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  1. Re: What would you charge? or how would you handle this?

    I would offer to set up their equipment as a consultant. Have a contract written up so that they assume all the risks and they get all of the produce from the hives. You can pitch it to them as...
  2. Re: inconsistency of advice with respect to sugar syrup and candy

    A double will only reach around 212 degrees. 212F degrees being the temperature of boiling water. might get a little hotter if the upper pot is making a tight seal but not much. If you look at...
  3. Re: inconsistency of advice with respect to sugar syrup and candy

    if you google caramelizing sugar you will find that the temperature needed to do that is typically 300F+ here is the link for that info....
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    Re: looking for advice on bee suit

    I'll take 2 please.
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    Re: looking for advice on bee suit

    This suit with the round hood is incredible. We have hot summers here in S Bama. I wear that suit with just my boxers on underneath and I stay relatively cool in the summer. I like the ability to...
  6. Thread: Candy

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    Re: Candy

    I think the part you missed out on is the same one I have missed in the past. After it has cooled below 200, you need to whip it to introduce air. Whip it until it gets white. At that would be my...
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    Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    I got into it a bit like Mr Beeman. I have heard and read stories of the bee decline and I realized that I had not really seen many bees around. I said someone needs to do something and I realized...
  8. Thread: What a year

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    Re: What a year

    Yes, I will add mediums as needed. The molds I made using SC plastic foundation and 2 part silicone. Haven't tried them yet, I know it is a lot of work but I would prefer to use my wax for any...
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    Wood cockroaches

    OK are these harmful to hives. I have these things all over my hives. The bees seem to just ignore them.
  10. Thread: What a year

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    What a year

    So I read up for about a year before I got my first bee. I decided to go with TBHs. I bought 2 packages. I screwed up and the first 2 packages absconded on me. I went later in the year and bought...
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    Re: NOW I will relax!

    let us know how that works out for ya. I don't mind a tank top to lift the lid and add syrup to the feeder but I am not going to start lifting bars with only a tank top on.
  12. Thread: pollen?

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    Re: pollen?

    mine are < 1 week
  13. Thread: pollen?

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    Re: pollen?

    They are taking syrup. I am just worried about the new brood they will be raising. just not seeing a lot of pollen around. Maybe I am worried needlessly.
  14. Thread: pollen?

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    pollen?

    so I am looking around and it appears as if we are into our summer dearth already. I see almost nothing blooming. I have new packages building now. Do I need to get some pollen or pollen sub and...
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    Re: Didn't give up

    RAFAEL these were brand new boxes that had nothing of home in them. No wax, no bee scents, nothing. That and leaving the entrance too open is what made them leave.
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    Didn't give up

    So after my first 2 hives left I almost gave up the idea. But I thought I would try 1 more time.

    First thing I did was to close up the entrance with queen excluder and only leave about 4 inches...
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    Re: I'm finally official!!!

    JYawn, congratz and good luck. It is amazing how much those little bugs will be on you mind now :)
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    Re: Biggest swarm yet.

    Soooooooooooooo, are swarm stories kinda like fish stories?
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    Re: number of bars to start a package on

    numerous reasons. Part of it is the fact that we dump them in the hive with nothing that seems like home. No comb or anything. I spent 3.25 to buy an excluder for a lang and cut it up. you can...
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    Re: number of bars to start a package on

    The typical number batted around is 8-12 if you are going to restrict them. Make sure you have the entrance blocked with queen excluder if you direct release. A lot of absconding this year in TBHs...
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    Re: Any advantage to bees?

    Thanks Michael. That was exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.
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    Re: New bees gone. Now what?

    auntnana21, I feel your pain. I hived 2 packages in April. With shipping I paid $320 for the 2 of them. I installed on a Saturday, direct release of the queen. By about 1300 on Sunday both hives...
  23. Thread: tbh swarmed

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    Re: tbh swarmed

    was the 19th bar full of honey?
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    Any advantage to bees?

    OK, let's say that I can either be protected or the bees can be calm. Is there any advantage to the bees of smoking them?

    TC
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    Re: HBH and lecithin question

    closer to 1.5 of those capsuls. 1/8 of a teaspoon is about .625 mL. Can't you find the capsuls filled with granular lecithin? I would think that would work better. That way you can just use the...
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