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  1. Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    the truth is that a lot of these "northern nucs" are actually started, often by local to you bee-keepers in the south. it is difficult to fight the calander in northern areas.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    as I see it, true treatment free is excellent for selling nucs, selling packages, selling books and selling blogs.. go team go.
  3. Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    I think maybe so. no bee business is easy.
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    Re: Air hose suggestions

    you want good old rubber hose. try a contractor supply or industrial supplier.
  5. fall meeting empire state honey producers

    we had our fall meeting last Friday and Saturday. I would like to thank mark [sqkcrk] and his team for a great meeting. folks had from planning for bees next year to about 90,000 hives, that is quite...
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    Re: bees are dead

    hvanhillo: I know that the conventional wisdom is that starting with local nucs is a lot better than packages. my experience is the opposite, especially if you have drawn comb. I have not had the...
  7. Re: I'm pretty sure I killed my hive today :-(

    no one can predict the mite counts that is why you must monitor the counts. in general the counts in the spring will be 1/2 or less than they will be in august.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    quite polite
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    Re: bees are dead

    send the sample to the usda bee-lab in Beltsville md. there is no charge, follow the directions exactly.
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    Re: Importance of Honeybees

    the honeybee in the us has a bigger total $$ impact than the chicken... cattle [with beef and dairy] #1, pork #2, bees [honey, pollination etc.] #3, and chicken #4... this was surprising to me also.
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    Re: Walter Kelley extractor question

    the old motor on your extractor is either split phase [likely] or capacitor start, these motor types will not work with any variable speed device. the motor is almost certainly a nominal 1750 rpm...
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    last year and the year before the goldenrod amounted to close to nothing for me too. this year ok early then not much. I think that the cloudy days, day after day are part of this. we seem to have...
  13. Thread: molasses

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    Re: molasses

    organic and "natural" sugars are on the BAD list with molasses.
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    Re: sluggish bees falling off frames

    let me know what you find out.. thank-you don matheson
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    Re: Quebec Queens

    bee keeping is local... beepro is right lauri's climate is colder than his. for me and ben little her climate is quite mild. it is hard sometimes to realize that what works up north and what does not...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    top bar hives are ok for some. for commercial use they do not work out. pretty tough to extract and reuse top bar comb. in northern areas they are not as good in the winter, bees tend to move up as...
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    Re: sluggish bees falling off frames

    send the sample to Beltsville... follow the procedure they show exactly.... I can not tell you what is happening but I will put a possibility on the table: tracheal mites, diagnosis can only be...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    I tell new beekeepers to start with standard equipment. plan on treating for problems as needed plan on feeding as is best for the bees. you have so much to learn the first 2 or 3 years you do not...
  19. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    [1] real good [2] really true
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    Re: sluggish bees falling off frames

    send a sample to the usda bee lab, Beltsville md.
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    Re: Starting an apiary and genetics

    actually learning how to keep your bees healthy and well fed is more important than the type of bees. in a couple of generations they will be local mixed anyway.
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    Re: VSH revisited

    as a rule of thumb double the sugar shake number per 100 bees to get to an equivalent alcohol wash. do the sugar shake twice with the same jar of bees add the results for a total. same with the...
  23. Re: Bees drawing out Bee candy/sugar cake

    dry sugar is best used as emergency food in cold weather, bellow 0 degrees celcius. in warmer weather the bees often consider it trash and remove it as waste. this varies some hive to hive but it is...
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    Re: Bees have left the hive

    mites, the diseases, many viruses that the mites spread, the chemicals in the hives and enviorment and our being forced to replace losses with mass produced bees are all part of the problem. the...
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    Re: Bees have left the hive

    mr. bush is an excellent experienced beekeeper. getting results like his is not too easy. not possible for most.
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