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  1. Re: If gas prices stay low ($2/gallon average) what impact will it have for you?

    Perhaps, perhaps not. If you remember in the economic downturn honey sales increased along with candy sales. Comfort foods they call them, people grab some sweets in lieu of an expensive night out.
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Perhaps we are seeing the carryover effect of last years almost non-existent winter in California and the resulting extended brood laying period? Also many of these same hives made good crops in the...
  3. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    I missed that. It's difficult to understand the logic of such a rule. Given the fact that a 10 frame double deep is about 3.5 cu. ft. It looks like you would only be allowed to put on one medium. ...
  4. Re: Do pheromones get intermingled when overwintering one hive on top of another?

    I experimented a few years with wintering a single 10 frame hive atop another single with a 1/2" piece of insulated sheathing dividing them then covered with a black cardboard carton. I assumed the...
  5. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Yes, welcome. I would suggest you drop any preconceived ideas of what your experiences will be on here. You will encounter a broad mix of beekeeping expertise and yes, you may be challenged if it's...
  6. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    I've always been pretty open about our migratory South Dakota to Texas to California operation. Losses haven't been much of an issue since Check-Mite failed us many years ago. It fundamentally...
  7. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    My experience when I used to winter in such temps in Minnesota is that a well prepared, strong, healthy hive can survive a few weeks of -30 to -40 lows pretty well. It's the extended winter and the...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    No idea, but I am guessing it's some sort of onsite inspection. After repeated reminders from my FSA office I declined to pursue an ELAP claim. I have no doubt had I jumped through enough hoops...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    ELAP?
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    Re: Bullet holes for Christmas

    We've found bullet holes in quite a few hives through the years. You can usually find the bullet in the hive. Snap a few pictures, bag up the bullet for evidence and leave the stuff at the local...
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    Re: Disease ID help . . . Foulbrood?

    Great link Eduardo.
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    Re: Bottling Tank using the Maxant No Drip Valve

    Eureka!! :). Actually, if we did it very much that is no doubt what we would do. We are only doing about a half dozen drums per year for landowners and the like so it just didn't seem worth the...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Our Texas bees are looking great.
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    Re: Farm Field and Round Up

    Graham is quite right. Roundup is not toxic to honeybees nor is what meager amounts of pollen they may collect from such fields. The key to your beekeeping success or failure lies more with what...
  15. Re: Successful TF beekeeping and unsuccessful TF beekeeping?

    Some states may ask what your treatment program is as a part of the export/import permit process but no inspector in the US is going to certify any bees as being varroa free.
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    Re: Bottling Tank using the Maxant No Drip Valve

    Ha ha! This is too weird. I have a similar Cat forklift and an identical barrel rotating attachment and we set our bottler up alongside our extractor as well. Trouble is we don't have the headroom...
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    Re: Best State to Be a Commercial Beekeeper

    Here is a much more detailed state by state account of honey crops and many more historical years are available. I think people assume that the biggest honey producing states also have the highest...
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    I get the price cutting on fresh produce as its not going to be much good a week later. The great thing about honey, though, is it keeps. Thank goodness. Takes all the pressure off of marketing...
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    Re: German Sweet Bread

    The first batch I made I reluctantly used margarine cause it's what I had. The second batch I used butter. Seemed like it didn't make much difference in how they turned out. Of course as long as...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I leased a load of 500+ hives a few years back from a guy that used a plastic onion sack type of liner under the lid. I didn't really see the point, kind of seemed like a nuisance to me and ants...
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    Re: German Sweet Bread

    ....and here I thought Barry was letting me in on a secret when he gave me the recipe. This is great bread but you better have a mixer with some "kahunas" to mix this dough up. It stalled out my...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Ha, ha! You got that right though if it's cold and windy we are occasionally forced to put some weight on the lid or as a last resort a nail on the windward side. On a warm day, though, they stick...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Very few that I'm aware of. Until I read this thread, I didn't realize migratory lids have all these problems.......and it's all we have ever used.
  24. Re: New incubator set up. Modified slightly, looks good, cheap.

    I like it Joe. Seems like a pretty good "bang for the buck" considering the value of what you are storing. Hey, this is a side issue but isnt it possible to get a homemade incubator too tight? ...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Ha, ha. Vance nails it. Lids need do little more than to simply keep the weather out. I consider any lid being called migratory as one designed to accommodate stacking of hives for efficient...
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