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  1. Re: Should Holes Be Sealed With Wax Or Tape?

    I find tape will fail before winter's end. I would go with the wax and monitor. Yellow jackets and wasps aren't going to be around much longer.

    JC
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    Re: “Single-hive” honey?

    Blended vs Single Malt same idea. Depends what the customer wants.

    JC
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    Re: Dead and dying bees?

    You definitely need to check your mite levels before anything else, I think. When was the last time this hive was inspected?

    JC
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    Re: My head is spinning

    pfin3, lots of good videos to watch out there. Brushy Mountain Supply has a bunch of webinars you can check out. I also would start with some foundation to get the bees to start drawing straight...
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    Re: Bees and Shipping

    Talk to your local post office. Mine was more than accomadating, they called as soon as they hit the dock, I was was able to pick them up before the post office even opened.

    JC
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    Re: Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    Oh, and I run all medium frames as well.

    JC
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    Re: Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    If you can't find anyone else, I live near Anamosa, and I have some nucs. Would be willing to do the split next year thing.

    JC
  8. Re: bee-friendly mosquito control for Atlanta?

    CO2 traps can work, but take weeks for the population to crash, and they ones that actually work are expensive. I suspect the best you will be able to accomplish is having your neighbors inform you...
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    Re: my honey has turned

    Laketrout - oh, and I find a little more than a gallon of honey will make about 5 gallons of mead.

    JC
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    Re: my honey has turned

    When making mead, you will want some yeast energizer and yeast nutrient as well, honey is low on a couple of things that the yeast like. I also had honey start to lightly ferment, about 10 gallon...
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    Re: Man, Honey is Great!

    I have a friend who calls my fresh honey "Bee Crack":D

    JC
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    Re: last hive cut out of the year for me

    The nicest, most organized cut out hive I have ever seen. You could put that on a chart about how a hive is structured.

    JC
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    Re: Drone removal

    flatrockboy - at least they were going out everyday looking for a job...:rolleyes:

    JC
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    Re: Pulling supers for winter

    "need a trap for the gopher... snort! I trapped 105 gophers last year. I have many models of gopher traps. I am in an all out war here, and I think the gophers are winning. I currently have 10...
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    Re: Pulling supers for winter

    I was only planning to take some goldenrod if they had extra. So far this year all the hives are running heavy, in fact I had a hive listing because gophers burrowed under it, and I had to use a car...
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    Pulling supers for winter

    So besides storing them for the winter, is there a need to pull supers off the hives as long as there is still a flow on? Goldenrod is big around here, and I hate to lose that honey. Does pulling...
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    Re: The "Branch" method of harvesting honey

    Michael, you're right, it is a decisive flick, not a slow brush. I think they hate being rolled. I run foundationless now, probably why shaking them off doesn't work for me, I am too hesitant,...
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    The "Branch" method of harvesting honey

    I would like to tell my method of harvesting honey for those that may be interested. Not practical for large operations, but works for me. I place a empty super with lid next to the hive. Smoke...
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    Re: new queen and ants

    Being new to beekeeping can be a tough learning curve, I suggest watching you-tube videos if you don't have a experienced beek in the area to help you out. There are a bunch of videos and podcasts...
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    Re: new queen and ants

    When starting a nuc, you move frames WITH the bees on the frames. Your ant problem was probably aggravated by no adult bees to defend the hive. If you do not have significant hatched bees in the...
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    Re: new queen and ants

    Also, if you are having ant issues, put cinnamon around the base or legs of the hive to repel them.

    JC
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    Re: new queen and ants

    A few questions - did you transfer the attached bees with the frames of brood? If you did and are worried about the bees and the new queen absconding, you should put in a frame of open brood also to...
  23. Re: Stung below the eye - Should I be worried?

    Also the flesh is delicate there, if it puffs up a lot, it may bruise somewhat when the swelling goes down, so really be prepared for the looks. I don't forsee any vision problems though, I had...
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    Dearth Midwest Questions

    In the midwest, is yellow and white sweet clover the last big nectar source before the dearth? I have some BeeBee trees that I started from seeds that I am putting in as a long term plan for some...
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    Re: bees flying into a light??

    I have a friend who has a hive that works the clover in their pasture at night during a full moon. Trying to figure out how to get some queens from them, my friend is two states away.

    JC
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