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  1. Re: FL honey regulation/Wisconsin regulation

    Thanks Radar for your help.
  2. Re: FL honey regulation/Wisconsin regulation

    The Cottage Food law does not allow the beekeeper to take his product to any third person to sell. If the business is not run by me, I cannot sell it at any other place. This is stupid. If we can...
  3. Re: FL honey regulation/Wisconsin regulation

    Then maybe you can help me. What did your state do and do you have the regulation that you can email to me?
  4. FL honey regulation/Wisconsin regulation

    I am presently working with a FL Senator in regards to easing up regulations on the small beekeeper. I met with this Senator last week and just got off the phone with the Senator's office a few...
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    Re: Hived swarms KEEP leaving??

    I have had real good luck locking them ALL inside for at least 24 hours. I shove moss in the front entrance and have a wire inner cover which is completely enclosed. I also use old comb, not just...
  6. Re: odds of a successful South Florida swarm trap outside of months of Feb - Mar?

    As an update, I just caught two more this past weekend. One near my hives and another across town near some yards used by commercial beeks.
  7. Re: odds of a successful South Florida swarm trap outside of months of Feb - Mar?

    I am in Sebring and I just caught another one this weekend. Since February I have caught 6 swarms, did one trapout from an oak tree which I believe was a swarm, and cut one down from a tree which...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Eggs

    yes; I do that all the time. I put it in the freezer for a couple of days and put it back in a hive.
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    Queen cell introduction

    I am about to pick up some queen cells for some splits. Last year I had some problems with the hives accepting some of the cells. Can any of you give me some advise as to the best way to get their...
  10. Re: Highway between bees and orange groves

    I am actually concerned about both issues. The first being will the activity of the highway prevent them or discourage them from flying across it and secondly will I lose alot of them. Thanks.
  11. Highway between bees and orange groves

    I know that bees can and will fly up to 2 miles to find forage, but does the noise and activity of a four lane divided highway prevent or limit their desires to cross such. I have some hives...
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    Re: Queens

    yes; Harvey in Florida. I just got 5 from him last week. I checked yesterday and three were out of cages and laying. I will check on the other two tomorrow. I will be getting several more from...
  13. Re: Can you compare the freeman beetle trap and the west hive beetle trap?

    No; but if you remove the black cover, make sure that the trap fits tight against your bottom board or you will lose a lot of bees. I kept the black cover on to help keep the bees out--I am sure...
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    Re: Autumn Abscond?

    I had this happen with fire ants, but you don't have those in your area.
  15. Re: Can you compare the freeman beetle trap and the west hive beetle trap?

    I have used both. As to the Freeman beetle trap, I originally bought the trap only and modified some screened bottom boards to accept it. The trap saved a couple hives which were overwhelmed with...
  16. Formic acid concentration and pads

    I am going to use formic acid this fall; I have the supplier for the formic acid, but I need to know the concentration to use and what to use for pads. Can those of you who do this please advise.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I have gotten real lucky. I caught a huge swarm on Thursday 3/22. I took pictures with my cell, but I don't know how to post them. It filled a full hive body and a super. I went by the next day...
  18. Re: Increasing bees in hive without killing queen?

    Thanks for all the input. I'll try the intro this week with a bit of sugar mix spray.
  19. Re: Increasing bees in hive without killing queen?

    Are you saying to simply move frames of bees over to the weak hive after they have been sprayed? If so, do I place them away from where the queen is laying?
  20. Re: Increasing bees in hive without killing queen?

    Won't those returning bees kill the queen or at least fight with the bees in the hive?
  21. Increasing bees in hive without killing queen?

    I have a hive that became queenless. I inserted a queen which has been accepted, and she has begun laying eggs. The problem is that the bee population is very low and I would like to add more bees...
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    Re: Hand or skin cream

    Can you give us your recipe amounts? I would like to try this myself. This is directed to Island Apiaries.
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    Re: Powdered coated aluminum

    I did not think about it actually pulling the heat out. What if the box I am building underneath was all made of aluminum that holds my beetle traps but the screened board was in cypress? What do...
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    Re: Powdered coated aluminum

    That's an idea. Where can you get this stuff? Is it heavy.
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    Re: Powdered coated aluminum

    Yes, the powder coating is white. I will let you know how it works. I made the first one out of wood and have made the beetle tray out of aluminum. I am looking at the longevitiy and lighter...
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