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  1. Re: Not seeing much discussion on harvests- how's everyone doing?

    CG3, I have 600 colonies on pollination in North Central Ohio and I am very impressed with what I am seeing. Colonies are so honeybound and filled with brood that we had to make another 100 splits. ...
  2. Re: Any small scale honey producers ever worry about being sued?

    We carry 2 Million dollar product liability insurance. We don't use glass in our bottling, only plastic. However, despite all the good information here, it would be best if you consulted with an...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    One other source, is your local grocery, especially a giant or martins. Ask them for the empty pickle buckets they throw away, then just buy a new lid. We clean them out with bleach and buy a new lid...
  4. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I have been very impressed with Apivar and the colonies I treated last fall still have no mites on them. Just checked today. However, some folks have been trying to convince me to use an Australian...
  5. Re: protein supplement using baby formula powder

    I believe that Dave Mendes uses powdered milk and egg in his patty production along with lots of sugar. Never heard of using baby milk, however.
  6. New Single Colonies for Sale on Four Way Pallets--$170.00

    Will have about 150 strong single colonies for sale with brand new frames, and boxes from Mann Lake, and four way pallets made by Dadant. 9 frames with brand new queens. Pick up in either Ohio before...
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    Re: If Not Almonds...

    I agree with what Mark says. I have a semi load of bees and am based in Stafford, Virginia. I do apples, in VA then pumpkins but move bees to Maine and Ohio. They overwinter in Florida and build on...
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    Re: Maine Blueberries

    I just left Maine with a load. The bees lost weight, but they look like the photos you have above. The growers on the next job could not believe the quality of the bees. There were four pounds of...
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    Question regarding Swinger

    All, I have the opportunity to buy the swinger pictured here for a reasonable price. The problem is it does not have pallet forks. The seller advises me that there is an attachment that can be put on...
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    Re: SHB - Not so much this year ? So far.....

    Same here. One adult beetle was found among my 225 colonies.
  11. Re: What to use if you forgot or can't find your hive tool?

    I agree with what Mark said. Home Depot has a similar looking tool to that of a hive tool. They are about $7.00. They are a bit flimsy but will do until you get a new one.
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    Re: rock hill honey bee farms

    Mark, we have sent numerous information emails to keep our customers in the loop. The fact that you refuse to make a claim on usps.com after being informed ad nauseum in emails numerous times bodes...
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    Re: rock hill honey bee farms

    12 packages died in shipment. We have sent our the above information to everyone, Radar. But people seem to not want to follow the rules or instructions to expedite their refund. to those affected,...
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    Re: Should I be feeding my bees now? (syrup)

    When in doubt....feed....
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    Apple Pollination

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    Finished with apples. Bringing the colonies back to Stafford today. Will be prepping for...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    When I went for my interview to become a special agent, the agent-in-charge asked me what my college major was. When I told him criminal justice, he about spit his coffee out. He told me to change it...
  17. Re: Putting a value on an existing commercial business

    I have not bought a bee business before, but have purchased others. A general rule among our attorney's and agents was never to pay more than 2x annual profit/cash flow. 3x maybe if there are other...
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    Re: 2014 Three Pound Packages and Nucs for Sale

    April packages are sold out and I have about 100 left for the May date.
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    Re: Microscopes? Useful? and what to buy?

    I have one with a camera that connects directly to the computer. I use it primarily for Nosema analysis.
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    Re: Significant Other.

    I am with JohnG. My wife does the books, pays the bills, takes orders for Nucs and Package Bees, bottles the honey and delivers it. She will help me secure the load when needed and assist me with...
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    Re: Pollinator Broker

    The same gentleman called me about three days ago. He has a 503 area code if this is the same individual. Talks with an accent. Called me relentlessly wanting about 150 colonies at $125-135 each. He...
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    apple Pollination

    I need a little advice. This is my first Apple Pollination. Have done others, but not apples. Grower says bees are only needed one to two weeks. Would like it priced accordingly. From those of you...
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    Re: Pollinator Broker

    Don't know him. But I have been getting calls non stop from folks looking for bees. I had several who wanted to pay 130.00 each. I told them I did not anyone at this late stage who would do it for...
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    Re: 2014 Three Pound Packages and Nucs for Sale

    April Packages are nearly sold out. Have 55 left and 22 Nucs. Nucs available after State Inspection.
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    Re: Insurance for commercial beekeeper in PA

    Mark, is this the same as Farmers Insurance? I have a Texas Company but not entirely sure they are in tune with my needs.
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