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    Re: Greetings from Michigan

    Where is Newaygo?
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    apple cider/ hard cider

    This link worked when I put it up but something happened. Its from Brew Your Own Magazine. What they did was mounted a garbage disposal under a 20 X 20 X 4" deep box on legs. The outlet to the...
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    Re: Follower boards to reduce 10 frame hive

    I have a few hundred collecting dust in my barn. I don't use them anymore but not because they have no value. Most colonies stay out of the air gap they create but every once in awhile a colony...
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    Re: Beginner questions on frames

    I 2nd the down with duragilt. man lakes right cell has a really nice coat of wax sprayed on them. I have never needed to re-wax them
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    Re: Beginner questions on frames

    kits have things you don't need and some things you should upgrade.
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    Re: Beginner questions on frames

    the hive beetle and holes in all plastic is a issue down south but should not be in PA. I have many of all types for these frames. I prefer wood with plastic because its lighter then all plastic...
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    Re: First sugar roll...

    first year colonies are usually low in mites. lets us know next year at this time what your TF mite counts are. most likely you will be shocked and your colonies will be on there way out
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    Re: Seals for Muth Jars

    I dip the tops in bee's wax to seal
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    Re: Brood comb on top bars

    99% of this comb will be drones that have little value to your yard. Virgins don't mate in their bee yard. Sure they will ladder up to the above box but if bee space has been followed they will...
  10. Re: OA vaporizer - dedicated battery or the one in the truck?

    Add 20 ft of orange extension cord to the vaporizer with 2 battery post size alligator clamp to the other end. Orange will help to keep you from tripping over it. 20 ft will keep you from...
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    Re: Brood comb on top bars

    If you don't take care of it the bee's will completely attach the two boxes together and you will end up doing more damage when the bottom frames want to come out with the top ones. Scrape it off
  12. Re: Need advice on cleaing out honey supers after extracting

    I would guess maybe 600 or 700 ft. from about a doz colonies but I would be afraid of being closer. I also set tubs of capping wax out to be robbed out before I put it the melter.
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    Re: Late swarm in Wisconsin

    I caught a big one yesterday also. About 10 #er I'd guess. I have never had any luck getting these late swarms to over winter but will try to do just that with this one. I put them in 2 deeps w/...
  14. Re: Need advice on cleaing out honey supers after extracting

    I simply stack them near one of my yards, criss crossing them about 10 high with a cover on the top and let the bee's rob them out. By criss crossing it leaves about 2 inches open on the ends of...
  15. Re: Michigan Loses Right to Farm Farewell to Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

    Amen!!!!!!!
  16. Re: Michigan Loses Right to Farm Farewell to Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

    Agricultural lands don't have fence height restrictions. Animals, even bee's must be 250ft away from neighboring property.
  17. Re: Michigan Loses Right to Farm Farewell to Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

    The right to farm act was written to protect people just like me in Michigan and a week after is was dropped I was on the phone to my state rep. I have a Centennial farm meaning that it has been...
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    Re: RoboVac Air Sealing

    I have to duct tape the two seals to get enough suction. I use it in my honey house to vac bee's off the windows during extraction time. Nice way to beef up weaker colonies.
  19. Re: Michigan Loses Right to Farm Farewell to Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

    First off this didn't just happen this week. It happened in May The reason for dumping the right to farm was abuse. People living in cities were trying to over ride local ordinances. People were...
  20. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    The problem with brewing with home grown hops is the alfa acids can change year to year so with out a expensive lab test you have to experiment on how much to use. I use pellets for bittering and...
  21. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    Hops is the new up and coming ag crop here in western Michigan. We have 5 farmers in this county that have planted 5 to 20 acres and the number is growing. Most are going organic and used locust...
  22. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    No The poles are not along the road. My home is a couple hundred yards off the road so these are on my property. I also tried the same thing on my silo but the ground there was to heavy with bad...
  23. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    The only variety that I have had trouble growing up here is willimette. What I did was screw eye bolts about 20 ft off the ground on a couple of power poles on my farm. Through this I ran a 40ft...
  24. Thread: Need a SBB?

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    Re: Need a SBB?

    before you go through all of this you might want to do some reading. Many including myself are going back to solid bottom boards
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    Re: New BK question-need help

    yes feed them 2:1. They should store the syrup above which will start to push the brood chamber down. As for the fumagillin you wont get a straight answer here. Many will say yes and many will say...
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