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    Re: Michigan Mint Honey?

    However basswood honey is light in color.
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    Re: Move the hives to the bean fields?

    Bees will work soybeans if there is nothing else flowering to their liking. Different varieties do affect their attractiveness however seed companies nor others have done studies so in general no...
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    Re: Uncapping/Extractor Room Floor

    Don't use tarps, too slippery, though easy clean up.
  4. Thread: Honey taste?

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    Re: Honey taste?

    We in IN are finding most of our early honey this year is very light and sweet. A lot of locust, baswood and sweet clover. I've let people taste it and it runs about 50/50 whether they prefer the...
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    Re: Very light honey-marketing?

    That is what my wife suggested, mark it up 25% and make it sound unique. The problem is that is about all I have right now and may be all we get.
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    Re: Mowing around the hives

    At least wear a veil! They make a light one that you can slip over a ball cap. I accidently ran into one while mowing and got me right next to my eye. Pretty ugly for a couple of days.
  7. Thread: Hive placement

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    Re: Hive placement

    Really don't have enough room for a circle, can only go 6 or so hives wide but maybe 3 rows deep. Usually try to have them facing south or east.
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    Very light honey-marketing?

    Any ideas on marketing really light honey, almost clear, probably from basswood, locust, sweetclover mix. My customers are only used to seeing amber honey and when they taste this it is light with a...
  9. Re: This year too successful...didn't expect that one!

    When I put the sugar on I make sure to leave 2-3 inches all the way around for ventilation. I think I am going to sugar bricks this year rather than the dry sugar on newspaper.
  10. Thread: Hive placement

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    Hive placement

    I have limited space at one of my locations. What are thoughts/experiences on placing hives in parallel lines maybe 4 feet apart? Choice would either bee have them facing the same direction (south)...
  11. Re: Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    Warmth in a small hive? Has anyone seen/tried the double screen nuc bottom boards that Mnn Lake is selling now? WW191 ...
  12. Re: Is there any down side to placing an empty nuc next to established hives?

    I would place the empty nuc up to 100 yards away if possible if you want to catch a swarm, though I once had them move into an empty hive sitting adjacent to the hive that swarmed.
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    Re: Returning Supers to Hives

    Cleaning? Are you sure honey flow is over for the year? I extracted some last weekend and put them back on hoping that they will fill at least some of them again. We have had good rains and...
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    Re: Returning Supers to Hives

    You might try taking the tops off all of your hives to keep them occupied while you put them on. Also I would do it as late in the evening as possible and reduce entrances as much as practical.
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    Re: How to stop robbing

    I think the comment about it unusual for robbing this time of year and the bees on the branch are telling.....
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    Re: organic beeswax

    Only if you live in Brazil.....
  17. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    Getting through this past winter in our neck of the woods with less than a 50% loss was a major success! One thing I have learned is that my out yards that I get to infrequently do just as well as...
  18. Re: I weighed my hives today....not at all what I expected

    Maybe a dumb question, but since you are only lifting one side, how do you convert that to total hive weight? Sorry just saw the earlier post.
  19. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    Any contact information? Tried emailing from his old website but no response.
  20. Thread: Yard Rent?

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    Re: Yard Rent?

    I generally offer a quart per hive at harvest time. If they are particularly helpful (mowing, let me put out swarm traps, offer to help carry things, call if something doesn't look right, etc.) and...
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    Re: Lets talk Burlap

    I agree! Old timers call it "punk wood" around here. Lights fast, easy to break. Find an old rotting tree stump and just break off pieces. I keep a 5 gallon bucket full all the time.
  22. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    That is why I am trying to track down where they ended up. Surely someone is raising queens from his stock considering all the work that went into them. He still maintains a website, sent an email...
  23. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Purvis Queens

    Anyone have any information on what happened to the queen lines that Dan Purvis was working with?
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    Purvis bloodlines

    Looking for queens derived from Dan Purvis' breeding program
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    Dan Purvis Bees

    Does anyone know what happened to the genetic lines that Dan Purvis was working on after he retired?
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