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    Re: Types of Honey

    We move our hives to the mountains about two weeks before the honey flow right under and around sourwood trees that are getting ready to bloom. Then right before the bloom we add supers to the...
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    Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    We use the brushy top feeders but have added screen from where they crawl up through the center (just stapled to the flat top) down the side and under the floats. We have not had any problem with...
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    Re: I Sold My First Honey Today

    http://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxguides/salesanduse.pdf Here you will see the sales tax information. It is a large file so I pasted the main part below for reference, but it is good information to...
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    Re: I Sold My First Honey Today

    http://cpa.utk.edu/pdffiles/cpa162.pdf

    the above will take you to the document that covers many regulations and also explains that there is no need for a certified honey room if you remove less...
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    Re: I Sold My First Honey Today

    Hey Ron,
    Found out about the whipped honey.. As long as it is 50% produced on the farm, by the farmer, no sales tax required.

    I will call when we get back. Then I will come see the new...
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    Re: Two Questions

    Not sure if they will draw out another deep, but you could overwinter it as a nuc hive. There are many different ways of doing this. Not sure if it will work in your area, but it may be something...
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    Re: I Sold My First Honey Today

    Congrats Ron on your sale! I am selling pints for the same price downtown at the market and they are selling fast. Tn allows you to extract up to 150 gallons of honey without needing a certified...
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    Re: Josh Carmack Bee Supply

    I too ordered from Josh Carmack Bee Supply. We order a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment (worth much more if ordered from another supplier, can't beat Josh's pricing). Josh and his wife...
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    Re: Hived swarm: queen and super questions

    It sounds like they are taking the syrup so they are probably drawing out lots of wax. That is a small amount of bees though, but not if there is lots of brood and lots of eggs/larvae. They will...
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    Re: Hived swarm: queen and super questions

    Lots of hives will make little queen cups even if they don't really want to supercede the queen. The fact that it was a swarm hive means that the older queen left with the swarm and a new younger...
  11. Re: Can a queen mate in a hive, without taking a mating flight???

    Thanks to both of you! Because we are a small operation just starting into queen rearing, I don't want to sell queens that are questionable. I could just keep this group for our own operation and...
  12. Re: Can a queen mate in a hive, without taking a mating flight???

    Thanks, I have never read anything that said they could either, but a beekeeper of 40 years said he had witnessed it. I hope not!

    I will read through the older threads and see about how long a...
  13. Can a queen mate in a hive, without taking a mating flight???

    Being new to raising queens, the weather has not cooperated much with raising queens. It seems to rain for 7 - 10 days with very few breaks in the weather each time I have a group of ladies emerge...
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    Re: Business plan for about 100 hives

    I have not had bees for years like some that commented, but I do agree that this is very optomistic. Also, if you are processing that much honey, in some states you are required to have a certified...
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    Re: Best time of day to inspect your hive?

    We like to inspect when the bees are out of the hive foraging. Less bees, less disturbance to the hive. This then allows us any time from mid-morning to late afternoon when the foragers start...
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    Re: New to the forum

    Thanks for all the welcomes. I will check out the other threads and post our queens in the for sale section. Right now though it is all we can do to produce enough to supply our local beekeepers. ...
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    Re: German black bees

    We have a hive of black bees, black and brown that we inherited from our bee mentor. These bees are very productive and we don't treat our hives so since they have survived for three years now, I...
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    New to the forum

    Just a note to say hello. My family and I run a small beekeeping operation in East TN with about 80 hives. We just started selling queens this year which has been a great new experience. I have...
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