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    “Single-hive” honey?

    I came across a beekeeper’s website that is touting their “single-hive” honey, implying that harvesting a jar from a single frame will retain a more distinctive flavor as opposed to mixing a large ...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    I've never even felt comfortable calling myself a beekeeper.

    I’m a bee watcher; a student of learning the mysteries of the honeybee.

    I feel like the bees keep me. They keep me happy. The keep...
  3. Thread: Winter Prep

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    Re: Winter Prep

    Michael, could you elaborate on why "syrup DOES hurt in several ways. It may be better than starvation, but if they don't NEED it, then it is far better to not feed sugar syrup.".

    And also curious...
  4. Re: Help! I screwed up my first cut-down split - Does it need to be corrected urgent

    I did my first split on Monday, so glad to see I have company in the "Anxiety Gallery".

    Actually, this was my second split. The first one being a Muddle-Headed Split for sure. I was a new beek...
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    Re orientation trick after moving hive

    Tomorrow I will moving a hive about 5 miles from current location.

    Regarding the Bush/Taylor trick of putting grass, sticks, or other vegetation on the entrance after they are moved, I was...
  6. Thread: Laying Worker

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    Re: Laying Worker

    An old post I know, but relevant to me today.

    I installed a package of Italians exactly 3 weeks ago today.

    First sign that things were not right, bees were hot. I got nailed twice on my...
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    Re: Cell size in foundationless frames

    Thanks for the reply gmcharlie and thenance007
  8. Queen is laying in only a few frames. What would you do?

    I have a queen that seems to be stuck on laying only a few frames. She’s been doing this all spring, plenty room on other frames, but keeps laying on the same frames.

    I was hoping the workers...
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    Re: Quotes about beekeeping

    To see Michael Bush quote this is very encouraging.
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    Cell size in foundationless frames

    I have a horizontal Langstroth that I started a package last year on with foundationless frames. I used standard four sided medium frames with popsicle stick starters. This worked very well.

    This...
  11. Re: What would the bees be lapping up in a small area on the right side of the entran

    Yes they do go back in at night.

    Suppose there could be more mositure collecting on that side, but nothing visable.

    This happened to a lessor degree about a month ago. And now that I think...
  12. What would the bees be lapping up in a small area on the right side of the entrance?

    They are congregating at right side of the entrance on the bottom board; an area about 5 inshes wide.

    They were there up until dark last night and they were right back out there at dawn this this...
  13. Re: Any advantage to building in a screened BB on my horizontal Langstroth? SHB contr

    Thanks guys, that helps alot.

    Jim
  14. Any advantage to building in a screened BB on my horizontal Langstroth? SHB control?

    This is not really TB question, but I am going for the "Minimalist beekeeping au natural" environment.

    I'm building a 4 ft. foundationless horizontal Langstroth. I'd like some advice on the...
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    Re: bees from lang. to top bar?

    I picked some lumber yesterday to build a horizontal Langstroth, for the very reasons Michael pointed out in 2) and 3).

    A few questions on design...1) top or bottom entrance, 2) screened or solid...
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    Re: More questions about robbing

    Thank you Gypsi and Michael.

    This reminds me of another question. One very warm day about 3 weeks ago I was working in the yard and I saw this large groups of bees come flying into the yard....
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    More questions about robbing

    My next door neighbor is having an outdoor event in the backyard today so I decided to close up my two hive's to keep my girls from joining the party.

    Last night I feed them and closed off the...
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    Re: Queen of the Sun

    iwombat,

    Thanks for the feedback. I posted this thread hoping to hear some criticism and become better educated.

    Please feel free to elaborate on what was pseudo-science in the film. You can...
  19. Re: When workers immediately ball the queen cage does it mean they will not accept he

    Great advice AramF.

    I did notice some were fanning.

    I'm hoping for the best.

    Thanks!

    Jim
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    Queen of the Sun

    I wasn't sure what forum to start this in so I went with Bee Forum.

    I saw Queen of the Sun at a theatre last night in Cincinnati. The turnout was pretty good for an obscure 83 minute documentary...
  21. Re: When workers immediately ball the queen cage does it mean they will not accept he

    I tried again and watched closely. Observing bee behavior is tricky for this beginner. Sometimes I don't trust my observations and I wonder if I'm seeing what I want to see, or don't want to see, as...
  22. Re: When workers immediately ball the queen cage does it mean they will not accept he

    Thanks for the response.

    I would say an inch thick. They were aggressive when I retrieved the cage with a pair of tongs. Did not notice the other behavior you described; I try again and watch...
  23. When workers immediately ball the queen cage does it mean they will not accept her?

    If a new queen were placed at the hive entrace and the workers immediately ball the queen cage is that a sure sign they will kill her when she emerges from the cage?

    I'm queenless in the hive,...
  24. Lots of nectar, no brood, no queen, and a big slice of humble pie for me...

    After making in thru my first winter with both hives I was feeling pretty good about my new hobby.

    As spring progresses it seems things are falling apart. I could use some advice and some moral...
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    Re: Queen excluders

    Good question Mosherd1. Thanks for your post. Sorry I don't have any advice, but this has been on my mind since my hive inspections yesterday.

    I wintered my two hives with 4 mediums each. In...
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