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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Interesting! I agree that glass looks better, feels better, and poses no health risk. However....with four kids, the plastic with flip caps sure is cleaner. :)
  2. Thread: Thin honey

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    Re: Thin honey

    Yes, and not just because of location, but also due to year to year differences in nectar sources. The first year I harvested honey it was thick and dark. The next year the first little batch I cut...
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    Re: Honey extractor?

    Most folks in most bee clubs are pretty friendly. I'd like to think you'll have several that will invite you over to extract with them for a year or two until you can save up. We had five different...
  4. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    Late in the 2012 season Mr. Purvis and his wife came and spoke at our small bee club's meeting here in TN. I had not ordered a queen but there was one left over that I was able to make up a nuc with....
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    Re: Gunfire in Proximity to Beeyard

    My home hives are about 300 yards or so from a gun range without any problems. Range is used for qualifying by local law enforcement, monthly 3-gun matches, testing for carry permits, and lots of...
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    Re: Foraging Options

    I heard Richard Coy of Coy Honey Farms answer this question at HAS last year. If I recall he said they did get some honey production out of soybeans, but only in certain geographic areas and it was...
  7. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    I can shake out a super in way under 10 minutes. By doing it a frame at a time I can also check for any brood or unfilled/uncapped frames. I've used Bee Quick and am fine with it. Works great if...
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    Re: feeding new hives?

    Jayhawk,
    Check out this link for general flow info in your area:
    http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/Honeybees/ForageRegion.php?StReg=MO_10

    Feeding a new hive is kind of a personal preference...
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    Re: feeding new hives?

    Most will say feed until you get to the desired hive size for overwintering. However, you do not have to feed if you have a flow on. They normally will do just fine on the natural stuff. If they...
  10. Re: Accidentally pulled queen to nuc box two days ago - could use advice

    I think most folks leave most of the eggs/larvae/brood in the original hive when they intentionally move the existing queen just before or early in the flow. Its a great way to get the original hive...
  11. Re: Looks like there will be a flood of blackberrys this summer in North Georgia.

    I've noticed lots more white clover than usual here. Backyard is literally a carpet of clover. Almost hated to mow it. I wondered if the winter weather had something to do with it?
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    Re: Bees and Turkey Hunting (slightly graphic)

    That's great! Figure out a way to catch some crappie and you've got the spring trifecta perfected. :)
  13. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    It snowed here in TN Tuesday and got into the teens at night. But....we do have a few dandelions starting to appear! :)
  14. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    Someone at our meeting the other night reported seeing a few drones in the hive in our area already. I have not seen any flying yet, but did find some capped drone brood just a few days ago. So if...
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    Re: Drones now in NE Ohio?

    No drones flying here yet, but I did find some drone brood in the last couple of days.
  16. Re: Southern Illinois my hives are bringing in pollen by the truck load!!

    Probably Maples.
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    Re: Strange food source

    They could be finding some early pollen. They bring it in much earlier than you would think. Mine were bringing it in like crazy today.
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    Re: Wimpy Little Nuc

    Its likely early pollen. They find it way earlier than I would have guessed before I took up beekeeping. There are not always many flying days in our area in Feb, but I've been told if they can fly...
  19. Thread: Honey Color?

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    Re: Honey Color?

    Not saying that this is what happened but I've heard of folks buying a barrel of wholesale honey and repackaging it when they have a down year to keep regular customers business. I don't guess there...
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    Re: golden rod bloom

    I usually just do a smell check of the hives for G-rod. :) At least in my area it is unmistakable. Caught the first whiffs of it yesterday, so they started on it here in the last week or so.
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    Re: Foundation or Not?

    You can use an extractor just fine. I extracted both medium and shallow foundationless frames a couple weeks ago with no problems. This was a hand crank extractor. Just started fairly slow. I...
  22. Re: Bees just not capping to enough % to harvest.

    I have not checked my production hives in a week or so, but I was having some of the same issues and talked with others in our area who are as well. Some thought it might be a combo of late spring,...
  23. Thread: Devastated

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    Re: Devastated

    My guess: most of your bees and all of your honey is packed in back at your original hive. I'm pretty close to you and have had problems with feeding of any kind in July and August. If I was going...
  24. Re: maybe an old wivies tale about bring a swarm down

    I once had a swarm take off on me just as I was setting up to capture it. Started beating on the ladder with a hive tool and they settled right back down in a couple minutes. There must be a little...
  25. Thread: Caught a swarm

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    Re: Caught a swarm

    That's incredible! Way to go.

    I put out four or five traps two years in a row and got jack squat.
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