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    Re: Charging for honey extraction

    around here it is 1/10 barrels
  2. Re: "Don't buy trucks, forklifts or equipment; buy more bees. and boxes."

    I used to run 700 hives with an old 1/2 ton and flatbed ball hitch trailor... I just rented out extraction and rented a forklift when i needed it... If you can come back with more than 700 hives the...
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    Re: Queen excluders

    I use a fire in a 55 gal barrel to clean mine. Can do several hundred in a day
  4. Re: Have a Few Questions About Commercial Beekeeping

    What is the most efficient and least costly way to attain bees for a starting beekeeper (Goal is 100 beehives)? I have three beehives right now that I will be able to split next summer, but this puts...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    I am wondering if the pressence of mites (therefore viruses) and/or crop pollen containing pesticides has any affect on whether nosema C is a big problem. Are your bees sitting on heavily farmed...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    very interesting Ian! I am wondering if you have alot of soybeans/corn in your area. Also what your mite levels are. I read a study that concluded bees with nosema were 100x affected by pesticides....
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Interesting. I am pretty sure that Thymol crystals do not mix readily in water. I wonder if it is crystals mixed into a powder median or some other sort of mechanic. If it is just mixed in crystals...
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    Re: Are the good times about over with?

    From what I understand.. the $200/hive is a mere drop in their bucket. Those guys have $50k initially setting up each acre of trees and large operating expenses each year.
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    took a sample at the end of Feb from bees in almonds. count came to average 1.1 mil spores/bee. Sampling nosema is a tricky business. Should ideally take bees from entrance of hive at same time of...
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    Re: Hummerbee research

    tractors are generally good for ~10k hours... 3k hours isnt much on something like a hummerbee.. There might be some other options too.. I bought a used older swinger as a secondary with 900 hours on...
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    Re: queen cells // splits // stacked

    I have considered turning every other stack a different way, but each pallet in the stack will be same direction. I will make some balance changes in MN when bees are in holding yard or field yards....
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    queen cells // splits // stacked

    Hello.. I was hoping to get a few opinions from some people who might have an idea or experience using queen cells in their splits.

    Right now I am out here in Ca making splits from almond hives. I...
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    Re: Studies on type of hive and survival rates?

    Id be willing to bet whichever group of bees has less mites... Box choice has a very high chance of not affecting mite load. I think there would be very slight advantages to any home for a bee when...
  14. Re: FDA Restricts Pesticides in Almonds and Alfalfa

    I dont know.. I was under the assumption neonics are in corn/bean pollen and consumed by bees. Almonds don't need setbacks... their gain is ours.. pesticides dont seem that big of an issue in spring...
  15. Re: FDA Restricts Pesticides in Almonds and Alfalfa

    why almonds... if any restrictions should be on beans/corn/wheat...
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    Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    what sort of time per hive is required
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    Re: Beehive Destroyed

    nothing to worry about... Ive seen bees clean a full box infested literally 25x worse of wax moths up nearly spotless. Bees have a difficult time removing the cacoons of the worms and seem to glaze...
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    Re: HotRoom floor

    A simple and cheap solution would be to circulate your hot water through a radiator/fan combo above your wooden floor... Bare pipes surrounded by air or touch wood will not conduct heat very well,...
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    Re: Commercial OAV... not working?

    thanks for all of the input. I think I will treat each hive for 3x to 5x longer and check results. I feel like my setup should be working great however I must just be getting too low of a dosage with...
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    Commercial OAV... not working?

    I seem to be having some poor luck with OAV. I recently bought a commercial OAV piece of equipment. The general principal of the device is blowing complressed air over a pocket of liquid boiling...
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    Asian Honey Bee

    Ive tried briefly to find some basic information on asian honey bee resistance to varroa. Basically what I read was exactly MN hygenic behavior, the asian bees adapted to cleaning eachother and...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    I do not plan to TF cold turkey with 2k hives, I fear the result would be... out of business. However I do plan to take a different splitting approach next spring and implementing VSH mated queens to...
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    commercial level TF

    I am not a TF beekeeper... But I am a commercial beekeeper with around 2000 hives. I am interested in possibly becoming treatment free. However I am wondering if being TF is practical with 2k hives. ...
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    Re: What Happened to My Bees???

    looks like your queen was a drone layer and your bees died out because no new bees were being made. if you saw eggs or larve it was probably drone brood. your brood patters should be tight and in the...
  25. Re: CCD? Try heavy feeding and a mite treatment.

    resources, young queen, and no mites = almonds = strong hive = healthy
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