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    Where to Buy Bulk Sugar?

    I need about 5000 lbs of sugar this year and cant find anyone with reasonable prices. Dadant was selling it for about 30 cents/pound delivered last year and have nearly doubled it this year. They...
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    Re: Overwintering in Singles

    >your probably a better beekeeper than me.

    I wouldn't know, but thanks.


    >Isn't there still a little nectar yet to come (usually very little) from Spanish needle and/or goldenrod up there?
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    Overwintering in Singles

    For those of you that overwinter in singles, is it too early to push them down to one story? I started last week so i could put medications on, but they're still drawing a little comb and theres...
  4. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    I just shake the bees off 1 frame at a time. Pulled 8,000 lbs so far this year with this method.
  5. Thread: whole sale

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    Re: whole sale

    I give mine 20%. I wouldn't budge much more. The beekeeper has toomuch time and money invested, to give his product away for a small amount of shelf space.
  6. Re: Why the fuss over bees? Is the U.S. in the midst of a bee-pocalypse? The science

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United States had as many as 6 million honeybee colonies in 1947. That number dropped to roughly 4 million in 1970 and 3 million in 1990. Today’s...
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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    So it looks like I can get away with using my lowest hive count before spring flow minus the number of colonies that don't produce. My averages just keep getting better and better :)
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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    >So the USDA ARS standard is how many pounds of honey did you harvest from how many hives that produced that honey

    So this explains rediculously low state averages. Some hives I may only pull one...
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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    >average apiary/beekeeper performance might be total honey crop averaged over how many hives you started into winter with last fall.

    Those of us that do fall splits, would show a disproportionate...
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    Measuring Average Yield

    How do you figure your average honey yield per colony? Do you count the number of hives at beginning of season or after you make your splits. What about swarms caught. Is there a standard or can I...
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    Honey from Wax Melter

    Is honey from a solar wax melter safe to feed back to the bees. I'd imagine the extreme heat has changed its properties, but the bees will still collect it if given the chance.
  12. Thread: Honey sales

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    Re: Honey sales

    I've got some for sale in NW Florida. Check your private messages.

    Daniel
  13. Thread: Grading Honey

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    Grading Honey

    I've got some honey in drums, and have a question about the correct way to grade its color. Does it matter at what depth the sample is taken from? I've noticed that sometimes the light honey rises...
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    Re: What's the best Material for Lids?

    Thanks for responses. Advantech sounds like the way to go. Durable, cheap, and i can pick it up at lowes.
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    What's the best Material for Lids?

    I've been using 3/4" cdx plywood for tops, but a lot of them warp? I was wondering what is the best thing to use for a flat top that will last a long time and not warp. I've read online that mdo...
  16. Re: Eating Fresh Pollen Year Round - What should I expect?

    Found this online. They claim bee bread is more digestable to humans, granted they're also selling it, so take it with a grain of salt.

    Bee bread contains pollen processed by bee, honey,...
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    Re: Backfilling - Swarm Prevention Question

    In my experience, a hive that wants to swarm will draw very little foundation
  18. Re: Eating Fresh Pollen Year Round - What should I expect?

    >Just mix 1 part pollen to 1 part honey?

    The bees add the honey and ferment it I believe, so theres more to it than just mixing it together I would think
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    On top of being indigestible, it also loses a lot of its nutritional value after just a few days, if not turned to bee bread first.
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    Re: Requeening With Cells, Need Advice

    I'm not sure yet. I may buy some, graft or cut comb like you mentioned. Btw, I used to work for a company out of Luverne. Southern Fields, you may be familiar with them.
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    Re: Requeening With Cells, Need Advice

    Money
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    Requeening With Cells, Need Advice

    This summer i'm going to try to requeen all of my hives with cells. I know it can be trickier requeening full sized hives, so I need some advice on how to do so. If I understand it correctly, i can...
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    Re: Eating honey from brood comb?

    I wonder if pollen concentrations would be higher?
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    Re: Just lost two thirds.

    Everyone failed to mention the most likely culprit, considering these hives were not treated. Varroa mites are the most likely explanation.
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    Re: Bees building a hive on a fence?

    I agree with this.

    Sometimes if a swarm fails to find a new homesite, they begin to build combs right where they are. Ive only seen it once and it died over the winter.
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