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  1. Re: He bought a flow hive!

    Michael,

    No matter how many questions you answer, you can't seem to catch a break. Hang in there. Some of clearly understand you're giving us your impression of the product derived from your...
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    Re: Deer? Vandals? We shall see.

    I too am embarrassed to admit I did some of those things when I was a young teenager. Not out of being mean but being bored/impulsive and not understanding the consequences. I got caught a and the...
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    Re: Selling candles, success stories?

    Woops, my screw up, $2.50 for the 1oz, $3.25 for the votive candles. I weighed the wax used to set the prices and added a little for time and effort. Oh I know the 1oz blocks are very profitable...
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    Re: Who swiped the pollen patty?

    Do you have a dog? If so, the wax paper will show up in his morning "cleansing walk." My dog will eat them given the chance.
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    Re: Value of Woodman 30 frame extractor

    Is it the 30 frame Woodman going for $1K on ebay right now? $600 and not a penny more.
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    Re: Selling candles, success stories?

    I do sell 1 ounce blocks for $3.25 and sold about 2 dozen of them. Either way I'll be putting an explanation of beeswax, and it's positive properties to better market it in my stand this year. I...
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    Selling candles, success stories?

    I started selling candles this year and did well with the votive ($2.50) and tea lights ($.75). I did not do well with the hand dipped (6" $8, 8" $10, and 10" $12). At first glance I was thinking...
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    Re: Selling honey with another beekeeper

    As one who's run an honor stand for a few years now it could get tricky sharing shelf space with another's product. A very very few people will flat steal and very few people will short pay. It's a...
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    Re: Sideline Uncapper

    I was at the same crossroads last year though I only have 25 hives. I reviewed every uncapper I could find. There are two reviews on their Brushy Mountain Sideline uncapper site if you can't find...
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    Re: Value of Woodman 30 frame extractor

    Ditto here. I've only got 25 hives and run an old ('79, converted to current) Dadant 20 (deeps) but fill it to 36 when extracting supers with no problems. I extract early July and Sept. It's good...
  11. Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    I'd have gone with the $470 as a novelty at my home for me to try myself. But, when I saw it won't show until December and I'd be in charge of freight (from Australia) I passed. Invariably there...
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    I was barely breaking even now and again until 2 years ago. Even at that I was still happy because I was getting to keep bees. 2 years ago when I went 100% honor stand I popped firmly in the black...
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    Re: what is your guys opinion on these hives.

    2 supers, 4 deeps, frames (what type of foundation?),2 outer covers, 2 inner covers (assumed), 2 bottom boards, 2 queen excluders, and what appears to be a slotted rack. All used for $100? It's a...
  14. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Ditto. It's hard and requires you to get the supers off extracted and replaced when done before ants or SHB's find the unguarded supers. Combine this with setting up the equipment, cleaning it when...
  15. Tap for extracting honey directly out of the hive?

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/02/17/tap-honey-like-beer-with-revolutionary-hive-filter-invention/?intcmp=obmod_ffo&intcmp=obnetwork No idea if it works, or how it works. But I do look forward...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    Cool history lesson. Just last night my daughter was complaining about how much math homework she had to do and was trying to rush through it. I pointed out some mistakes and said "Slowly, slowly,...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    You never bend the truth with your spouse? She never bends it with you? "Do I look fat in this?" "Is she pretty?" Are you 100% honest every time she asks that or some version of it? Come on now...
  18. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    I'm all ears on proof of any of your claims. If it was so easy and obvious why are there no class action suits with any traction? In the US, it's still innocent until proven guilty. The only way...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    It warms my heart. No matter what country, it appears we try the same things. Those techniques is how I got to 25 hives. What's ironic is they use the same techniques on us to get more of what...
  20. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Very cool. I'd not seen it laid out that well before.
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    Re: Single, 5 Frame Nucs

    Yea, you can... Just don't expect to sell it or get any fresh honey production out of it. ;)
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    Re: Single, 5 Frame Nucs

    I've done it and I'm currently doing it. I've found you've got to make sure to have the hive packed with bees at the end of Fall and make sure to feed them heavily before winter. If the hive isn't...
  23. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I've got 25 hives. Up to the first 15 I was running all SBB. I tried a few solid bottoms to see if there's a difference. I noticed none of any form in the past 3 years so I've now got 10 solid...
  24. Thread: CCD Cutout??

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    Re: CCD Cutout??

    They possibly absconded or swarmed and the new queen died on her mating flight, but whatever the hive may have died months ago. The wax moth damage indicates they've probably been dead for a bit, or...
  25. Thread: CCD Cutout??

    by D Coates
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    Re: CCD Cutout??

    "CCD" claims normally have the live queen and a small cluster of young bees remaining. Was there dead brood? Were there dead bees cluster with their heads in the comb? Was any honey liquid or was...
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