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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    As far as the agri-business angle, many states have a cottage food law that allows you to sell up to a certain $ amount ($10,000 annually in Michigan) products produced at your home: jellies, baked...
  2. Re: State spraying Merus 3.0 to combat mosquitoes in MI. Best precautions?

    I pulled my honey yesterday in the rain because they were going to spray at 8PM. Got lit up by my bees for my trouble, in part because it's easier to sting through wet gloves. I was going to harvest...
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    Re: A New Chapter in Beesource

    Thanks Barry for your hard work. Phillip, thank you for the introduction. As a member of another online enthusiast type community I have to say I was not happy to read the news about this change. I...
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    Re: Beltsville closed until further notice?

    I'm with you. We have no registration in Michigan. I too hope it stays that way. I feel for Brad Bee though. I wish him all the best going forward.
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    Re: Hive Unwrapping/Inspection

    I'm near Lapeer. I got into mine on a 55-60 degree day in Feb. Lost a nuc since then. Hoping to get into the last living hive I have on Saturday to check on them.
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    Re: Nematodes in yard for SHB Treatment

    I had them in my first year. My property is mostly wooded with frequently damp soil. I plan on using some DE under the hives and nematodes underground in case the DE washes away with the rain. I know...
  7. Thread: 4.9 foundation

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    Re: 4.9 foundation

    Kelley has it.

    50 sheets of deep frame foundation, small cell, wired wax for $66
    https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/38/Hives-Components/Foundation/4584/Foundation-for-Deep-Frames

    100 sheets of...
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    Re: Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue,

    Same here but from a bit further north. There are few restrictions on beeks in Michigan. Honestly if my state had forced registration and inspections I'd likely not be a beekeeper. I don't like...
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    Re: Treatment free Bees

    I have not read Dr. Milbrath's article in ABJ, but she came to my local club last summer and was the main speaker for nearly 2 hours. She gave a presentation but also fielded a ton of questions. I...
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    Re: D. Coates 5 Frame Nuc

    CDX is what I used, C side out. I'm pretty sure I paid $15/sheet for 15/32" at Lowes.
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    Re: D. Coates 5 Frame Nuc

    I cut the bottom boards for at least every other one. I also use a hole-saw rather than notching the bottom of the front end for an entrance. This may make it a little harder for them to drag out...
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    Re: D. Coates 5 Frame Nuc

    Glad I could help. Keep in mind that the kerf (or saw blade width) may or may not have been included in the cut sheet measurements. I haven't verified that one way or another just yet as each time I...
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    Re: D. Coates 5 Frame Nuc

    Last summer I found two cut sheets for making 5 of the 5-frame medium DCoates nucs from a single sheet of 15/32 or 1/2 plywood. I have attached both.
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  14. Thread: SAKHONEY boxes

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    Re: SAKHONEY boxes

    He has helped me in my threads but a lot more via private messages. He has no special reason to help me as we live over 1,000 miles apart and have never met, nonetheless has gone out of his way to...
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    Re: honey stick machine

    My apologies I read an untrustworthy source. I should have researched it more myself before repeating that false info. I also didn't mean to hijack the thread.

    I checked out...
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    Re: honey stick machine

    I haven't sold an ounce of honey yet but I love the idea of selling honey sticks. I wish there was an inexpensive way for hobbyists to make them.

    As far as honey tariffs, I believe there is...
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    Re: Now that small hive beetles are a problem . . .

    I tried using the dollar store Swiffer pads cut into strips but it looked to me like they propalized them and moved on. I saw beetles still, but only a couple in the Swiffer pads. Did you put them...
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    Re: Please, someone tell me what I did wrong

    Victor,

    I'm a first year beekeeper in SE Michigan. I checked on some of my hives this past weekend. I went into winter with two colonies in full size hives and 4 nucs. Both hives looked strong...
  19. Thread: Big and Tall Suit

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    Re: Big and Tall Suit

    Thanks, the more sources for guys like us the better.
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    Re: Now that small hive beetles are a problem . . .

    Thanks, for the info. I will do that. Do you know of any nematode sources?
  21. Thread: Switching to Skeps

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    Re: Switching to Skeps

    I couldn't agree more. It's really a fear based argument for registration. I live in one of the few states with no registration or real limits on beekeeping. We are not overrun with AFB. I love...
  22. Thread: Big and Tall Suit

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    Re: Big and Tall Suit

    I bought this Eco-keeper triple mesh style full suit on Amazon for $145. I'm just shy of 6'6" and I weigh around 315. I normally wear a 2XLT shirt. I bought the 4X based on the measurements provided....
  23. Thread: Tractor supply

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    Re: Tractor supply

    I have seen Little Giant beekeeping products at Family Farm & Home, a regional retail store similar to Tractor Supply. They carry MAQS on the shelf. I noticed when I was shopping there for something...
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    Re: Now that small hive beetles are a problem . . .

    I am in Michigan and I had SHBs this year, my first as a beekeeper. I am in a wooded area with soft damp soil. I had read about nematodes but was warned by other beeks that our climate isn't friendly...
  25. Thread: Switching to Skeps

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    Re: Switching to Skeps

    This is the first I've heard that Michigan is some massive AFB breeding pool. I'm a n00b, but none of the 80-100 members of my local club has mentioned it as being an issue.
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