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    Re: Buckwheat or goldenrod?

    Yes you can smell it in the yard when they are curing it and smell it in the field when the flowers are producing nectar in the morning. It is my favourite honey and it fetches a premium here at $3+...
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    A couple of thoughts:

    1) the fall flow fails sometimes - it failed completely here last season

    2) colonies need to be raising winter bees in the fall and if there is no flow at all, some...
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    I use a freezer and 2 100 watt bulbs, a small computer fan and an inexpensive temperature controller(STC-1000) that i set to 40 deg C - 104F. The fan runs constantly - this is key. It is also...
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    Re: Goldenrod vs. Knotweed

    It's also known as blue weed. It is taller with blue flowers.

    http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/ontweeds/blueweed.htm
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    Re: Goldenrod vs. Knotweed

    I would think for nectar that half is non native?

    Native:
    Maples
    Dandelions
    Basswood
    Joe Pye Weed
    Goldenrod
    Asters
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    Re: Goldenrod vs. Knotweed

    I am just north of Toronto and goldenrod peaked here last week. From the smell, all the yards they worked it for a couple of weeks. They were still working it right up until the weather turned, but...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    The larger grocery store brands here like Billybee and Beemaid pasteurize their honey. Here's Beemaid's description of why:

    http://www.beemaid.com/honey-pasteurization
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Exactly! Be honest with your customers about your process if they ask and let them decide. If you warm your honey, explain what temperature and why. If you filter/strain it explain how. A lot of...
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    This reasoning seems sound. I think absconding due to a single strip treatment of MAQs within the recommended temperature range is unusual. I haven't experienced it.
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Does it? Everyone stirs their creamed honey to some extent when making it. I would still argue that it is exposed to the most air when flying out of the comb as a droplet to the wall of the...
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    The few SBB's I have are always closed up. I have treated both singles and doubles with 1 or 2 strips and haven't experienced absconding. 2 strips is really hard on brood and queens it seems. Did...
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    Re: Still lots of drones

    Seeing a mixed bag here with some hives still raising them and others evicting them.
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    All honey that is extracted gets mixed with air. The crystallization of honey occurs naturally.
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Truthfully, comb honey is the only really raw honey. Most people consider 100deg F or less to be raw. If you are heating your honey above 100deg it is for convenience not necessity.
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    Re: Varroa Mite mobility?

    I was speaking with NOD (mfg of MAQs) and they had stressed to the importance of treating all hives in yard at once. This was due to the mites tendency to "move" to the untreated hives.
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    There are some heat tape options here: http://www.mcmaster.com/#heat-cable/=tnv3ff

    You would likely want the constant wattage type. I am still looking for something closed loop that limits the...
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    Re: A good season for the mites

    I spoke with NOD a couple of days ago and asked them if having supers on had an effect on the MAQS treatment and they indicated that it did not. In August I did some cursory bottom board checks on a...
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    A good season for the mites

    The lack of summer dearth and rapid spring build up after a long winter seems to have worked in favour of the mites. I treated everything above 3% in August with MAQS. A follow up check reveals that...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    I really want something that is thermostat controlled to keep temps around 100 or below. I have been leaning towards the blanket because it is smaller for storage. Space or lack thereof is always an...
  20. Thread: leaf blower

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    Re: leaf blower

    It seems to only take about an hour for the bulk of the bees to make their way back to the hives. Blowing works best if there is a bit of a flow on. Then you tip the boxes up and wait for an hour...
  21. Thread: Goldenrod Flow

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    Re: Goldenrod Flow

    Our flow peaked last week and really started the week before. The first golden rod started blooming here August 6th.
  22. Thread: Hive turned mean

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    Re: Hive turned mean

    Is this a new hive started in the spring?
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    I always feel the same way about my truck.
  24. Re: How do I feed a colony that I want to leave a super of honey for winter?

    You will likely have a medium brood box in the spring. They usually start rearing brood in the top box.
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    Melting/Heating drums

    Looking at getting something to melt drums of honey. Any thoughts/experience with the grid style heaters like this: ...
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