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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Though this thread has somewhat gotten off track from the original question of bees in the top of the hive and how to remove the honey supers, I did receive a PM back from Michael Bush:
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    The only time I see pollen in the super cells is if there has been cells used for brood. My clients buy local raw honey for the local pollen so I don't see it as a big negative.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I think the only time you will see cells of pollen is if there is or has been brood in the vicinity. Most of my customers want raw honey that contains local pollen so I guess I don't see that as a...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Are you saying super from the bottom of the hive?
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I don't run excluders either and I do get some brood in the supers. I just set it aside and use it to replace old combs in the brood boxes or for starting new colonies in the spring.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    When I pulled I left them with more than enough honey...lesson learned from last winter. I run M-D-M and the top medium was full of honey and there was quite a bit in the deep. Since most of the...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Michael Bush suggests waiting for cold weather (40 degree mornings) in the fall to pull honey supers. The bees will be clustered in the bottom and you can remove the supers without fume board, etc. ...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Opened a couple of hives and it appears that they have stove piped up through the empty supers. No brood at present but there has been in the middle 2 frames in the not too distant past. It looks...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    We had a pretty good fall flow. White clover and alfalfa have never stopped blooming, plenty of goldenrod. My friend at work had 2 supers filled since August. You might be right Brian, but I...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    What I have been trying to convey is that the bottom boxes are NOT empty. Hives are very heavy. They had plenty of honey in them when I extracted in August.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    We can have a fairly strong fall flow. The clover and alafalfa are still blooming. I know some of the hives have filled 1-2 supers since Auagust. When I pulled the supers in August I left plenty...
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    Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I tried MB's method this morning of pulling honey supers in the fall. It was 34 degrees, no wind, seemed perfect. However when I started opening the hives, the bees were all clustered in the top...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    [QUOTE=Acebird;1177277]The advantage is condensation occurs on the walls before it occurs on the top if the walls are not equally insulated. Bees breath. That provides moisture and HEAT. If you...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    The hive top is going to be COLD and yes the warm air rising from the bees breath is going to be warm and will condense when it hits that top, but I don't believe it is enough to warm the inside of...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    From a physics standpoint this still makes no sense. Think of your house. You have a fireplace downstairs generating heat but in your bedroom upstairs you leave the windows open for ventilation. I...
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    Re: Comb honey and foundation

    I've gotten quite lovely comb honey with foundationless, IF there is a strong flow on so that they draw everything at once. Otherwise they will draw the foundation with comb out deeper. If you want...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    I am not referring to a moisture quilt to absorb liquid but foam or other type of true insulation that some recommend.
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    Re: Top insulation?

    If have the "window open" so that the internal air temperature of the hive is the same as the outside temperature, I don't see how the insulation in the attic is going to help. I understand having...
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    Re: Comb honey and foundation

    [QUOTE=Michael Palmer;1176726]I produce thousands of cuts a year, and would never use foundation less or starter strips. To each their own.[/QU

    Do you make your own foundation?
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    Top insulation?

    I am trying to figure out the advantage of using insulation in the top of a hive. If you leave a top entrance or some other method of top ventilation, I don't understand how top insulation will...
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    Re: Unusual Scene in BeeYard

    AHB in your area? Well known for usurpation. Is your queen marked? Can you tell if a new queen has taken up residence?
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    Re: Comb honey and foundation

    I do it foundationless. I do not need a large amount so I put a couple of frames of foundationless in my honey supers between drawn foundatation. If there is a good flow on they will draw it...
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    Re: “Single-hive” honey?

    I only see the advantage if you can single source the honey, i.e. know it is basswood, etc.
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    Re: How to leave more honey for the Winter?

    Michael, I want to try your late fall harvest method, a few questions. Are you not concerned with disturbing the winter cluster on cold days when you open the hive? What kind of day do you prefer...
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    Re: Robbed Hive after MiteAway

    I treat all hives at a location and I try to do it while there is still somewhat of a flow going on, mid-August or so, generally right after pulling the supers for the summer. So far no robbing...
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