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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    No offense intended but DON'T do this, especially if there is no ongoing flow! Once you have encouraged robbing behavior, roving bees will quickly smell out anything else worth robbing on and start...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Depends on the temps and the sunlight exposure. Without knowing the hive configuration and population I wouldn't try it at anything over 70 degrees.
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    Re: Experience with using HopGuard2?

    I've hopguard to be reasonably effective to treat a spring nuc in conjunction with a brood break but overmatched against a large late summer hive population.
  4. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    I know it's frustrating to see prices like this but don't feel like you need to directly compete with them. If you do a good job of marketing your honey and charge what you feel is appropriate I'm...
  5. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    A simple question with a complicated answer. Everyone has their own unique costs and while production on a given year is obviously a big variable in the equation, there are lots of ways to derive...
  6. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    Bulk honey prices for darker honey such as this are in the $1.50-1.70 range so I suppose it pencils out....barely. https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf
  7. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    The program is a joke and a real pita. I quit answering their calls because the timing and the time frame was horrible and they were relentless in their pursuit of numbers however far fetched they...
  8. Sticky: Re: Which brood disease is shown in my photographs?

    Hard to tell but if its chalk brood, the bottom board will be littered with "mummies". It's a problem that seems to show up in damp conditions in hives with too little ventilation.
  9. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Commercial beekeeping has certainly evolved since the almond rush began. The demand for hives has started somewhat of a separate California pollination niche of hives that are raised solely for...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Hmmm. Well, you asked the question.
    A few seasons ago I had this very thing happen to an entire load of about 400 double hives that came back from the almonds in dire straits from some sort of...
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    Re: Do Robbers Kill Queen First?

    Interesting theory Nancy. Yes, usurpation might well be the case here given the location. I've actually had some experience with this and seen nice calm hives transformed into quite aggressive ones...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    My guess is the hive still showing symptoms simply dwindled to the point where it didn't have the "firepower" to feed the new larvae and to clean out the dead and dying larvae. I've had success...
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    Re: Do Robbers Kill Queen First?

    No, they are there to get honey but many workers may die in the process of trying to defend the hive. Though the queen might be collateral damage in a robbing event I have seen lots of robbed out...
  14. Thread: Honey Fakery

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    Re: Honey Fakery

    Yes, for bottling grade honey I agree. I think where much of the adulterated honey ends up is in commercial bakeries as an ingredient so they can feature "HONEY" on the label.
    Where this report is...
  15. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    What an awful day that must have been! Was the net on to prevent escaping if there was a wreck?[/QUOTE]

    Yes, it was. In a nutshell it was a load of almost 300 double nucs (2, 4 combers per box)...
  16. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    And my bad advice was "a netted truck load of hives will never smother". They can and I got in an unfortunate situation where I lost almost 500 hives under a net. I've also had a couple close calls...
  17. Thread: Bush ID

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    Re: Bush ID

    What is the quality of the honey? I've never raised anything close to pure honeysuckle.
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Yes, we can hope but I haven't heard anything very positive on honey prices this spring.
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    If you are printing up a label for a pint jar I would suggest calling it 22 ozs. Its kind of tough to get a 24 oz. fill in a pint unless the honey is pretty cool and low moisture.
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    Sticky: Re: Face to the Name, R U up to it?

    Looking good OT. Btw, who is the gentleman with you? :D
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    Re: Cleaning a smoker - with sawdust.

    I actually do a variation of this on a daily basis when I light my smoker. Just keep your hand low on the bellows and "train" it to bend down when squeezing to protect it from the open flame (I...
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    Re: Grafts in succession?

    I don't like to put new graft in where the older grafts are not yet capped. My rule of thumb is to wait a minimum of 6 days (5 for capping and a day of "rest"). With that said, I highly doubt that...
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    Re: Bee source data breach ?

    Scam? Sure, but how did they know his Beesource password?
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    Re: Do these capped cells look normal

    Looks within the range of fairly normal worker brood caps to me.
  25. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I think bees are a bit more resistant than when varroa first impacted but I also think think bee health is impacted more than ever by viruses even when mite levels are relatively low. I don't come...
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