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    Re: Michigan Mint Honey?

    That's what I was wondering...is it actually mint or does it just taste like mint?

    My friend hated it. Her father told her she needed to throw it away. Glad she didn't, I like it!
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    Michigan Mint Honey?

    I have a friend that gave me a 2lb jar of honey that she got from her friend in Michigan. It's a strong, dark colored honey that tastes like the bees got into some mint. The honey is from Thornville,...
  3. Re: Upper deep built out much better than lower deep?

    It's natural for bees to build upwards in the hive. Since it was started from a package, I suspect your population is still recovering from the initial loss of package bees...having said that, there...
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    Re: Queen pics from today's check

    VERY nice!
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    Re: serious varroa infestation

    Yes

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283157-Started-fogging-today&highlight=starting+fogging

    GLOCK did a very good thread on mineral oil fogging with his hives. He fogged and...
  6. Re: Why are beekeepers needed? Is it possible to put them in the wild w/out human he

    I think what you're describing is pretty close to what we actually have. Millions of hives in random areas around the country is what beekeepers are doing already. It's been said already, but if you...
  7. Thread: Warning Signs

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    Re: Warning Signs

    Here's Michael Bush on swarms:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmcontrol.htm

    Hope it helps!
  8. Thread: Too soon

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    Re: Too soon

    Dynemd,



    I think he got 3...
  9. Re: Why are beekeepers needed? Is it possible to put them in the wild w/out human he

    The feral population is pretty good around here. Granted, there don't seem to be any within 5-6 miles of my yard...but I've picked up two swarms in a town about 15 miles away...in an area with loads...
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    Re: Signs of a failing queen?

    I don't know...she was from last year. She wintered well with a large cluster and came out swinging this spring. I think she was my fastest queen to build up...if not she was a close runner up.

    I...
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    Re: Signs of a failing queen?

    Yes, I laid eyes on the queen. She was on the frame that this picture was taken of.
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    Signs of a failing queen?

    The queen in this hive is from a split. The mother hive was making swarm preps so I split before they could. The queen was super productive. Very strong layer. One of my own queens, only a year old. ...
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    Re: Hacksaw based decapping tool

    Now that's a good idea.

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: How far will a swarm travel?

    Now there's a word you don't see everyday.
  15. Thread: Clear honey.

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    Re: Clear honey.

    Really? That stinks. Do you know what the cause of this is?
  16. Thread: Clear honey.

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    Re: Clear honey.

    It didn't seem to have much taste when it was in the hive...though I might have been trying some that wasn't cured enough...I'm not sure. It could be that I was expecting it to taste different. What...
  17. Thread: Clear honey.

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    Re: Clear honey.

    So I extracted a fair amount of this light honey about 5 days ago. It is very light, but tastes great. You can nearly see through the bottle, but it still has a good color to it.

    Tastes really...
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    Re: Is my swarm queen less. How can I tell?

    Good grief...what a swarm...
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    Re: swarm source suprise

    ...and yet you still see the need to play with thousands of stinging insects.
  20. Thread: Large cells!

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    Re: Large cells!

    It's drone comb. Leave them alone and they will eventually see that they don't need any more of it and they will build some of the prettiest worker comb you've ever seen.
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    Re: Maintaining 20 Hives

    Cutting queen cells will not stop them from swarming. I have read that this can work temporarily, but the bees usually have more patience than the beekeeper. I tried it this year with 10 or so hives,...
  22. Re: Ready to add honey supers but have no frames with comb

    Unless they draw worker cells.

    If you decide to use foundationless frames, either place the frames to be drawn between two drawn frames or glue in a guide of some sort on the top bar of the...
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    Re: Queen cell in nuc

    She might have been killed in shipping...or you might have killed her during an inspection (it happens).

    I would wait until the new queen hatched. You will not be that far behind if you add a...
  24. Thread: Native Bees

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    Re: Native Bees

    Feral bees absolutely exist. At least in parts of my county. There's a swarm that has pitched in the same area for at least 2 years near here. I got them last year and they are sweethearts. I got the...
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    Re: What will this become?

    Thumbnail is small hive beetle larva.

    Wax moth larva is on top, small hive beetle on the bottom in this picture:

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