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  1. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    This is awesome work, Lauri! Thanks for the ideas!
  2. Thread: Mini beard?

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    Mini beard?

    Yesterday was a warm day, about 75. Last night there was a circular custer of bees over the entrance hole about an 1.5" in diameter. The activity level was beard-like. But it wasn't that warm at...
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    Re: Honey in brood comb

    I guess that's one reason I'd never thought about NOT using it - I'm treatment free. But all that makes total sense in terms of treating, chemicals, etc. Kewl. I leave the night just a bit more...
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    Honey in brood comb

    Someone recently stated that honey from brood comb is not desirable. I had never heard that. Is that accurate? I don't think I've ever taken any honey from brood comb, but I just as easily might...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    If she IS moving down, why would you need to reverse?
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    Wow, lots of good stuff here!

    I was wondering how the heck you could tell if the bees were in the bottom box, yet also being told don't fully open the hive yet. Man, I'm not sure I could do a tilt...
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    Re: ? About Hives

    Trotett1, I don't use an excluder because I try to "keep" as naturally as possible. My focus is not on honey. When I first started out, what I read about excluders (bees won't easily cross, can...
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    Re: ? About Hives

    The brood box is where the queen has laid her eggs. My boxes are all mediums, so there is no difference in size for the brood box versus a super, which is where the honey is stored. Honey for harvest...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    Mark, very helpful. That's what I need to hear, sort of a timetable and what factors influence the timing. Of course the bees won't stick to it, but it's a "guideline." Thank you!
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    This sounds like a good compromise, Mike. You are in Ohio... Really cold there. What do you call early spring?
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    Exactly.
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    That's very helpful, Brian. As long as I've done this, I still don't know what to tie things to. Right now I've got bees at the very top of the hive but a lift tells me there is plenty of honey...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

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    Great story!

    Harley, that is one thing I'm trying to ascertain - "typical order." What signs to look for, tying into things like dandelion bloom, etc.
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    I feel pretty confident in saying this ... Yes, this would probably be one sure-fire way to reduce swarming completely.
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    RW, that's what I've leaned toward, but it's always such a start when I open a hive, as I just did (lid only) and they are Right There (screened inner board).
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    Do you reverse hive bodies?

    I'm wondering how many of you reverse hive bodies, and if you do not, why not? If you do, what indicators do you use to judge when to reverse?
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    Re: Second deep backfilling

    Peter, what zone are you in?
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    Re: I think I've got a problem..

    Nosema?
  19. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    I think hives have increased because of the increase in beekeeping. Lots and lots of new beekeepers.
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    That's interesting, Mark. And that's mostly because it's proof that it's "real" honey?
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    My comment on the crystallization was simply that I don't know how it is viewed by the consumer. Some folks love it, I'm told. Some folks see it as a negative. I guess I am thinking most view it that...
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    Jrose, I think many people are finally starting to appreciate "quality" in food. Having my own (small) garden has sure hastened my appreciation for farmers and our food system! Those stats you listed...
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    My quart jar weighs 43 ounces. If 1/2 pint weighs 12 oz, my weight is way off. What am I missing?
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    This is very informative conversation - thanks! Yes, I am a hobby beek. And living in the Midwest, incomes are certainly not what NYC's are, but still, the time and effort is so huge and it seems the...
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    Re: How much to sell honey for?

    Thanks, Jrose, I'll check out that link! Hobo, I'll bet you are correct. That makes sense. I thought maybe it was referencing the last of the batch in some way. :)
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