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    Re: UFOs in my uncapped honey frames

    wax moth frass

    The number of words for excrement will never cease to amaze me :-)

    ~Matt
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    Re: Their so cute when their little

    Dearth seem to make mine really crabby. All of mine get more aggressive as we head into fall. The two combined, mixed with questionable weather can be a recipe for disaster in my experience.

    ~Matt
  3. Re: Absolutely love having built up resistance to bee stings this year.

    Never have built up enough resistance to not swell. Swelling seems to go down as the year goes on and depends on place I get stung as well. Always a day or two of itching.

    ~Matt
  4. Re: A question for NY Beeks (Or anyone who can help)

    I may be mistaken but the only way you can be exempt is if you have the proper paperwork to be exempt. The dealer would be a bit foolish to sell it to tax exempt without the paperwork as they would...
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    Re: Bees attack dark skinned people?

    My N=1 is that they don't like dark colors. Tried using a regular dark bristled paint brush as a frame brush once and they tried to tear the brush apart. I wear jeans and an upper jacket and they...
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    Re: how to move large hive

    We moved six full hives, some with supers, last fall from a friends place to mine. About 15 miles total trip.

    I got one of THESE based on some recommendations. Worked very well.

    Close up the...
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    Re: UFOs in my uncapped honey frames

    Have you had any evidence of wax moths anywhere? One year I had something similar and it looked a whole lot like the same thing left behind by the wax moth Larva. Wax moth Larva poop?

    Your specs...
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    Re: Honey price in your area

    I should have asked if this was advice for others or something you have decided is best for you.

    I think it is good advice for everyone assuming you care about other people. The "Hobbyist" can...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    ...But it makes some sense to try and make a profit from the outset..at least for the first few years. That way, you can legitimately (and honestly) deduct your startup costs (bees, woodenware,...
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    Re: Honey price in your area

    Why?

    Because they do it for a living and I have no desire to undermine their business when I am only doing it as a "Part time" "Because I want to" hobby for the most part. I run a business full...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Yes the IRS does consider you a business also. It may be a hobby business but it is a business that generates 100% income that you have to pay taxes on.

    No, this is incorrect. There is no such...
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    Re: Honey price in your area

    12 oz, bear and squeeze 5$
    2lb, $12
    5lb, $25

    Try to stay inline with the larger local guys.
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Yes, but it should be made clear here that 'hobbyist' doesn't mean that you don't have to declare the income.

    While this is absolutely correct it is pretty much irrelevant to the question I was...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    Makes sense. It's kind of like leaving your own home that has a secret entrance vs knowing how to get into your neighbors house with a secret entrance. Difference being that bees apparently are not...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    The best thing is have a yard for nucs with no big hives near.

    Screens and moving the nucs will be my approach next year. The two that are still going are located furthest away from my large...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    If you can't show a profit for something like 3 yrs ( if I remember correctly) then the IRS will consider you a hobby and you won't be able to take deductions.

    It's not quite that simple which is...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    I don't think the feds look at it that way.

    Well actually it does. The IRS considers profit and profit motive in determining whether or not you are a "Hobbyist" or a "Business".

    Of course I'm...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    Can someone explain the mechanics of how a robber screen works? If the bees from the hive can figure out how to get in and out why can't the robbers? The one you linked to is simply an offset screen...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Pretty simple ... the instant you sell honey you are not a hobbyist. You might be a wannabe but you are not a hobbyis

    My standards are a little higher then that I suppose. You're a hobbyist until...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Can you tell me more about this.

    What I did was build a small stand, basically a 2 X 4 table with long 2 X 4's in the back that support a "Roof". Table is 6' long and 2' deep with a shelf...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    I open the stand in early July with the first harvest and close it around New Years when I'm sold out.

    I'm apparently a bit further north then you...I'm not sure we should be selling frozen honey...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Sounds about what I remember, 500g @12 lbs a gal is 6K pounds.
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Where I'm at, IL, I believe the "Commercial" line is pretty generous. Up to, I think, 6K pounds, you don't have to have a commercial kitchen, go thru inspections etc. I'm not sure if that applies to...
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    What to do with the honey?

    I'm curious as to how people sell their honey. Like any hobby/business you have multiple steps in scale. You start out as little more then a hobbyist and may grow into an actual commercial keeper.
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    I put robbing screens on and gate down the entrances to one bee in/ one bee out.

    I'll have to get robbing screens as I already did the "One in, one out" entrance...using my favorite tool, duct...
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