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    Re: My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    I am really surprised at some of the responses. As a beekeeper and a EMT with speciality in Wilderness Treatment (treating patients far from medical facilities) it appears that Adam suffered from a...
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    Re: What to do with hives that I won't winter.

    It's the queen that has the traits...pinch her and combine the workers. It will build up your already strong hives and prepare them for winter as more bees to keep the brood warm, etc. They will...
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    Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Go with a Cowen 28 or 60 frame extractor system. You won't be sorry and it's complete...solid construction and good people to boot.
    http://www.cowenmfg.com/
  4. Thread: plastic frames

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    Re: plastic frames

    I use pierco...we are slowly replacing all wood frames with plastic.
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    Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    No Griz out here...yet. The fence is standard hog fence you can get from the COOP.
  6. Re: Feeding Pollen Substitute Patties. AKA Pudding.

    Hey GB... nothing much in the way of honey and what there is, is hardly enough to keep the hives going. We have had feeders on since they got back from Cali... fires are a much bigger concern right...
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    Re: Other Beekeepers putting Bees near your yards

    I would get the owners permission and take my track hoe and put a 6 ft trench all around the hives. I would then leave a number to call and a fine of several hundred per hive to fill in the trench...
  8. Re: Kill pile outside entrance I can't figure: mostly drones! Please play Clue with m

    Ben,

    Are you getting much of that smoke from the front range??
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    Re: Do some strong hives not swarm?

    Actually you seem to be doing just the thing to keep them from swarming....adding lots of room in the form of empty supers. BTW...all bees will not swarm if managed correctly.
  10. Re: Will smoking bees induce them to draw out comb?

    Move your old frames that you want to replace to the edges. Once they are free of brood, you can remove them and than place your foundation between drawn out frames close to the center. they will...
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    Re: Empty Med between two deep bodies

    Yep...what they said.
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    Re: Low-Budget Swarm Control?

    No....don't let your bees swarm, otherwise you are not a beekeeper, you are a pest maker.

    Manage your hive, if you keep it, it is your responsibility. In the spring as the bees start to build up...
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    Re: varroa mite question

    Here are the EO recipes that I use. For those of you who have seen these before you will note that I now use honey to mix my EO's as I found that it allows the mixture into sugar water to work very...
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    Re: varroa mite question

    Thanks Dan...yeah...lots happened in the last 6 months...but back to normal...well something close to that anyway.

    gmcharlie. The formula I use will knock them down real quick. The secondary...
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    Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    This is what we use in Colorado....lots of bears in these parts.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26959541@N06/sets/72157620927612220/
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    Re: varroa mite question

    Make a 1:1 mix of sugar water and add thymol. I have a recipe for this I can get you if you haven't seen one already. Place in a spray bottle, pull each frame and mist them. The thymol will kill...
  17. Re: Hives hotter than every after a bad rain storm

    Not surprising your bees are a bit hot. Bad weather...before or after a storm will affect them. Additionally, given that a tree fell on a hive...bees from that hive are going to be super defensive...
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    Re: Need a little advice

    You may get a few hobbiest to pay that much for a NUC, but don't expect to sell any kind of quantity at those prices. Also, I wouldn't plan on more than two splits max off a hive unless you have...
  19. Re: Ok, whats the oldest hive body you have and still functioning?

    I bought out some hive bodies that included the tele tops. Some of the wood on the tops was broken/rotten so I pulled off the tin to replace the wood and found newspapers between the wood and tin...
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    Re: who is the end buyer

    Typical poorly run customs investigation. There is no way these guys brougnt in 5,195,520 lbs of honey and didn't already have a buyer for it. So customs did the quick hit instead of following the...
  21. Re: Is there a market for scorched , wax melter honey

    I don't think there's a market yet...but you could create one. "Dark, smokey honey...perfect for all your cooking needs, making BBQ sauce or when every you want a natural, rich, dark honey with that...
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    Re: What type of feeders are you sideliners using?

    Top hive feeder from Glorybee. It is basicly a one gallon black bottle with flat top that sits on top of the hive. They are cheap, almost indestructable and easy to place, remove and refill. No...
  23. Thread: Dangerous Honey

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    Re: Dangerous Honey

    Just a quick jab....Hey all you Sue Bee Co-op guys...now why do you think it is that Sue Bee wouldn't talk to these people about their product. If they are using the honey from their US suppliers...
  24. Re: Just checked on Top Bar Hive...and the hive is DEAD!!! HELP???!!!

    Your bees starved. Do you realize that they would need between 70-120 lbs to survive a Northeast winter? I am wondering how many bars have drawn comb? Did you feed to help them draw the comb when...
  25. Re: Beekeeping Business Planning - Can you make money in this business?

    Wow...after reading this entire thread, the best advice comes from post #52...build up your operation slowly. If you have 50 now, I wouldn't go to over 250 the first year. Get a feel for the amount...
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