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    Gabriel: What do you mean you take the Queen...

    Gabriel: What do you mean you take the Queen "off" ? and wait 3 days and will have Royal Jelly.....AND how do you collect the Royal Jelly? Thanks.
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    Royal Jelly

    Would like to hear about everyone's methods and best practices for making Royal Jelly.
  3. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Capital Hill Farms: LORGE HONEYBEES

    We offer various pollination services,
    Cranberries, Cherries, Apples, Melons, Squash, Almonds,
    various seed farms, and orchards. Primarily Wisconsin, California, Florida and Georgia, Michigan,...
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    Very good point, it takes less time to brand iron...

    Very good point, it takes less time to brand iron the top bar of ten frames than to brand iron the wood hive box. All good management BEST PRACTICES as this points out, and it makes what is usually...
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    This problem may be more widespread than we have...

    This problem may be more widespread than we have previously been led to believe....those of us that question "California Dreamin" and other excuses. In Science, there are many theories, the...
  6. PollinationContract2009.pdf

    I have been to California many many times, sometimes I think too many times.

    I think about the first time, when the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court wanted me to come to law...
  7. Right you are the Kohns not Long Lane Apiary in...

    Right you are the Kohns not Long Lane Apiary in Illinois, sorry about the Sheri mixup
  8. Yards versus Pollination Contracts

    Oh, I agree. I only meant pollination contracts, I own all my own yards or they are with friends, family, etc. :gh:
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    Personally I beleive that if you have Bees doing...

    Personally I beleive that if you have Bees doing Pollination you need to personally check on them once a week, not just send them and hope for the best, not check on them once a month or once during...
  10. Oh yes, Sheri and Mark are lucky to be able to do...

    Oh yes, Sheri and Mark are lucky to be able to do business that way, (for some reason I confused Sheri and Mark with John and Sheri in Illinois in an earlier post...but I digress).... but she is...
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    1/3 is 33.33% bad for bees, and that's a lot of...

    1/3 is 33.33% bad for bees, and that's a lot of bees.....or were.
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    I had heard 400,000 to 500,000 based on the...

    I had heard 400,000 to 500,000 based on the acreage that dried up. Still waiting for the Almond Board numbers, think it may have been new and old trees, old retired, and new ones that would have been...
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    SEveral reasons, primarily three: 1. 200,000...

    SEveral reasons, primarily three:
    1. 200,000 droughted acres of almonds taken out of production, meant 400,000 to maybe 500,000 less bee colonies needed this year;
    Many of those bees where there...
  14. A Contract Does More Than Legally Protect: It Educates

    I think it is always good to use a contract, even though sometimes even I don't and I am a lawyer as well as a commerical beekeeper and pollinator.

    The handshake crowd maybe never thought of...
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    I have talked to several of the major producers...

    I have talked to several of the major producers and suppliers in our industry and we have talked about Lobby efforts. I think that is what we will need to do. I am a fiscal conservative, it kind of...
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    Me neither (they certainly are not "Made-Offs"),...

    Me neither (they certainly are not "Made-Offs"), but I do want to wait and see all the facts from all sides before making any judgments, and then pondering it all, to see if there are solutions,...
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    Finally we are learning something, at least from...

    Finally we are learning something, at least from one side of the story. We should wait to hear the other side. Then see what lessons can be learned that will benefit the entire industry so that we...
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    Well lets hope Larry is right. Still doen't tell...

    Well lets hope Larry is right. Still doen't tell us what exactly happened step by step and everyones two cents on better methods.
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    That is right Joel, a fellow beekeeper asked for...

    That is right Joel, a fellow beekeeper asked for our help, and we should all respond and we should all try to help if we can and learn from it ourselves, you are so right. My points exactly. And...
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    I agree 40 colonies per acre usually is the...

    I agree 40 colonies per acre usually is the maximum unless you want the weakest hives robbed out. The exception is nectar flows. But without strong flows, like in clover or citrus or other orchard...
  21. I have bees all over America,and from all over...

    I have bees all over America,and from all over America and have visited, toured, worked with, and continue to do so wih commerical beekeepers, suppliers, and even the occasional sideliner and...
  22. I usually agree with less rules and regulations,...

    I usually agree with less rules and regulations, at least the mandated kind, that does not mean that "smart" people or at least "smarter" people shouldn't contract to get these private rules of thumb...
  23. Well I can think of some solutions, SEALS and...

    Well I can think of some solutions, SEALS and other methods, such as better Inspection protocols, monitoring, we probably are looking at getting more options to use independent inspectors that have...
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    Yes indeed, the details will inform and educate,...

    Yes indeed, the details will inform and educate, let's see if we can get some good rules from all this to live by.

    Also re: the largest farm, all of those factors.
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    Pollination Contracts and Lawyers

    Personally I think that the industry will only survive if there is a move to paying for pollination on a frame basis. That does not mean that 5 frames of bees is worth half of 10 frames, but it...
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