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    Re: Guided Beekeeping Course: Twin Cities

    We still have a few openings. Seems like beekeeping season is far off with the coldest spring on record!
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    Guided Beekeeping Course: Twin Cities

    Getting started in beekeeping with the minimum recommended two hives is expensive ($600-$800 new equipment and bees). I have encountered too many new beekeepers that despite their enthuiasm and the...
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    Wholesale Restaurant Containers

    A local food distributor is interested purchasing my honey for local restaurants. I am interested because I don't have to bottle retail sizes of honey nor sit on them til someone buys them, and I...
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    Need a good beekeeper joke

    I am the sole beekeeper working for a very large organization. Next week, I have will be going to the director's meeting and tradition has is that you have to tell a joke if you have never been to...
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    Bee Escape: Robbing

    This is my second year using bee escapes. I have twenty hives / apiary. You have to take off all the suppers to install the bee escape on the inner cover. When I got to the twentieth hive on...
  6. Re: How do you wind down your colonies as the season draws to an end?

    I do a mid-summer harvest to tide me over (everyone wants honey) before my end of the season harvest mid-August. At mid-summer harvest I take ONLY capped honey. At big harvest, I separate green...
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    Re: What to do with hives that I won't winter.

    I've been babying weak hives for my last seven years as a beekeeper. I've been looking over seven years worth of my records and my gut and data confirm that my weak hives are just that: W E A K. ...
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    What to do with hives that I won't winter.

    After seven years of trying to winter every hive, I done doing that. This year I will only winter strong hives. But what do I do with the hives that don't meet my criteria for a strong hive?

    I...
  9. Re: The Joys of Urban Beekeeping - Vandalism in San Francisco

    Find them and TEACH them beekeeping... then they could learn self-reliance and potentially a skill for their own business.
  10. Re: European Foulbrood: not recovering on own during honeyflow

    I am listening to all three of you.

    I originally posted this in the treatment-bee forum, but it probably got moved because I mentioned Terramycin. I generally prefer NOT to use antibiotics. I...
  11. European Foulbrood: not recovering on own during honeyflow

    I have an apiary with 20 Minnesota hygenic hives. They all built up really well in the spring. A four weeks ago, several had their first supers in place, I had one hive that showed "yucky brood"...
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    Re: hives per acre?

    So here is what I did, not knowing what carrying capacity for my area. I have 120 hives. Six apiaries with 20 hives each. They are all within 6 miles of each other, about a mile apart each.
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    Re: Raw honey: marketing standards

    Having bits of wax in the honey does not make it grade D! In fact, I was very surprised when reviewing the grading standards how little clarity / suspended solids factored into the grading process. ...
  14. Re: Renting honey house: what and houw to charge?

    Thanks for all the great ideas! Locally there are two beekeepers who I would feel comfortable just renting out the equipment and not being there (former employees) and the rest, you are right, I...
  15. Renting extracting equipment: what would you pay?

    I am a beekeeper with 120 hives. We have invested in processing equipment. Of course we only use it a few days a year. I would like to rent out my equipment to otehr small time beekeepers in my...
  16. Renting honey house: what and houw to charge?

    I am a beekeeper (120 hives) for an organization that has mutiple food production interests (honey, maple sugar, organic vegetables and fruit) with a limited labor pool. We recently invested in some...
  17. Pollen traps: how many needed for 120 hives?

    When I started bee keeping I was taught to feed pollen substitute patties in the spring. I abandoned the practice after three years. I don't care to feed my bees fake stuff. I just lost most of my...
  18. Purchasing 60 2lb packages: Ship to zone 4 or pick-up?

    I am looking to purchase 2lb packages something other than Minnesota Hygenic bees. I have only used them for the last seven year and I like them just fine (I am a permanent beekeeper in east-central...
  19. Re: Hindsight: insight from a bad beekeeper on drought / wintering bees

    I wintered half the hives on w/ screened board only and half with screen+board. I did not notice unusual mite levels hives on the trays.

    How long does frozen pollen remain viable? Certainly bees...
  20. Hindsight: insight from a bad beekeeper on drought / wintering bees

    God / Nature does not give us humans the ability to know the future outcome of our actions / inactions today.

    Today, I feel like a horrible beekeeper. I just checked my hives, and there was 70%...
  21. Crystallized honey frames: can bees decrystallize them?

    When a hives dies during the winter with frame of honey that has crystallized in the cold, if I give the frame to another hive, will they decrystallize it? I've noticed that they don't touch the...
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    Re: hives per acre?

    I think I'll try one at 40 hives at one suitable site with lots of forage around it, and arrange 4 others at at 20 hives each. So I can drop two apairies sites (Number one site to drop is near an...
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    Re: Raw honey: marketing standards

    I had to laugh at the brand "Really Raw Honey"... the label is hilarious! They say they have the crown jewels of the bees in the honey: propolis. They really have to go out of there way to get...
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    Raw honey: marketing standards

    I've been beekeeping for seven years. My main market for my honey is at an entertainment center gift shop (uniformed customers) and at three local food co-ops (semi-informed customers).

    I've...
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    Re: hives per acre?

    We have 80 permanent hives in seven apairies (ranging from 14 to 8 hives per location) in a predominately agriculture/wetland landscape al within 5 miles of each other. This year we are going to 120...
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