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    Re: How much honey to leave

    I harvest honey up to the time the goldenrod starts to bloom. I can't stand the stuff so it's no sacrifice and the girls seem to like to overwinter on it. Barring hurricanes destroying the crop...
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    Re: Trembling bees on landing board

    If I were you I'd call my bee inspector. Definitely sounds neurological
  3. Thread: Have to brag

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    Re: Have to brag

    I'll brag too. Two weeks ago tomorrow I took 60 lbs of honey (already sold). When working my girls yesterday I found another 2 1/2 gallons capped and ready to go. Nectar flow this year is amazing,...
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    Re: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isnít Honey

    Mark, I don't think I've ever posted a reply in this forum where you didn't tell me I'm wrong. Since you're so sure of the right answers to everything (you must be a Republican) I think I'll just...
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    Re: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isnít Honey

    It doesn't need promotion on the label. At least in this area people know the benefits of honey from allergies to wound healing. They try it and if it doesn't work, they don't continue to use it. ...
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    Re: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isnít Honey

    Things kind of look like they've gotten out of hand here. As I said, NC honey standard states that honey is still honey even if the pollen is removed, rationale being that the honey has not been...
  7. Thread: Ground Treatment

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    Re: Ground Treatment

    Strong bees! That's the main answer but if you want to go chemical free (see Mike Bush's statements above) you can also try beneficial nematodes (you can get them at www.GardensAlive.com--I use them...
  8. Thread: Culling old frames

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    Re: Culling old frames

    Right now I'm using 10-frame brood boxes and 9-frame honey supers and the bees do fine with it. I'm planning this spring on going to 11-frame brood boxes. Should be interesting. I think ccar 2000...
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    Re: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isnít Honey

    Our new honey standard considers honey without pollen still honey. It concentrates more on adulterated honey, i.e., HFCS, medications, etc. and on erroneous claims of the nectar source (the honey...
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    Re: How did you start and expand?

    JRG13 and urbanoutlaw, yes, I know how to pollinate squash myself. Point is, I don't want to! That's the bees' job!

    Encouraging note to urbanoutlaw: Since I've gotten my bees, I've gotten plenty...
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    Re: How did you start and expand?

    Started because I couldn't get the squash to grow! Extension Office said I should go out early in the morning, pick the male flowers and sprinkle them over the female flowers! I decided I have...
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    Re: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isnít Honey

    Proud to say, thanks to the hard work of Mr. Heatherly and Dr. Ambrose, NC now has a honey standard. See http://www.rtpnet.org/ncsba/Honey%20Standard.pdf. We've made every effort in NC to education...
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    Re: Really American Bee Journal?????????????????????

    I'm not giving up my subscriptions to bee magazines--I need that input. I'm just keeping a suspicious eye out for any movements by Jerry Hayes, Monsanto and/or Bayer!
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    Re: Frustrated in Richmond, VA

    I think you've done a good enough job of kicking yourself around. And I think you're even overdoing your plans for the future. I don't think the cold is a problem--bees can handle the cold very...
  15. Thread: Scam email?

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    Re: Scam email?

    I'm with Rusty. I'm mostly foundationless because of the junk in foundation now, but when I do buy the stuff, I want the seller closer to home so I know what he's doing.
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    Re: Whats your goals for this coming year?

    Yes, Lauri, you did make me smile. . .as did Fabio! I like your plans. . .especially in sharing your wonderful place with our wounded warriors.
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    Re: New beekeeper's bees are GONE!

    Below freezing or not, it's not a good idea to leave deadouts in your apiary. At the very least you should take the deadouts apart and store the boxes in your bee shed. If you have a warm day, you...
  18. Thread: EEEK!! Swarming??

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    Re: EEEK!! Swarming??

    I agree as well. Orientation flight. I've had two hives do that in the past week. That yellow bee looks nothing like a queen to me. I think all is well in that hive!
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    Re: New beekeeper's bees are GONE!

    Freeze those frames to kill the eggs and they will be good to use with your new bees. I would definitely have taken the boxes of foundation off the hives in the fall. Wax making ends long before...
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    Re: Who Is Your Beekeeping Role Model?

    Tom Seeley; Michael Bush
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    Re: frozen bees back at it

    Bees go into torpor at about 50 degrees. I've actually picked them up, breathed on them to warm them up and herded them back into the hives.
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    I know lots of beeks who are going to disagree with me, but here's where I stand with opening the hives this weekend. . .even though it's supposed to be in the mid-seventies: I won't do it. It's...
  23. Thread: Fogging your bees?

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    Re: Fogging your bees?

    I used to fog religiously when I started beekeeping eleven (12?) years ago. I got Dr. Rodriguez' manuscript and followed directions precisely for the first two or three years. The bees seemed to...
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    Re: Frustrated Beekeeping Mentor

    I mentored a group who will remain nameless here. I had great hopes of promoting beekeeping through this group. We set up an apiary and I elicited donations of bees and equipment from various bee...
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    Re: Cleaning up wet supers

    Storing them wet would be a problem in areas with small hive beetle. Like NasalSponge, I put them on top of the inner cover. They're cleaned out in two days.
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