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    Re: First Honey Harvest

    I had an old beekeeper tell me that one time he had his supers in storage for 2 weeks before he extracted. It turned out fine. Just telling you what he said, I don't know.
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    some way to slow down my extractor?

    I was given an electric extractor, so I don't really know anything about it as far as the type of motor on it. I works great, plugs into a plug in and then you flip a light switch to turn it on. My...
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    Re: Having a Mentor

    Thanks everyone for your stories you have shared on this thread. There is so many helpful beekeepers out there. I hope if you don't have a mentor you will seek one out, a lasting friendship will...
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    Re: Having a Mentor

    jdmidwest, that is so great when someone at that age still loves the hobby. My mentor is 78 and he still loves it like he did when he first started. My husband asked me "how long do you think you'll...
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    Having a Mentor

    The meaning of Mentor is : "Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person". I'll tell you right now, I wouldn't be where I am today without mine. Mine is...
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    Re: honey cappings

    D Coates- Thanks for the encouragement, those are all good points.
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    Re: honey cappings

    Acebird I take it of in about a 2 inch strip and put it into the jars, until jars are full. No problem with it floating yet. Ends up with about half inch honey on bottom of jar, but that amount...
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    Re: honey cappings

    agastache- We spread it on toast, it's wet cappings so there is honey in with it. My mom just eats a spoonful every day and spits out the wax.
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    honey cappings

    This is the first year I've put the cappings in pint jars to sell. Not sure what to ask, more or less than a pint of honey? Thanks
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    where to find plastic lids

    Where is the best place to buy wide mouth plastic lids (the type that screw on canning jars)? Or is there something else that is cheap that everyone uses when selling your honey. Has to be something...
  11. Re: Is there such a thing as too many swarms?

    I hate when that happens! Not the part about too many swarms, the part about not having enough equipment to keep up. Good luck getting more built and filled.
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    queens and swarms

    I always thought that when bees swarmed, the old queen is the one that left. But, recently have heard and read that sometimes the swarm has a virgin queen with it. So wondering if anyone can clear...
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    Re: Coming along nicely!!!

    Nice looking dark queen and nice white new comb.
  14. Re: Foundationless from the bottom up............

    To you guys who run foundationless, when they draw it out and fill it, does it stay together when extracting?
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    Re: Swarms...What happened?

    I've only been keeping bees for 4 years. So, I may be way off. I would guess that you just had scout bees checking out your traps. Don't give up, they may be back and actually move in :)
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    Re: virgin queens and honey production

    Thank you for everyone's input. Still a little nervous about trying it. Mostly because I don't have too many really strong hives, which is why I would like to requeen from the couple strong one's....
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    Re: virgin queens and honey production

    oldtimer, how would you do a "small" split? Will it affect honey production? Thank you
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    virgin queens and honey production

    Going to try my hand at raising a few queens (maybe 15). So much information, it makes my head spin. My idea is to use a 5 frame nuc, frame of pollen, frame of honey, two of foundation, lots of nurse...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    I have a used electric one, have a hard time getting it set right. I know someone who has one with adjustable thermostat, it works great.
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    Honey Bee Healthy

    I am interested to know if any of you beekeepers have used a homemade recipe for honey bee healthy? If you would be willing to share your recipe? What are the pros and cons of using it? What time of...
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    Re: wiring frames

    johno, thanks, that's how I did mine after watch FBM video. I used 20lb. test, I'll put the frames in when we get a flow going and see how they do. Hope it doesn't end up being a waste of time, maybe...
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    wiring frames

    Watched a youtube video of someone wiring deep frames, using non-wired foundation and using fishing line to hold the foundation in with a "x" on both sides. Has anyone else tried this and been...
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    Re: Foundation

    Thanks all, your information helped clear things up.
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    Re: Foundation

    Thanks odfrank, will be interested to see if yours is from Diamond.
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    Foundation

    Came across an old wooden box that says "Diamond Match Company" also says "Foundation". It was about half full ( or half empty, however you choose too look at it) of wax foundation. I have not been...
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