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  1. Re: Do bees cap sugar solution or just nectar??

    I will have to do a taste test. I started feeding them in May and stopped in June. So not sure, Thanks for info.
    Any other input on how to differentiate sugar honey vs flower honey would be...
  2. Do bees cap sugar solution or just nectar??

    Hi
    I have a deep full of capped honey but am not sure if it is from sugar water (1:1) I fed them or is it from nectar. Someone told me that bees typically do not cap sugar solution--is this true. ...
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    Re: Should I requeen and how?

    Thanks for advice.
    I would prefer to be hands off and let them do what they need since they know better than I.
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    Should I requeen and how?

    My first colony was a 3 lb Italian package I installed in 2011.
    Do I need to consider requeening that colony or can they do that themselves?

    If I should re-queen, when should I do it?

    The...
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    Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    To follow up, what does fermenting honey look like?
    It is definitely not crystallizing, but there are white cloudy clusters in it.
    Yeast?

    Thanks,
    Shawn
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    White clouds in honey-safe?

    I have noticed the formation of white, milky clouds in honey that I opened up and used.
    I am wondering if it is contamination from spoons or honey dippers (water, bacteria, fungi?).
    It does not...
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    Re: Too much smoke?

    Ahhh--that explains the flavor of one of my batches of honey. Will be extra careful next year.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Too much smoke?

    Can too much smoke on the affect the honey flavor?



    Shawn
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    Re: Dripping bucket feeders.

    I bought one-gallon bucket feeders from Brushy Mountain and they seem to work well. They just had a hole about 1 1/2 or 2" diameter in the center of the lid then they siliconed what seems to be...
  10. Any harm in putting on candyboard now ?

    I am in the midst of feeding 2 colonies (Russian, and Italian) with 2:1 sugar solution.
    Our temps have been in the 40-50s F in Day and near freezing at night.

    I was thinking of just putting on...
  11. Re: How cold can the syrup be before they say "forget it"?

    So putting a candyboard in now would be good insurance? I am feeding syrup in less than desirable temps, and was thinking of putting in a candyboard early instead (I put it on a few days after New...
  12. Re: Wet frames, where to place for clean-up

    I tried different things with wet frames this year.

    1) After my 1st extraction in summer and honey flow, I put wet supers back on the hive and within a day or two they cleaned up the residual...
  13. can empty medium brood frames be used for honey frames?

    I decided to go to all mediums for my second colony.

    In my manipulations of frames, I was wondering if I need to keep track of honey vs. brood empty frames that I store.

    Are any issues with...
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    Re: bees cleaning wet super--chew on wax?

    I now have learned my lesson.
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    Re: bees cleaning wet super--chew on wax?

    Sounds like a good idea--I will put the supers above inner cover and maybe even an empty super under it. I just don't want them to recap the residual honey. Thanks.
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    bees cleaning wet super--chew on wax?

    I put a couple of wet supers out for the bees to clean, and I noticed there was a lot of foundation that got chewed up.

    Is this typical for the honey bees or native bumble/carpenter bees to chew...
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    What temperature to store honey?

    What is the optimum temperature range to store honey to minimize crystallization and not degrade quality?

    I am wondering if I should store the honey in my basement or keep it upstairs at room...
  18. Can I get bees to clean wet supers above hive without recapping/refilling?

    How do you get the bees to clean up wet supers on the hive without recapping residual honey or refilling with nectar?
    Do I put them above inner cover?

    I was amazed at how fast they cleaned and...
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    Re: Need swarm recovery advice

    I had a honey super of foundation frames in the process of being drawn out that I used as the new hive body (brood chamber) that we dumped the swarm in. I also pulled a few frames of empty drawn...
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    Need swarm recovery advice

    My daughter's colony of Russians (from a 10-frame NUC this year) swarmed yesterday. My daughter and I were able to recover it into a hive body of foundation and put it back on the hive (bottom). ...
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    foam on top of honey

    What is the foam on top of extracted honey that has sat for many days?
    I know some of it is particulate matter floating. Is it wax and small air bubbles?

    Any tips/techniques on getting rid of...
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    Re: drawing out mediums

    It took my hive 6 days to draw out a 9-frame medium super this year during the peak nectar flow.
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    Re: Need supering advice

    I just extracted Super #2 & #3 and put back the wet supers back on the same day (Friday). Yesterday (Sunday), I went back to pull off the top empty super and it already had capped cells. So I left...
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    Re: Need supering advice

    Would the medium be for additional brood or overwinter food? A local beekeeper indicated 2 deeps is sufficient. However, I could just leave a super as insurance?

    Last winter I put on a...
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    Need supering advice

    I have been fortunate enough to have 3 supers on my 2 deeps of 2nd year Italians. I already extracted Super#1 and put the wet super back on (20 July)--this super has been refilled and starting to...
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