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    Re: Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    I only use smoker safe pine needles.
  2. Thread: Winter Feeding

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    Re: Winter Feeding

    OK thanks, will have to check on them earlier than expected.
  3. Thread: Winter Feeding

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    Re: Winter Feeding

    My question is are the bees consuming more or less honey given the much milder than normal temps here so far ?

    I like the moving weather prediction maps and time lapse radar at weatherstreet:
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    Re: Does the must smell

    I've got 5 gallons going in primary on the main floor dining room and don't even notice any smell
    unless i take the cover off.
    Could be that i've gotten used to the smells associated with home...
  5. Thread: To Bee or Not

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    Re: To Bee or Not

    1. Reason to keep honeybees

    For pollinating crops.

    Seriously, my apples were not getting pollinated so i got bees.
    Now they are here when needed if they make it through the winter, LOL
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    Re: WOW! just rolled out of bed! Some great meads.

    Meds, meads, practically synonymous.

    I started a 5 gal batch 10 days ago.
    Relative newbee to meads like beekeeping but learning all the time.
    Been brewing beer and cider regular for almost a...
  7. Thread: Comb Honey

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    Re: Comb Honey

    What is the allure of comb honey ?
    I've tried it, the wax didn't do that much for me but that is just me i guess.
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    Weak hive robbed and bees disappeared

    Looks like a lot of the remaining honey has been uncapped in the process.
    I suspect this has been going on for a few weeks or more with the neighboring
    hive robbing it when the temps were warm...
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    Re: Sour Dough Bread

    I like those sourdough cowboy biscuits dipped in bacon fat and baked.

    Here is one version of them, other versions use more starter.
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    They do not say overwintered nucs so probably not.
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    Nuc prices for 2016

    $150.00 for a strong 5 frame Nuc here locally. Includes reusable box. Carnies or Italians.
    Last two i bought for $125.00 from a different seller were 4 frames and one was pretty weak (my fault for...
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    Re: How many beekeepers in USA?

    120,000 as of 2012. Read it on the internet.

    http://www.truesourcehoney.com/fast-facts/
  13. Thread: Acebird Honey

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    Re: Acebird Honey

    Cabin fever is setting in early this year, could be another long winter.
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    Re: 2015 YTD Sting Count

    Think i would know if i got stung.
    Last year only got stung once late in the fall.
    I do wear a jacket with vail and smoke my hands up good.
    Had a few bees on my hands but give them a gentle push...
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    Re: 2015 YTD Sting Count

    0 stings this year,no gloves, 2 hives.
    Guess they like me.
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    Re: Do the bees work anything after the frost?

    It came to light in another thread recently that witch hazel , which comes to the hive as orange colored pollen, may be one of the latest
    sources of food for bees before winter sets in.
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    yup , fines can be levied for non-compliance.

    Violations

    A. Violations

    1. A violation of Section III. Licensing Requirements, IV. Importation Requirements, or VI. Inspection is a civil...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    I can't find anything in the regs saying i will be notified if some other apaiary in the area has foulbrood etc.
    I was just assuming that might happen . Anyhow for my little operation i will play...
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    Re: New Members in Southern Maine USA

    I'm pretty sure it got changed sometime after i filled in the location box when registering.
    No big deal , not worth hassling with to me.
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    I suppose i would get notified or a visit if something was gong down in the neighborhood ?

    EDIT: Looks like importers pay the same fees as instate beekeepers


    FEE SCHEDULE
    Number of Colonies...
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    Re: New Members in Southern Maine USA

    I'm about 50 miles from the location shown in my box.
    Must be where the internet is routed through cause i didn't put it there.
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    Nope, haven't been inspected and don't know exactly who the other local beekeepers might be , if any.
    We have 1 inspector for about 800 beekeepers state wide.
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    Re: New Members in Southern Maine USA

    Welcome aboard from the Kennebec highlands
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    No, only been keeping for 3 years , haven't heard of anything but we are a bit isolated, probably a few other hobbyists around
    and some blueberry fields that get bees brought in every year.
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    Our registration fees are $2.00 for 1-5 hives , $5.00 for 6-10, $12.00 for 10-40 etc.
    Probably never hear from the inspector unless disease hits the immediate area being just a hobbyist.
    Cheap...
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