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    Shelf life for hbh

    Does anyone know what is the shelf life for HBH (Honey-B-Healthy)? I bought a gallon of HBH, and another of AMINO BOOSTER about 3 years ago. At that time, I had double digit hives, and was...
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    Re: What dissolves propolus?

    Thanks, Graham. Wow! I think I know what I'm going to do with all of that gum I've been scraping off my frames! Great tip. Appreciate you sharing.

    George
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    Re: What dissolves propolus?

    Thanks, Peter! You saved me experimenting with everything in the house!
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    What dissolves propolus?

    Last year I washed out my 9 frame extractor with one of those "WATER JET" hose nozzles as seen on TV. I wanted to do a more thorough cleaning before using this year. I find I'm fighting a losing...
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    Re: Has anyone tried this?

    A sincere THANK YOU to all who responded to my post. Your input is greatly appreciated!
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    Re: Has anyone tried this?

    Thanks, AstroBee! I really appreciate the link to that info on the cut down split! He describes exactly what I was thinking of doing. Now I just have to get a lot of nuc boxes built FAST!
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    Re: Has anyone tried this?

    "I'm thinking the overall population declined when the flow was strong and the new queen didn't get going until our dearth arrived." I'm not thinking of doing this as a conventional split. I'm not...
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    Has anyone tried this?

    All these posts on queenless hives has given me an idea.... Probably not a good one, but tell me why it wouldn't work, so I can learn from it; Every year, the queen lays bees in May & especially...
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    Re: Alter fondant recipe?

    Thanks, Andrew. I greatly appreciate your expertise, and input. I started feeding 1:1 about August 21st because we had drought conditions all through July and early August. I split the 3 stronger...
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    Re: Alter fondant recipe?

    The bees didn't put enough stores away because of the extremely dry August and September we had here.



    I only have 6 hives, so the cost is still less than replacing in the spring.


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    Re: Alter fondant recipe?

    Those are just the ingredients I listed. You have to boil the mixture to 242 deg. F (use a candy thermometer) Let it cool to 180 deg. then beat until thick. I make it in greased 9" pie pans, but...
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    Alter fondant recipe?

    I'm thinking of altering the recipe I've been using because the bees didn't seem to collect enough pollen as compared to the last 2 years. This is the recipe I used for "SUGAR CANDY" from the Penn...
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    Re: Winter set up question

    I, too am in Chester County, PA. I had 100% of my hives get through last winter by placing an empty honey super on top of my inner cover, and placing a block of fondant over the hole in the inner...
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    Combine or continue feeding

    I have 3 hives I split and placed new queens in the original hives. I moved the old queens to the new locations. The old queens are a season and a half old, and have been excellent. I would think...
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    Re: How many bees in the hive?

    Glad your hives are doing well. Last year, I had a nuc I bought from Bjorn Apiaries that took off, and went CRAZY! One day I opened the hive to check them in late July, and I believe this is what...
  16. Poll: Re: For the hobbyists: do you use any chemicals with your bees?

    If using only Apple cider vinegar, HBH, and commercially purchased pollen patties, and brood builder is still considered chemical free, count me in on the NO CHEMICAL TREATMENT group. I've been...
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    Re: How many bees in the hive?

    Don't take the jokers who responded seriously. You asked a serious question, so here's a serious answer. Wayne hit it right on a number of things. Everything depends on the queen. If you have a...
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    Low price sugar at target

    I'm always looking for the lowest price on sugar to feed my bees. I found the best deal (in my area, SE PA) yet. Target, of all places has 5 pound bags of sugar for $2.09 a bag! Everywhere else in...
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    Re: Early nectar flow over in SE. Pa.?

    THANK YOU to all who replied to this thread. Your input has been very helpful. Good luck with your bees, and hope you have a productive season!
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    Re: Early nectar flow over in SE. Pa.?

    You seem to be the closest geographically to me, but I think you're in a much more rural area. I'm in the heart of suburbia, and don't have many fields of wild flowers within their foraging range. ...
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    Re: Early nectar flow over in SE. Pa.?

    I wouldn't start feeding until mid to late August to start to build up the brood going into the fall flow, unless your bees haven't filled your brood boxes. If it is pretty much finished, I was...
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    Early nectar flow over in SE. Pa.?

    We've had unusually warm weather in this part of the country this spring. Black locust trees bloomed early in May instead of late last month, dandelions are finished with their initial bloom, and...
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    Re: "No Treatment of Honey Bees Report" by StevenG

    Ive read your blog, because I also went chemical free last year. I really appreciate you doing this. It helps me compare results with what I'm doing. BTW, how do you post a blog? To whom, or...
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    Re: frame orientation

    I've only been doing this for 3-1/2 years now, but I've learned from some of the best beeks in our area, and what you had recommended to you is true. It's best to put them back in the way you took...
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    Queenless, how to replace from nuc?

    I opened my hive of Russians Easter Saturday, and it was doing well. Plenty of capped brood, fair amount of eggs, and filled with bees. A week later, my wife heard a swarm in one of our pine trees,...
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