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    Re: Honey flow and full moon?

    I was told this by a migratory beekeeper (over 40 years in the business) who was speaking, I think, of the nectar yield and not directly about the bees foraging. I guess that I am inquiring mainly...
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    Honey flow and full moon?

    I am just wondering how many of you have heard (from beekeepers older than myself) that the nectar flow doesn't really "kick in" until after a full moon?
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I was thinking this morning that this winter is teaching just about every beekeeper something. Mother nature put the hammer down on bad beekeeping practices this winter. We all learned something, I'd...
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    Re: Pollen bound colonies

    This fellow has been keeping bees several years in this area and says that this is often a "problem" in his locale. He implied the top deep is nearly solid pollen. He also doesn't do computers at...
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    Pollen bound colonies

    I received a call from a fellow beekeeper (sothern IL) who has a problem with frames completely solid with pollen where honey stores should be. It is impending winter here in Illinois and his...
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    Re: Where are the butterflies?

    I am now seeing a few, still very few. And I am hearing that a few farmers are having their soybeans sprayed for aphids now. Wish it would rain and wish I would stop hearing airplanes...
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    Re: Where are the butterflies?

    In a conversation yesterday, one authority told me that she thought last years late freeze and drought really messed up the butterfly (mostly monarch) life cycle-froze the late pupating larvae which...
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    Re: Where are the butterflies?

    Wow! I have been out looking for three days. We have milkweeds, coneflowers, butterfly weed and are seeing nothing. Maybe we oughta move to the Carolinas...on the other hand, I hate to run away from...
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    Where are the butterflies?

    We planted 12 acres in CRP borderstrips 3 years ago. 5 of the acres had the pollinator blend enhancement added to the native grasses and forbs. The last 2 years I have seen a huge jump in some...
  10. Re: Dadant 12 frame extractor.. should I buy or not

    Hey I like the idea of $100 plus honey...sounds just a bit low though, since those cheap Chinese plastic 2 framers are over that price. The variable speed is a useful option. Stainless and 12 frame?...
  11. Re: What is the average $value of a frame of brood and bees for a split?

    The price for a brood frame with adhering bees was what I was looking for, Wisnewbee. I long ago gave up trying to make money with my colonies. I want to help out neighboring beekeepers-some...
  12. Re: What is the average $value of a frame of brood and bees for a split?

    Was that with or without a queen? or a frame swap?
  13. What is the average $value of a frame of brood and bees for a split?

    I had a pretty good survival rate of my colonies this year and can afford to sell a few ~3 frame splits to neighboring beekeepers. I don't know what to charge. Some will be providing their own ...
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    Re: Hedge suggestions

    Boxwood is a great evergreen hedge plant, but I not quite sure how it does in your zone. It blooms early in the spring and honeybees really get after it for early pollen. There are several varieties....
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    Re: What Have You Learned This Season?

    Adam (who began this thread) has his link in the lower lefthand corner of the very first entry of the first page.
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    Re: What Have You Learned This Season?

    Adam, your teeshirt designs are awesome! Been keeping bees for 37 years and learning more every step of the way! One thing I tell new beeks is that one learns aLOT from one's mistakes. This is the...
  17. Re: Dadant 12 frame extractor.. should I buy or not

    As I listed a while back, no troubles since purchase in 86. Mine is belt driven-no belts replaced yet-probably just jinxed myself. I load it full with 12 med frames each time. I rarely extract...
  18. Re: Dadant 12 frame extractor.. should I buy or not

    I have been using my Dadant 12 frame radial extractor since the mid 80's when I bought it new for $750 which was right about the time I bought out an 85 year old beekeeper down by St. Louis. He cried...
  19. Thread: Bee Planting

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    Re: Bee Planting

    I would add alsike clover to that as well.
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    Brushy Mountain uncapper-feedback?

    I am wondering if anyone has tried the Brushy Mountain uncapper-it doesn't actually remove the wax caps, but pierces a hole through the caps on both sides as you crank it through wringer type...
  21. Re: Insulated plastic top hive cover from Dadant?

    I agree that the early plastic molded lids were a poorer quality, and I think they did need a coat of paint to protect them from UV rays...which I didn't get done and they ended up cracking after 10...
  22. Re: Insulated plastic top hive cover from Dadant?

    I saw this cover in the ABJ yesterday and the double wall construction really piqued my curiousity. I like using plastic telescoping covers and also use them as drip pans when hauling in the...
  23. Thread: White pollen?

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    Re: White pollen?

    I agree that this pollen chart from Wikipedia is great, I am always surprised that no one offers a wall sized poster of this chart.
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    Re: Midwest drought!

    Wow! We drove to southern Ill yesterday for peaches from east central Ill. I won't complain about dryness here after seeing how bad it is further south. I am seeing a bit of an early soybean flow...
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    Re: dead and dying foragers in the midwest?

    I haven't seen dead foragers with full pollen loads thankfully. I hope you don't see it again. I began feeding 1:1 syrup Saturday to give them a boost. The queens let up on laying during this cold...
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