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    Re: Honey is thick and grainy

    I have found that re-liquified honey usually stays liquid longer than the "straight out of the comb" honey. At least it will be in a state that will allow you to run it through a strainer.

    If you...
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    Re: Honey is thick and grainy

    Honey from some nectar sources will crystallize very quickly, and must be extracted almost as soon as the cells are capped. Canola (rape seed) is a good example. The factor that drives this is the...
  3. Re: Wax moth larvae infestation- learned what not to do here :/

    Here is what I have been using. I just starting using it this spring, and it seems to be working so far.

    XenTari BT
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    Re: Do You Space Frames In Your Honey Super?

    All the beeks I know use 9 frames in a 10 frame box for their honey supers. It makes uncapping a lot easier for me.

    One caveat: I only use the 9/10 arrangement with drawn comb. If I am...
  5. Thread: Tiny swarm

    by RickR
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    Re: Tiny swarm

    Got a call from a panicked homeowner about a huge swarm of honeybees in his backyard. I arrived to find a lemon sized cluster of bees hanging on a shrub. I clipped off the toothpick sized twig they...
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    Re: So... I got stung by a queen today!

    The queen's stinger is not barbed like a worker's, so the queen survives to sting another day.

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    Re: Varroa mite cross contamination

    I have bees and chickens too, and the mites that afflict the two are different. I would not expect that the verroa would be able to penetrate the chicken's skin. Even if they could get through the...
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    Re: Didnt know these things come with teeth

    That's one way to tell if a bee is going to nail you or not when it lands on you. If it grabs your hide or hair with its mandibles then get ready to be harpooned.
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    Re: How many hives is too many in one location?

    Its all about location. Some locations will sustain substantially more than others. I have over 40 hives in one apiary right now, and I they are producing as much (or more) honey per hive as they...
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    Re: Didnt know these things come with teeth

    Doing trapouts taught me real quick that bees can chew through stuff - duct seal, duck tape, silicon sealant, latex caulk, plastic garbage bags, etc. Some of the aforementioned sealants will work...
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    Re: Persistant Robbers

    I am using some homemade screens that have open tops. I think your reasoning is sound: reducing the top opening should help. I have also tried using a robber screen on conjunction with an entrance...
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    Re: Persistant Robbers

    I use robber screens , and consider them an important beekeeping tool. They work most of the time, but a hive can become so weak (or the number of robbers so overwhelming) that the screens won't...
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    Re: Brood in honey super?

    One thing I don't like about brood in my honey supers is the added time and trouble it produces when I an uncapping honey for extraction. I also do not like the amount of wasted brood that I have...
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    Re: Brood in honey super?

    If I misunderstood your statement about swarming I'm sorry, but I really don't know how else to interpret it.

    "Sorry. We've always been operating under the idea of keeping the colony healthy...
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    Re: Brood in honey super?

    It is a problem if a beekeeper doesn't want brood in his honey supers, and it goes beyond dark spots in the comb. Also, I have observed no correlation between swarming and the use of queen excluders.
  16. Re: quick question - what to do with gunk after melting wax?

    I use the slumgum (and old wax strainer cloth) as a fire starter in my fireplace.
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    Re: Brood in honey super?

    Is the solution to add queen excluders? - It is one solution. Some people love queen excluders, and some people hate them. I have been using them for 7 years with no complaints.

    Will the bees...
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    Re: Cockroach Bait for SHB

    A couple of things to consider before using Advion Syngenta Gel:

    - The active ingredient is Indoxacarb. Indoxacarb's effectiveness against roaches is due in part to the fact that it remains...
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    Re: Honey from swarms????

    I get really big swarms occasionally (I just hived one that has 10 deep frames covered with bees). I have found them to be great for cut comb production, especially if you give them plenty of drawn...
  20. Thread: Newbie question

    by RickR
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    Re: Newbie question

    A friend of mine worked with a beekeeper in Florida who used all deeps for everything, including honey supers. The downside is the weight -- lots of weight.
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    Re: What do you do when bee(s) in veil?

    For the proper response just remember this little rhyme:

    When in danger
    Or in doubt
    Run in circles
    Scream and shout
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    Re: What do you do when bee(s) in veil?

    I was working my bees Saturday when I got a call on my cell phone. It turned out to be a lady with several questions about some nucs I had listed for sale. In the middle of the rather lengthy...
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    Re: Camelbak for working bees?

    I have one and use it often in hot weather. I purchase it originally for use during cut-outs, but it has been a real aid in the apiary too. I use mine with a Kelley ventilated suit, and just run...
  24. Thread: Gloves

    by RickR
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    Re: Gloves

    I have been using 8 mil - 9 mil nitrile gloves with a 12" extended cuff, and they work well for me.

    Nitrile Synthetic Rubber Gloves, 8 mil - 9 mil with 12" Extended Cuff
  25. Thread: Plant ID Please.

    by RickR
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    Re: Plant ID Please.

    They don't always have thorns. I purchased a couple of the Elaeagnus pungens from a local nursery, and they have never had thorns. The pungens blooms in the Fall, and the umbellata blooms in the...
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