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  1. Re: Bees using upper entrance vs bottom entrance?

    Thank you Vance, I was hoping that was the case but the lower volume of activity had me a little concerned. Gonna try and rest up but you know how that goes.
  2. Bees using upper entrance vs bottom entrance?

    Really they are going in through the opening in the inner cover. How weird is this? This hive also has reduced activity compared to others however they are bringin in pollen.

    I just had neck...
  3. Re: How to Reliquify Seriously Crystalized Honey?

    ok a little exaderation there but its thick and pretty darn crystalized. This is really dark late season honey which in my area is golden rod n aster.

    Lots of really good advise. Makes me wish i...
  4. How to Reliquify Seriously Crystalized Honey?

    This honey is in a 5 gallon pail and is about as hard as a rock...any ideas on how to reliquify this?

    Can you reliquify this for resale? I honestly dont care if i feed it back to the bees or...
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    Re: De-crystalize honey in plastic jars

    so same as glass just maybe not as hot
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    De-crystalize honey in plastic jars

    What is the best way to de-crystalize honey in plastic?

    This year I bottled most of my honey in plastic 1lb jars and notice that its starting to crystalize. Until now I have always used glass...
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    keeping bees away from food?

    This may seem like a wacky question but...

    The guy who runs the coffee/roach coach at work asked how he can keep bees/wasps/yellow jackets away from the food on his truck (donuts, fruits etc). ...
  8. Thread: Tree ID?

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    Re: Tree ID?

    Basswood it is!

    The flowers are more of a cream color and there is a thin 1'x3" leaf that runs along the stem on the flower cluster.

    I have never noticed these trees in our area before -...
  9. Thread: Tree ID?

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    Tree ID?

    This is a lame attempt to describe a tree that is currently blooming in my area. The bees and other insects really seem to love it.

    Leaves: leaves are mid sized (4") and spade shaped. One side...
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    Re: Catalpa Tree p2

    our weather has been rainy and unseasonably cool for most of June...hardly ideal conditions!
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    Catalpa Tree p2

    ok - you confirmed that Catalpa is a very good nectar source. There are several very large Catalpa trees close to my hives and they are all in full bloom however, there is NO nectar coming into my...
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    Thats great news...hopefully this cool, rainy...

    Thats great news...hopefully this cool, rainy weather will pass so we can move some of that nectar into the hives!
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    Honey Supering?

    Does it make sense to place empty honey supers under full ones? Seems it would make life a little easier on the bees and allow them to fill the supers a little faster.
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    Catalpa/Catalba Tree as a nectar source?

    Anyone know if these are good nectar producers? I moved two hives to a farm and noticed they are right in front of a darn big Catalpa tree that is just starting to bloom.
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    That is a great idea...was in the hive a few days...

    That is a great idea...was in the hive a few days ago but it was starting to rain and a few bees decided to sting me on the ankle so I closed up shop.
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    queen not moving up

    It has been several weeks now and the queen has still not moved up into the second / upper brood chamber. My upper super has drawn comb and the lower brood box seems pretty full (4-5 frames of...
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    It has rained off an on for several weeks. The...

    It has rained off an on for several weeks. The temps have been seasonable to cool with only a day or so in the mid-upper 80's. I may have a medium super if i am lucky and it does look like very...
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    Given the number of trees and the volume of...

    Given the number of trees and the volume of flowers we had higher expectation - was wondering if it was a cyclical thing. The Autum Olive also did not produce much this year - again, lots of nice...
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    Black Locust Question

    My self and another bee keeper moved some hives near a stand of black locus but to our surprise the bees did not bring in lots of nectar.

    I was under the impression that black locust are great...
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    Weak hive and hive configuration?

    I had a weak hive so I reduced it to 1 deep super, reduced the entrance and swiched places with another hive to pick up some driftng workers. The hive seems to be doing better. I then added another...
  21. Thread: Dead Hive

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    there was a post a few weeks back that did a...

    there was a post a few weeks back that did a great job outlining the various causes and signs to look for in a dead hive. I was able to determine that my hive died due to starvation - even though...
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    Location, Location, Location

    My location is only ok. I have never had the banner year that some speak of. They say that location is everything!

    This year i secured permission from a farmer that is in an area loaded with...
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    Last year I caught a swarm on progress. Luckily...

    Last year I caught a swarm on progress. Luckily I was able to go into the hive, find the queen and make a split. Within 20 minutes of doing this, all the bees came back into the hive. It was...
  24. NY Times Article: European Bee Industry

    FYI: there was an article in the NY Times on 3/28 regarding the European bee industry. Some predict the European Bee Industry could be wiped in in less than a decade due to the effect of pesticides...
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    Thanks. That sure sounds easy enough to make. ...

    Thanks. That sure sounds easy enough to make.

    I checked this hive this morning and was going to move them into a 5 frame nuc but noticed a fair amount of bees in the hive - which I reduced to 1...
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