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  1. Re: Early Queen Emergence... 2nd year in a row

    jwcarlson,

    The queens were great last year. Best I've produced so far. Hives built up quickly, produced very well and overwintered without losses. Of course its too early to know about this year's...
  2. Re: Early Queen Emergence... 2nd year in a row

    Daniel Y,
    Not sure I am clear on your comment. I just shortened my timeline yesterday by 2 days to account for the shorter development time. Going forward I may base it on when queen cells are...
  3. Re: Early Queen Emergence... 2nd year in a row

    Really strange. Last year I grafted on Thursday May 7th. 10 day later I was making up nucs and saw a couple of emerged Qcells. I even saw one queen chewing her way out of her Qcell. Since I created...
  4. Early Queen Emergence... 2nd year in a row

    I'm puzzled. This is the second year in a row that my queens have emerged 2 or even 3 days early. All of the calendars say that queens emerge around day 16 from the date the egg is laid (counting the...
  5. Re: I'm looking for local raw honey Upstate New York

    Hi cmcpherson,

    I PM'd you yesterday as requested. You can order our raw, 100% pure all natural unprocessed honey from my webpage:

    http://ericshoneyfarm.com/online-store

    We ship. Select a 1...
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    I think we are all saying essentially the same thing. It sounds to me like Grace&Mercy is raising queens for nucs and not using last year's production queens, which is consistent with the definition...
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    Since my buddies Ray (Hiwire) and Mike (Wildbranch2007) have posted their comments, I thought I'd weigh in since it wouldn't be the same without hearing from the 3rd Musketeer.

    Variables:
    - All...
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    Re: Lubricate hive body edges?

    I lube the edges after I paint (or repaint) to prevent the exterior paint from adhering and getting ripped off when I pry boxes apart. I use the food grade grease that is sold for use on extractors...
  9. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    sqkcrk, SC makes sense. I didn't think you were doing all the hive manipulation and splits at this time of year in Brasher Falls, NY!

    ekrouse
    Eric@EricsHoneyFarm.com
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    Re: Bee leveling set up - Ideas welcomed

    Beelosopher, I'm right next to you in Pompey, NY and use natural comb. I use two 4" x 8" x 16" concrete blocks (solid cinder blocks) and level them into the ground once mud season ends sometime in...
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    Re: Checker boarding with medium or shallow?

    I keep bees in all mediums (no shallows, no deeps) in Syracuse, New York about 90 minutes south of Canada. It is not as cold as interior Canada, although our winters are long, as we don't start...
  12. Thread: EPI Pen

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    Re: EPI Pen

    I agree with Barry and sfisher. I am not allergic. My doctor writes me a prescription every year. My bee yard is on a hillside farm field through two gates. Cellphone recption is not always...
  13. Thread: Bad Honey Gate

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    Re: Bad Honey Gate

    Grant... you can always get stainless steel bolts (expensive) or use food grade mineral grease like what's used on extractor bearings.

    Odfrank... I understand your point of view, but I don't want...
  14. Thread: Bad Honey Gate

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    Re: Bad Honey Gate

    I have about 2 dozen of the exact gates you show and am looking to buy more. They are the best I have found for the smaller producer (500 lbs or less). I put one on every 5-gallon bucket so its ready...
  15. Thread: ABF in Hershey

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    ABF in Hershey

    Not sure where to post this since it doesn't seem to fit anywhere under the Associations & Meetings (not local or the others listed).

    The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) has the annual...
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    Re: honey heater old upright freezer

    I love my upright. I started with a slightly undersize upright. It holds four 5-gal pails at one time along with room for some bottles. You can also put bottles on the door shelves. I removed the...
  17. Re: Where to get, what bees, in Central NY area - Potential Bee Keeper

    Beelosopher,

    I sell nucs in your area (Manlius/Pompey/Fabius). I have never used chemicals in the hive since getting back into bees in 2001. Nucs are usually in medium frames since I standardized...
  18. Re: Storing supers Please help this newbee stick with beekeeping!!!

    Squarepeg:

    I rarely have moisture problems. Typically it is after the bees clean out the extracted frames and then they get damp with some rain. Generally a little bit of blue/green mold the bees...
  19. Re: Storing supers Please help this newbee stick with beekeeping!!!

    I have had great success double bagging the supers. First let the bees clean up the frames after extracting. One year I skipped this and had crystallized honey sugar crystals in all the comb. It is...
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    Re: deep super vs. med. super

    Jadell, Libhart is correct. Since a medium is 2/3 of a deep, then 3 mediums = 2 deeps. That is clearly shown in Lauri's first picture which shows that 3 mediums stack up to be exactly 2 deeps.
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    Re: deep super vs. med. super

    I use all mediums. 3 for brood. Here in upstate NY I winter in 4 boxes as its a long winter!

    Ekrouse
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    So Hot the Styrofoam Melted!

    So over the last couple of weeks I've been building a solar wax melter based mostly on the plans found here on the Bee Source website. It's a bit wider than the plans (28 inches) so I can fit a...
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    Re: I love goldenrod this time of year

    I'm still looking to pull off the summer wildflower honey before my Goldenrod varietal crop sets in.

    -ekrouse
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    Re: Bee Culture on SHB

    Yes I saw it, but I believe the main point was do not let comb touch between frames or against the side wall by pushing things together when going through the hive. I believe it is different if the...
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    Re: Foundationless woes

    Moon:
    I have used natural comb for years with great success... but with a twist. I use regular brood foundation or Pierco plastic foundation in the brood boxes and let them draw natural comb in...
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