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    Re: Charging for honey extraction

    Thanks for the input.
    How about one dollar a pound for extracted honey?
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    Charging for honey extraction

    I've got a friend who has an inspected honey house and wants to start offering a honey extracting service.
    Any ideas on how to charge for something like that?

    His extractor doesn't hold a full...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Even though we haven't had much rain the girls are still bringing in some nectar.
    A couple of the hives re-queened themselves for one reason or other in the last few weeks.

    I pulled honey...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The ups and downs with the cold weather in April caused some the queens in these parts to stop laying.
    Its an odd sight after seeing them kick into gear and then nothing but they picked up again.
    I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Lots of bright yellow pollen coming in.
    Maybe it is the Maple trees starting to bloom.

    I've got multiple deeps with syrup/honey in capped and uncapped cells and will use them for splits.
    Not...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    It is great to see activity in the bee yard and the first dandelion of the year was seen on 3/1 in this area.
    The weather folks are saying its going to be a rainy Spring but I hope not.
    This...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    They are Amish and you'll probably get their vx mail.
    He has quite the operation there.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Zib, congrats on the three survivor hives so far.
    Just to echo what Laketrout said, if the Spring nectar flow is anything like last year you will have to stay on top of them.
    If you're not keeping...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The temps hit 64 degrees yesterday so I did a quick hive inspection.
    The girls were orienting and bringing back yellow pollen in addition to the other colors this time.
    Maybe it's just me but I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Laketrout, those four seemed to be doing ok with a decent bee population and I'd like to correct the time frame. It was more like late Fall when they were still active.
    They disappeared in about a...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    It hasn't been a good winter but it was nice to see some bees flying today.
    They were bringing in a dull orange and bright orange pollen today and they've got plenty of honey to make it through...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The first goldenrod of the season is blooming and it couldn't come soon enough.
    Japanese knotweed is also starting to bloom but the bees aren't working it yet.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Well I'm back up to 9 colonies and began feeding five of them last week.
    Had started all of them on drawn comb and some were obtained a bit late in May.
    They need the supplement since the dearth...
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    Our couple of stronger colonies seem to start it when the nectar flow is slowing down.
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    Re: Over-wintered colony with no eggs

    Thanks.
    The cluster coming out of winter was a little bigger than a softball.
    I was also checking on them once a week as temps would allow and saw nothing that would indicate swarming.
    They have...
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    Over-wintered colony with no eggs

    One colony made it through the winter.
    On 4/11 the colony had eggs.
    On 4/21 I checked the colony and found no eggs.
    On 4/22 another beekeeper provided a frame of eggs and larvae.
    On 4/25 there...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    It has been colder than normal around these parts.
    They are going gangbusters bringing in a pale yellow, bright yellow and orange pollen.
    A few days ago I found some capped brood, larvae and eggs...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Was able to 4-wheel in to check on that hive this morning.
    The cluster was too small to make it and they starved/froze.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    On 3/11 I added more capped honey to the remaining three colonies and scratched it open.
    It's good to see them flying more and more on the warm days.
    Tomorrow I'll be able to access another colony...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Mobees, I had two colonies on a farm with corn and soybean. The bees fly over the corn to heavily wooded hills covered with poplar, maple and locust.
    If there isn't a lot of additional food sources...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    This has been a depressing fall/winter so far.
    When I check on the bees over winter I use a stethoscope from my EMS days. A light tap on the side of the super and you can tell where the cluster is...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    An update.
    Lost one more colony. Small cluster and looks like they starved.
    Tomorrow the temps are going in the 50's.
    Will be checking on the remaining colonies and replenishing sugar on the inner...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    This has not been a good Fall.
    The nectar flow was not much and started feeding them syrup. Some took it and some didn't.

    Four colonies just disappeared with nothing left in the hive in early...
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    Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Mtforge, that leaf is nice!
    Do you have a gas forge? For a nice finish I coat a piece in vegetable oil and then with a pair of dedicated tongs, I pass it through the hot gasser a few times till it...
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    Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Here are a few more photos.
    Over the years I've tried to make leaves and just failed at it. Not sure why because they are very simple.
    Recently I purchased a new custom hammer and thought I'd try...
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