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    Re: Comb Honey from Goldenrod Flow?

    I wouldnt say it was impossible, given the correct circumstances, but my girls dont like to draw a lot of comb on our fall flow. I have a hard time getting them to draw much after the summer flow is...
  2. Thread: whole sale

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    Re: whole sale

    I believe beeline apiaries starts their dealer discounts with aninitial $5k order and the price per unit goes down as more units are ordered. I maybe wrong but I believe thats what it was, a few...
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    Re: Black Sugar Syrup

    the sugar i get is granulated sugar, though because it does have floor sweepings in it, it has some sugar dust, or ground up sugar in it.
    I use a 400 micron honey filter, like folks get with a...
  4. Re: **Update**Re: I think my bees are getting ready to swarm--I need advice!

    the queens can stop laying with any type of chemical mite treatment that a person can try, some are effected longer or worse than other types. you may have been a bit early on your mite treatment,...
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    Re: Black Sugar Syrup

    yes, my sugar is not pure white like it is in a bag of sugar, it is just off that color, due to the very small dark particles in the sugar. once mixed with water though, it becomes quite dark, due...
  6. Re: **Update**Re: I think my bees are getting ready to swarm--I need advice!

    Everyone classifies queen cups or cells by the location of the cup on the frame, which isnt always correct. I think the "swarm cells" you are refering to are probably queen cups, which are a normal...
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    Re: Black Sugar Syrup

    you probably bought waste sugar, or basically floor sweepings from a sugar processing plant. the black is usually small particles of dirt and debris, along with paper fibers if the sweepings came...
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    Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    I run a pair of 6 frame radials for the reason you stated. Also my honey house is long and narrow, the the smaller ones take up more floor space together, but don't stick out into the room. I use a...
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    Re: need help choosing an extractor

    You should definately buy one that you will grow into, not out of. I run a pair of dadant 6 frame radials. I purchased both as hand models and converted over to power because I had motors and speed...
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    Re: Goldenrod already?

    Some early goldenrod just started to bloom here, a little early, but most isn't even close. Usually comes on in mid to late august. With all the rain we have had, ground moisture is up, so if we...
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    Re: Strong Hopelessly Queenless NUC

    Check again in a few more days, could be a virgin running around in that nuc.
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    Re: JZBZs queen cage features?

    If you read the OP carefully, you will see that the JZBZ queen cage has a built in excluder. Most mated queens cant fit thru a standard excluder, so there shouldnt be much concern about a queen...
  13. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    I have hives right now that are 3 deeps and 6 mediums high, and I wish I could pull off some boxes, but sometimes the nectar comes into a hive faster than the bees can ripen and cap it, so I get...
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    Re: Not catching swarms - what gives?

    i second that a single 5 frame deep nuc box is too small for most swarms. I used to use 2 5 frame medium nucs stacked, giving about 1/3 more space to a swarm, but still didnt catch to many using...
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    Re: is this chalk brood?

    looks like the dead bees have picked up a mold or other fungus. that is not chalk brood, chalkbrood effects the larve just after capping, not adult bees like in those photos.
    If your bees arent...
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    Re: Swarms in Upstate NY, anybody seeing any?

    I have only had 2 swarm calls this year, and have only caught 3 swarms total. Usually i have dozens of calls. I think that a number of managed hives died during the winter, and a number of feral...
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    Re: Mating Nuc question

    yes, mating nucs can and will swarm just like any hive.
  18. Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    I have a 16' flat deck trailer with ramps, and i use a hive truck to move one at a time. I have each on a bottom board and can put them on 4 ways once on the trailer. I can move 40 double deeps at...
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    Re: June Nuc Swarmed

    One deep? I think if thats your plan, then you had better get used to swarming issues. I normally run 2 deeps for brood and many times it is 3 deeps for brood. Even a deep and a medium probably...
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    Re: Acceptable percentages

    90% is an excellent rate of return for mated queens. Are you saying that once they start laying that they are good to go, or are you waiting and examining brood frames after a few weeks. I ususally...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I have and use gloves on occasion, such as splitting hives in a holding yard, when there are tons of bees and hundreds of hives to go through. I also wear them pulling honey. Other than that, I...
  22. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    The A on the older frames is probably the indicator that they use for specifying what die the frame was formed in. Many large manufacturers use multiple dies to produce products and being able to...
  23. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    DanielY- Are you planting cells in your mating nucs, or are you placing virgin queens in there. If you are putting virgins in the nucs, that may be part of your success issue. Most beeks I know...
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    Re: commercial beekeeping

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    that is also an option. running a double pollination, such as carolina blueberries and then to NY for apples or blueberries with the same hives. I am assuming that you mean 100 hives...
  25. Thread: Selling honey

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    Re: Selling honey

    I am with andrew, I mostly wholesale but i retail about 20% of my honey or so. I prefer 1 and 2 pound glass classic glass jars. I used to sell the 8 oz. also, but demand wasnt that great for them,...
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