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  1. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    We are seeing at least a factor of two difference in weight gain between hive on old comb, and hives on decontaminated comb. I would suspect pesticide build up in the beeswax.

    Crazy Roland
  2. Re: Basswood trees start blooming in northern Illinois

    No good flow, but enough to taint the clover flow that followed. We are WAY over due.

    Did get 30 lbs a hive in one yard of Touch-me-not honey.

    Crazy Roland
  3. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    Since it appears that pesticides build up in the wax, I would also assume that it build up in the plastic. Therefore we replace with new foundation, tested bt Dadant.

    Crazy Roland
  4. Re: Alabama IRS Denies Losses due to "Pre Production Phase"

    Would you ask an accountant for beekeeping advise?

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    GregV wrote:

    Show me the person who excels in ALL of the above and at once.
    Be honest too.

    be carefull - what is right next to insanity????

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    The applicability of Oldtimer's knowledge was questioned above due to it not being local. I disagree. It is the understanding of fundamental principles of chemistry, biology, physics, genetics,...
  7. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    Do you mean "innercover"???

    Crazy Roland
  8. Thread: Goldenrod Honey

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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Mr. Bush - just for reference - in this area, although the bloomings overlap for a short period like now, generally the Goldenrod starts to bloom 3 weeks before the Aster, and the Aster blooms for...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    StevenG, a poster from years ago, is ..to the best of my knowledge....still treatment free. The source of his genetics was one of the Weavers. It always helps to stand on someone else's shoulders.
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  10. Thread: Goldenrod Honey

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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Purple Aster has woken up. Goldenrod got freshen up, but on the tail end.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Or use non chemical methods.

    Crazy Roland
  12. Re: wax foundation falling apart in the extractor

    Yes, it takes skill to extract new drawn comb, but what do you do in a few years with the plastic foundation when it is contaminated with pesticides?

    Crazy Roland
  13. Thread: Goldenrod Honey

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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Smelled it for the first time in Menomonee Falls yesterday (near Milwaukee). The ground is VERY wet here, and goldenrod browning out(done). Will have to see if some of it wakes up with the coming...
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    Re: White area on back - is this normal?

    Yes, and "Touch me not" is also blooming. I will get a sample of that to compare also.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: White area on back - is this normal?

    we have been seeing it for the last two weeks in S.E. Wisconsin also. White pollen stripe. Queen Anne's lace, and wild cucumber are blooming. I will try to look at the pollen unde a microscope when...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    Plannerwgp - I am not that far from you, about 90 miles, so our weather was similar. Your inspection report was rather cursive.

    First of all, it is hard to complain of lack of honey with that...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    Please inspect the brood chamber and report your findings.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Mixing syrup in IBC tote

    What size/H.P. is your pump?

    Crazy Roland
  19. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    The conditions in a cave seem to turn the pollen to dust.

    Setting back your supers by one bee space provides an upper entrance without the need for another piece of hardware.

    Crazy Roland
  20. Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    In the 1940's, Delta sold a radius cutter that would eliminate a few operations. I will try to find the part number. I am sure it is no longer available, but a used one might be searchable.

    Crazy...
  21. Re: Florida beekeeper claims someone poisoned, killed nearly 7 million of his honeybe

    I never trust media interpretations of peer review articles. That MAY be the article. I would advise reading the actual paper. Often the imporatant to us facts are not in the conclusion.

    Crazy...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    I will second that. There where some smart people that came before us. Just because they did not have our knowledge, that does mean they could not think logically.

    Maybe Mites are NOT our...
  23. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    Due to the possibility of pollen being contaminated with pesticides and causing problems later that are hard to pinpoint the cause, we do not try to use stored pollen.

    Most bees do not remove it...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    Good deal. Generally, SHB do not survive well in our winters, but can hitchhike a ride in hives and packages from the South.

    All is well that ends well.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Need help on brood above queen excluder

    Yes, check for a queen downstairs first, and report back.

    Crazy Roland
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