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    Re: Nice video of a commercial extracting operation

    This extracting system is very similar to the commercial equipment built by Cowen Manufacturing in Utah.

    http://cowenmfg.com/
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    I posted on my blog how I wrap my hives.

    http://sidelinebeekeeping.com/2013/11/13/wrapping-hives/

    Overall I have been pleased with the results of wrapping my hives, but there are other winter...
  3. Thread: Plastic frames

    by Jon B
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    Re: Plastic frames

    Over the years I have mainly used wood frames with plastic foundation and have been really happy with it. Last year I decided to experiment with some all plastic frames and introduced them along side...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    The hive will have a better chance of surviving the winter if it establishes the 2nd box. If they aren't working it much then it usually means you are in a nectar dearth. With summer coming to a...
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    Re: Moved entrance, bees confused?

    They will adapt to the new entrance. No worries.
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    Re: How to Fix my Beekeeping Mistake?

    If there is plenty of honey in the bottom box you would be alright to clean out the burr comb and put in the new frames. I would recommend moving two of the frames up from the bottom box to the...
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    Re: need help choosing an extractor

    I would hold out until you can get an eighteen or twenty frame motorized extractor. I purchased the Dadant 20 frame radial three years ago and it has been a great machine. Very pleased with my...
  8. Re: What are you selling your honey for in quart and pint glass jars in VA?

    Honey prices vary greatly from area to area. One thing I do is monitor the honey prices in the local grocery stores and health food stores. These are the prices your customers will be comparing your...
  9. Thread: Fumagilin- B

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    Re: Fumagilin- B

    I have only used Fumagilin B twice. The first year I saw a small reduction in dysentery. The second year it didn't seem to make a difference and I had high losses. Many of the hives didn't even eat...
  10. Re: What plant/s are flowing nectar right now near Parsons, WV?

    I was out checking five of my bee yards on Saturday and could tell that bees were just starting another nectar flow. They had a good flow in June and then hit a dearth in early July. This pattern is...
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    Re: Timing for Summer Splits

    The most successful splits are done during a good nectar flow. I wouldn't recommend splitting this late in the summer. I make all my splits in April and May.
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    Re: Considering beekeeping

    A good place to start is a local beekeeping club.
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    Re: Fever following multiple stings

    I have a first aid kit in my bee truck that contains Benadryl and an EpiPen. Bee sting reactions can very from minor to a medium localized reaction. The most severe being anaphylactic shock. I have...
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    Re: is this chalk brood?

    It doesn't look like chalk brood. I appears to be some worker bees that died in the cells and began to mold.
  15. Re: How many days do you give a queenless hive to see larvae again?

    If I make splits and let them raise their own queen I wait four to five weeks. If I find a queen less hive as well as an empty queen cell I usually give them a week or two for the new queen to start...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    I've have always preferred the quality of the honey bear containers from Sailor Plastics. I use the softer plastic LDPE container. I purchases some cheaper honey bear containers a few years back, but...
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    Re: Question about burr comb

    Burr comb between the boxes is normal. Don't worry about scrapping it off. The bees know how to maneuver around it.
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    Re: Best Manner in Which to Feed

    First of all I never feed if there are honey supers present in the bee yard. Second, if there is a nectar dearth there will be some robbing if sugar syrup is feed. The amount of back-filing will...
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    Re: Where do u sell bulk at?

    The only way I know how to make $8 per pound for your honey is to sell it in small containers at a farmers market. I have established a customer base for my honey sales where they contact me each...
  20. Thread: organic beeswax

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    Re: organic beeswax

    I've looked into the requirements to market your honey and wax as organic and found it nearly impossible to comply with all items on the checklist. I am doubtful this person at the farmers market is...
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    Re: New BeeK worried about hive

    It takes some hives longer to get established and your second hive may need a little more time. Keep checking it and you may need to replace the queen if it doesn't improve in the next couple of...
  22. Thread: Comb Too Old?

    by Jon B
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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    I cull out old frames like this.
  23. Re: Farm license plates (benefits or regulations)

    Each state is going to be different. I have no problem getting a farm registration on my 3500 GMC and 4500 Kodiak trucks. The state won't allow me to register my 2500 Chevy as a farm truck so its...
  24. Thread: Honey extractor?

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    Re: Honey extractor?

    Check with your local bee club. Most clubs have extractors that you can barrow or rent. Also check with some local beekeepers. Some of them will be willing to extract your supers for a small fee.
  25. Thread: Drone comb

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    Re: Drone comb

    Move it to where they will store honey in it.
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