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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    I think that one of the reasons most people really don't see much surplus stored from goldenrod is due to poor weather for nectar secretion and for flying during the time that it is blooming. Another...
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    Re: Air temperature during extracting

    I find at least 85-90F to be the best for extracting and straining. When I do my final fine filtering before bottling I take the honey buckets up to about 110F in my warming box before I run it...
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    Re: Top feeder vs. Frame Feeder

    A screened top cover? I guess I'm not familiar with that setup for feeding. Maybe you meant a screened inner cover?
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    Re: Top feeder vs. Frame Feeder

    Why is robbing a problem with the top feeder? I have some that are made of plastic that you put an empty hive box around with a top on it, no robbing at all with those.
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    Yes I've seen that Maxant tank also, that seems like an awful lot of money for what you are getting, even though it can do six buckets at once, but that's just my opinion about it. What else could...
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    beemilk, did you ever check the maximum temperature you can get up to?
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    Crofter, yes I think you are right about a water bath being the best way to go, except I really would rather just purchase something (rather than build myself) along those lines that I could use for...
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    I have a bucket heater that I bought not long ago, and I really don't like it much. It gets the honey way too hot in one area where the band is located, and you have to keep stirring the honey...
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    Wow, hard to believe that low of a temperature will completely liquify (with no visible crystals) a hard bucket in three days time, but if you say it does, I believe you.
  10. Thread: 24 hives for sale

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    Re: 24 hives for sale

    Hi Nick, what mite treatment did you use? Are the double deeps pretty well packed with bees? Thanks. John
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    Reliquifying buckets

    I coarse strain my honey and put it in 5 gal. buckets as I extract it, and bottle/retail about 3 tons the last couple years. I usually end up with many buckets (the following spring) that granulate...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    If my memory is correct, when I started out beekeeping back in the early 70's, it was standard procedure to medicate as a preventative with TM. There was no talk of "maybe" doing it, you just did it....
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    Re: getting drawn comb in supers

    I agree with Vance, forget about getting honey supers drawn at this time of year, its not gonna happen no matter how much syrup you give them. Getting all your brood combs drawn is priority right...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    After identifying my first case of AFB in over 30 yrs. just a week or so ago, I don't see why it would be so hard for a hobbyist to identify it also. Even though I had never had it myself, or even...
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    Re: leaf blower

    I use a battery operated leaf blower also, it doesn't have quite enough velocity (150 mph) to do a really quick job of clearing the supers, but it is good enough for me right now until I get a gas...
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    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    I tried wintering single deeps for the first time last winter, which was a really rough winter up here in Michigan. I put on 3" deep feed rims on every hive in very late fall on top of the deep, just...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I like the word "almost" much better than "non-existent" anyways. It usually ends up being closer to the truth.
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    Re: Queen cells everywhere...

    With queen cells in production right now, they surely are not trying to swarm, they must have lost their queen for some reason or are superceding the queen. I would leave them alone to do what they...
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    Re: Queen cells everywhere...

    I would bet that what you are seeing are queen cell cups and not actual occupied queen cells at this time of year, its getting too late for that sort of thing. There is a slight chance that those...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Thanks OT for the explanation, it answered some questions that have come up now that I have recently had a couple of AFB cases, now wondering what my next move should be in regards to treatment (or...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    The word "almost" is what concerns me, but I understand what you are getting at.
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    As I said in my earlier post, it was low hive population that signaled something was up. These two hives were in a beeyard in which all the hives were very close to equal strength. When pulling honey...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Honestly, I sincerely hope you are right, because I just burned my first two colonies in over 30 yrs. just yesterday. Unfortunately, I pulled honey off both these hives earlier this season without...
  24. Re: how much honey can be produced from goldenrod?

    In my area, if you already have drawn comb, they might be able to produce a medium box of honey from the fall flowers if conditions are perfect, otherwise we usually don't get nearly that much.
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Thanks JWC, that's a scary large amount. Ok, another question, how many spores does it take to infect a larva and cause eventual death?
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