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    Re: Maxant No Drip Valve

    I have two Maxant bottling tanks and will be buying a third one soon. They are awesome! The NDV will drip just a little tiny bit. But, I just rake the bottle off the bottom of the valve as I pull the...
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    When I first started counting mites I used the Pam and corrugated plastic board for my counting method. My counts were always pretty low or so I thought. Then one day I noticed DWV, so I asked on Bee...
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    Re: Florida nectar sources / plants

    No, your tree is defiantly a Holly, you actually have two different kinds of Holly, Your first picture and the one with the dark green shiney leaf is also a Holly. The small low growing plant is...
  4. Re: Commercial filter unit from Dadant, setup and use.

    I like the Maxant filter too. I'm using the single filter, honey goes from the extractor into a clarifier and then pumped up to the filter and then flows out of the filter into a barrel or buckets. I...
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    Re: 2nd year bee keeper w/1st nuc

    This late in the season I would leave the queen cells and let them work it out. The first one to hatch will most likely destroy the other cell before it hatches. I would think you only have one shot...
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    Re: Honey flow and full moon?

    In another thread about Alfalfa Jim Lyon mentioned that it produced more nectar when it was a little drought stressed. So it could be true with clover also. Don't have any idea about the moon part.
  7. Thread: Creamy honey

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    Re: Creamy honey

    It's probably just crystallized. Some honey naturally crystallizes creamy. If you had got it hot enough to melt wax when it cooled back off the honey and wax would separate they would not mix.
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    Re: How Big Should It Be?

    I don't know much about cold winters, and I would normally say listen to the local that said you shouldn't have to feed. BUT, you got a late start so i would feed until you get them built up into...
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    Re: Full Frames of Honey in Deeps

    It really depends on how many bees you have? The way you described it I was thinking of combing both hives down into a single deep. Then you would have three extra deeps to store. If you still have...
  10. Thread: Plastic frames

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    Re: Plastic frames

    I would not make any decisions right now on whether or not your bees like the plastic frames. It's quite possible they are just not in a comb drawing mood. Bees that would not touch those frames...
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    Re: Full Frames of Honey in Deeps

    If you have two smaller queenless colonies that haven't started having laying workers yet, I would combine the two and add a new mated queen. Store the extra frames you have for future hives. Feed...
  12. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    I don't like Maqs for temps that high, it is real hard on queens and brood. Apivar or the new hopgaurd II would of been a safer bet, or even Apigaurd. But, its already done now. Chances are they...
  13. Thread: To Split?

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    Re: To Split?

    It's starting to get a little late even for North Fl. It will be middle October before your new queens brood starts to hatch. So with that in mind if you make a split make a big split. In the spring...
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    Re: Honey color for contest?

    Watch your fill level, foam on top of the honey, and make sure you have clean lids. That's the only advise I've got about honey judging.
  15. Re: Logistics of keeping up with syrup supplementation

    Me too Frank, I found a place that sells HFCS locally in 55gallon barrels and it is so much easier than mixing sugar. I do cut the HFCS 55 with some water depending on the time of year and what I'm...
  16. Thread: No honey?

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    Re: No honey?

    It's quite possible depending on when you started your hive and how good the honey flow was that they don't have much honey. If you got a late start and the honey flow wasn't all that great there may...
  17. Thread: When can I peek?

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    Re: When can I peek?

    Its almost certain she hatched. If you really can't wait you can take a quick peek now but, remember virgins are harder to find, they will run on you and they will try and hide sometimes under other...
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    Re: Property tax agricultural exemption for bees

    Johno I would be tickled to death if my property taxes was only $200.
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    Re: Property tax agricultural exemption for bees

    Haraga they had my property accessed at 20K an acre now 1 1/2 acres is accessed at $650 the rest of the property stayed at the higher assessment. I don't remember off the top of my head what that...
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    Re: Finished my addition on my honey room

    Maxant sells the float switch. I think it cost $75 or $85. Its made by Dayton the people that make the electic motor for the pump so I bet u can order one from a place like Granger too.
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Don't shake the bees off the frame. Find a good frame of capped brood, check real good for the queen make sure she is not on the frame, then just move it over into your weaker hive. The old bees will...
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    Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    One nice thing about a bigger extractor is being able to extract deep and medium frames radially in the same load. I had the 6 Frame Dadant last year and upgraded to the 20frame Dadant this year. I...
  23. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    Yep, you can get 10 tops or bottoms out of a sheet of plywood. BUT, you have to lay it out right. The first couple sheets I cut up I would only get 8 finally I took the time to pencil out the piece...
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    Re: Tax break

    I just got an exemption on my property taxes for my bees. Troy in Florida each county sets their own guidelines. Here is a link to the application for Duval County, Bee yards is clearly listed....
  25. Thread: Extracting

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    Re: Extracting

    Rick yes, it will normally clear up once it sits for a little while. It will clear faster if it is warm.
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