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  1. Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    We have just arrived in South Carolina Sunday and it is 30F this morning, colder than when we left NY. Roads and bridges washed out here from the rains last month and one of our yards is not...
  2. Thread: Polystyrene hives

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    Re: Polystyrene hives

    We have used this format in nuc boxes with late season nucs for years and are very happy. We run two queen units and make early August splits which winter as 5 frame nucs. Our winter survival rates...
  3. Re: Queen flew off, came back and entered neighboring hive

    I would conjecture when she flew from the nuc she oriented on you as location as much as the nuc and when you moved she returned and seeing you as her orientation point flew into the double deep. As...
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    Re: sqkcrk goes south for Winter 2015-16

    Yep - One of our yards in Florence SC, completely unaccessable due to water, that area has been having wet issues for the last three springs. Owner is brush hogging a new area for us but it is in...
  5. Re: N.Y. Apiary Industry Advisory Committee Mtng notes 6/19/2014

    This conceptually is where I am. Here's the issues, we gave Dyce lab 50K of state money to reboot in the mid 1990's and they gave us nothing. Calderone and VanEnglesdorp set up a worthless "Master...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    Brian, from what I know about the 2000 outbreak it was primarily backyard beekeepers and a few sideliners who were the victims and vectors for AFB. I did not hear of a single Commercial operation...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    You are very right Harry, there is no need for registration w/o inspections and in my mind it is an all or nothing thing. In New York if someone sprays pesticides w/o checking with the state...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    Certainly when state budgets and beekeeper needs are being addressed I am confident a state apiarist is 1st person a legislator or budget maker would contact and listen to.
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    Re: Used gears, will you travel

    We make it point to never buy used equipment, I have seen too many people go down in flames for a few frames infected with AFB they were unable to recognize. I certainly would be highly suspicious...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    Ok, since no has actually answered this
    Benefits of registration/inspection ;
    1) 2nd set of experience eyes checking my hives for issues they are trained specifically to find
    2) Interstate...
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    Re: Decappers?? Thinking Ahead

    We have a 40 frame uncapping tray which works well to keep the extractor running, a silent extractor is painful when you are looking at a few hundred supers waiting to be emptied. Kelley used to...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    You got a feeling, I guess then we should add clairvoyant to your skill set? As hard as everyone seems to try to "get" what you are talking about you offer virtually no fleshed out ideas and facts,...
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    Re: Why should people care about the honey bee?

    Hi Peter - Great to see a post from you, I know you keep busy! What comes to mind for me is the honeybee as the friendly pollinator, what good family values they have, everyone working together for...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    I don't see the comparison Brian, no one's life is at stake so where's the incentive. How does the FDA program function?
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    Re: Winter confusion :)

    If you don't have electric on the fence with Bacon as yet, now is the time. Although bears are headed in for the winter at this point, with the prediction of a warm winter, they may linger or get an...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering your hives?

    Of course there is no value, very unlikely Brian could discern between AFB, EFB, snot brood and New Jersey Mud. I was a part of the problem as a hobbyist too, not throwing any darts here. The issues...
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    Re: Decappers?? Thinking Ahead

    Anyone reading this post and growing should read Harry's post and then re-read it again...
    I started with cold knives, went to an hot knife, a maxant plane and now we are running a Maxant Chain...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    And herein lies the problem. I think an inspection program could be developed that a majority of beekeepers would participate in because of the advantages. Do we need the carrot and the stick,...
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    Re: The "Reputation" function

    If his own poll and being the only poster with the pink tag didn't do it I think we may just be stuck with him! Got to give him some kudo's for raw determination and his support for his 1st...
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    Re: NYS Pollinator Protection

    Now that's funny I don't care where you're from! Somehow I don't think Barry intended the reputation "thing" as something to be wielded against other members like a threat!

    As to the numbers of...
  21. Re: How many hives do you think is too many for this property? Google Earth photo.

    We sell in NYC where Hives have become legal within city limits in the past couple of years. I am aware of locations (Waldorf Astoria) who have 10 or more hives on rooftop and many who have at least...
  22. Re: Where would you sell large quantities of Beeswax

    Cosmetic companies use large amounts
  23. Re: How many hives do you think is too many for this property? Google Earth photo.

    I spend over a month in my camper at our South Carolina yards with a few 100 hives a 100 feet away and if I couldn't see them I would hardly know they are there. In the fall it's different story. ...
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    Re: Beetle Traps in the Winter

    If the trap is a top frame beetle trap like beetle blaster you'll catch many, many, many more beetles using just Cider Vinegar in the trap. With just oil the traps has no allure for the beetles and...
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    Re: ALL IN, sink or swim!

    I think lazy b is right on the mark, especially on prices. I can't remember when competition was this hot for nucs and honey both. He and I both know what we built is here today and can be gone...
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