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    Re: wax moth trouble

    Thanks for the confirmation. I made room in a freezer finally while i awaited a response. Yes its wax moth. Hopefully theyre all dead now so i will warm and extract. Thanks again.
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    Re: wax moth trouble

    I shouldnt have to worry about slimy or silky honey? I just dont want to ruin the crop either, and would rather feed back to the bees if the honey is in danger. Otherwise if its safe, i will...
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    wax moth trouble

    I have some deeps full of capped honey. I pulled them at the end of may from various hives, but due to extenuating circumstances, i havent been able to extract until now. Unfortunately i have...
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    Re: What are their chances?

    Bees are pretty resilient, and the weather likely wont last long enough to really hurt them. They will probably be just fine. If its cold, they will cluster up and not eat the feed. Just check...
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    honey overwintered in the comb

    I have about seven medium supers full of honey that were pulled off of my hives last october. Due to issues that cropped up at home afterward, I never got around to extracting them. They've sat in...
  6. Re: Urban Beekeeping: Hotels with Hives | Check out the Jersey City Hyatt's Rooftop B

    Thanks for this. So many people in my area are shocked to hear about urban beekeeping, and are unwilling to see the benefits to both the owners of the buildings and the community as a whole. Maybe...
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    Re: Sugar Syrup color

    From your photo, I'd say it's not burnt at all. That amber coloring is simply the color of sugar water. I get the exact same shade just mixing warm tap water and sugar at 1:1. Now, if it's brown...
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    Re: To split or not?

    I didn't intend to move the queen. I'm not really sure how she got in there, since I know for a fact that I found her and set her aside on the frame rest between two other brood frames while I made...
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    Re: To split or not?

    I found the queen. She was in one of the two splits I made and moved out to my yard. *sigh* Oh well, there were supercedure cells in there, maybe they'll still follow through with it. I'm going...
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    Re: To split or not?

    I'm pretty sure the queen is gone. She was being superceded anyway, as I've already mentioned. This hive was pretty agitated today when I went through it, much like a hive without a queen at all. ...
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    Re: To split or not?

    So I again checked this hive today for progress and here's what I found.

    9 supercedure cells in the middle of the frames of which 6 were capped, and 6 swarm along the bottom of the frames of which...
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    Re: I want an Observation Hive

    Here's a photo of the Brushy Mountain one that we have.

    http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh570/KhirsahFireflash/IMAG0033.jpg
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    Re: I want an Observation Hive

    I think it was either Mann Lake or Brushy Mountain that sold a nuc box with a single deep size pane for viewing. I bought one because it's really great for a number of uses. It has a closable...
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    Re: Will bees pack honey in drone cells?

    Also, when the bees pack honey and nectar into the hive, the forager will often drop the nectar off into the first available cell. Later, a house bee will remove it to another section of the hive to...
  15. Re: Queen flew away while instaling package- How long can I keep package bees?

    Sounds like there's alot of absconding going on this year. Can you get a queen locally? That'd probably be the best bet. If not, just keep them misted with sugar water, and keep the package in a...
  16. Re: When should I check on the Queen when bad weather is forecasted?

    I would check the queens on wednesday. Our local beekeepers here in michigan always told us to check on the queen within 3 days, which would fall on wednesday for you. Besides, opening a hive in...
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    Re: Old Copper Smoker

    Sounds norse. Are you sure it wasn't fabrikken?
  18. Thread: Queen Banking

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    Re: Queen Banking

    One week without of attendants, two weeks as a virgin in a hive, four weeks mated in a bank hive is what I was told. After two weeks, virgins won't mate anymore, so be sure to factor in mating time...
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    Re: Today I learned what a "hot hive" is.

    I would definitely requeen the hive asap. As for maintenence around the hive, do it as sparingly as possible, and towards the evening or early morning when the activity level is down. I mow my lawn...
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    Re: What's happening next?

    If you put a tray of syrup in the hive, make sure you put a float in it for the bees so they don't drown.
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    Re: What's happening next?

    the bees will only cluster around the queen to keep her warm in temps under ~55 degrees. Otherwise, they probably just don't have anywhere to go. They won't just break cluster and run around the...
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    Re: To split or not?

    As a followup update to this thread, I split this hive today. I found a dozen or so more queen cells in the lower box, about half had eggs or small larvae. 3 were only a day or so away from being...
  23. Re: Money-is-a bit-short-and-wife-has-me-on-short-leash top-bar build

    are you sure it's a leash? Looks more like she has you on a choke chain! lol That has got to be the coolest hive I've ever seen. Any port in a storm, eh? Hope it works out for you!
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    Re: Today I learned what a "hot hive" is.

    I had a hive like that once. I went in with nothing but a veil on, and just popped the lid to check something. They went nuts, but none of them stung me until I went to cover the hive back up. I...
  25. Thread: Suppliers

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    Re: Suppliers

    I buy equipment from Dadant, Mann Lake, and Brushy Mountain. There are other companies out there too, it really depends on personal preference and selection. I find alot of goodies that I want from...
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