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    Re: BEARS, only a matter of time

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    Hubby showed me this tonight :(
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    Re: More Sugar Rolls, 3 More Hives

    I did a sugar roll on a hive last week which turned up zero mites in a 100ml sample. Not sure I trust it and will do it again in a couple of weeks.

    This particular hive consists of a swarm which...
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    Always nice to get an expert's opinion.

    I guess, lol.
  4. Re: No Honey Production (Urban feed vs Country no feed)

    Don't think robbing is an issue when the feeder is located inside the hive where the bees can protect it.

    Almost all of my feeding (and I don't do very much, compared to a lot of beekeepers) is...
  5. Re: 2016 honey crop from Treatment Free Apiary, Raw Honey in Barrels, Buckets, and Ja

    Never mind, just googled it.
  6. Re: 2016 honey crop from Treatment Free Apiary, Raw Honey in Barrels, Buckets, and Ja

    what does "true source verified" mean?
  7. Re: No Honey Production (Urban feed vs Country no feed)

    For a new beekeeper, I would keep the hive close by and continue feeding. Would not open feed though. Not sure what the nectar flows are in your area, but a couple of things-

    1) you may be feeding...
  8. Re: How to be competitive when the competition is priced too low?

    Be happy that you have good customers. Wish we did.

    Inability to sell honey in our area led to our decision to stop trying and to start selling bees instead. More demand, and people will pay for...
  9. Re: How to be competitive when the competition is priced too low?

    We tried selling at farmer's markets ten years ago. We have excellent honey, raw, unfiltered, packed in glass jars with nice labels. We always took an Ulster-style observation hive, and had a table...
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    Re: Finders Keepers

    I don't know if I would care. If I was worried about my bees swarming, I would a) take steps to ensure that they did not, or, b) put my own swarm traps up.

    Not as if the swarm trap is going to...
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    Re: New way to inspect

    Been done.
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    Re: How much can a hive produce?

    Sounds like your bees are doing well :)

    Note regarding average honey yields- those "averages" are usually pretty low.

    According to Wikipedia-

    "a Mr. Rob Smith of Australia surely holds the...
  13. Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    You can read more about it here:http://foragersharvest.com/milkweed-a-truly-remarkable-wild-vegetable/

    But, to get you started, here is an excerpt:

    "Milkweed season begins in late spring, just...
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    Re: Hello from overseas

    Welcome,and good luck with your bees.

    fwiw, your English is a lot better than my Polish!
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    Re: Hive Stands?

    Overseas, I like your stands, but again, I have to watch height. I run double deeps in the summer, and if I put more than 3 mediums on top I start to have a difficult time getting them on and off.
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    Re: Hive Stands?

    Mine are pretty darned strong- could easily hold full hives with supers.
  17. Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    I just had to go look that up. Interesting, because for many, many years we have been hearing that "everyone" should grow milkweed for the butterflies. On our farm we have never tried to eradicate it...
  18. Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    The one I am referring to is Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, which IS native to our area.
  19. Learned something new about milkweed today

    So after keeping bees for over 20 years, with 12 of those years in our current location, I learned something today that I never knew before.

    We have acres and acres of common milkweed on our...
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    Re: Hive Stands?

    I have some stands which are very similar to the one on your photo. I like them a lot, especially for nucs and single deep colonies since they save me from having to bend over so much when working...
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    Re: first complaint

    I suppose, if you had the time and the inclination, you could go over to her house and, first, confirm whether the "bees" in question are even honey bees. If they are not, then it's a non-issue as...
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    Re: Growing "first world problems"

    Me too.

    I feel for you.
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    Re: Help with some nuc's

    If tippiness is a concern, divide a 10-frame box in half. Make one stack of your 5-frame nucs on top of each side of the 10-frame "base". Face each nuc entrance in a different direction, and as long...
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    Re: Time to gather smoker fuel

    I try to use honey instead of sugar wherever I can, naturally.

    However, two things I use sugar for are iced tea and sumac lemonade. Honey just doesn't have the same "texture", for lack of a better...
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    Re: Bee Boom and Bust?

    My husband has family members- close family members- who have purchased honey at Wal-Mart :) :) :) Makes me feel like a complete failure, lol.

    Also, we live in one of the poorest counties in...
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