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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Yes I am in Plainfield. Its a small world, Where about in Cornish did you live?
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Andrew have you tried sourcing good northern raised queens from respectable breeders here in the North East? I have found some success with buying queens from local breeders (that treat for mites)...
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    Re: New fresh cut lumber

    I agree. Stack the lumber with stickers under a roof and let it sit for a few months. The time it takes to bring the moister down in the lumber is determined my the species, thickness and...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    With only a small number of colonies and queens being raised within your apiary I wouldn't worry / invest so much time into propagating drones to target an isolated mating scheme. I found that I...
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    Re: Knotweed for winter prep?

    knotweed is a great source of honey for bees to winter on. not a great pollen producer.
  6. Re: Nucs that made it through a NE winter here in NH

    Ctyacres,

    I make all my equipment. To keep the feeders from leaking I make sure there is a nice bead of titebond 2 along the edge of the frame of the feeder before I staple the masonite on. I find...
  7. Re: Nucs that made it through a NE winter here in NH

    CtyAcres,

    I have 145 4 frame nucs that made it this far out of winter, some more that are on 8 combs. Ran 176 mini 4 ways last year, in the fall I combined them down to 80 ( caught last batch of...
  8. Nucs that made it through a NE winter here in NH

    Was able to treck out through a foot and a half of snow yesterday to inspect some of my nuc yards. Here are two pics that I had taken. The picture of the 4 way mating nuc doenst do it justice. over...
  9. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I like what Mike Palmer told me when I asked him if setting out to become a full time beekeeper is realistic, his reply was "don't quit your day job"
  10. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    Mperry89,

    I will feed 2:1 syrup in the fall to colonies that need it. In raising queen cells I will supply them with syrup to help keep a steady food source available.
  11. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I have been keeping bees for about 10 years. I set out with a goal to be able to make a living from keeping bees 4 years ago. I knew how much income I would need to be able to sustain my current...
  12. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I agree with, Sqkcrk.
    In my experience what I thought would take 2 years has taken me 4 years. Set some goals and see if you have any success in reaching them. I often found that I didn't reach my...
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    Re: Prices of nucs - shockingly wide variation

    Not all nucs are created equal. (Speaking from my local here in NH) There is a big difference between nucs that have seen a winter as to those that are made up with some brood and given a queen and...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Mike, There was a little goldenrod they did cap some off nicely with knotweed.
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    September

    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa478/t_roy1/Facebook/Cover%20Photos/1397967_10153492994090567_1555336615_o.jpg
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Nuc yard in late Dec

    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa478/t_roy1/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20131227_145955_946.jpg
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    Mike,
    I'm on board with a meeting somewhere in VT during June or July. Ill keep in touch with you as the season starts to wind up.
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    What I'm looking for is to get to know other breeders in the North East (those whom I have not crossed paths with). What their paradigms are for running their apiary and to trade/buy stock with.
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    So is the bird ready to come out of the oven??? Shes been cooking for a few years??? Anyone up for getting people together for a meeting?
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    Re: Maxant Honey Pump

    At 85 degrees F right out of the sump my maxant will pump about 3.5-4 gal per minute.
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    Re: Who else makes maple syrup?

    It was a very short season. As for production, depends on which side of the hill you live on...for most it was below average , then again there were some who did about average. If they take last...
  22. Re: Likelyhood of Mated Queens coexisting peacefully?

    Lakebilly, Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey By Bro. Adam.
  23. Re: Likelyhood of Mated Queens coexisting peacefully?

    I think it was 4 or 5 years ago. I had noticed one hive was superceding their queen. they had a mother and daughter laying side by side in the same colony for the duration of the summer. It was not...
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    Re: You might bee a beekeeper if ?

    your fingers and jeans are covered in propolis.
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    Re: Might need a queen in Vermont? Possible?

    Keth,

    Its way to early for mated queens up here. You could check around with people in your local bee club to see if they have a dink or overwintered nuc they would toss your way. You may have to...
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