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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Great thread squarepeg, this on a level and depth we seldom get here....real world honest results. Nice job!
  2. Re: How early in the season is too early to receive and hive a package?

    When we bought packages in the 1990's, we found the ones we hived May 01 did better than the ones hived April 15. Bees clustered in the cold don't forage much and don't draw comb quickly due to...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    the capping spinners is really meant to uncap into...we scoop fresh capping (from the same day) into ours from the cappings tank with it running, it is the part of the process I still am unhappy...
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    Re: Selling honey with another beekeeper

    Wow, what a well designed eye catching stand. You should make and sell them (outside your sales area of course). The yellow and black really pops.
  5. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    This is exactly the right time to think about wintering nucs, make your plans, schedule your queens and buy your equip before the season gets hectic. We have wintered nucs in just about every format...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Tons of new beeks use entrance feeders, have for a couple of decades successfully and will continue, no idea why a new beekeeper couldn't or would've use one, I totally don't see any logical tie to...
  7. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    De know.If you have hives that are surviving the winter why not make nucs and use your own queens Instead of buying packages every year? What strain of bees are you having success with and what hive...
  8. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    If you have the knowledge to identify AFB at one cell and the commitment to destroy that hive and bees if found, if you are responsible enough to educate yourself about natural varroa treatment and...
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    Re: Queen cell/no drones

    Your queen will find drones as long as you have enough warm days for mating flights. I am always surprised at how many queenless hives are able to raise and mate queens in poor conditions. Make...
  10. Re: Hives infected with bugs sealed in plastic for 7 years. Do you think they are goo

    Yeah, the only AFB concerns are in comb, replace the damaged frames and foundation, paint em up nice and jump in with both feet!
    What was your Major?
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Thanks Michall for jumping in with solid answers. I get up front it is not ready for commercial use, most of my interest at this point is the viability for the hobbyists we serve and giving accurate...
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    Re: No longer a Virgin. With Pictures

    First off, clever tag line, I know a lot of beekeepers skipped this post because their wives were nearby! We always start swarms from unknown locations (not,our own hives) on foundation. This...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Ace, I appreciate actually presenting an alternate idea platform that at least, although futuristic, gives a plausable solution not just some vague reference without any real answers. Your scenario...
  14. Thread: USDA Honey House

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    USDA Honey House

    We have outgrown our honey house and are looking at new facilities. Thought it might be smart to get the regs for USDA approval before leasing as that's in the next phase plan. Searched the USDA...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    OK deknow, sharpen your pencil
    Some days we harvest as many as 100 hives. Leave a hundred hoses coming out of hives each with a teaspoon of honey dripping out and a hundred thousand forgers and then...
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    Re: Anyone ever use a 3rd deep brood chamber?

    We winter in singles when we can, often our 2 queen units don't reduce in time and we have to do two. Many years ago my friends at Drapers Super Bee had a contest between dad (Bill) and two sons,...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Kohlmar , thanks for your suggestion...might I suggest you read the other 3376 posts I"ve done here over the past decade before you make some off the cuff statement about me in a thread questioning...
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    Re: Syrup compared to nectar

    If your goal is spring buildup then feeding syrup is like your bees eating at Mc'ds. Bees need a whole slew of proteins, amino acids, vitamins, fats, etc to build a healthy hive. Our whole goal in...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Stupid me, but then I'm not one of the most famous beekeepers in America!
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    Re: Selling honey with another beekeeper

    The issues that speaks to me has to do with traffic. How long will it take to sell a stand full of honey. Honey crystallizes in cool. Night hrs and has to be liquified, road and wind blown dust...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    We have run a maxant chain uncapper for 12 years. Beats a knife or plane hands down if nothing mre than the eventual carpal tunnel from the hand jobs. We run 200 - 2 queen units and in decent...
  22. Thread: Ag survey

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    Re: Ag survey

    Ditto bmac and wild branch....switched one our business accounts at Citi bank and had to answer a slew of security questions to bank online....they new about cars I owned 20 years ago, where my kids...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Even if did work, it would take a half hour to fill a gallon jar sitting by the hive....how would you control the robbing??
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    Re: East Coast Pollination

    It's only the hardest for you because You use those 7 lb feed patties and end up with 15 frames of bees the end o January.
    Got an e-mail from the New South Caolina Bee inspector indicating there...
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    Re: How do you attach styrofoam to your hives?

    Or....you could just by bee max hives
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