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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Houston, I do respect your point of view even though I see no support structure under it. No one asigned me to keeper of all knowledge, so I may be well off base and in error, however I am very...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Minimal intervention beekeeping was much more of a possibility 30 years ago.
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    Re: Percent of Honey to Harvest

    I'm Mr bad example. I take every scrap and follow up feeding to top the hive off. Some hives feed more agressively than others, so I manually equalize the stores in each hive.
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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    In my area, capped honey frequently comes off at 19 to 19.5%.
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    Re: Acquiring a large volume bees?

    I would agree with Eastside. There are so many skill packages to learn. If significant mistakes are made the cost in a large operation is great. My humble recomendaion is to intensly manage 20 to...
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    Re: Where to find local forage information?

    A good place to start is the North Carolina beekeepers web page. We are not that far from you and share much of the mid-atlantic flora. Not ideal, but a place to start.
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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    I would not trust it. Use a refractometer and take numerous readings. Get it down below 18.6%.

    However if it is for personal use, this is less critical. If the honey is a little wet, use it...
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    Re: Share your experience with Pollen Trap

    One thing I have noticed in my limited pollen colecting activity is that each hive is different. I'm sure many factors are involved. Many hives adjust with only moderate disruption while other have...
  9. Re: Does the frame need to be completely capped before extracting

    Sally, my understanding is that there are several issues that will determine if harvesting now is the best option.

    If the honey should ferment, it is no longer good for human consumption. The...
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    Re: Share your experience with Pollen Trap

    Florida, I am very much in favor of pollen trapping, and have been doing so for several years. As such my authority in the matter is limited, but I will tell you what I have found workable. Those...
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    Re: Will bees move honey from honey super?

    There are time when some of my hives come out of winter with capped honey that I do not want to extract, but I also do not want to waste or allow to remain in it's present location in a hive. This...
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    Re: Summer splits?

    Can you split hives over the next few weeks? Sure. With drawn comb, or without. With a mated queen or without. Clearly if one were to use only foundation and required them to make their own...
  13. Re: Honey harvest - small compared to last year

    I averaged 70 pounds per production hive. Not to bad, but I had expected more.
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    Re: Pollen

    Taste the pollen yourself. I don't like it, but thats OK. Every couple weeks the taste charges. A small extra label on the back of the bottle stating the month it was collected and the plants...
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    Re: Pollen

    We do not sell at farmer's markets. With all respect, that looks like high labor and low return.

    As far as processing, that can be a little time consuming. We currently have a little unit from...
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    Re: Pollen

    My wife and I do not sell over the internet, maybe someday we will.

    My wife is from St. Petersburg, Russia. As such she loves little cafe's and speciality stores. These exist all over. One...
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    Re: Pollen

    I would agree with Michael, that the sundance II is my favorite. I have tryed the plastic entrance traps without sucess, to flimsey and confusing for the bees when placed on a mature hive.

    I have...
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    Re: Pollen

    Properly structured, pollen, as one component of a hive products business should be an easy sell in Seattle. From my position in North Carolina, Seattle has a reputation as being, rightly or...
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    Re: Pollen

    Beemer, my point of view is very different from what I usually see on these pages. That likely means that I have some rethinking to do, but I can give you what my experence has been to date.

    I...
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    Re: Syrup + Mega Bee?

    Yes, I understand what your saying. One option (what I do) is to mix the protein powder (I do use mega-bee) with the surger, or a portion of the surger prior to adding it the the hot warter. In...
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    Re: Syrup + Mega Bee?

    Sounds like a good idea. The sugar mix will need to be 2 to 1 for the protein powder not to separate out.
  22. Re: Flow ended 35 28′ N, 81 14′ W Lincolnton NC ?

    I would agree. Down in Gaston County things have dried up.
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    Re: Harvesting Honey from frame with pollen

    I'm not sure if this good or bad, but it's what I do. Place the frame in the hive, above a queen excluder, give the brood time to erupt. At that point one has a frame of honey with a little pollen...
  24. Re: Backyard Beekeeper that develops bad neighbor relation issues ... to the extremes

    I do have a very sad story that fits this thread well.
    I have several bee yards and have for several years. One of them is in the back yard of a rental house I own. The renters are fine with it....
  25. Re: Freezing bucket of wax to kill small hive beetles?

    Sure, you could do that. However, since your going to render the comb, filling the bucket with water to cover the comb would be effective. If your ready to boil up the mass, that would also be...
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