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    Re: Michigan Mint Honey?

    They does raise mint in areas of MI so, there is a strong possibility it could be mint honey. There are some farms around St. Anne IL that raise mint too.

    Tom
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    Re: corn husks for smoker fuel

    I have used corn cobs but not husks. Assuming hey have dried out enough they should work fine.

    Tom
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    Re: Michigan Mint Honey?

    Bees seem to forage on many plants in the mint family. Bee balm is in the mint family. Ground ivy is in the mint family.

    Plant in the mint family have square stems, not round.

    Tom
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    Re: Uncapping/Extractor Room Floor

    This year I have been using a shower curtin. It is easy to wash off. I noticed a few small holes in it after my last cleanup. I have thought about going with rosin paper from Lowes. But, I also...
  5. Thread: Frame spacer

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    Re: Frame spacer

    Ed,

    When I uncapped I cut the combs flush with the end bar so a lot of the extra honey came off with the cappings. I think the frames were still heavier sine the comb now extened out to the...
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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    My mentor only extracts fully capped frames. For a couple of years he had 'thin' honey. It would ferment a little after a few weeks. He finally got a refractometer and found out it was high in...
  7. Thread: Comb Honey Knife

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    Re: Comb Honey Knife

    That is why I put the third link in my post. It is a high carbon blade on a knife used for grafting trees. High carbon blades are harder to find. They can dull a little quicker. But, they are easy...
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    Re: Beekeeping Supplies Chicago Area?

    Fours hours south of Chicago is a long way from Wisconsin!

    Tom
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    Re: Very light honey-marketing?

    In my area there is a market for locust honey that is almost water white. Some beekeepers charge a premium for it.

    Personally, I prefer something with more flavor. My wife prefers the milder...
  10. Thread: Comb Honey Knife

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    Comb Honey Knife

    I have a few frames of comb honey and I'm looking for a knife to cut it. For those that do cut comb honey what is your preference? What do you think of these:
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Mark,

    NE is the abbreviation for Nebraska, as in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Tom
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    Re: What % of the comb must be capped?

    If I can't shake nectar out of the frame I extract it. I have not had a problem with too much moisture in my honey.

    I try to extract varietal honeys so I don't always wait for frames to be...
  13. Thread: Plant ID

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    Re: Plant ID

    It looks like some type of legume. It reminds of peas but the leaves are different.

    Tom
  14. Thread: Frame spacer

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    Frame spacer

    This winter I bought a frame spacer to put 7 frames in an 8 frame box.
    http://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/12/Smokers-Tools/Tools/3972/Plastic-Frame-Spacing-Tool
    I extracted some of those supers...
  15. Thread: vented bee suit

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    Re: vented bee suit

    I got a BeeKool jacket from Bluesky this year. I am very happy with it. Even if there is not a breeze it is still cooler. No stings either since it doesn't get sweat soaked.

    Tom
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    My seedlings are doing good. They are in full sun. I keep them watered and fed. They are over six inches tall. I'm going to wait until they are dormant to transplant.

    Tom
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    Re: Messed up frame in a deep?

    I would suggest you extract it. You can trim off the excess comb. It is probably fine to go ahead and extract now.

    If you don't extract/trim the comb that frame will cause you nothing but...
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    Re: Bee and neighbor problem

    I have stopped telling neighbors I have bees. Some already know. Some figure it out. Some never notice. My hives in my backyard are inside a six-foot privacy fence.

    Tom
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    Re: Selling honey with another beekeeper

    You probably won't have a problem most of the time. But, it only takes one incident to make it hurt.

    It has been a long time since I have been to Elwood. I imagine things have changed a lot. ...
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    Re: Maintaining Genetic Diversity

    You also have queens mating with multiple drones which adds to genetic diversity.

    The downside of genetic diversity is non-reproducibility of traits. As you increase diversity you add and lose...
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    Re: City Council Question

    I keep someo f my hives on a fairly small city lot. I have a six-foot privacy fence around m backyard where the hives are located. Along with a few trees the bees leave the yard well above head...
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    Re: Hot Weather Vegetable Crops

    Have you tried Jicama? I think it takes 3-6 months to grow harvestable roots.

    Tom
  23. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    As long as bees are insects insecticides are going to kill them, if they get a lethal dose.

    Tom
  24. Re: Testing Soybean Cultivars, Cited in the Literature, for Honeybee Forage.

    I was jut thinking about your trials recently. If you have pollinators pollinating these soybeans you run the risk of crosspollination and the seed produced not being true to type. Although, it is...
  25. Thread: Creamed Honey

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    Re: Creamed Honey

    I'm not sure a blender will break the crystals down to a smaller size. The blender will add air to the honey. To use the honey you already have you will need to grind it. I seem to recall that...
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