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  1. Re: Consistency of Creamed Honey - Starter vs. Finished Product?

    Hm, I'm not sure if I explained myself well. The creamed honey that I bought to use as a starter is certainly small grained (not sure if my terminology is right...), so it doesn't seem like grinding...
  2. Consistency of Creamed Honey - Starter vs. Finished Product?

    I am about to embark on my first try at making creamed honey (this is just for Christmas gifts, not commercial).

    I bought a jar of creamed honey to use as starter, and couldn't help a bit of a...
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    I also extract once about now, and a second time...

    I also extract once about now, and a second time later in the summer or early fall. Otherwise I run out of equipment, since right now I've got every box and frame I own on the the hives. Plus, I...
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    Take a frame from one of your other hives that...

    Take a frame from one of your other hives that includes uncapped larva and put it in the hive with no Queen. They'll be able to raise a new Queen if they need it.
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    For me, it's "necessary" to wear a full suit and...

    For me, it's "necessary" to wear a full suit and gloves. Why? Because that's what makes me feel comfortable. Maybe someday I'll feel differently, but I don't have any need to show how 'tough' I am...
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    Sticky: March 19, 94702

    March 19, 94702
  7. Ah yes, that's where I was reading about opening...

    Ah yes, that's where I was reading about opening the brood nest up using frames with starter strips, but NOT foundation. Although I suppose I could try it with just an open, empty frame? I'm...
  8. Hm, thanks for all the thoughts. I wanted to...

    Hm, thanks for all the thoughts.

    I wanted to avoid breaking up the brood nest since I use primarily plastic foundation - that is, I've read about "opening" up the brood nest but using only an...
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    Aw, looks like a great wedding, Congrats!

    Aw, looks like a great wedding, Congrats!
  10. Checkerboarding when frames have honey & brood?

    So - I went to set up checkerboarding this past weekend, my first time trying this. Both hives overwintered in a single deep + medium. Both are doing well, higher mite loads then I'd like but...
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    We weren't able to find any really small honey...

    We weren't able to find any really small honey 'grabbers', or whatever they're called, for less then $1 each, which was just too much for us. I just found them for $0.45 each on the site you linked...
  12. This is a great resource. Developed for West...

    This is a great resource. Developed for West Coast, San Francisco area, but probably many plants that would thrive in your area.

    http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/gbt.html
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    We did honey comb for our favors and ended up...

    We did honey comb for our favors and ended up just putting a heart with our initials on it, but some that we came up with in our brainstorming (and/or found on the web) were:

    Sweet Beginnings...
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    What I do is lift the extractor onto a table,...

    What I do is lift the extractor onto a table, overhanging the edge. Beneath it, I put a bucket that also has a valve on the bottom, which is fitted with a doubled up hops bag from the beer brewing...
  15. Thread: urban bees

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    I live in an urban setting and have gone both...

    I live in an urban setting and have gone both routes -- when I first started beekeeping I lived in a rental and didn't tell anyone. I didn't have a great relationship with the neighbors, and I knew...
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    Sticky: August 21 - 94702

    August 21 - 94702
  17. Thread: Water Supply

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    My bees totally ignore the bucket w/ old...

    My bees totally ignore the bucket w/ old dishtowels hanging in it, although I've seen that work great for other local beekeepers. I have no clue where they go! Hopefully not the neighbors waterfall...
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    I was told by an old timer that if when you shake...

    I was told by an old timer that if when you shake it sideways (so, uncapped cells pointing down) - if nothing comes out, it's good to extract. If stuff does flow out, not ready.

    This rule worked...
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    Sticky: Area Code: 94702 Swarm: May 28th, from a...

    Area Code: 94702
    Swarm: May 28th, from a package installed April 1.
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    Anyone want a swarm in SF Bay Area?

    I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this, please let me know if it should be moved elsewhere!

    I have some friends who have a swarm in a tree in their yard in Albany, CA, just north of...
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    Well, it's 6 frames of HSC and 4 frames of...

    Well, it's 6 frames of HSC and 4 frames of 'regular' foundation/comb, so they've got some options for drones.

    Regardless, a friend stopped by a store and got me a regular inner cover that I'm...
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    This seems to be the thread with the most updated...

    This seems to be the thread with the most updated responses. I'm looking for some feedback on my attemps to make BOP work for me --

    I painted the plastic with wax and also put a drawn out, mostly...
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    Yeah, my current cover has the end boards which...

    Yeah, my current cover has the end boards which makes twisting impossible. Currently I get it off (well, I've only had to once, this is a pretty new package) by sliding it towards me - but I'm a bit...
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    Screened Inner Cover?

    I saw that Dadant has a screened inner cover -- anyone used one of these?

    I've got the girls on frames of the plastic HSC and while they're slowly but surely accepting it for brood, they're also...
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    I put one package on these April 1, with 6 in the...

    I put one package on these April 1, with 6 in the middle and 2 frames of standard undrawn foundation on either side (actually one of those was drawn out). Following advice gleaned from here, I...
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