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    Terramycin and Fumigilin in Syrup

    Has anyone ever mixed both Terramycin and Fumigilin-B together in sugar syrup? It would save me from having to dust. I also plan on adding Honey-B-Healthy to this syrup. The bees love it and it...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    Good points Jean-Marc. I have told some of my clients (fruit farmers) that I keep bees and you are right I would have no problem getting contracts or yards. In fact it is a client/ friend who has...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    Don,

    That is a great idea, but I don't want to and can't give up my day job. I have a job that pays pretty well, it's in agriculture so I will never get rich doing it just like beekeeping, so I...
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    Re: Paraffin Wax Dipping Wanted

    Ernie

    I had thought about buying the paraffin, and rosin fir that matter, from Mann Lake. Problem is that you have to buy quite a bit. That is why I had hoped to find another beekeeper to share...
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    Re: Paraffin Wax Dipping Wanted

    Thanks for the replies folks. I guess I had never thought about doing one side then flipping it over to do the next. Would allow for less wax/rosin. It would be no problem getting the propane burner,...
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    Paraffin Wax Dipping Wanted

    Hello All,

    I live in Northern Michigan and want to treat some hives this winter with a hot wax dip. I am not a big enough beekeeper to justify the cost of building a wax dipping outfit myself so I...
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    Re: Olympic Wilderness Apiary

    Thanks for the info,

    I will be interested to see how well they over winter in the UP. I am in the Traverse City area and can have some pretty long and cold winters, but nothing like the Upper...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    From what I can tell making my own equipment is out. Never wanted to try it in the first place. As was pointed out your time is worth something. I have a job that is very demanding at times and I...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    I agree with your point about not borrowing to expand. I had to do just that this year, but not too much. I needed more supers and frames than I had planned on since I caught quite a few swarms. I...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    As a matter of fact, I do believe you guys. There has been a lot more money going out then coming in. Much of it has to do with the fact that I am just starting out and have to purchase equipment,...
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    Olympic Wilderness Apiary

    Hello All,

    I am looking to try some different queens this fall (or definitely for this spring) and am interested in the Caucasian/ Russian lines. I keep and overwinter my bees in Northwest...
  12. Re: Honey Bottling and Processing Questions

    Thanks All

    I only want to heat the honey up enough for it to flow easily. Thanks for the advice. I thought I had heard 130. I thought about a 5 gallon bucket but with the amount of honey I will...
  13. Honey Bottling and Processing Questions

    Hello All,

    I am thinking of trying to bottle and sell some of my honey this year. Up until now I have taken it to a local beekeeper who extracts and sells it for me to Sue Bee. This has been, and...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    Thanks,

    That info is helpful. It is what I am looking for. Now I need to start keeping better records and data (production per hive, etc.)

    Thanks Again,
    Jason
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    Re: Insecticides

    Ian,

    In my opinion the reason Roundup gets so much attention is because it is a Monsanto product. Monsanto, for right or wrong, is viewed as evil because of it's role in spearheading GMO's and...
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    Re: Insecticides

    I use Round-Up around my hives to keep the weeds down and have seen no ill effects. I do wait until evening when the bees are in the hives to prevent spraying them directly. As someone already...
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    Re: Combine Question

    Thanks for the replies,

    The reason I did not think the newspaper combine would work is because with two weak hives it could take quite some time for them to chew through the paper. I could always...
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    Combine Question

    Hello All,

    I have an overwintered colony that swarmed and still does not have a queen etc. I have looked for a virgin queen and given her plenty of time to get mated and start laying, but still no...
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    Re: Beekeeping Economics

    Good points all. I plan on focusing on honey production and pollination at some point. I am already doing pollination at this time, but it is for bees. Let me explain. I have a friend who grows...
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    Beekeeping Economics

    Hello All,

    I am in my second year of beekeeping and want to expand my operation to make some extra income. Does anyone know of a Web site that has some good info on making a business plan and what...
  21. Re: Opinions Wanted: When to buy forklift

    Thanks All,

    Dan's advice is good. This is why I love this site. It is nice to get advice from a number of folks who have been there before. I like equipment and have a tendency to put the cart...
  22. Opinions Wanted: When to buy forklift

    Hello All,

    I am new to beekeeping and want to grow my operation. My plan to is double my hives until I reach around one hundred. This year through swarms, splits and nucs I am up to around forty...
  23. Requeening Hives that have Swarmed

    Hello All,

    I have three hives that swarmed on me this year and I still have yet to see them with any eggs, brood, etc. I gave them all frames of brood in different stages and they do have...
  24. Re: Wanted: Guide to Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants of Michigan

    Jay,

    Thanks for the article. I believe there may be some basswood up this way. I took a walk on the farm where my main apiary is yesterday and was pleased to see all of the different plants that...
  25. Wanted: Guide to Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants of Michigan

    Hello All,

    I live in Northwestern Michigan and am interested in getting to know more about the plants that my bees make their living off of. Our main nectar flow comes later in the summer from...
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