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  1. Wife's first bee sting ever - unbelievable

    My wife came along to my out yard today and sat in the truck while I did OAV treatments. She had her window down a couple inches and 2 bees got in the cab with her. All of I sudden she's yelling my...
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    Re: Sweet smell in the air

    I am in wooded suburbs. Hardwoods and pine. the woods are thick enough that we don't get much flowering. I smell this away from my bees. Goldenrod is going crazy in any open area that gets sun. And...
  3. Re: The joys of owning a pickup truck...and keeping bees

    I've always thought there are 2 things that will uncover friends you didn't know you had and family you thought didn't like you.... A pickup truck and a pool.

    Can't imagine working bees without a...
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    Sweet smell in the air

    Tonight there was a strong almost perfume sweet smell in the air. It is no doubt a plant but I don't know what. Couldn't be the golden rod could it? I have lilacs but they don't do anything this time...
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    Re: White foam ring at top of honey in bottle

    Dan that is such a gracious offer. :lpf::lpf:
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    Re: White foam ring at top of honey in bottle

    Thanks Aunt Betty, I like your perspective. I agree that a natural unprocessed product is going to have flaws and that's a good thing. I am no longer concerned. I don't believe that it is...
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    Re: White foam ring at top of honey in bottle

    I am just a hobbyist. 125 lbs of saleable honey this season from 2 locations. I extract all the honey exactly the same but the one location has the ring while the other has none. This is no big deal...
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    White foam ring at top of honey in bottle

    I have bees at two locations. When I extract I process and bottle the honey from each location separately. Honey from one location always ends up with this thin white foam ring in the bottle. The...
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    Re: SHB in wet frames

    Beeware10 so don't extract and leave the full supers on full? Then I can't do OAV.
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    SHB in wet frames

    I set a stack of supers with wet comb out a hundred yards from my home hives and the bees worked them over good today. Tonight as I was moving the supers inside I squished 3 or 4 hive beetles. I...
  11. Re: Is there a way to reduce moisture of extracted honey?

    This is all beautifully capped honey but it has been sitting in my garage for a week and it's been humid and today it is raining. I haven't had time to extract but today I do. The 5 med supers have...
  12. Is there a way to reduce moisture of extracted honey?

    So once it's in a 5 gallon bucket, can you reduce the moisture if need be?
  13. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    MicketReej bee keeping is hard work. It's hot and sweaty and sticky. It'll give you a bad back over the years. It takes a fair amount of muscle to move supers around. It's heartbreaking when you lose...
  14. Extracting during wet weather question

    If you extract during very humid weather or say in a garage while it is raining, can honey pick up enough moisture to affect the quality?
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    Re: might be a mite?

    There is no might about that mite being a mite. Now it might be a dead mite and it might be a live mite but a mite it most definitely is.
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    Re: OAV Then MAQs

    What is the optimum cycle for OAV? every 4 days? 5 days?
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    Re: OAV Then MAQs

    Thanks all for your input. I am a believer in OAV and is all I've used since I started. This is my third season.
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    OAV Then MAQs

    I have a couple hives with high mite counts. 32 in a 300 bee sample sugar roll. I did first treatment with OAV today. But I decided to order MAQs. They'll be here in 7 to 10 days. Should I cease the...
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    Re: 10 mites per 100!!!

    These are Italians. A first year split from a Georgia package 3 years old. Traffic at the door seemed to be down but once I got inside I was pleasantly surprised at the population.
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    10 mites per 100!!!

    I did first mite check of the summer. Took a frame from the middle of the top deep. it was beautiful. Edge to edge capped worker brood not a cell missed on both sides. Shook bees off that frame,...
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    Re: Population diminishing

    Thanks Peter. As soon as I get the honey off I'm going to do a round of OAV.
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    Population diminishing

    It looks like my populations have diminished quite a bit in the last couple weeks. Is this normal timing or a bit early. I'm pulling honey this weekend.
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    Re: What constitutes a brood break?

    Nice analysis grozzie.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    Point taken Planethill. I think there is no doubt mead made from this honey would be safe. The honey may even be safe. But its appeal would be quite limited and I would feel a responsibility to...
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    Re: Lost bees to ants

    I have a 2 yr old hive that I have a ventilation rim that is screened so the bees can't get up into it but I am always finding small red ants and their larvae on the top side. I always clean the ants...
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