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  1. Insurance for commercial beekeeper in PA

    Hey everyone, I know someone who is starting a commercial venture in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

    He asked me to help him find insurance for his business, and I am having trouble finding options...
  2. Re: Recommendations for a suit for regular cutouts?

    Seconding Ben's mention of vented suits and snags... I tend to snag my vented jacket a lot more than my non-vented jacket or full suit. Also, regular canvas is easy to chuck in the washer. Starch it...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze vs Mann Lake's vented

    I bought the Mann Lake vented jacket last fall after one of my mentees did, I tried hers on and that was it, I was sold... Down here, we're warm most of the year, and that jacket has made a world of...
  4. Re: Your opinion please - who is qualified to mentor?

    Cindi,

    I can certainly relate to a lot of what you've said, and I agree with you about the need for mentors. I've been working on getting a mentor program going in our club for over a year, and...
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    Re: Club Bee Yards

    Our club has a yard. The membership loves that we have it, but our members don't take much of an active part in it. We have an apiary committee, but the people that take care of the hives in the yard...
  6. Re: Anyone have a link for a video of robbing?

    Seymore, you made me think of another good point, the "sniffing" while hovering all around the hive. Robbers will find any way to get in, while bees doing orientation flights concentrate on the front...
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    Re: General success rate?

    juzzerbee, I'm not a WI beekeeper but my aunt is, in Waukesha, and she runs two deeps plus a full medium of honey. She is amazed that most of us run on single deeps here through winter. I hope that...
  8. Re: Anyone have a link for a video of robbing?

    Ok, the difference between orientation flights and robbing (in my experience, YMMV) are these points:

    Robbing: you will see fighting at the entrance, usually. Not if there aren't enough bees to...
  9. Re: Anyone have a link for a video of robbing?

    Here's another video, this one shows the robbers after the owner has wrapped the hive (which is what I had to do last year).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya-l2ZShvcw
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    Re: 2 hives look like this, overcrowded?

    Jeff, that's funny. I had a hive last year that washboarded specifically over where I had painted my registration number. They got me in the habit of painting it on the sides from then on!
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    Re: 2 hives look like this, overcrowded?

    Curiosity got the best of me. 12:50 AM, 76F and 66% humidity. Here is my bearding hive! They have bearded over my registration number, how funny.

    http://static.ow.ly/photos/normal/HRUx.jpg
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    Re: 2 hives look like this, overcrowded?

    Haha Bev, I'm running out of hive stand for sure but I can make more room! Actually one (that we did a few weeks ago) went to the Club yard, we are going out there tomorrow. I hope they are doing...
  13. Re: Anyone have a link for a video of robbing?

    Here you go, I've had it happen and it looks exactly like this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Cy-XQBkKk
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    Re: 2 hives look like this, overcrowded?

    Hey Bev!

    I've got one hive that ALWAYS looks like this about now, at least when the foragers are in. I've done two splits from it in the last four weeks, and they still beard like crazy. The three...
  15. Re: How do you safely let bees cleanup honey+wax?

    Like max, I would be worried about the communal food source and disease. If I was in your position and wanted to feed it back to four of my hives, I would put on an inner cover or a flat or migratory...
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    Re: Has anyone ever tried this syrup method?

    beecrazy101, if you have a health food store you should be able to find them there. I just google mapped your location (via the info on your profile that shows on your post) and it looks like the...
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    Re: Bee Suit Veil

    Hey Ed! The veil modification worked beautifully, I am happy to report!

    My girls are doing well. I lost a hive that I had split, today is the first day I have been able to do an inspection for a...
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    Re: Bee Suit Veil

    Haven't tried it on yet but I did find some boning and stitched it to the inner seam just above the zipper where the veil connects. It now stands up on its own!
    ...
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    Re: Bee Suit Veil

    I'm actually going out in the yard here in a bit and I might have some boning lying around (one of my other hobbies is sewing), but no bucket strips! If I do and can get to it, I'll report back.
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    Re: Bee Suit Veil

    Toekneepea's comment about a stiff ring just made me think of a possible solution... I have a similar problem with the veil on my BBWear suit (I assume from washing it often). Perhaps a strip of...
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    Re: Can't keep smoker smokin'

    Quick tip I learned recently from an old beek: if your smoke is too hot (which it often can be), wad up an old rag and place it on top of your fuel. It will result in very cool smoke, since the rag...
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    Re: lotion bars and molds?

    Here's what I use. Perfect fit.
    Mold: http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/ProductDetail.aspx?CatalogID=0&CatalogTitle=&ProductID=8544
    Tins:...
  23. Re: Have you ever... Mockingbirds catching bees.

    I had one last summer that hung out on top of my hive that had a top entrance and just snacked as foragers were coming home. I haven't seen one do it yet this year, but they have refrained from...
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    Re: Buying Supplies

    I can help with some of these...
    1. Any bee supply house. I got my last batch from Mann Lake, they are doing free shipping on orders over $100.
    4 & 5. I use this site, they have everything I could...
  25. Re: How do you safely remove bees from a frame so it can be inspected?

    I look around the bees too, but about the bee brush...

    I had an "old school" beek show me how to properly use the brush recently, I'm not sure if I can describe it, but I had not had any success...
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