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    Re: Property tax agricultural exemption for bees

    Johno I would be tickled to death if my property taxes was only $200.
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    Re: Property tax agricultural exemption for bees

    Haraga they had my property accessed at 20K an acre now 1 1/2 acres is accessed at $650 the rest of the property stayed at the higher assessment. I don't remember off the top of my head what that...
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    Re: Finished my addition on my honey room

    Maxant sells the float switch. I think it cost $75 or $85. Its made by Dayton the people that make the electic motor for the pump so I bet u can order one from a place like Granger too.
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Don't shake the bees off the frame. Find a good frame of capped brood, check real good for the queen make sure she is not on the frame, then just move it over into your weaker hive. The old bees will...
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    Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    One nice thing about a bigger extractor is being able to extract deep and medium frames radially in the same load. I had the 6 Frame Dadant last year and upgraded to the 20frame Dadant this year. I...
  6. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    Yep, you can get 10 tops or bottoms out of a sheet of plywood. BUT, you have to lay it out right. The first couple sheets I cut up I would only get 8 finally I took the time to pencil out the piece...
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    Re: Tax break

    I just got an exemption on my property taxes for my bees. Troy in Florida each county sets their own guidelines. Here is a link to the application for Duval County, Bee yards is clearly listed....
  8. Thread: Extracting

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    Re: Extracting

    Rick yes, it will normally clear up once it sits for a little while. It will clear faster if it is warm.
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Daniel why are you trying to mate queens just to turn around and use them to make up increase hives? Why not make up regular nucs with the queen cells? Then once the queens mate you will already be...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    I personally have never extracted at night. But, I have a friend that did it at night for several years. The only thing I remember him complaining about was all the bees clinging to the lights. It...
  11. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    No, they won't be homeless they will beg their way into one of your other hives.
  12. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    I would do a newspaper combine, 3 frames of bees is still 3 frames of bees. If you just let them wither away you run the risk of wax moths or SHB running your frames. At this point the drawn frames...
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    Re: Please post pics of your hive stands!!

    I don't have a pic handy but, it's hard to beat two concrete blocks and two 4x4s. you can put four hives on it by using a 8ft 4x4s. They are quick, easy, relatively cheap, and easy to move if needed...
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    Re: making rabbets with router

    3/4 x 3/4 will work. You want one that will cut 3/4in wide you can adjust the dept or the width on the router table. With the 3/4 in bit you can make the dado for the bottom boards or you set the...
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    Re: need help choosing an extractor

    This is a nice intermediate size extractor. http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=35_72&products_id=364
    I owned the 6 frame power dadant for 5years and it served me very well. Sold it...
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    Re: requeening a queenless hive

    They probably did make a queen, but, for some reason she failed to mate. Something probably happened to her on the mating flight and now you are queenless with no way for them to make a new queen. If...
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    Re: Dead queen, super bummed

    Man don't be too hard on yourself. I killed a II Poline breeder last month. Now I've got to shell out another $250 to get another one. I'm still nauseated.
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    Re: treating for mites

    Let me rephrase that. The down side is you may loose some queens and it may kill some of the brood. But, if your going to requeen any way that solves the queen problem. As far as the brood goes the...
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    Re: treating for mites

    If you are planning on requeening anyway, I would do the full treatment two pads and just requeen. I don't see a down side? Don't just knock the mites back, knock them out then requeen you have...
  20. Re: Laying Worker Hive - Status update and question

    I think your hive is going to be ok, if the queen you put in there is there and alive after that much time you should be ok. I would stay out of the hive for a couple weeks until she gets some brood...
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    Re: Hive scent made into a cologne/perfume

    I love the smell of a swarm or the smell of honey being ripened in the spring.
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    Re: Hive Marking - Florida

    I marked all my boxes and most of my frames. It's more for identification purposes than anything.

    Smoore you can brand or mark an active hive no problem. Use your smoker and veil if you feel like...
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    Re: Thank you Beesource

    Add extra frames the same as you would for any other hive, once they get 80-90% drawn out add another box, you will get a boost in population as some of the capped brood hatches out, but, then your...
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    Re: Hive Marking - Florida

    I ordered a branding Iron from these guys. http://www.branding-irons.biz/

    I got one with 1/2in numbers and use my turkey fryer to heat it up. Once you get it hot you can brand a bunch of equipment...
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    Re: Selecting mother or daughter?

    I would use the Mother too. If the Dtr. makes it through the winter and you still like what you are seeing from her then use the Dtr. next year.
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