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    Re: Foundationless Supers

    1. I would recommend against a foundation frame between two foundationless frames. My bees will show a preference for the FL frame and pull it wide. This is more true in the supers. A piece of...
  2. Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    When does it bloom? Could it be wingstem?

    Shane
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    Re: Small swarm at work

    How big is the cluster?
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    Re: did i mess up?

    This time of year, I would not feed a nuc. The nuc should have came with stores. Like the other post er said, entrance feeders cause robbing.

    The 80 yard move could be an issue. Did you notice a...
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    Re: Black Locust!

    Black Locust is one of my favorite types of honey as well. To me, it is better than our storied sourwood.

    Shane
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    Re: Black Locust!

    :thumbsup:

    Like others have said, we don't have a big black locust flow every year. Last year was a very good locust flow here. My biggest is maybe 20' tall and has not bloomed yet. I have seen...
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    Re: Swarms in the rain

    We have hived a swarm that overnightted in near freezing temps.
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    The first time I had buckwheat honey from the store, it was bad. But, Buckwheat honey that is "raw" is very tasty, IMO.

    Shane
  9. Thread: Brood Honey

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    Re: Brood Honey

    Honey from the brood chamber I would save for my new/other bees. Capped honey from deadouts in supers, or full frames of honey on the outside of the brood area, I save for me.

    YMMV,

    Shane
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    Re: Possibly queenless hive?

    That's a tough one,

    This time of year, in our area, I expect to find lots of brood. If you saw capped brood on 3/15 and none today, that is almost 30 days since you last saw the queen and brood. ...
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    Re: Feeding Honey Crazy robbing.

    I have access to a friend's apiary that is a few miles away, or I move them to my Uncle's apiary 15 or so miles away. Robbing tends to only be an issue at my home apiary.

    At this location, I...
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    Re: Feeding Honey Crazy robbing.

    Merince gave sound advice. Robbing is an issue at my home apiary. I have found that once robbers have found a weak colony, they remember it. When I find a colony that is being robbed, after...
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    Re: last years capped honey

    If you want to feed it back to the bees, I would recomend against uncapping it. That might make a big sticky mess, which would drown/trap aot of bees. Just place the frames in the colony.

    On the...
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    Re: supplements for spring build up

    My bees have never touched pollen sub.

    Shane
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    Re: Most Painful Place to be Stung by a Bee

    Took a sting to the back of the hand once. Since the temperature was hot, the veins in my hand were close to the surface. Maybe she put it in, or very close to a vein. But that was easily the...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    This is so true.
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    Re: Should I split this hive?

    If you want to maximize honey, then opening up the brood nest will give you the best results. A cut down split should stop them from swarming but as for swarm control, it is like a last ditch...
  18. Re: New beekeeper, old used equipment. Should I use it?

    If your hives never had AFB, then I would be inclined to use the boxes. If you are inclined to use the frames, Fatbeeman has an excellent video on how to clean frames.

    Shane
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    Re: Extracting "Foundation-less" Comb

    In our honey supers, we run mostly medium frames. We do have a few shallows as well. We do not wire our medium or shallow frames.

    For deep frames, I will wire them.

    Shane
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    Re: Extracting "Foundation-less" Comb

    Our extractor is not a radial. We are considering a conversion kit that would make it a radial extractor.
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    Re: Extracting "Foundation-less" Comb

    I extract foundationless frames. No big deal. If the comb is heavy, I will spin one side partially out, reverse it, spin the other side, then finish the first side. Usually, I just spin the first...
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    Re: Is it too early for a cut down split?

    If a booming hive has 12 queen cells, they are about to swarm. I would do a cut down split asap. You probably do not want to leave more than two queen cells in the parent hive, or they may swarm...
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    Re: Making splits

    Like Smoke said,

    Some people move splits, some don't. I have done it both ways. Since I keep bees at two places, I move my splits. The reason I move my splits is, once all the bees from the...
  24. Thread: honey suckle

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    Re: honey suckle

    Michael,

    Do you know what type of honeysuckle that is shown in your picture? We have the honeysuckle vine, which our bees ignore. Which is unfortunate, because the vine is loaded with nectar. ...
  25. Thread: Windows XP?

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    Re: Windows XP?

    There have been a lot of opinions on Windows XP. It is true that Windows XP was a very good OS. From a security stand point, it is time to replace XP. Windows XP is simply not as secure as Windows...
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