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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    I never thought a beekeeper would propose legislation to ban honeybees.

    I think I understand your frustration, but legislation to suppress economic activity is not the answer. Review in your...
  2. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    Given the location of one of my bee yards, I am not in a position to tolerate swarms (not that I would want them anyway). I have done some checkerboarding in the past, however my application of that...
  3. Re: When your ex topples your hive, can I site animal cruelty?

    What did you do to make him so mad?
  4. Re: decrystallizing in aluminum or stainless drum

    Another option is to use a crok pot, large size. One can place 4 quarts or 2 half-gallon canning jars in the water bath and set it on warm. This can be left overnight with good results. One may...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    This governmental action is about as silly as it gets.
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    Re: drying down wet honey in supers

    I do not know of any controled studies on this issue. As such I can only provide my own limited experence.

    North Carolina is a bit on the humid side. Yearly harvest tends to come in at 19 to 20...
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    Re: Help, aggressive bees

    Think of the possibilities, what do you do when a local child's father is at you front door angrily presenting a bill for his son's ER care given the 20 stings suffered.

    A group of several teenage...
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    Re: Help, aggressive bees

    Joe, I do get an aggressive hive every couple of years. At this point I have one bee yard of 40 hives about 25 yards out the back door of my business, bounded by subdivisions. I'm across the street...
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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...
  17. 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...
  21. Re: Honey harvest - small compared to last year

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

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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...
  23. Thread: Pollen

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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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