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  1. Thread: Honey Testing

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    Re: Honey Testing

    Any fool knows that most of what we eat, drink, wear, drive, smoke, bathe in, see, feel, touch, taste, hear, rub in our belly button is contaminated, can you say "industrial revolution" and then the...
  2. Thread: Honey Testing

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    Re: Honey Testing

    I think the only thing that could be more pathetic than that is a peson or company motivated by nothing more than profit and at the expense of the uneducated customer, be it honey or exercise...
  3. Thread: Honey Testing

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    Re: Honey Testing

    Its all marketing and media hype from increased awareness of ccd. Honeybee issues have been in the spotlight much more than usual lately, along with that comes "honey talk" leading to increased...
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    Re: Can someone explain

    I'm not saying the flow is over, I'm just saying we are past the peak. Yesterday they bought in 2 and 3 pounds, wondering if it will pick up a little more.
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    Re: Extractor brand and value

    They probably added power to the extractor at a later date and used a Dayton motor. I thought Maxant used Parvalux, not Dayton?
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    Alternatives to wood for boxes

    I built 6, 5 frame nucs yesterday and the low grade knotted pine I used still cost $55.

    While I was in there strolling around, I noticed some 1 or maybe it was 1 1/4" thick closed cell pink...
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    Re: Can someone explain

    I have 2 colonies on scales. For the last 4 days or so they are flying but the scales are only going up and down by one pound a day or so, so I know the flow has slowed up here. They are doing...
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    Re: Bang Out and Intro

    Thats pretty slick, the bangouts go home to the strong colony while the returning foragers from the strong go into the bangout's new location (old strong location). Then just intro the Q. Sounds like...
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    Bang Out and Intro

    Anyone ever banged out a drone layer and let them go home to a new, bred queen that's loose and not caged?

    Good or bad? Leave her in the gage a day or two?

    Thanks
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    Been Hawking Extractors Lately

    Hello everyone, hope your season is going as well as mine.

    This is my first season with a sizeable harvest, (after 5 years of tearing my stuff to pieces for bee production) around 700 pounds out...
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    Freezing Experiences Deeps of Honey

    Hi everyone Maryland checking in,

    It's been a while, I have deep frames of last years capped (mostly) honey that has some fresh nectar in them as well from this year.

    I want to freeze it and...
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    What the heck does this mean?

    I just purchased one of those hi dollar refractometers Atago HHR 2N. The instructions for calibration say the following;A standard liquid LB is used. Adjust at the number of honey on the label of...
  13. walliebee, I'll agree with that but these...

    walliebee,

    I'll agree with that but these drones are being layed by a worker not a dlq. The workers are from queen stock but still, they are worker drones. Anyone else have an opinion? I would...
  14. Drones from laying worker and virgin queens

    Hi everyone,

    Been some time since I've been around and I need some comments.

    We made a bunch of nucs and queens late last fall. Those that pulled through are gone and I have one 4 frame nuc...
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    Colony disinfecting, lye, oxalic acid, etc.

    I recently aquired 20 colonies, complete with honey supers that wax moth have ravished. Doing some study, I discovered that a boiling lye water solution would clean the frames up and provide the...
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    How wet was your Honey this year?

    How wet was your honey when you pulled it off?

    A old timer around here said that this was probably the second best year for nectar flow in the last 30 years or so. In Md. we only had one day in...
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    Processing cappings

    I was wondering if anyone has tried putting their cappings into a pot and heating it slowly until the wax melts down and then cool it. Will the wax float to the top and the honey stay below like when...
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    Anti Robbing Screen Design, MB's

    I was looking at MB's screen design and cant see how it aids in ventillation with that strip of wood across the bottom, on the hive side, that fills in the area where an entrance reducer would go....
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    Split in 2 story, 5 frame nuc

    I made a split a while back and they have built up to a 2 story, 5 frames each, nuc colony. Should I just put all 10 frames into a single deep 10 frame brood chamber? Or should I move 5 frames into...
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    The more experienced you get the fewer stings you...

    The more experienced you get the fewer stings you get. I went in all 7 colonies the other day without a veil or smoke or stings, it was just too hot out and I would rather be stung a couple of times...
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    How do you think those trees would do in...

    How do you think those trees would do in Maryland? What is the bloom range? What do young ones cost?

    Thank You,

    scott
  22. Thread: Mystery

    by hawkman
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    Mystery

    I have one colony that the queen is laying spotty drone brood in small clusters. I commented on this earlier in another post. Some in the middle of worker brood, some in the right place, some outside...
  23. Thread: Queen Marking

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    Queen Marking

    I have seen all the pens for marking queens in the catalogs. If you want to do it right, thats a 40$ tab. Has anyone found a less expensive way to do this and still keep the color/date scheme? If so,...
  24. Thread: Colony Mgmt

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    Finally, after my 4th year, I am in an enviable...

    Finally, after my 4th year, I am in an enviable position in that I will be removing 400 lbs of honey from 3 colonies. Patience is a virtue in this business and I am finding more and more that...
  25. Thread: Colony Mgmt

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    Since no one answered you, i'll give it a shot. I...

    Since no one answered you, i'll give it a shot. I went in all 7 colonies the other day with no veil or smoke (it was lit j.i.c.). If you have a good flow going, you shouldn't have to use smoke or too...
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