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    Re: Maxant bottling tank?

    Yes, Mark I have honey in the tanks all the time and leave them set at about 95. I bottle as customers come by and pick up honey and I bottle on Fridays for the weekend markets. When the tank is...
  2. Thread: Bee Trailer

    by johng
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    Re: Bee Trailer

    hvacrich01 looks pretty neat! I've watched several videos online with trailers like that and always thought it was a neat idea. I do have one question though. It looks like there is a lot of space...
  3. Re: Will bee roll test work with window screen rather than #8 Hardware cloth?

    If you order some #8 wire from Amazon on Monday you should have it before the end of the week. Some of the really good hardware stores have the #8 in stock.
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    Re: How do I Move My Hives 170 Miles?

    I would feel better if they were on a trailer being pulled by the uhaul. A tandem axle trailer would be a smoother ride v/s a single. But, if it's good and cold you maybe alright with them in the...
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    Re: Package bee hauling business

    I would get on the phone and try to line up some packages before you get too far along. I think a lot of those guys that resell packages each year order the year before.
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    Re: Maxant bottling tank?

    I've got two Maxant bottling tanks and will be ordering another one soon. You won't be disappointed with the bottling tank it is so much nicer than using a bottling bucket. I keep honey in my tanks...
  7. Thread: Excluder or Not

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    Re: Excluder or Not

    Astro is right on. Weather you like them or not will often depend on how many hives you have and how much time you have to spend on pulling your honey. I use excluders on all my hives. It is so much...
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    Re: Does anyone use apistan?

    I went to Bee College this past spring. It is put on by the University of Florida and I asked if Apistan was working any better now a days since it has not been used as much over the past several...
  9. Re: Will the vibrations of the lawn mower disturb the bees?

    This is one of those answers that is not so clear cut. Most of the time I can mow the grass without being bothered by the bees. But, I always keep an eye on them with each pass of the lawn mower. I...
  10. Thread: Nuc?

    by johng
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    Re: Nuc?

    There are two basic ways to buy bees. You will here the word Package and Nuc talked about a lot. Occasionally you can find full size hive for sale buy not as often.

    A package is basically 3...
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    Re: Prices and Plans for spring 2015

    Black Friday is normally pretty good. Every year I have kept bees it seems like the prices have gone up once the new catalogs come out after the new year.
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    Re: Amount of Api Life Var

    I think you will be much happier with the result if you off the queen in the smaller nuc and combine it with the bigger nuc. Then next spring you can resplit the hive. If you try to over winter two...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    It's my understanding that organic honey is quite possible to make but, not here in the U.S. I think there is still pretty much untouched land down in South America where it is possible to make USDA...
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    Re: Hive is dying...think they have starved

    I would try something else. Apivar would be my choice. Most mites have built up resistance to checkmite. The miteaway maybe ok we have some cooler temps coming later on this week. The only problem...
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    Re: Hive is dying...think they have starved

    Sounds like classic varroa you described it to a T. Second year hives are notorious for failing because of the mites. If you learn how to do an alcohol wash or sugar shake you can get a mite count...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    We are further south but, mine are doing just the opposite and brooding up really nice. Even my 5frame nucs had three frames of brood and the single deeps had four to five. They should slow down...
  17. Thread: Blown Away

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    Re: Blown Away

    Looks like those bees have been working the Pepper with that yellow comb
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    Re: Harvesting question

    If 80% of the super is capped and the honey will not shake out of the ones that are not completely capped they can be extracted normally without any problems.
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    I would go ahead and get two supers for each hive or atleast order them soon after you get your bees installed. But, its easier to paint and put things together all at once. If you wait to get your...
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    Re: Bees refuse to move over in hive

    I think it has more to do with the time of year. I get very little comb drawn out after July. Even during our fall flow they are more inclined to pack honey into the frames that are drawn out rather...
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    Re: Lawnmower and bees...problem

    Being in TX. I think I might be ordering some new queens. They should not be bothering you 300feet away from the hives. I would not put up with clinging and stinging bees 300 feet from the hive.
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    Re: Tax Numbers and accouting

    I would think nucs would be considered farm animals and not taxed. Now if you were just selling nuc boxes with no bees I see where it would be taxed. That's the way I understand or at least the way I...
  23. Thread: TF until today

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    Re: TF until today

    I'm with Mr. Lyon on this one just because a bee keeper treats it does not mean that his honey is some how tainted with any thing. We received our test results back from the State yesterday and there...
  24. Re: Fall Management and lack of Carniolan Brood production questions?+

    I'm in the South so take that for what its worth. But, that is one reason I did not like the Carnies. Through our summer dearth they would all but stop brood rearing even though they had capped...
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    Re: Bees and Shipping

    I think over all they fare pretty good. You will hear horror stories about the ones that don't make it but of the thousands of packages and queens shipped each year most make it to their destination...
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