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  1. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    Pine needles mainly. A friend uses wood from dead trees & swears by it, but haven't tried it (dead/rotten trees will burn but not produce much heat since the calories have all been used by fungus).
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    I have seen studies that showed that Buckwheat honey has the highest anti-oxidant levels of all the different varieties of honey tested, which makes it a top seller for the natural food/health...
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    Re: Tell me all about white clover

    You can check for seeds by shaking the heads into your hand/a piece of paper. I think they have to get fairly brown for the seeds to ripen but have never checked white clover (red clover yes, since...
  4. Re: Why doesn't everybody make their own equipment?

    I use rough cut 1 x 12" pine - double rabbat joints. I find it best to make a super from the same piece of wood as there can be slight variations in thickness between boards (1&15/16th to 2&1/16th)...
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    Re: Treated frames - use for honey or not?

    That may be, but the risk is pretty slight. We have the honey frames & honey supers off when we treat & will keep the super & frames in question segregated from those.
    For ref - we use Funagilin,...
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    Re: Treated frames - use for honey or not?

    Thanks. We were/are planning on keeping them separate from the ones we use for honey.
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    Re: Checking hives for Hygenic Behavior

    should be interesting. We have a weird mix of bees at the present despite using Carny queens (swarm not sure - can't remember seeing the queen but there is lots of brood)/seems like at least 4...
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    Re: Checking hives for Hygenic Behavior

    Was away for most of summer - got home in August and the hives were winding down drone production//also so busy doing everything else that I forgot :-(
    Will try it next spring when things aren't so...
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    Treated frames - use for honey or not?

    Quick explanation. In early Sept we captured a swarm & put it in a deep box. It is doing well & put away a good amount of honey during Sept (lots of asters & goldenrod here). To help the hive...
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    Re: Plastic foundation vs wax

    We use black plastic foundation (wood frames) for the brood chambers (easier to see eggs). Wax foundation for honey supers. Seems to work fine as all the foundation gets used (in most hives anyway).
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    Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    We give them 24 hours in the freezer then store them in supers in the barn. Supers are on cement and covered to keep out bees, beetles, etc. Also add a few mouse traps around.Cold in our area so...
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    Re: Supercedure Swarm?

    Drawn frames - this was a full deep split from another hive that we put a purchased queen in in May. Despite the good start (deep super with 50% brood/20% honey, 30% drawn) the queen never got past...
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    Re: Supercedure Swarm?

    Thanks. Just wondering as there are 3-4 empty frames in the brood area so it isn't crowded + first year queen (poor layer).
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    Supercedure Swarm?

    Had a swarm yesterday - saw them go by the barn. Lots of room in our hives, but decided to check anyway. Likely suspect was a hive with a poor laying queen - opened it up first & there are still...
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    Re: for you math geeks out there

    & to push it back even further; there is always a chance that the Vikings (Eric the Red, etal) took a hive or 2 over with them?
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    Re: Chances of queen dying on mating flights

    YMMV, but we are running 50% - one post swarm queen didn't return, one "emergency" queen from a hive split did. Don't know what the national average is.
    Common wisdom is that a queen will not mate...
  17. Re: Upper entrance covers and tar paper wrapping

    We put a 4-5" flap, stapled on both sides so that the middle sticks out 3/4", over our upper ventilation hole (opening profile of tarpaper cover forms a rectangle if looking at the opening from the...
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    Re: Does anyone know what kind of tree this is?

    Ghost tree?:ot:
  19. Re: Asters.. what are what, which are good for nectar

    Can't vouch for the info since we don't extract late in the fall, but have been told that aster honey crystalizes easily (should you extract it).
    New England aster is common up here -...
  20. Re: Any sudies show impact on native plants after a new apiary is set up?

    Similar observations. We bought a chunk of an old farm - previous owner had removed top soil, started a quarry & then abandoned the land so it had started to "grow up" but was also used as a...
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    Re: Varroa..Amitraz vs Formic acid

    You could use drone boards to keep the mite loads down & then only have to treat for mites once a year (spring). That said; you likely don't get much cold weather on the left coast so your hive...
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    Re: all outta supers Can I????????

    You could also extract & put the "wet" supers right back on. With a good flow starting, they will quickly replace the stores.
  23. Thread: flower id

    by bolter
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    Re: flower id

    I've long heard that Queen Anne's Lace is a beneficial plant to have around as it supports pollinators. According to the following link, honey bees are one of the pollinators that like it...
  24. Thread: Unwanted Bees

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    Re: Unwanted Bees

    The beekeeper will have to visit the hives to check up on them. Best to talk to him/her directly to see what they can/are willing to do (move some, put in a water source close to the hives, etc). ...
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    Re: Supercedure vs swarm cell

    Way to tell is #s. During a supercedure there will only be a few queen cells (3-4); getting ready for a swarm a dozen or so.
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