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    Don't rely on hive temperature readings

    With an outdoor temperature of 41F yesterday, a hive thermometer was also reading 41F. Could the hive be out of food? I grabbed some fresh fondant, gently removed the top cover, and rotated the...
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    Re: Titebond II - what happened?

    As mentioned above, simply take it back to Lowe's for an exchange.
  3. Re: How cold before you need to close up bottom of hive?

    It's such a simple and inexpensive thing to install, I don't understand the resistance to closing the bottom. I'm in NJ where the temps vary widely but when regularly below 40F, the closed boards go...
  4. Thread: Propolis Traps?

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    Re: Propolis Traps?

    If you don't sell propolis as a health product there's no issue. People buying propolis will have their own uses.

    I collect propolis from my hive tool as I scrape the build-up between boxes. From...
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    Re: Reflective paint?

    If your top cover is metal, polish it and keep it clean. Can't get more reflective than that.
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    Re: In WAY over my head!

    Gotta agree with Acebird and most of the others. What's the problem? It's the wrong time of year to be opening up a hive with no genuine purpose in mind. Like the others have commented, you don't...
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    Re: Half dead hive after rainy week

    Just an observation for what it's worth- it seems that the hive is likely drowning in moisture. Get rid of the blankets which will only trap the moisture. The bees will die off since they can't...
  8. Thread: new smoker ?

    by Pete O
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    Re: new smoker ?

    To me it's just a ridiculous and unnecessary invention. What's wrong with lighting a smoker with a traditional fireplace lighter and pine needles. No battery or charger needed. If you are too week...
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    Re: BEE FONDANT: I end up with GUM

    Once I'm satisfied that most of the water is cooked out (approx 240 degrees), I let it cool down to perhaps 200 and then pour it into a mixmaster to let it aerate and crystalize. After a while on...
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    Re: humidity in hive

    This has been a warm season lately and I would remove the quilt until it gets much colder. Put some small spacers under the outer edges of the inner cover to help ventilate the hive. You've got to...
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    Cheap humidity indicator

    A cheap and simple method of determining if you have excess humidity in a hive, a four inch piece of clear neoprene hose stuck into a vent hole at the top of the hive will work very well. If there...
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    Re: wintering question

    I've been using a strip of thick plastic taken from a piece of under-porch lattice and drilling a series of four 3/8" holes; this goes over the bottom entrance of the hive. As the winter becomes...
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    Re: Honey is turning out like slimmy yellow

    What kind of filter did you use? Could what you are seeing just bee cappings floating to the surface?
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    Re: What do people do to keep rain out?

    Agree with AR- propolis seals all that needs to be sealed.
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    Re: Rapid Feeder Feeding NOW until when

    I would be mainly concerned with the amount of humidity the syrup is adding to the hive as winter approaches. It may just be wise to cease the syrup and go to fondant or other dry sugar.
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    Re: 2015 YTD Sting Count

    Fewer than 10 and some of them were through gloves; only four hives here. It would seem that I get stung in my hands more often when wearing gloves so I don't use them anymore.
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    Re: MegaBee protein winter feed

    I must emphasize- listen to Mr. Carlson.
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    Re: Honey super mistake

    It should be emphasized that feeding sugar is normally done during the fall and winter, after the supers have been removed, and after the bees have ceased bringing in nectar.

    The sugar that is...
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    Re: no cook sugar brick is a joke

    Mine gets cooked to about 235 degrees, let to cool off to about 180, and them poured into a MixMaster where it gets an intermittent agitation. The mixer puts air into the fondant, making it much...
  20. Re: Very fine comb, pollen or crystalized honey after extraction

    I suspect that what you are seeing is air; that will go through any filter. Just leave the honey alone and untouched for a week and then look.

    To reduce the air in your honey, empty your...
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    Re: Sugar blocks under inner cover?

    If you have a band saw you can cut your sugar blocks quite thin! I've been doing that for a couple of years now. The thin pieces rest easily on the top bars.
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    Re: Temp sensor inside of a bee hive and wax moths

    For a couple of years now I’ve monitored the hive temps with the probe roughly in the center of the ball. In doing this to three hives I could easily detect a potential problem if one hive took a...
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    The good, the bad

    Today was extraction of four medium supers; the yield was 40+ lbs of DARK and THICK honey with only 17% water. These mediums measured an average of 19.5% water a month ago when they were pulled and...
  24. Beekeeping Instructions from 1829; PDF available

    I’ve scanned and put together a seven page, fine print PDF about beekeeping in 1829. The book itself is a household “how to do everything” publication printed in Philadelphia in 1829. The PDF is...
  25. Re: Look what I found - an ancient American Bee Journal

    I may have you beeks beat in the ancient literature "contest"; for anyone who would like a PDF of how keep bees in the USA in 1829, just email me at "stateasylum@yahoo.com". The text was scanned...
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