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  1. Re: Question/Observation for Experienced Hot Wax Dippers

    I use about the same ratio but I keep the heat about 275-280 F when I dip. I start the heat low until I get it melted somewhat before I turn the heat up. I don't really have much problem. My guess is...
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    Re: IRS and bees/bee products as livestock

    Sqkcrk: Income averaging is just that. You basically average your income back over the last 3 years using a Schedule J. This helps keep you out of a high tax bracket if you have an exceptional year....
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    Re: IRS and bees/bee products as livestock

    Use which ever schedule fits your business the best. The Schedule F is better suited for the production of honey or hive products while the Schedule C is better suited for the retail of the product....
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    Re: Can Bees digest egg white?

    I use raw eggs in my pollen sub recipe. I haven't noticed any bad side affects and the bees sure love it!
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    Re: White spots on bees

    Do you have Jewel Weed close by? Bees that are working it will have white pollen on their backs because they have to climb inside the flower to get to the nectar. Happens every year here although our...
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    Re: N.E. Ohio Winter Prep Question

    Ubiewan- Are you leaving the top supers on for the bees or are you taking the honey? I have been pulling my supers as the asters are starting and I don't want the aster honey. They may or may not...
  7. Re: Can I add new grafts to a starter/finisher as soon as the previous grafts are cap

    Thanks!
  8. Can I add new grafts to a starter/finisher as soon as the previous grafts are capped?

    I am wondering if I can add new grafts to a starter/finisher as soon as the previous cells are capped?
    Will the bees start more queen cells with capped cells present? Will they leave the capped...
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    Re: Anyone spin cappings in Maxant 20 frame?

    Have not tried it yet but Kelley's makes baskets for cappings that will fit in the 1400

    Hartz
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    Re: Spinning cappings - extractor baskets?

    Kelley has baskets for spinning cappings. They will also fit in the Maxant 20 frame extractor.

    Hartz
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    Selecting for early build up

    I am wondering about grafting queens from hives that build up early. Obviously this would just be one of the traits.
    First of all; how much of it is hereditary and how much of it is based upon hive...
  12. Thread: Nuc box

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    Re: Nuc box

    You dont need a nuc to make a split. Just a box that will hold the same size frames. The advantage of a nuc is that there is less vacant space. The more "empty" space in relation to the space covered...
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    Drawing new comb in honey supers

    I need to draw quite a bit of new comb (medium honey supers) this year. I am using ritecell foundation from Mann Lake w/wood frames. I run 9 frames in a 10 frame box once drawn. My question is....do...
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    Re: Painted myself into a corner

    5 gallon buckets...much easier to re-liquify!

    Hartz
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    Re: Refractometer help

    This is a nice refractometer for the money. It does everything you need for honey. I have used other ones that did not have the 2 tenths scale; just whole numbers so you had to estimate to the tenth...
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    Re: too late for a split this year?

    Pembroke; I made up some nucs like that on August 2nd of last year and wintered 16 out of 18. You are further south so I don't think you will have any problems.

    Hartz
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    Re: Bearding - nothing to do?

    I have about 70 production colonies with about 2/3 having solid bottoms and about 1/3 screened bottoms. Its been up in the low 90's here lately and the hives with the solid bottoms beard in the...
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    Re: Bees aren't touching the multiflora rose

    I have tons of multiflora rose and have never seen a bee on it. My bees worked the blackberries real hard this year but they are about over now. Now I mostly see them working the dutch clover but I'm...
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    Re: How many of u use "dipped" boxes?

    Me too.

    Hartz
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    Re: Where to buy gum rosin?

    Mann Lake has it but its not in the catalog. You have to call and ask for it. Just bought some. $2.59 a pound plus shipping for a 50 pound container.

    Hartz
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    Re: timing for splits question

    3-4 weeks ago I moved an overwintered nuc into a hive body and found no queen but a couple of capped q cells. Thought I'd give them a chance, not too much to loose. Checked in last saturday and saw...
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    Poll: Re: Winter 2011/2012 deadout Poll.

    Checked on the bees today since it was in the 50's here. This is my first year trying nucs (Nucs w/5 deep frames I made up @ the end of July)) As of today I have lost 2 out of 21.The rest look good...
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    Re: Foundations--The best way

    I have only used a spur embedder. I have a 3/4 piece of hardwood cut just a little smaller than the foundation that I lay the frame on so the foundation is supported and you can put pressure on the...
  24. How far should drone colonies be from mating nucs?

    I have heard (and read) conflicting answers to this question and am trying to sort through it all. If I have the option, should I set up the drone colonies;
    A) In the yard
    B) 1/2 mile away
    C) 1...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Every set of three is facing the opposite way. No noticible drifting.

    Hartz
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