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  1. Thread: Beeswax Alchemy?

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    Beeswax Alchemy?

    Does anyone have the book 'Beeswax Alchemy'? What did you think about?

    Tom
  2. Re: Too late to start new nucs to overwinter in VT?

    I am tending to make up stronger nucs all the time. They take less work overall. I find it easier to deal with too many bees than not enough. Starting with a queen is even better.

    The first...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Any update?

    Tom
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    Re: Molasses-like honey from what?

    Time will darken honey. While goldenrod honey is darker than light honey it is not dark compared to buckwheat honey. Goldenrod does not taste like molasses. Buckwheat honey can easily be described...
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    Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    Make sure your hives are strong, mite free and have plenty of stores going into winter. That is all you need to. Compared to other places where honey bees are overwintered outside your conditions...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    The thing that will cause this person the most problems is the illegal application of an insecticide.

    Tom
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    Re: Russians and hotheadedness

    I too once HAD russian bees. What you are seeing is something you will have with higher than normal regularity with russian bees. The claimed benefits don't outweigh the real downsides.

    You can...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    It is very easy to over-think these things, I have plenty of experience! Keep it simple. Don't add things the bees don't really need. Follow Michael Palmers plan and you should do just fine. As...
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    Re: Will GMO crops affect bees

    This is always one of those hot button topics that often quickly evolves into a useless thread, that has not happened with this thread.

    How many GMO crops are actually utilized, to any...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    I noticed some sweet clover blooming in central Ohio yesterday, it seemed a little early to me too.

    Tom
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    Re: One pound comb honey dimensions

    Don't forget thickness too. Depending on how you go about making comb honey can impact the thickness of the combs you end up with. I have found putting a foundationless frame in between drawn out...
  12. Re: Beginner Questions - Alternatives To Sugar Water

    Find a local beekeeper who utilizes top bar hives and you will be on your way to finding a top bar nuc.

    Tom
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    Re: Increase Temp on Uncapping Plane

    Let the plane heat up a little more before you start, pause between frames and slow down.

    Any combination of the those three ideas may help.

    Tom
  14. Re: Fungicide Spraying During the Day While Bees are Flying

    Captan is described as being relatively non-toxic to honeybees with a contact LD50 of >10 ug/bee. Here is a link to my source: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/captantech.pdf

    Tom
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    Re: Strange behavior outside hive.

    Jacob,

    It sounds like orientation flights. Robbing would be unusual at this time of year with strong pollen and nectar flows starting. I saw Japanese honeysuckle in full bloom on my drive to...
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    Re: Queen is gone (I think)

    Give it some time. I would not go in the hive for a couple of weeks at least. Virgin queens are a lot harder to spot. Give the virgin some time to get mated and start laying.

    Maybe you could...
  17. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    I use medium frames and typically get five cuts from a frame.

    Tom
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    Re: Requeen or wait on defensive hive?

    My experience with defensive hives is that they get more defensive as the population grows. They do not get gentler in succeeding generations. They produce the most honey. They tend to be hardy.
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    Re: which linden tree?

    There are around 45 silver leaf lindens on a stretch of road near one of my apiaries. My bees make a lot of honey from those trees.

    Tom
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    Re: Adding a package to a weak hive

    Why buy a package and add it to a weak hive? Put the weak hive in a nuc box, the package in a hive with some drawn frames.

    If the weak hive takes off in a smaller box great. If it doesn't then...
  21. Thread: Bt works!

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    Re: Bt works!

    If kept dry it should be good for years. What you have are the bacteria spores. They do not become active until eaten. The toxin produced is very host specific. So, the spores lay dormant in the...
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    Re: Epipen guidelines

    I'll be one more to suggest you have this conversation with your doctor. Anaphylactic reactions to bee stings are pretty rare. Most people have a reaction to a bee sting that is localized. ...
  23. Thread: Better Genetics

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    Re: Better Genetics

    Genetic diversity is important. But, to improve stocks you need to select from your best. Since all four hives will be producing drones I would choose from your two best queens to raise queens...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    If you think lighting wood pellets is hard corn is even harder. We have a corn stove and use wood pellets to light our corn stove. Corn burns at 1100 degrees, I'm not sure how a smoker would handle...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Whose general rule?

    How do you know if swarms are using old or new comb?

    Note I used the word poorly. That doesn't mean they cannot survive on new comb just that they do better on old comb.
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