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  1. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    sqkcrk, SC makes sense. I didn't think you were doing all the hive manipulation and splits at this time of year in Brasher Falls, NY!

    ekrouse
    Eric@EricsHoneyFarm.com
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    Re: Bee leveling set up - Ideas welcomed

    Beelosopher, I'm right next to you in Pompey, NY and use natural comb. I use two 4" x 8" x 16" concrete blocks (solid cinder blocks) and level them into the ground once mud season ends sometime in...
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    Re: Checker boarding with medium or shallow?

    I keep bees in all mediums (no shallows, no deeps) in Syracuse, New York about 90 minutes south of Canada. It is not as cold as interior Canada, although our winters are long, as we don't start...
  4. Thread: EPI Pen

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    Re: EPI Pen

    I agree with Barry and sfisher. I am not allergic. My doctor writes me a prescription every year. My bee yard is on a hillside farm field through two gates. Cellphone recption is not always...
  5. Thread: Bad Honey Gate

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    Re: Bad Honey Gate

    Grant... you can always get stainless steel bolts (expensive) or use food grade mineral grease like what's used on extractor bearings.

    Odfrank... I understand your point of view, but I don't want...
  6. Thread: Bad Honey Gate

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    Re: Bad Honey Gate

    I have about 2 dozen of the exact gates you show and am looking to buy more. They are the best I have found for the smaller producer (500 lbs or less). I put one on every 5-gallon bucket so its ready...
  7. Thread: ABF in Hershey

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    ABF in Hershey

    Not sure where to post this since it doesn't seem to fit anywhere under the Associations & Meetings (not local or the others listed).

    The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) has the annual...
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    Re: honey heater old upright freezer

    I love my upright. I started with a slightly undersize upright. It holds four 5-gal pails at one time along with room for some bottles. You can also put bottles on the door shelves. I removed the...
  9. Re: Where to get, what bees, in Central NY area - Potential Bee Keeper

    Beelosopher,

    I sell nucs in your area (Manlius/Pompey/Fabius). I have never used chemicals in the hive since getting back into bees in 2001. Nucs are usually in medium frames since I standardized...
  10. Re: Storing supers Please help this newbee stick with beekeeping!!!

    Squarepeg:

    I rarely have moisture problems. Typically it is after the bees clean out the extracted frames and then they get damp with some rain. Generally a little bit of blue/green mold the bees...
  11. Re: Storing supers Please help this newbee stick with beekeeping!!!

    I have had great success double bagging the supers. First let the bees clean up the frames after extracting. One year I skipped this and had crystallized honey sugar crystals in all the comb. It is...
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    Re: deep super vs. med. super

    Jadell, Libhart is correct. Since a medium is 2/3 of a deep, then 3 mediums = 2 deeps. That is clearly shown in Lauri's first picture which shows that 3 mediums stack up to be exactly 2 deeps.
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    Re: deep super vs. med. super

    I use all mediums. 3 for brood. Here in upstate NY I winter in 4 boxes as its a long winter!

    Ekrouse
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    So Hot the Styrofoam Melted!

    So over the last couple of weeks I've been building a solar wax melter based mostly on the plans found here on the Bee Source website. It's a bit wider than the plans (28 inches) so I can fit a...
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    Re: I love goldenrod this time of year

    I'm still looking to pull off the summer wildflower honey before my Goldenrod varietal crop sets in.

    -ekrouse
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    Re: Bee Culture on SHB

    Yes I saw it, but I believe the main point was do not let comb touch between frames or against the side wall by pushing things together when going through the hive. I believe it is different if the...
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    Re: Foundationless woes

    Moon:
    I have used natural comb for years with great success... but with a twist. I use regular brood foundation or Pierco plastic foundation in the brood boxes and let them draw natural comb in...
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    Re: What do you use for smoker fuel

    Cow poop/patties are reported to make great smoker fuel... but I've never found a smoker big enough to fit one!

    -ekrouse
  19. Re: how many mediums do you Very northern beekeepers winter on?

    I am in the Syracuse, NY area (Central NY). I winter in 4 mediums. Usually the bees are in the bottom two mediums and so that equates to about 2 1/2 mediums of solid honey as the bottom medium...
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    Re: SHB Larvae Elimination Techniques

    rrussell6870, when you say "Stand them up" do you mean put the boxes on end (narrow side up) or the normal way (horizontal)? I can do either. I usually stack them the normal way after extracting...
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    SHB Larvae Elimination Techniques

    Like many beekeepers in the Northeast I had heavy losses over the winter. In order to save as much drawn comb and honey as possible from the deadouts I bagged up any of the dry supers back in April...
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    Re: Won't they swarm?

    Thanks Oldtimer. It is setup as you say. Medium box on bottom w/ queen. Queen excluder and two mediums above w/ queen frame in top between frames of brood.

    -Eric
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    Won't they swarm?

    I have a queenright hive raising a couple of queen cells in JZ-BZ cups (just being capped about now). Won't the existing queen want to swarm? At what point should I move the existing queen or queen...
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    Re: Brood frames in the honey super....

    The bees clean out the cells before filling with nectar/honey.
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    Re: golden rod honey

    Here's my post from 3 years ago:

    "Goldenrod honey is my top seller. Just sold a whole bunch memorial day weekend for average $5/pound (now $8/pound). It crystalizes very quickly though. The honey...
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