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  1. Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    can you show us some pictures of how you use totes
  2. Re: Rebuilding Colonies after Sub Lethal Pesticide Kills

    I had the same thing happen on Watermellons. The farmer applied Sniper through a drip system so no only did the bees get exposed through the nectar but also when drinking water.

    I am currently...
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    Alfalfa as a nectar source

    anyone put their bees on a large alfalfa field? How much honey did the hives produce?
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    Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    This is a commercial forum, folks new at the business should listen and learn
  5. Re: Little trailers for honey production and pollination

    We run about 160 hives on a number of different farms for Strawberry, Pumpkin, Apple and Watermellon pollination and we do it all with trailers. Works well!
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    She was scared of the bees, so just from a distance
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    No on the HLS and Yes on the Interstate Transport
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    Watermellon Pollination

    Well I learned a valuable lesson this year, if you pollinate Watermellons you won't be able to get a second pollination out of those bees. I had a trailer, still have a trailer, of 20 hives on a...
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    I agree but they had a LOT of questions and inspected all of our business records as well as wanted to see hives etc. It was quite extensive

    WE DID PASS!!!
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    I think their authority comes from the F in FDA, besides the fact that while we are not big we do engage in interstate commerce, Delaware is pretty small you know.

    What's an HLS Registration?
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    Yes, DE Depat of Ag already inspect us. FDA came, spent about two hours here, mostly questions and a short inspection of our kitchen. They did not even ask about container steralization.
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    Yes they are
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    I have and they won't tell us. usually they do these as unnanounced but since we are not home during the day they made an exception
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    Nope, we are fairly small, about $30K in revenue a year but we had to register with the Delaware Department of Agriculture and that put us on the FDA list. We are talking new jars not used. We buy...
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    Jar, Bear Steralization

    We currently use the dishwasher to steralize our jars and plactic bears etc. Does anyone else use anything else to steralize? We have a FDA inspection scheduled for Tuesday and I want to ensure...
  16. What types of feeders do others use?

    I am currently at 100 hives and I am using hive top feeders, the black, two chamber type that has a center screen and holds about 4 gallons. As I continue to grow the number of hives, what is the...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    each crop is different, for instance Watermellons is about 8 weeks thus the reason I plan to raise prices next year for that particular crop. Apples are only two weeks but I won't go below $75 for...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    I'm getting $65 for everything, Pumpkins, Apples, Strawberries, Watermelon, but next year I plan to structure the pricing differently, and raise prices to a minimum of $75
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    SHB Larva in Extracted Honey

    Found some larva in the strainer when filling a 5 gallon bucket from extracted frames. My question is, Is this honey still good? Not sure how we missed them when we uncapped and extracted but we...
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    Re: Splits, Need to do 35

    Hey David

    that's just what I ended up doing. Made them all 9 frames as well, deos seem to work pretty good. Just extracted a lot of honey today, all went well.
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    Re: Splits, Need to do 35

    lots of great information, I really thank you all.

    One question, does anyone use 9 frames in their 10 frame brood chambers? If so, where do you leave the extra space or do you evenly space the...
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    Splits, Need to do 35

    I need to do 35 splits to increase my number of hives. I have 35 queens coming and I plan to simply go through each box, these are Double Deep, and when I find the queen I will then requeen the...
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    Re: questions on open feeding

    In this day and age it is a very poor practice to open feed. There are simply to many communicable diseases that are currently affecting Honey Bees. For instance, Israeli Acute Paralyses Virus is...
  24. Re: strawberry's.... never see bees on there flowers

    Strawberries MUST have bees to produce fruit. Here in Delaware, farmers bring in Honey Bees, (I currently have hives on Strawberries) and Bumble Bees for their fields. There are also lots of other...
  25. Honey is Cyrstalizing -- How do I prevent this?

    How do I keep honey I am bottleing from crystalizing in the jars? Most of the time it rarely happens but once in a while I lose a whole batch, why?
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