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    Re: Honey not capped yet

    I strongly recommend you extract the honey and free up drawn comb for next season. I learned from the school of hard knocks about not treating for mites and leaving the partially capped frames over...
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    Re: Honey not capped yet

    As it is getting "late" in the beekeeping calendar, I'd suggest you harvest the honey the bees don't need for wintering. I'd guess any frames that are half capped are dry enough. The overall mix of...
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    Re: Top entrance hive question

    Was having mold problems until I switched to notch up on inner cover. Did have some molding on the bottom side of one of telescopic covers. Need a bit of ventilation but moisture is definitely...
  4. Thread: Honey too dry

    by mgolden
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    Re: Honey too dry

    My thoughts too. If the extractor has a good grillage, one can apply a lot of force to the honey in tangential mode and there is little damage to the foundation and comb.
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    Re: Top entrance hive question

    I've got 2 1/2 inch of Styrofoam and 1/2inch plywood that I leave permanently in my 3 1/2 inch telescopic cover. Fix in place with 3 1/2 wood screws from under side. Only 1/2 over hang. This was...
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    Re: Are two deep brood's enough?

    I operate with two deep broods. I pull off NUCs to keep the population of my main hive under control. However, my goal is to not detract from the main hive and want it to produce as much honey as...
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    Re: how to move large hive

    If there is eggs or young larvae in a brood box separated by wood, the bees will start queen cells. You could try screened divider boards for between the supers. Even then if a super gets too far...
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    Re: how to move large hive

    I moved some double deeps by myself last spring. Use a couple of ratchet straps. It's not good when you use a single around the middle and the boxes twist cornerwise.

    Make sure you have good...
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    Beekeepers goal is to leave enough honey topped up sugar syrup to last the winter.

    Having said that I like to add a bit of cheap insurance in the form of sugar blocks. It stretches out the...
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    Purpose of the screen, when using a candy board, is to prevent parts of the sugar block collapsing and killing bees. Put sugar blocks directly on the tops of the frames - no screen required.
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    Purpose of the screen is to prevent parts of the sugar block collapsing and killing bees.

    Here's a link to a typical candy board.
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    I have packed candy boards with a recipe similar to Lauri's. No need to do any boiling. Pack the candy board with the sugar mixture and let dry, invert it on the hive and works very well.

    Make...
  13. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    Missed "their" and tax ???"write" off
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    Re: 1x6 wood for 4 way pallets

    PWF for Permanent Wood Foundation

    From memory, there is more pounds of preservative per cubic foot of wood. Wood surface is punctured with little indentations and preservative application tank is...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    I've got a plastic ice cream container with a square top. Scrape the fork on the straight edge.

    It is better to have older capped brood and bee somewhat/mostly developed. They are not as juicy...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Really????????? Use a small stainless steel screen used for funnels. Invert the pail over an empty pail used to capture syrup until the vacuum is established. Very little to no spillage and what...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    That doesn't wet my appetite for honey!

    I use an uncapping fork and don't uncap any brood area, so don't get any larvae juice. Have seen the odd small intact larvae in my top straining sieve. I...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Pails would mean one or so gallon pails inverted over a hole in a migratory cover or an inner cover. Very little chance any syrup is being "robbed" from hives and being returned to his hives.

    The...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    In Alberta, the normal winter configuration is two deeps. Beekeepers reduce to two deeps by early September. Nectar flow is greatly reduced to asters and golden rod. Need to get the honey off so...
  20. Thread: Smoker Fuel

    by mgolden
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I know of one commercial who uses burlap as the "inner cover". When it gets loaded with wax and propolis, it is saved and used in the smoker. Suspect it burns cleaner but perhaps a little ??quicker...
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    Re: Top feeder and inner cover

    The above is a myth. Put a heat source(light bulb, a cluster, etc) in an insulated cavity and use minimal ventilation and you will find the ambient temp at any location in the cavity higher. It is...
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    Re: Funny honey label

    Here's a picture of the internal anatomy.

    http://carrsconsulting.com/honeybee/normal/anatomybee_files/image010.jpg

    Think it is a disservice to Beekeepers and will not help in promoting honey...
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    Re: Funny honey label

    Is it technically even barf??????

    Is the honey nectar/stomach being used to add the enzymes????
  24. Re: Thoughts on Vivaldi Boards for overwintering?

    Suggest you also try some perimeter insulation( I use 2 inch styrofoam), black wrap and a quilt box. Think you would be pleasantly surprised by the big spring population and early. The insulation...
  25. Re: If bee space is 3/8" , why is the bottom board space 3/4" ??

    Make mine all 3/4 inch

    Provides a bit more ventilation in summer

    Can insert OA vaporizer

    Entrance reducers are all one thickness

    In winter my bottom entrance is 3/8 ply wood on top of 3/8...
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