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  1. Re: 32 LBS from 9 Medium Frames - Sound about right?

    Yep.
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    Re: Drones Flying...?

    Yep, drones do come a go to any hive they want that will accept them.
    Like young men they like to hang out where there might be some action.
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    Re: Measuring Average Yield

    Ive never got enough to brag about here in cow pasture country. What I count is the hives I actually pulled honey from.
    Since I'm more interested in growing bees than making honey some hives I...
  4. Thread: Honey taste?

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    Re: Honey taste?

    It seems to me that everyone has a different preference.

    Clover honey to me has a faint hay taste. Meaning when I taste it I'm reminded of walking into a barn the next day after putting up hay....
  5. Thread: New Bees

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    Re: New Bees

    I do think the hobby beekeeping fad will be like all fads. It will fade back somewhat.
    However with the commercial guys needing lots of packages and some equipment I think those of us that stay will...
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    Re: How much nectar can bees gather

    I know in a robbing situation once the guard bees are dead it don't take long to move every scrap of honey from that hive to theirs.
  7. Re: To re-queen in the fall or not to re-queen…that is the question.

    I do it but not the way that your referring to. I tend to split my hives after the summer solstice up until the first of Aug. I let them raise their own queens.
    Most of the time I'll pull the queen...
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    Tavery
    I don't feed my nucs until the queen is laying. The frames I use will have a good honey band on them. They don't need much feed if their not feeding brood.

    Feeding queen less nucs runs a...
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    In the past I've had hives that seemed to make up their mind to die and I couldent prove them wrong. Never developed laying workers because of the brood,eggs and once a capped queen cell I gave them....
  10. Re: seems like my bees quit laying in several of my deeps

    Nothing is wrong I suspect. The bees will lay their brood just under the honey. Where ever that is. As honey is stored the brood nest moves down.

    Another scenerio. If you have screened bottoms...
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    Re: Supercedure Split to save Queen?

    Your plan is exactly what I would do. Once both are/ if laying you can replan as needed.
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    Like square peg said we all knew what you meant.
    When bees build a supersedure cell there's a reason. I would never tear one down. Sometimes they will build one when I can't see the reason. If I can...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    I extract outside, I have never extracted in the house. I could extract in the house I live in now but before there wasn't room to sling a cat.

    If there's a flow on I can extract near the hives....
  14. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    Lauri, you are a class act!
    My theory on why this works so well is it because it's what the bees want. I just have a few hives and am just a hobbiest. I'm pretty much foundationless and most of my...
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    Re: My first year with 8 frame mediums

    I don't have any 8 frame mediums but I overwinter some hives in single deep 10 frame every year with no problems.
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    I've raised several queens with two frames of nurse bees. None of them were worth a dime. Four frames of eggs and open brood loaded with attending nurse bees is my minimum to build their own queen.
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    I'm a little south of you, near Springfield MO. I start nucs every year at the first of August and let them raise their own queen. I build the nucs strong so by the time the queen is laying ( around...
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    I have a few old pierco frames that the comb is jet black. They seem to be a favorite with the queens in several different hives.
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    Re: What's this Northern Virginia weed bees love?

    Lots of chicory around here. It only blooms/puts out nectar in the mornings. My bees work it when there's nothing else.

    When I see bees on the chicory I know the dearth is on. Good to have as...
  20. Thread: Black honey

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    Re: Black honey

    Honeydew is the best guess so far I reckon. There is a lot of oak timber in the area.
    However this was put up in about a three week window and then it just stopped. I would have thought honeydew...
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    Re: Some things I've learned about SHB

    You mention oil traps but didn't say what kind. I've had problems with SHB in the past but now I have the IPK beetle trap from green beehives on all my hives.

    I no longer give SHB a second...
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    Re: Hive scent made into a cologne/perfume

    Even though I do most of my beekeeping on a 4- wheeler I often keep my suit and gloves in the truck.

    While I dont buy air freshners I would buy this one.
  23. Thread: Black honey

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    Re: Black honey

    There seems to be a difference in opinion on which berry it tastes like. It's been called grape, blackberry, lemon, and one of my granddaughters said cinnamon.

    I've never put up buckwheat honey....
  24. Thread: Black honey

    by Wolfer
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    Black honey

    I took a little honey off one of my hives last weekend that is as near black as honey can get. Excellent taste with a touch of berry.
    When held to the light it's a dark chocolate brown but in...
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    Re: Why do I not see Sumac yet?

    It's just starting to bloom here.
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