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  1. Re: First Year Experience, Good & Bad. Lessons Learned and Words of Wisdon.

    I was like you redsnow. I was afraid to jump in after a winter of classes. I was worried about killing bees. I put it off a year. I took another winter of classes. My whole first year I micro...
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    Re: Checking on winter bees.

    I take my cover off and peer in but I would not pull frames. Also feed needs to be dry. If its in the 50s they will probably be flying. You can also put your ear to the hive and hear them in...
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Yes, but it is also good advise to have supers off and treatments started by the end of August in the north where the winter is long. I am surprised that you can get away with doing it so late...
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Good points Norcalkyle. I definitely worried too much in the beginning and messed with them too much. I am not sure if this really could have been avoided because it was my learning process. I...
  5. Re: Opinions on mite drop and what it actually means

    All the packages that come in to the ciry from NYC Beekeeping get sprayed (which are a lot). I have only gotten two and I can't say anything conclusive about results.
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    Re: 2 Queens in one hive- What fun!

    My first year hive, started from a package, had two queens. I did some stupid things that I would never do now, fearing swarming and loosing my good queen. The hive got huge and aggressive (the...
  7. Re: Opinions on mite drop and what it actually means

    You make a solution of oxalic acid and spray the bees in the package.
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    Preventing Starvation

    I have a hive with a large cluster of Italians that is very light. I put sugar on them today. I have five other hives I could steal resources from that are almost 40 pounds heavier. A few are...
  9. Thread: Great Video

    by Margot1d
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    Re: Great Video

    I Like It! Thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Just took a quick look.....

    Sounds great, but don't count your chickens till March!
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    Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    Santa was proud of me for making it to year five and he brought me an Ultra Breeze suit. No more sweating my xxx off.
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    Re: Honey bees are doomed

    you might be interested in the data of someone who does check after treatments. http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?319878-26-minutes-of-Randy-Oliver
  13. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Unfortunately when money becomes involved with beekeeping commons sense can quickly go out the window. I just check on the site of nationally known beekeeper offering a 3 hour introductory classes...
  14. Re: Pictures of your Winter Hive Set ups.or winter ideas

    My screened shims look something like this ...
  15. Re: Pictures of your Winter Hive Set ups.or winter ideas

    Winter prep starts in August. I used this to help me early on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSjlwKfjM1U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFanJbaigM4
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    Re: First winter in Central Wisconsin

    I leave the screened bottom boards open and put my hives on empty deep boxes for the winter. I plug up gaps with foam board. I was told that the empty dead air space is the best over winter...
  17. Thread: Honey price?

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    Re: Honey price?

    My feeling is if you charge less then $10 a pound you are giving it away. No, I would not pay the price that stores charge for my honey so I am not sure if that is a good reference point. Rather...
  18. Insurance for honey AND soap, lotion, lip balm

    Can anyone recommend an insurer for a sole proprietor selling honey as well as beauty products. Food insurance does not want to cover the beauty products.
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    Re: Combine by shaking out the bees

    So did I do the wrong thing? I had a five frame medium that I needed to combine. I gave the queen away and the next day I took out three frames of honey from my large hive and but in the three...
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    Re: Wintering nucs on top of other hives?

    Can you describe better your ten frame nucs? If they are in ten frame hive bodies you have four frame nucs correct? Two five frame nucs will not fit perfectly on a then frame hive, at least mine...
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    Re: Caging a Queen

    I'm still wondering what I would use to plug the hole for a slow release.
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    Re: Caging a Queen

    I'm in Fort Greene. Hives are in Bed-Stuy. I always thought it was better to leave them shut up to accept her. Interesting you have better luck by hand.
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    Caging a Queen

    After practicing on many unfortunate bees. I think I am ready to handle the queen I need to transfer. I am still unsure of what to use to plug the cage for a nice slow release. Can I use a...
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    Re: Honey Prices??

    It all depends on how you market it. There is someone local co-branding with J. Crew, selling honey at their stores, for $20 for 6 oz. This might be the beginning of the end of the beekeeping...
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    Re: Best way to get rid of extra fall nuc

    That's true. The new queen is not blowing me away and I wonder about how well she is mated so late in the year. I'll take another good look at her. I have some queens I am less than thrilled with...
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