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    Spacing of hive bodies?

    Installed one package today, another tomorrow.
    I have them literally about eight inches apart, but one is turned 90 degrees. So, one's back is nearly butted up against the right side of the other....
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    Always a mixed bag...

    My son and I planned to inspect our single hive and thought I'd better get a medium to add since their numbers were good and there was a lot of evening traffic.
    Almost all the frames were drawn last...
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    Re: What to do now?

    Hey Fish,
    Definitely Wax moths. Gray creepy worms that attach frames together with spider-like webbing.
    I haven't seen any moths or web in the hive. I do have some beetles in there though. I put a...
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    What to do now?

    Been trying to keep bees for years now. Had them freeze, starve over winter, devastated by wax moths twice...
    Had a wild swarm move in, produced 150 # of honey. I split it with a new queen. The...
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    Re: Fall honey and splits?

    Thanks Indy.
    any NC Beeks with some late season split advice?
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    Fall honey and splits?

    I took a frame of fall honey from one hive yesterday/ It's so much darker than the spring honey, and has a distinctly different flavor.
    It's like comparing a pilsner to an amber bock, only...
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    Re: Dumb question 99++

    Then heat the crushed comb slightly in a glass pan, maybe 100-110 degrees. The wax will float to the top and harden after it cools.
    The honey below will darken but it still delicious. One pop along...
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    So much propolis! What does it mean?

    My walk-away split from hive A to hive B seems to have worked wonderfully. I inspected today and found an incredible brood pattern with only a few skips on an entire frame! The medium is still only...
  9. Re: Questionable results from my split...

    Yes, I took five deep frames of brood and five medium frames with some honey and put it in the new hive (1 deep and one medium). I filled the rest of the space with empty frames, reduced the entrance...
  10. Questionable results from my split...

    I split a strong hive in the last week of April and inspected it today.
    I took half the deep and half the medium frames and moved them to a hive right next to it but facing another direction.
    In...
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    Re: what to do with the propolis?

    Everything I got was between frames or from inside the super where there's no paint. It was all nice and moist and gummy. Everything between boxes was dry and flaked away so I couldn't really collect...
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    Re: Another split question.

    But Honeydew, that sounds so random and way too simple. It's got to be more complicated than that. ;-)

    Thanks. Wish me luck!
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    Re: what to do with the propolis?

    Hmm, Herbalists and Violin makers. Why can I never find an HG Wells time machine when I need one? Might find the two together, or even one in the same in Boulder, or Seattle.
    I guess I'll just keep...
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    Re: Another split question.

    You mean keep them in the order in which I removed them?
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    Another split question.

    I tried to split an awesome colony (150 #s of honey) last year and ended up with a hive full of wax moths because I 'forgot' to reduce the entrance when I split it.

    The hive that was left from...
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    Re: Question for all beekeepers

    My girls cleaned out all by themselves just before they had their spring explosion. Being in NC, we've been a lot warmer and much earlier than where you are in CT. Had a pretty substantial layer of...
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    what to do with the propolis?

    Found an entire 10-frame medium that was still stuck together from last year. the stuff was still so soft! I scraped it all off the frames and super but now what specifically can I do with it? Is...
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    Re: Wax moth solution?

    BT? Where did you get it?
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    Re: Wax moth solutonj?

    Just got in.
    Those 'Little Devils' are just plain nasty!
    I took out three frames. The bees still had seven.
    The wall on the end was packed with cocoons so, I scraped them off and removed as many...
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    Wax moth solution?

    Yep, they're back.
    My new queen split was left with too much space (deep, medium, medium, top feeder, no entrance reducer) and I now have a small colony with beetles, roaches and wax moths.

    I...
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    Re: Honey prices?

    Grocery stores do not compare. It's processed, impersonal and not nearly as healthy as local honey.
    We have sold our PURE honey, no additives or chemicals at all, never heated, presented in nice...
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    Re: yellow jackets

    I was watching my newly split hive yesterday and was horrified to watch two YJs tear a honeybee in half!
    Checked again today and there they were, pickin off my girls!
    Disgusting! I have a new...
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    Re: Crossing state lines?

    Thanks Guys. I will check with both the Extention Office here and in Fla.

    The real question was, How to secure them for transport. My biggest problem is the amount of bearding my girls do. I have...
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    Crossing state lines?

    Does anyone have any experience moving hives across state lines?
    We may be moving from Raleigh to Panama City and we don't want to let the girls convey with the house, especially since we just split...
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    Re: extract gear question

    Check youtube for some interesting extraction alternatives.
    We used the crush and strain approach this year. It worked fine. Got about 100 pounds of honey.
    We decided to go with the foundationless...
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