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  1. Thread: Comb Honey Knife

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    Re: Comb Honey Knife

    That is why I put the third link in my post. It is a high carbon blade on a knife used for grafting trees. High carbon blades are harder to find. They can dull a little quicker. But, they are easy...
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    Re: Beekeeping Supplies Chicago Area?

    Fours hours south of Chicago is a long way from Wisconsin!

    Tom
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    Re: Very light honey-marketing?

    In my area there is a market for locust honey that is almost water white. Some beekeepers charge a premium for it.

    Personally, I prefer something with more flavor. My wife prefers the milder...
  4. Thread: Comb Honey Knife

    by TWall
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    Comb Honey Knife

    I have a few frames of comb honey and I'm looking for a knife to cut it. For those that do cut comb honey what is your preference? What do you think of these:
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Mark,

    NE is the abbreviation for Nebraska, as in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Tom
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    Re: What % of the comb must be capped?

    If I can't shake nectar out of the frame I extract it. I have not had a problem with too much moisture in my honey.

    I try to extract varietal honeys so I don't always wait for frames to be...
  7. Thread: Plant ID

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    Re: Plant ID

    It looks like some type of legume. It reminds of peas but the leaves are different.

    Tom
  8. Thread: Frame spacer

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    Frame spacer

    This winter I bought a frame spacer to put 7 frames in an 8 frame box.
    http://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/12/Smokers-Tools/Tools/3972/Plastic-Frame-Spacing-Tool
    I extracted some of those supers...
  9. Thread: vented bee suit

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    Re: vented bee suit

    I got a BeeKool jacket from Bluesky this year. I am very happy with it. Even if there is not a breeze it is still cooler. No stings either since it doesn't get sweat soaked.

    Tom
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    My seedlings are doing good. They are in full sun. I keep them watered and fed. They are over six inches tall. I'm going to wait until they are dormant to transplant.

    Tom
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    Re: Messed up frame in a deep?

    I would suggest you extract it. You can trim off the excess comb. It is probably fine to go ahead and extract now.

    If you don't extract/trim the comb that frame will cause you nothing but...
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    Re: Bee and neighbor problem

    I have stopped telling neighbors I have bees. Some already know. Some figure it out. Some never notice. My hives in my backyard are inside a six-foot privacy fence.

    Tom
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    Re: Selling honey with another beekeeper

    You probably won't have a problem most of the time. But, it only takes one incident to make it hurt.

    It has been a long time since I have been to Elwood. I imagine things have changed a lot. ...
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    Re: Maintaining Genetic Diversity

    You also have queens mating with multiple drones which adds to genetic diversity.

    The downside of genetic diversity is non-reproducibility of traits. As you increase diversity you add and lose...
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    Re: City Council Question

    I keep someo f my hives on a fairly small city lot. I have a six-foot privacy fence around m backyard where the hives are located. Along with a few trees the bees leave the yard well above head...
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    Re: Hot Weather Vegetable Crops

    Have you tried Jicama? I think it takes 3-6 months to grow harvestable roots.

    Tom
  17. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    As long as bees are insects insecticides are going to kill them, if they get a lethal dose.

    Tom
  18. Re: Testing Soybean Cultivars, Cited in the Literature, for Honeybee Forage.

    I was jut thinking about your trials recently. If you have pollinators pollinating these soybeans you run the risk of crosspollination and the seed produced not being true to type. Although, it is...
  19. Thread: Creamed Honey

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    Re: Creamed Honey

    I'm not sure a blender will break the crystals down to a smaller size. The blender will add air to the honey. To use the honey you already have you will need to grind it. I seem to recall that...
  20. Thread: Sting to Shock

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    Re: Sting to Shock

    Throat constricting is an immediate trip to the ER, no questions asked. The fact this worked out OK for Pete is great. He was very close to it going to other way.

    I think what dynemd was...
  21. Re: Is the last week of June too early to start nucs in NE Ohio?

    Will,

    Assuming the nucs are strong they should do fine. We are just starting our main flow for the year and depending on the weather it can last several weeks. Our fall flow, goldenrod and...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    Pete,

    I think the Maple regulations may have changed. A local maple syrup producer ended up quitting this year due to increased regulations. He told me the costs made it prohibitive to continue....
  23. Re: Will the next generation of a "hot" queen be less aggressive?

    My experience is no. I have not found any appreciable improvement with temperment when allowing/causing a defensive colony to requeen itself. The true test is when the colony is large and there is...
  24. Thread: ohio honey flow

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    Re: ohio honey flow

    Andrew,

    I had a good spring flow. I think it was more japanese honeysuckle than locust. Sweet clover has just started to bloom and the Linden/Basswood is not far behind. Typically, this coming...
  25. Thread: Honey Prices

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    Re: Honey Prices

    I'm at 20, 12 and 10 for 1 lb.

    Tom
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