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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    I want to make the garden bigger next year. I always cram things in thinking it'll be OK but when the cukes and squash get going they run amok all over the place. I keep saying that the squash, which...
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    Re: Best Refractometer

    I bought a couple of the ebay ones as well. One for honey and one for maple syrup. I actually prefer using the refractometer for maple syrup better that using a hydrometer. They work fine. Can't...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    If you have a local ice cream stand that makes their own, check with them. Often, the fruit they add (peaches, cherries, etc.) come in food grade buckets. Could be a good source.
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    Re: When to completely remove the reducer?

    I had them wide open earlier this year and just reduced the smaller colonies due to robbing. My robbing indicator is when the bees start spending a lot of time in my barn (and getting stuck inside...
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    We only have a couple of acres but besides the bees, we have 18 chickens and a small garden. We tap the few maples on our property and it's always a bounty when we sit down at the table. Fresh eggs...
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    Re: What would you call this product

    I'd love a good recipe as well. Maybe a source for tins to package them in? My wife likes to paint and would hand paint plain tins to market the product.
  7. Re: Uncapped Honey (Green Honey) along with Capped Honey on a frame extract or not?

    The instructor makes a good point and I do that when I pull frames and find a partially capped one. I've never been ill from green honey but then again, I rarely spin nectar filled frames.
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    I'd just use it the way it is.
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    Re: Bears in suburbia

    Sure, they can climb the fence. Black bears can climb trees when they're motivated to do so. Keep your eyes open and think about fencing them in as described above. I have a yard that I gave up on a...
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    Re: Bearding question

    If she's ever been out there, I've never seen it.
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    Re: Honey % questions

    Those readings are fine for your honey.
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    Re: confusion on moisture content

    There you go....all moved!

    I wouldn't worry too much about the small difference. When I first started, I would check all my extracted honey and I was always amazed at how close to 18% each batch...
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    Re: confused, reducing entrance in summer?

    A couple of years ago I had a bunch of hives all right next to each other. All had ventilating top (inner) covers with a top entrance. Two of those colonies closed the entrance down with propolis...
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    Re: wax melter residual honey

    I get that sometimes when I melt comb. I just end up washing it off. If I melt cappings, I generally wash them well in a paint strainer or cheesecloth before putting them in the solar melter. That...
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    Re: Is it too late to put a honey super on?

    From time to time I've added a super just before the flow ended and it barely got drawn. Not a problem. To me, the bigger problem is not having the space when they need it regardless of WHY they need...
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    Re: Can I still salvage this Nuc?

    Good advice right above me. Personally, I probably wouldn't feed either.
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    Re: Can I still salvage this Nuc?

    Couple of thoughts. It won't hurt to put some more eggs/brood into the nuc. You can probably spare it and the future population will help get the nuc up and running. Keeping the nurse bees on the...
  18. Re: need advice! bear damage. possible queenless

    Yes, there is a size limit. Here's a link to the forum rules and you'll find the requirements for posting pictures in there:

    www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?226194-Forum-Rules

    I don't...
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    Re: Fever following multiple stings

    The prudent thing to do is to see your doctor. I've had lots of different reactions. Swelling, even to the point of not being able to close a joint is not uncommon. For me, it's not a reaction, it's...
  20. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    Sometimes, it's hard to find 7d nails. When I used to use nails and I ran out of 7d, I just used 8d instead. I prefer to go one size up than one size down. As mentioned here, the glue is very...
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    Re: 1 Hive 2 Queens

    Here's a pic from one of my hives a few years ago. I've seen 2 queens in a hive a few times since then but this was certainly the most obvious!
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I'm about 50/50. If I know I'll be doing a full inspection I'll put them on, especially if it's multiple hives. If I have a hot hive, I certainly put them on. Pulling an empty queen cage or adding a...
  23. Thread: 3rd week

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    Re: 3rd week

    You can if you like. It's why I slice the paper sometimes. They usually don't take long to work their way through the paper and once they have a hole, they have access up and down.
  24. Thread: Dead Queen

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    Re: Dead Queen

    I doubt it. Is your brood regular brood or is it drone brood. I guess the question I have is, do you have a laying worker colony?
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    Re: 3rd week

    I would just lay a single sheet of newspaper over the top box of your strong hive and then place your weak hive over that. Top the whole thing off as you normally would and come back in a week or so...
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