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  1. Looking for someone to do cutout in York Pa.

    There is a home owner in n. york looking for a beekeeper to do a cutout on an 2nd story eve, he will remove siding and put up scaffolding and help where needed, i told him the price could range from...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    i started keeping bees 30 some years ago, back then almost all of my dead hives were from starvation in the winter and i knew it was my fault, with all of the problems today i cant even tell if its...
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    Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    Ian when in the spring do you treat
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    Re: Is this a queen?

    she can be a little rough to find, iv found that if you use as little smoke as possible when you are looking for her it helps to keep her from trying not to be found. once you see her and the way the...
  5. Poll: Re: vote, install package in middle of hive or on one end? vote!

    i put the queen in the middle of frames put the inner cover on and empty medium box and put package in and cover them up.
  6. Thread: Swarm

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    Re: Swarm

    get an empty hive out and put a couple of drops of lemon grass in it , it might work.
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    Re: Question about installing package...

    i seem to have better luck when i close up the bottom when installing a package or a queen.
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    Re: powdered sugar treatment, how-to-do

    the powdered sugar helps knock off the mite from the bee, its another alternative to mite control, ive also heard that the bees clean each other of the sugar and that also helps remove the mite,...
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    Fumagilin-B nd powdered sugar

    i was told Fumagilin-B could be added using powdered sugar method, i searched alot of posts and cant seem to find the mix ratio, wondering if anyone has used this method and what the results were and...
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    where are the bees

    something is awful strange this year with trying to get packages delivered, i ordered from four distributors this year so if one had a problem i new there would be others on the way, to date i have...
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    Re: Busy Bees Apiaries

    they cashed my check as soon as i sent it to them, was scheduled to receive packages march 27
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    Re: Busy Bees Apiaries Package Delay

    yes this is disappointing, there are reasons for ordering early and if they soon dont pull thru those reasons will be lost. and where do we stand are they filling orders from 2 weeks ago first or are...
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    Re: overwintered nucs

    2 out of 4 lived, it seems to me that the nucs had more bees flying in colder weather than does a full size hive through out the winter, they also seem to take off a lot sooner, just put mine in 10...
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    Re: Odiferous Certan?

    the b401 certan does have an odor, i sprayed frames in the shop and the next morning you could smell it, its not over powering but its not pleasant either, somewhere i read it should be used same day...
  15. Thread: Mann Lake

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    Re: Mann Lake

    never had a problem with them, placed 2 orders that were over a $1000 each and they both came the same week i ordered them, with there shipping you cant beat them, would have cost hundreds in...
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    Re: How to use Bee Quick/Bee Go?

    grant i was wondering if you would give up that recipe
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    Re: Honey from hive that didn't survive winter

    if you fed them in the fall some of that honey might be syrup, probably best to feed it back
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    Re: The kidneys of the bee........

    the chemicals are everywhere in the air, water, and food, and the same goes for the bee, if these chemical companies would get off there ass and money and come up with a better solution it would make...
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    Re: The kidneys of the bee........

    with all the plastic being used in the hives today i believe problems with plastic would have shown up a long time ago, im still under the belief that pesticides are the main cause.
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    Re: formic acid questions

    yes the safety issue cannot be expressed enough, thats why i hesitate to say much, if you do enough searching you can come up with the dilution ratio. glasses, gloves, and long sleeves never hurt, it...
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    Re: formic acid questions

    i do agree safety is priority, going into spring i want something to help with mites on colonies that need it, called mannlake and they dont have any mite away products, could be new products coming...
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    formic acid questions

    in the articles iv been reading they call for a 50% formic acid, when i do a search for the stuff it seems that 88% is the popular %. does anyone know of a place that sells 50% or is there a way to...
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    Re: HoneyBee Healthy

    i used hbh last year and noticed alot of robbing.
  24. Thread: Stonecrop

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    Re: Stonecrop

    that is what they call sedum, i think autumn fire, the honey bees were all over the one i saw back a week, was in full sun and no special care needed.
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    Re: Walmart Shopping List

    so tattooedbeek on your way to the front of the store with casket you can stop by the sugar, that casket should hold a couple hundred pound
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