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  1. Re: Do you leave Frame Feeders in all the time?

    I have the cap and ladder style frame feeders, leave them in and dont have a problem with it. I know folks that use a similar feeder without the cap and ladder setup and they do get comb built in...
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    Re: whats wrong??? half the hive outside?????

    The bees are telling you one or both of two things.

    a) It's hot out, and they are struggling to keep the hive temperature down
    b) There is nothing flowing, and foragers are just hanging around...
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    Re: Honey extracting set up advice

    When we first started, we used a simple fork to uncap, a 2 frame tangential club extractor, and buckets. We would put the metal double strainer on the bucket where honey came out of the extractor. ...
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    Re: Honey vs Nectar

    Now I'm really curious, without the tools to measure

    a) How do you know it was 'wet honey' to start with
    b) How did you measure where it ended up ?

    My question was very specific and included...
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    Re: Honey vs Nectar

    have you done this, and measured the before / after result ?

    I'm pretty sure that if I leave a pail of wet honey on the counter, what I'll get is a pail of fermented honey.
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    Re: Drawing Comb - Above or Below?

    The bees will draw comb when they need it, and when they need it, they will draw it in just about any spot available, above, below, beside, whereever. When they dont need it, they wont draw it,...
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    Re: Honey vs Nectar

    The bees will cap the cells when two things happen.

    1 - it's dry enough to cap
    2 - the cell is full

    I've taken honey out of a few uncapped cells, and the refractometer said it was 14%, ie...
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    Re: Requeening in August: buy vs. build

    I just checked my records from last year, temps went down into the 'no fly' zone right around Nov 1 for us. Counting backwards 10 weeks (3 full brood cycles) from that, puts us at roughly the middle...
  9. Re: Ways to tell if queen not laying from dearth or bad mating?

    You aren't looking for cells that are just open, you are looking for cells that are polished and ready for her to lay in. If you have polished cells and she's not laying in them, then it's quite...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Deeps vs mediums vs {insert size of choice here} is a never ending discussion, that has no right or wrong answer. The answer always boils down to 'it depends'.

    Some folks justify a choice based...
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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    Some of the foragers may go back to the old location, and, when there is nothing there, they'll find the other hive entrance. It wont be an issue for the younger bees that haven't been out and about...
  12. Thread: lbs

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    Re: lbs

    My numbers are for mediums.

    When we are done extracting, I tally up the honey and the number of frames extracted. We usually get 3.5 pounds of honey, per medium frame, mostly 10 frame supers, we...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    I saw that video, and lots of posts here, it got me thinking.


    I originally spent FAR to much time thinking, and pondering, and got totally lost in the minute details of trying to figure out how...
  14. Thread: Smoker

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Smoker

    At this time of year, I dont use any smoke. Most of the bees are on forest company land in the middle of a large patch of fireweed. Part of the terms of access to the location, open flame of any...
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    Re: over winter question about milar film

    I would expect your climate to be somewhat similar to ours, just on the wrong coast. If that is the case, cold is the absolute least of your wintering concerns for the bees. As long as the cluster...
  16. Re: Not Drawing on Plastic Foundation/Swithing to wax

    I'll add to that. You need a flow, or feed in it's place, and you also need a good crop of healthy young bees to build a significant amount of comb. If a young nuc is overfed, they will backfill...
  17. Thread: SBB

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    Re: SBB

    I use SBB and dont worry about it. My solid bottom boards (SBB) dont have slides to worry about.
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    Re: Two Marked Queens In A Hive

    Usurping swarm ?
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Point taken. Timing for us is driven by the moving schedule, so the goldenrod will still be flowing when the supers come off. We pull everything when the bees up in fireweed come home, that way we...
  20. Re: Resource for knowing nectar flows by region?

    Before we started with bees, my wife would get frustrated when talking about plants with me. I had two categories for them. Edible and 'waste of space'. Today, that's changed. I have records of...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I posted on Saturday regarding my experience with escapes, I had never seen or used a blower. On Sunday I had the pleasure of heading out into the fireweed patch with an old-timer who has been...
  22. Re: Resource for knowing nectar flows by region?

    We have hives here at the house, and more in spots about 5 miles up the road from here. The flows are VERY different between here and there. Over the last month, the hives here at home have been...
  23. Thread: Queen marking

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Queen marking

    I use paint pens that I picked up at the auto parts store. I wasn't aware of the 'do a hundred drones' rule, so I just walked out and started marking queens in my row of nucs earlier this summer,...
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    Re: Drone Question

    For a first year package, started on foundation, in our part of the world that's a spectacular result. Our first year with bees, we started with NZ packages and had to feed them considerably in the...
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    Re: Capping Punch,

    I dont have photos handy, but I do have part numbers, you can look them up in the Mann Lake catalog.

    When we used the 2 frame extractor, we would set the HH-440 strainer set on top of the bucket...
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