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    Re: Drone cells in the Fl Panhandle

    Yep I plan on grafting this weekend. Will do it once a week for the next month or so.
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    Re: swarm commander vs ultra breeze bee suit

    I'm going to continue to buy the Ultra breeze. They are well made and over the life of the suit the $100 really doesn't make much of a difference. Ultra Breeze is a small American Made company...
  3. Thread: Winter combine?

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    Re: Winter combine?

    I think you would be fine. I'm not sure I would want to combine two queen right small hives. Moving one to a nuc should not hurt anything. You could try putting a queen excluder between the two small...
  4. Re: New Beek this spring. Starting with 5 frame nucs. Treatment ?

    They should not need treating when you first get them. I would feed and let them grow. Then I would start doing some mite counts around middle summer and then treat if needed depending on what your...
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    Re: True definition of "overwintered nuc"

    In my mind an over wintered nuc would have to sell for a big premium. To me a good overwintered nuc has so many possibilities not to bring a big price difference. I'm further South so keep that in...
  6. Re: How quick can a honey super with plastic foundation get drawn/filled?

    I would wait until right before the honey flow starts before you put a super on. If you put plastic foundation on too soon the bees will strip the wax off the foundation and then they will be slow...
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    Re: PVC Piping For A Maxant 400-1 Pump

    adamant, I love my Maxant honey pump. It is a nice compact little unit, it comes assembled on it's own little skid. I used a piece of clear 1in hose I bought at Home Depot to slide over the male 1in...
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    Re: Is $225 a Good Price for a "Complete Hive"?

    Yes, I would think a double deep nice and heavy with honey and bees would be a pretty good deal. Spring is not that far away, a good double deep could be split in the spring and the split sold for...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    The easiest way to stain is to use one of those paint strainer bags from home depot. Get the 5 gallon bags. Put the bag in the bucket stretch the top of the bag over the top of the bucket and fill...
  10. Thread: Jan 1st pollen

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    Re: Jan 1st pollen

    If they are bringing a significant amount it's quite possible Maple like G74 mentioned. It's been coming in on the nice days here in N. Florida for a couple weeks now. Some Maples will start real...
  11. Thread: Packaged Bees

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    Re: Packaged Bees

    Yep me too! Picking up 25 April 6th from them.
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    Re: Cleaning Uncapping Hot Knife

    Yep Barkeepers friend works well. Also if you plug it up and let it get hot and use a wet sponge a lot of the stuck on stuff will come off. You just have to be careful to keep the steam from burning...
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    Re: Lyson Manual Uncapper

    That honey was still too wet that's why you see honey dripping out. Look in the middle of the frames not capped you can see shiny new nectar in those frames.

    I wasn't refering to the heat of the...
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    Re: Making a split with no queen or cell

    If you give them some young larva or eggs they will make cells guaranteed. You can check in 3-4 days for a learning experience but, you don't have to. But, after that don't open it back up for 30...
  15. Re: in the market for a honey pump to pump out of drums

    I bought that pump mainly because it will pump cold or partly crystallized honey without any problems. Its really a honey auger so the thicker it is the better it pumps. I'm not sure a gear pump...
  16. Re: in the market for a honey pump to pump out of drums

    I bought the Maxant vertical honey pump and it works very good for pumping out barrels. It is expensive but will pump cold honey without any problems. This one here at the very bottom of the...
  17. Thread: Woods burn off

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    Re: Woods burn off

    Some of the prettiest Gallberry and Palmetto yards I have ever saw are regularly burned off every few years. Gallberry and Palmetto grow back really fast. Palmetto will almost always bloom soon after...
  18. Thread: Woods burn off

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    Re: Woods burn off

    As a North Florida Firefighter I would not even consider leaving the hives there while they are doing their controlled burn. Our woods are very similar to yours in Valdosta and a controlled burn can...
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    Re: Decappers?? Thinking Ahead

    I just finished extracting around 100 supers. The next piece of equipment I would like to get is cappings spinner not an uncapper. I can easily keep up with my 20 Frame Dadant extractor with a hot...
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    Re: Fall honey light colored?

    Yep, Golden Rod. Did the cappings have a yellow tint, and the honey smell a little like butterscotch? I made some one time but, like Mr. Lloyd said most years it gets mixed with other stuff and comes...
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    Re: Queen Cells for NUCs

    One, during the spring with good mating weather a 90% take is common.
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    Re: South Florida split question

    I know The Keys are a lot different than North Fl. so take this info with a grain of salt. But, here in North Florida one of the problems I have with fall splits using queen cells or walk away splits...
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    Re: Frames of honey, For Sale?

    Lots of comb honey sold that way to packers. Haven't heard of any extracting honey sold that way.
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    Re: Florida honey house pitfalls?

    This may seem silly but, I've heard they require coved base boards. Not a big deal but, something that could get over looked. You may have already saw this but, here's a link with some good...
  25. Re: Stainless Steel Settling/Bottling Tanks, hobbyist size

    9 gallons for two hives is not really that much honey. It's quite possible you will make more than two supers. Having a little bigger bottling tank than you need may come in handy one day.
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