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  1. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    I would still have a spring treatment if you need it. If I were doing it up there year round, I would probably treat in April or May to kill mites if I didn't do a winter treatment. As for...
  2. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    mites are the only variable we can control of what seems to be triune reason for collapse. and also working for another beekeeper who does much less pollination and more honey prodution, keeping...
  3. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    August would be the summer treatment unless levels get higher quicker. thinking and typing at different speeds. From my experience, In Massachusetts you make the majority of your surplus honey...
  4. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    We do and have seen mites above 5 6 and 7 but the tendency is the ones that are keep their mites low and don't get over stressed fair much better. to what I've said are my recommendations not...
  5. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    I've never said we found a cure for it...
  6. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    I'm migratory and catch a lot more mites in the road. I'd at least treat spring and later summer, the apivar isn't temp regulated. and you won't need all 4 strip just one or two would work. ...
  7. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    3 or 4 mites per hundred bees
  8. Re: Replacing equipment after ccd loss??

    Last year we lost over 2000 hives to ccd. you do not have to replace stuff. If u have plastic foundation, look and see if there is pollen in the comb that is Shiney and encapsulated by propolis,...
  9. Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    ditto, have be able to keep them alive. lots of hours involved. As when you work for someone it's not going to be a nice 40 hours a week... typical hours are sun up to sun down 6 days a week when...
  10. Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    I'm planning on breaking off on my own within the next 12 months if all goes well, still overwintering with the Hackenbergs though, buy I certainly wouldn't go out and buy a semi load of bees before...
  11. Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Yes I did, takes a special kind of gal to be a beekeeper's wife
  12. Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Go work for a commercial operation for a year before you decide. I'm finishing up my 2nd year and breaking off on my own. It's not at all like hobby beekeeping. The the hours are long, the...
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    Re: managing carniolians for honey

    You can always pull honey out of the brood boxes to extract. just feed afterwards
  14. Re: Nucs For Sale, Near Springfield, Massachusetts

    First pick up day will be April 10th
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  16. Nucs For Sale, Near Springfield, Massachusetts

    Honey Bees Nucs For Sale

    5 Frame Nucs for Sale
    <5 Nucs $130
    10< Nucs $125
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    Nucs will consist of:

    Cardboard or Plastic Nuc Box
  17. Re: Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and d

    Virtually no mite but tons of virus and sick bees in the formerly good bees. .. however there is currently a mite load on the current strong hives. ..for now
  18. Anyone else having a lot of bees turn nice to junk in a month or make honey and die?

    Title says it. But heres a few more details.
    About all of the bees im talking about went to blueberries. They all looked geat going up except for part of a load that just squeaked by at 8...
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    Re: Nucs for Sale: Near Lewisburg, PA

    Yes. Im sold out for 4/20. And will have more ready on May 4th
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    Re: Nucs for Sale: Near Lewisburg, PA

    Yes there is about 60 left available
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    If hives arnt going forward, they are going backward. I know of numerous operations losing 60% or more, one even lost about 60k hives. Pesticides seem to make hives very sensitive to virus...
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    Re: Nucs for Sale: Near Lewisburg, PA

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  23. LTB 50 4 way bee pallets in PA or FL

    I am looking to buy 50 4-way pallets somewhere withing a couple hours drive of Dade City FL, or Lewisburg, PA.

    They could be new or used, as long as they are in decent shape.

    Please contact...
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    Re: Nucs for Sale: Near Lewisburg, PA

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    Nucs for Sale: Near Lewisburg, PA

    I am now taking orders for five frame Nucs for Spring 2013.

    Price: $125 per Nuc for 1-9 Nucs
    $115 per Nuc if ordering 10 or more

    The Nucs will consist of:
    Italian queen
    5 deep...
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