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    Re: This years northern golden rod flow.

    mgalimbe-
    The smell they're describing is the smell you encounter upon entering a yard that is evaporating/curing goldenrod nectar in the hives (you may actually smell it from 100 yards away before...
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    Re: Strong early honey in Upstate New York

    Just did a second pull last weekend and things went a lot better. Got 2 supers per over-wintered colony of basswood/milkweed/sumac off the June flow. Had to pull a few deep frames of basswood from...
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    Re: Strong early honey in Upstate New York

    Thanks guys. It mellowed out overnight in a big way, but still has a bite. Is what it is...grateful we got some either way.

    Funny about the locust bloom...this yard always grabs intense tree...
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    Re: Cleaning Honey Room?

    Sqkcrk-
    Where can I find "honey house" regs for New York?
    Thx
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    Strong early honey in Upstate New York

    Pulled my earliest harvest ever this week and extracted tonight. At first blush I was pretty excited-extra light, snow white wax caps, all after observing a good bloom of honeysuckle and black...
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    Re: Wood working equipment

    My 2 cents-I've made all of my equipment for abour 25 colonies over the last few years and here's what I found.

    In order for it all to be economical, you need access to inexpensive stock. Here in...
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    Bottling tank as a cappings melter?

    Hi all-
    Anyone here have experience using their bottling tank as a cappings melter? I have a Dadant 25 gal bottling tank that I use exclusively for honey. Cappings are piling up on me and I wanted...
  8. Re: Central New York boomers...pondering next moves

    Mike-
    Figures, right? The year I leave the most honey on in the Fall....

    So, if I'm reading between the lines here, should this warmth continue I should probably get out there and create laying...
  9. Central New York boomers...pondering next moves

    With the mild Winter and warm weather my hives not only came through with over 80% survival, they are packed with honey and the largest population of bees I've seen at this time of year in the 5...
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    Re: AT&T commercial during Masters

    I think the upshot was the kid was stung up so dang bad that he wound up in the hospital and needed high tech super fast ATT network capabilities to administer proper health care. Or else!

    Happy...
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    Re: Bees gone already!

    I wanted too but didn't have enough bee bodies to sample. No kidding.
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    Re: Bees gone already!

    I had to try....:cry:
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    Bees gone already!

    2 colonies, healthy going into the Winter, plenty of bees, honey, brood, etc back in Sept. Went to put on new insulatio boards this afternoon and bees were gone. Maybe a 1/4 cup of bees and the...
  14. Re: American beekeepers and pride in beekeeping and honey production

    When you sell your honey the customer will often get more than just the honey. Theymay get a personal connection to you, your business and your bees. They may see eating locally produced honey as a...
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    Does Bearding Inhibit Honey Production?

    I have 2 colonies at my house that have put up almost 150# surplus each year for the last 3. This year started the same, but then we hit a heat wave and they began to beard like crazy and haven't...
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    Removing insulation boards

    Typical Central New York Spring-warm spells, cold spells, clusters in the upper deeps, etc...I worked all my colonies last week, centered clusters, equalized honey, etc...everything looks average for...
  17. 72 Frame SS Extractor and Cowen Uncapper-Need Info

    I was contacted by relatives of a guy who ran 500-1000 colonies back in the day. The extractor is a 72 frame Walter Kelley, stainless steel, segmented reel, with some serious power transmission on...
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    Re: Central New York Weather.....

    Hey Ken-
    I agree- The spring was great and I spilt and built up and then slammed on the breaks......Where in Chittenango are you? I sucked a swarm out of a homes siding Tuesday on the corner of Tag...
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    Central New York Weather.....

    Hey there New York Beeks! How 'bout that weather!?

    Stats so far for
    2009; 90 Degree Days-0 Days With Rain-55% Days Above 80-15%
    Norm; 90 Degree Days-8 Days With Rain-36% Days Above 80-50%

    We...
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    Re: Getting the most out a NY locust flow?

    Starting last October it just hasn't been too easy for us or the bees living on the Central NY rt 81 corridor. March and April were nicer than May and June! I'm right there with you RAlex-lost some...
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    Early season honey management

    Built some 5 frame nucs and installed queens 5 weeks ago. Transferred to 10 frame single deeps 2 weeks ago. All are doing well and filling out quick.

    We have a great Spring flow going so far here...
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    Chilly day, but need to move some nucs

    Any suggestions? Windy and mid-50's today. I need to place 5 nucs on a friends property today because of time restraints. The nucs I build have an open bottom sealed with hardware cloth so air...
  23. Thread: Strange Loss

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    Strange Loss

    Checked a hive 4 weeks ago-small population (few 1000,) plenty of honey, saw the queen. She wasn't quite on the way to laying yet. Checked today and there are about 100 bees left, the queen, and a...
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    Left Over Heavy Syrup From Fall

    I have a 5 gal. bucket of heavy syrup from last fall in my garage I never got on the bees because Winter came so fast. I assumed it was rum by now, but low and behold it isn't. It was dosed with...
  25. Thread: Nosema?

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    Dead out similarities

    I have 3 dead outs and 10 survivors so far this year.

    One (Lakeport) was a nuc that froze from food. Baseball cluster frozen in place with a perfect 1" band of clean cells surrounding it. No...
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