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    Re: Is this a reasonable approach?

    Update...more confused than ever.

    As previously mentioned I put a caged Queen in the top portion of a 5 over 5 nuc. I put paper and a Queen excluder between the nucs as the bottom half had had a...
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    Re: Funny looking Queen

    I know nothing of AHB but...would not the swarm and the Queen itself be nasty if they were of that breeding? Would not the drones from the swarm be able to pass on genes?
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    We are reaping the bounty of our veggie gardens, fruit trees and berry bushes along with our honey.

    I could never be a "real" farmer as all our animals, except for the insects, get named and...
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    I have been working/fighting with a similar hive situation since the hive came out of winter. No eggs...larva or capped brood. They don't make qc and if I give them one they destroy it. Not many bees...
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    Re: Honey Bees on Lavender

    Did you take those beautiful photos?
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    Re: Is this a reasonable approach?

    Ahhh...that I can do tomorrow evening. Is it true that if bees are accepting a Queen you can move them off the cage with your fingers and if they don't want they stick like glue to the cage?

    What...
  7. Thread: How Much Effort

    by WBVC
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    Re: How Much Effort

    Does one ever catch up? ..unless you plan on expanding every year. I am hoping to get to a number of hives that generate an anticipated gross and stay at that. It will be a bleak future if I never...
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    Is this a reasonable approach?

    I have few nucs. A few weeks ago one was doing quite well...all I needed was another box. My plan was to move a couple of frames up to encourage them to use both boxes.

    Well the best made plans of...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    I have no intention of feeding while honey supers for human consumption are on. I have bees to put down mixed nectar honey. This does not mean I am not curious about the chemical differences. One...
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    Re: How to Fix my Beekeeping Mistake?

    Your upset...bees look happy:)
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    If you open feed well away from the hives will that decrease robbing?
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    These answer I was hoping to get was a chemical analysis of honey made from sugar syrup versus that made from a single plant crop.

    I agree honey tastes different depending on source. What exactly...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    So nectar source, sugar source, changes gene expression...up/down regulation....that may have some effect on the immune system etc of the bee itself. That is one part of the question.

    The other...
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    Nectar versus sugar syrup

    When bees collect nectar it is my understanding, perhaps incorrectly, that they add enzymesetc to it before storing and capping it.

    It seems the do the same with sugar syrup.

    Chemically just...
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Some of my hives stand amongst grape. They do not use them...or the peaches,pears,nectarines and plums...but the wasps sure do.
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    Re: Bees not foraging/no honey stores in July

    My Queenless hives did not even take up the syrup.
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    Your website shows a practical honey shed that you are using for extracting etc. do you no longer have access to that?
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    Simply put a rubber mat on you floor or pond liner...we just put heavy bath towels under ours when we extract indoors. I prefer extracting in our sun room as it has a floor drain but have done it on...
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    Re: Bees not foraging/no honey stores in July

    Are they consuming the syrup or leaving it untouched?
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Thank you for your succinct reply. Is your "help" paid help or family help? Here the minimum wage is 10.50 with EI, CPP and vac pay on top of that. They are aiming to shift it up to $14 per hour in...
  21. Thread: Fumagilin- B

    by WBVC
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    Re: Fumagilin- B

    Recently went to a lecture on nosema. Seems Fumigillin, or any other given item, doesn't do much good. Keeping hives healthy overall helps a lot.

    When I have tried it many hives ignored the syrup...
  22. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    I am quite new but believe experienced beeks have said:

    Don't put a Queen excluder on over winter as she may get left below the cluster.

    Honey may crystallize within the comb if left on too...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    If you are not in a good flow and put on spun wet supers will they be more likely to fill those than if there was bare foundation?

    I guess I am asking if I should put wet supers back on after the...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I started with langs and set up a tbh just for fun and to try another system. I am wondering if it wil over winter or not. I will keep it for interest not for production.
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Those of you who are aiming to large increases how are you handling:

    The cost and/or time & effort to keep up with equipment
    The need for drawn comb..it seems they draw on the flow then quickly...
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