow access for your bees. The cold weather will keep the wax moths away and on any warm winter days your bees will have the opportunity to clean...
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    Re: Sump, pump, filter or pail?

    StevenG,
    We are going into the winter with 70 or so colonies. Hopefully we won't loose too many this winter and hope to expand to 100 or so next year.
    With this present setup, we can concentrate...
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    Re: Sump, pump, filter or pail?

    I run a 20 frame Maxant. This year I upgraded to a Dadant water jacketed sump tank. My honey flows from the extactor into the sump, is heated to 130 degrees and most of the wax is removed by the...
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    Re: What size extractor?

    I have owned a Maxant 1400 since the mid 80's and it has been a great machine. In the future, I may purchase another one, so I can spin while filling the other with frames.
    If you are seriously...
  20. Thread: Lemongrass Oil

    by Alf57
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    Re: Lemongrass Oil

    Check Camden Grey http://www.camdengrey.com/. Best prices I have found.

    Al
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    Bragging about our girls

    Have not posted in a long while, been trying to get everything extracted and stored for winter. Normally we brag about how many colonies we have, our average yeild per colony, and how good our honey...
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    Re: Need help with plant id.

    Finally had time to check my Manual of Woody Landscape plants by Dirr (was not sure when the ivy flowered). As I first suspected it appears to be Hedera helix, english ivy. The leaves on the adult...
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    Re: Dandant-evaluation of service

    I deal mostly with the Waverly, New York branch. Service has always been great and products ship quickly. Last week ordered a heated controller to heat and clarify my honey and I am admiring it...
  24. Thread: 2010 packages

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    Re: 2010 packages

    I have quick question. Can anyone point to any specific research that can show how much weight a package of bees will loose while confined in a cage?
    Al
  25. Thread: 2010 packages

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    Re: 2010 packages

    I agree that the success of of package is mainly due to the quality of the queen, but that does not negate the fact that 3# of bees was promised by the supplier and that was not provided. Obviously,...
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