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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Over the lasts 6 winters my hive survival has really improved. I have tried wrapping, not wrapping, wrapping in tar paper + foam insulation. This year i will try wintering 10 colonies in single...
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    Re: Iíve been thinking and wondering

    trapping swarms is really hit or miss. I put up 5 traps in 2018 on my property and caught 4 swarms. Last year same 5 traps , same property, same locations, same lure...no swarms.

    Most reliable way...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    so far so good. I only have one confirmed dead out of 41 at this point in winter.
    There a a few with smaller than ideal clusters though so feeding them and crossing my fingers.
  4. Re: Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

    Pretty cool although im not sure how accurate. My home yard it says isnt great although i had 41 colonies make a mountain of honey last year.
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    Re: Beekeeping and property taxes

    my understanding is that if you earn 10K gross on the property from any means including beekeeping you can apply for the farm tax exemption
  6. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    i have divided deep then 2 or 3 x 4/4/4 supers on each colony then queen excluder then medium honey supers and they will make plenty of honey in this configuration.
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    Re: NOW OPEN! Fall 2019 NY Bee Wellness Survey

    done
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    I made about a dozen or so different flavored meads and melomels about 18 months ago ( will have to check my mead book). My fav is the apple cyser.
    Thing ive learned is that Mead REALLY needs to...
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    Re: Hot Box Winterizer from Kelly

    i just use a 1-2inch ventilated feeding shim then a home made quilt box ( basically a medium super with window mesh on the bottom then filled with wood chips/shavings although some people use sack...
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    Re: Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    i did this last year and all the hives did well. I dont know if its really necessary but with the small number of hives i have it isnt too much bother.
  11. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    i have had the best success rotating between OAV, Formic pro and apivar.
    This time of the year my MP style nucs which im not taking honey from all have apivar strips on and the production colonies...
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    Re: Fall Extraction Blues

    im in the same boat every year. I just give a round of formic pro and give them a little more time to cap the honey. Still a good flow going in upstate NY.
    If you plan on leaving the honey for the...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    i move a few hives to a friends farm spring-summer. I just brought them back a couple weeks ago.
    -> just use a furniture dolly, fully screened inner cover with no outer cover for the drive. Pick a...
  14. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    i never got the app to download although im getting a bunch of follow up emails with tips how to use the app.
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    wonder if you just got a crazy batch of formic pro. I have literally had NO issues with formic acid and i use it every year.
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    weird i have treated nucs with single formic pro pads with no issues at all.
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    Re: new apiary law proposal for NY

    yeah thats pretty nuts. Will need specifics for sure.
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    Re: new apiary law proposal for NY

    more BS rules so someone can justify their salary
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    my apiary has a U shape with 45 total hives ( made up of large hives and 4/4/4 nucs) i have probably 12-15 feet between the long side and the fronts of the hives all pointing "out of the U"
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    me too mate. Im only 5 years in now. Ive tried treatment free which was disastrous. Ive tried treating without testing with some successes and some failures and now ive become a believer in alcohol...
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    Re: Stainless uncapping tank

    yes exactly im going to be getting a wax spinner next year also.
    I have always just extracted straight through a double sieve into a 5 gallon bucket but now i have the maxant double filter to fun...
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    Re: Stainless uncapping tank

    i was really blessed in finding a bunch of extracting equipment in an estate sale. I dont know the brand of the clarifying tank but it has two heaters, 3 baffles and is large. Its 40 inches long,...
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    Re: Stainless uncapping tank

    yup i like this gadget but my wife likes to use the cappings wax for candles so this is a no go.
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    Re: Stainless uncapping tank

    im REALLY tempted to pull the trigger on a chain uncapper. My concern is that ive heard they will block up filters really quickly with wax fragments as opposed to an uncapping plane.
    What has your...
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    well i certainly appreciate your opinion mate. However i will continue to do what keeps my bees alive. My mite counts are NOT zero despite these treatments.
    But by all means feel free to do with...
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