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    what about fixing the queen cage in the hive and...

    what about fixing the queen cage in the hive and setting the open package over the hole in the inner cover, with an empty hive body and outer cover to protect it? has anyone done it this way?
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    splitting later is probably what i should've...

    splitting later is probably what i should've done. unfortunately there's no way i'm going to be able to get the queen back in her original hive; the farm isn't local (it's not a million miles away,...
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    matt, why too early? the strong hive had capped...

    matt, why too early? the strong hive had capped drone larvae, so i was assuming that other local hives would as well (the property adjacent to the farm has a few hives, so i figured chances were...
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    my first impulse was to move a frame of eggs to...

    my first impulse was to move a frame of eggs to the weak hive and let them raise a queen. but i was worried that they were SO weak that they might not be able to adequately care for them. i wanted...
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    did i save one hive, or kill two?

    i did my spring inspection on five hives i keep up at a farm today. this was my third winter, and my first year losing hives. three of the five were dead (all had at least some honey, plus sugar on...
  6. Thread: Blue pollen?

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    mine get it from siberian squill. i planted it...

    mine get it from siberian squill. i planted it just to see them bring blue pollen!
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    i learned that it doesn't matter that i'm scared...

    i learned that it doesn't matter that i'm scared to death of heights, i'll still climb 30 feet up a tree to catch bees.
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    creamed honey, again

    does honey need to be held at 57 degrees to cream properly, or does that just speed the process? i have a spare fridge that i thought would be ideal for holding the honey while it crystallizes, but...
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    a tale of two nucs

    i have two questions about two different nucs, i was hoping for some insight.

    the first is pretty straightforward; i have a nuc that i'm planning to use with my new ulster OB hive for the farm...
  10. i draw the admittedly arbitrary line at wax that...

    i draw the admittedly arbitrary line at wax that i include as "edible" - which is to say, i use wax foundation in frames destined for extraction, but go foundationless in frames meant for chunk or...
  11. Thread: Pollination fees

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    i have some hives on a small farm; he wanted...

    i have some hives on a small farm; he wanted pollination and i wanted room to expand. i'm keeping the hives there year-round, and charging $20 per hive for pollination. he was absolutely fine with...
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    i use foundationless for my chunk honey frames -...

    i use foundationless for my chunk honey frames - i don't worry about it being "perfect," either. i just use about an inch-wide strip of foundation to guide the bees, and alternate these frames with...
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    thanks for the replies. i just got home, the...

    thanks for the replies. i just got home, the tree is safe and upright and HUGE, the manpower is safe and nobody got crushed. the bees are gorgeous, dark and super super calm. i'll post pics as...
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    getting a bee tree...

    a semi-local homeowner had a large decaying tree taken down a few days ago. the tree contained a bee colony, and the homeowner was very intent on saving it; her tree service preserved it intact in...
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    i think this is likely a huge part of it; i've...

    i think this is likely a huge part of it; i've had any number of people tell me that they don't like honey, but they like my honey. the difference between "homemade" and storebought is tremendous...
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    i dunno, if half my order was the wrong thing,...

    i dunno, if half my order was the wrong thing, i'd give that a thumbs-down, too - this forum is "consumer reports," not "let's all hug." even if a company has great service and is willing to make...
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    the total policy is around 1200 dollars, roughly...

    the total policy is around 1200 dollars, roughly half of which is homeowner's insurance. of the other half, about 350 is for "farm profits," which is kind of pointless because i don't have a farm,...
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    i'm glad i went with the company i did (i...

    i'm glad i went with the company i did (i originally went to the hartford, and they would cover soap and things, but only up to something like 10% of my total sales.) the agent i dealt with already...
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    dude that's a crapton of money. in searching for...

    dude that's a crapton of money. in searching for my own insurance i spoke to the hartford (suggested by several on this board) and farm family group (which i found through the farm bureau, at joel's...
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    just wanted to update and thank you, joel, for...

    just wanted to update and thank you, joel, for the lead. i ended up with coverage for everything i need through farm family group (and now i'm a member of the farm bureau... me and my 0.3 acre...
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    our pest management professor highly recommended...

    our pest management professor highly recommended the diluted dish detergent method.
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    2 queen cell questions

    1. how soon after a new queen emerges is her cell torn down?

    2. if you have a frame containing several Qcells, could you contain each of them somehow (like under a push-in cage) until they all...
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    i got nailed in that same spot last week; the...

    i got nailed in that same spot last week; the first day it just looked a little blotchy, like i'd been crying. the second day it looked like i'd been in a bar brawl... my boss didn't quite have the...
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    thanks! what would happen if you chilled the...

    thanks!

    what would happen if you chilled the whole batch and then bottled it? does it not set up right or is it just too difficult to bottle?
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    when to bottle creamed honey?

    i'm planning to make some creamed honey this year. i've been reading the old threads on the topic, but i'm not clear on when to bottle it - immediately after seeding, or after it's been refrigerated...
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