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    Re: Preventing an extractor from walking?

    I have the Maxant 1400PL. I have had no problem with extractor walking and I don't have it anchored. Just start the extraction slowly and give the load time to balance itself, then you can run...
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    Re: Late Feb report

    My bees are fetching lots of pollen, bright yellow to yellowish gray, not sure the source. I also noticed many of them working the potting soil in my raised garden beds. What are they getting from...
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    Honey shuts down Bakersfield airport.

    Honey testing positive as explosives shuts down the Bakersfield, CA airport earlier today. Two TSA agents rushed to hospital complaining of nauseous fumes. What a joke! LOL
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    Re: reliquifying honey

    That is my concern also, as well as many customers. I run little experiments sometime to see how the taste of my honey is affected. I had a plastic squeeze bottle on my driveway honey sales stand for...
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    Re: reliquifying honey

    My experience is that the honey I bottle on the same day of extraction (I harvest on very hot days) will hold for a very long time without granulating. The bulk of my honey stored in 5 gallon pails...
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    Re: honey turning thick

    I have found this;

    The honey I bottled in plastic granulates much faster than that in glass jars.

    Also the honey from my hives, which I strained and bottled at hive temp on the same day of...
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    Re: Chickens and bees

    I let my chickens out the last two hours of daylight every day. They scratch and grub close up and all around the hive in my backyard, and come to think of it, I've had less SHB in that hive than...
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    Re: SHB trap results

    What is that bait he is using? Is it his proprietary mix or something available from professional pest control companies?
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    Re: What should I Mix with Dutch

    I just bought 10 lbs. of Ball Clover to plant on 2 acres. Did I screw up? I read somewhere that honey bees like this stuff better than Dutch and it supposedly stays in bloom from early spring to...
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    Re: Sign of swarming or what?

    That is for sure what they are hauling right now, We're in full bloom here in Dixie. They were flying so high, I thot maybe they'd found someone's cannabis patch.
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    Re: Sign of swarming or what?

    To do that I'd have to remove 2 frames of brood or the #1 and #9 frames which are full of capped honey. I guess taking the honey frames wouldn't hurt since they have a whole super full.

    I'm just...
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    Re: Sign of swarming or what?

    That sounds like a pretty good idea. I noticed many of the beeks around here call "queen excluders", honey excluders. But again, should the undrawn fresh super go below the now full top honey...
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    Re: Sign of swarming or what?

    My setup was; 1 full brood box with a full honey super on top of it. They are maxed out and heavily populated. So I added a second honey super was added above an excluder when I saw how fast the...
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    Sign of swarming or what?

    Today, I was observing my closest hive behind my house as there was quite a bit of frenzied activity going on. There were workers doing their natural thing bringing in nectar and pollen but there...
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    Re: RAIN!!! Finally

    This is 12th day in a row for rain here in Dixie, Ms. No letup in sight. Me and the bees are tired of it. Wish we could ship to Cali to fight fires and fill rivers. I've had enough sleep to last...
  16. Re: The Honeymen Tribe Travel Channel tonight 7pm

    After switching it on I realized I'd seen it before. Those boys are tough but I think it was as much about wife-keeping as bee-trapping.
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    Re: Best SHB trap?

    I have the big bottom board oil pans and the AJ's. I like the bottom board pans much better. The AJ's are very hard and tedious to load cleanly with oil, IMO.
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    Re: SHB Oil Trap

    Good work. I use the regular black plastic trap; it comes complete from Dadant for $12. I improved it some by greasing the bottom so it will slide out easier and I put a handle on the front of it...
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    Re: clover planting questions

    My seed people down here in the south say that it is best to sow or drill inoculated white dutch clover seed the day before a good frost is on the ground. So, after I've harvested my dried summer...
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    Re: sunflowers

    I grew many sunflower this year and the bees loved them although I don't know how much benefit they got from them. I know they hauled great loads of pollen from them but don't know how much quality...
  21. Thread: SHB

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    Re: I need bees!

    Thankfully, I don't guess I have that problem yet. I've noticed no bad smell associated with the beetle and moth infested frames in the hive. But question; what are the tiny pellets (look like tiny...
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    Re: I need bees!

    How do you know if you have AFB? I've seem piles or burnt frames around the honey houses of big operators down here, and they are who I've bought all my nucs from and gotten queens from. Just askin.
  23. Thread: SHB

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    Re: I need bees!

    Glad to here that. I had wax moths, too. Does the same apply to them?
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    Re: Saving Bees: What We Know Now

    Good read and WOW!
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    SHB

    Listen, before I even got that nuc last spring, I drenched the ground with strong-mixed GardStar, killed the weeds in a 20 ft radius, and salted the earth around the hive proper. After this recent...
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