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    Re: Pre swarm activity?

    or they or another hive swarmed and found a home somewhere in your roof?
  2. Re: what to do with crystallized honey/sugar water?

    Thanks Lburou, it does indeed get hot here. The driveway maneuver sounds like a good idea. I was under the impression that even honey could produce the bad stuff if heated to too high of a temp. ...
  3. Re: what to do with crystallized honey/sugar water?

    Thanks. I am worried that putting it in the car will heat it too much for purposes of feeding back. Diluting it sounds like a good idea. It's food grade, and it tastes like honey, but I don't eat...
  4. what to do with crystallized honey/sugar water?

    I have a couple gallons of what I am sure is a mix of honey and sugar that I extracted this spring to clear out overwintered frames for spring use. it crystallized in the bucket. normally I would...
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    Re: Do oleander bushes make good honey?

    back to the chaste tree. mine (purple flowering) only attracts bumbles so I suspect that it's flowers may not be accessible to bees? love the bumbles though. it sounds like an engine running when...
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    Re: feeding honey back to bees safely

    I have successfully fed it in feeder jars (mason jars with lids with holes punched in them). I put the jar over the inner cover hole and put an empty box on to protect the jar and the bees from...
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    Re: hive-inspection frequency, first year

    my opinion only: go in them as much as you want. you will learn. you will probably set them back a but, but I think the best way to learn is to see what's happening. and there's plenty happening...
  8. Re: Need expert eyes... Do I requeen or have they taken care of it?

    well, you do have a queen cell that looks hatched, and there are definitely larvae but none of the ones in the pic look super young. when there was last a queen in the hive and how long ago would...
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    Re: How to cycle out frames

    put them out several hundred feet from a hive and let the bees clean them out.
  10. Re: New package swarmed, only queen and a few helpers are left!

    are these your only hives? do you have any brood in the other hived package or another hive that you could move over to the depleted hive?
    as JRG suggested they might have moved next door. if...
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    Re: HELP! What is this???

    could be ripped open queen cells or ripped open drone brood. you need to look at the bottom of the frame(s) from the medium to figure up whch. I have seen both kinds of brood (drone and QC)...
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    Re: wax bloom on stored capped frames?

    Thanks. It doesn't wipe off so I hope it's just wax bloom. Will see what the bees so with it.
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    Re: wax bloom on stored capped frames?

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    hope this is clear. thanks.
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    wax bloom on stored capped frames?

    I stored a super of mostly capped frames over the winter, hoping that in the spring I could put it back on the hive for a complete fill. it appears to have dots of wax bloom all over the caps and...
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    Re: Does the color of Oxalic Acid matter?

    I think the "black" part of the savogran label is just part of the brand name. oxalic acid crystals should be white. I wager that the stuff in the savogran black tub is white crystals.
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    Re: What to have blooming in August?

    mountain mint if you can get it. bees are nuts about it.
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    Re: Nuc Buildup and Winter Kill Question

    no, not much of a flow in July. that's why I feed mine steadily. see post # 2. In suburbia there is most always something blooming but not enough to support nucs without supplemental feeding.
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    Re: Nuc Buildup and Winter Kill Question

    I have both large hives and nucs in my yard--I'm a backyard level beekeeper. I haven't seen robbing in the winter, but I do close down the nuc entrances in the fall to one bee width. there is some...
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    Re: Nuc Buildup and Winter Kill Question

    I like to feed "new" nucs pretty steadily as they really only have the dearthy part of summer/fall to get their stores--fall is generally crummy flow here. I go 1:1 (lighter syrup) until first of...
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    Re: Sugar blocks under inner cover?

    I think your answer depends on how thin you make your sugar blocks. it is pretty easy to nail together a 1-2 inch tall rim to put under the inner cover, so you know you will have room for the sugar...
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    Re: Feeding old honey

    shouldn't be a problem, as long as the colonies you harvested from were healthy and the honey wasnt overheated. if the honey is crystallized, they don't seem to be able to (or want to) take the...
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    Re: Tell me what plant this is

    not sure it's a negative attribute, but if you have deer in your area, they seem to think it's delicious (prior to flowering). which means you might not ever see any of those nice flowers, and the...
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    Re: super has sugar water and honey

    Eddie Money, I would say the bees mayput it in the deeps below. mine never do. they are perfectly happy to rob frames left out in the open but dang if they'll move anything down. I even tried...
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    Re: Sting Home remedies?

    Note to Beestricken: where I live plantain is a weed and nothing else. if you can find it at a nursery, for sale, I'd be very surprised.
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    Re: Which Battery should I buy for a Varrox....

    I'm using a 12 V,18 Ah battery I got on Amazon. it did fine through 8 cycles--I haven't tried more.
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