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    Re: Stolen hives in N cal

    Know any pig farmers?


    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    It matters not if you buy bees or not every year. It matters if you make money with them. He sells them every year. No need to treat for mites.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: rate of expansion

    I am entering data from years past. It appears that at the high end, without significantly decreasing honey production, a four fold increase is possible in good years. On the low side, three from two...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    We picked up about 50 Saskatraz packages last year. The Queen colors where very inconsistent. They made a good honey crop, but got mean when the hives got big. The dealer claimed I was the only one...
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    atta boy Mr. Lyon, some times you must call a "Steaming pile of Pooh" what it is.

    We have seen those exact symptoms, and cured them by putting the bees on WAX Dadant foundation.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    VanceG, actually the is a paper out there that shows how Glyphsoate shifts the gut flora in the bee, encouraging bad and discouraging good. It is a sub-lethal effect.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: rate of expansion

    Lharder - so how did things work out?

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    I suspect that is the reason for the difference, ours are wild.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    JRG13 - are your Cherries wild or cultivated? All of our experience is with wild Cherry trees, Prunus serotina????

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    Look at the upper entrances on the high super stacks. If there are no bees present, the boxes are probably not needed.

    With proper management, you should be able to get bees to fill a stack to...
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    Re: Science experiment ideas

    been down that road, won a Four year tuition scholarship to College at a Science fair with a Bee wintering experiment.

    My suggestion - start 2 packages - one only on old comb and the other only on...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    We did nothing out of the ordinary, extracted when the super was capped, and got about a barrel. It did have a slightly red tint.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Top Feeder Setup

    Call Dee Basco (BascoUSA). Order Paragon 2 Gallon pails WITH metal handles. Buy SS extruder screens(I can find contact). Set up a drill press/mill to drill hole with hole saw in middle of lid. Find...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    In S.E. Wisconsin there are numerous, scattered, but not dense, Wild Cherry trees in the woods. About ten years ago we had good overwintering with strong hives. It was the only time in about 50...
  15. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Before Sulfa, it was the law that the hive must be burned and buried on the spot. Any piece of our woodenware from pre 1940 is scorched on the inside. Yes, AFB is a huge problem, especially when an...
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    A buyer in Wisconsin is paying $ 1.70 a pound. Oach. Time to shut down the Phunnny Honey train.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Fusion Power - good citation of a paper. How do we get a copy?

    Grey Goose. I agree with your cite selection criteria. You have identified the sources of trouble.

    We are actually looking at...
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Fusion Power wrote:

    The trope about pesticides being a major problem for beekeepers and particularly that wax contaminated with pesticides causes issues is IMO the second largest threat...
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    Micheal Palmer - Yes, it is alot more work if you are not accustomed to that approach. If you currently run a single deep brood chamber, and excluders, it is an easy transition with the add effort of...
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Crazy as this may sound, it is my belief that mites are the effect, and not the cause of our problems. Pesticides cause our bees to bee stressed, and mites with the associated viruses are the...
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    Muenster - don't let your customers hear that.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    No, my memory does not extend back to pre WWI, our records date back to at least the late 1930s. We departed from Demaree to our present brood management system. I highly doubt that Walt's methods...
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Interesting. Four hives is a rather small number to do a competent study with. I wonder what a more competent beekeeper could have done to prevent swarming. Old methods from the pre WWI days when...
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    Re: A Changing Landscape

    As for the dissapearing bees, in school, we are trained to look for a bad thing that is there, and not trained to look for what is NOT there. Once you train yourself to look at the ratio of brood at...
  25. Re: Advice for sealing concrete floor extraction room

    If you can find an 2 part Epoxy coating where the aggregate is crushed epoxy, get it. It may be called "Monolithic" . When we tore down an old extracting room from the '60s, I could drop a cement...
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