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    Re: honey candy makers (need help)

    Welllllll, hmmm, I'd say cooking butter to 300 degrees F sounds like your problem. You are burning the milk solids. The hard candy recipes I'm familiar with do not have butter in them. I would expect...
  2. Thread: Failure

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    Re: Failure

    I'm not a mead maker, but I do like mead. If you want to taste very drinkable mead ranging from sweet to flavored to semi-dry, check out the White Winter Winery in Wisconsin: http://whitewinter.com/...
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    Re: Anyone know how to get Wyatt Mangums book?

    I am finishing my second year as a beekeeper -- I have 2 horizontal TBHs. I have been reading the books by Mangum and Crowder/Harrell. Based on what I have read so far, the books fill slightly...
  4. Re: Robbed or Something Else?? Need Advice Please.

    " ... not mice ... My TBH is on legs that make it roughly 42" off the ground. The entrance is on the side and is about the size of a wine cork...."

    You may well have not had a mouse problem with...
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    Re: Nucs to Full Colonies - What's Your Ratio?

    Gosh, I would really like to see those videos! Unfortunately with my limited bandwidth, downloading 2+ hr of video is not an option. Does anyone know if there a written outline or summary of Mike's...
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    Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    You might be right, Mr. Beeman. The bad part is once they get in the hive, they get fat enough they can't get back out. That's really when the "gross" part comes in. :)
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    Re: Lack of a harvest

    I think I'd explore management techniques first before I get into blaming the bees. In fact, I think this statement may be the key reason why you are having trouble with your TBHs.

    Have you tried...
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    Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    "...Some believe that mice can still squeeze through [1/2" hardware cloth]...."

    The mice around here can. :( I need to make any opening into the hive 3/8" or smaller to keep 'em out.

    I...
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    Re: TBH, How much space to give them?

    "...checkerboarding..."

    Uh, actually you are not checkerboarding -- you are just opening up the honey storage area or opening the brood nest, depending on where you add the bar(s).

    The term...
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    Re: Entering the hive from the front?

    I agree with shannonswyatt -- there is no hard-and-fast reason why one has to start at the "back" end except for the idea that "everyone does it that way". On a hot summer day, it makes perfect...
  11. Thread: hive to small

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    Re: hive to small

    "...pull them and freeze them or just put them in the big hive that has lots of room..."

    Either way will work. Do what your intuition tells you is right. If you put the bars into the larger hive,...
  12. Thread: hive to small

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    Re: hive to small

    Option 1 is to harvest and store the bars if you have a way to do that. I put them into a suitably large "Rubbermaid" container for short term storage. Wax moths will be an issue this time of year,...
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    Re: Anyone know how to get Wyatt Mangums book?

    I don't have anything to contribute about getting the book, but here's what I found about the book. The info comes from the "BioBees" forum:

    Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom & Pleasure Combined
    By...
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    Re: The Barefoot Beekeeper

    "...even my 2 and a half year old daughter has no problems being close..."

    Do you put a veil on your daughter? Might want to give that some thought. It's your choice as an adult to work your bees...
  15. Thread: Fixing comb

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    Re: Fixing comb

    If the comb is being built off center, the bees are telling you the bars are not spaced correctly. If too narrow, which is typical for honey storage comb, you can add a 1/8 to 1/4 inch spacer between...
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    Re: Bars Collapsed in Record Heat

    "...I am confident (possibly naive) that by hanging a shade cloth a few feet above my hives, I will have no comb collapse issues..."

    Thermodynamics is appropriate to consider, but don't forget...
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    Re: Trick I figured out yesterday

    I can see your point, but be careful in the heat of the summer. On a hot day, a full comb of honey is very likely to break completely off the bar if you try this trick.
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    Re: 3 Foot Long TBH---Have you tried it?

    "...it seems that I have a 3' brood nest, with no bars of pure honeycomb to speak of. I'm hoping that when I transfer then to the 4' hive, the extra space will finally allow them to start storing up...
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    Re: 3 Foot Long TBH---Have you tried it?

    I agree that overall volume is important ... but I also think, once the hive volume is chosen, the depth and width of the hive is also important, since those measurements determine the number and...
  20. Thread: Honey Gate?

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    Re: Honey Gate?

    A honey gate is designed to cut off the honey flow right at the outside of a container. This minimizes the chance of drips. A typical ball valve has a nipple (a short section of pipe) on both ends of...
  21. Thread: new hive mess

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    Re: new hive mess

    "...the idea here is that the wires simply are pushed straight through the combs to hold them into position..."

    Yes, it will work IF the comb is lightweight. If the comb is filled with honey,...
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    Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    "...would the bees be able to take that [frozen] honey back and make use of it?..."

    Uh, well, what about honey still in the hive after winter is over? Didn't that get frozen?

    Oh, just realized...
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    Re: Open hive and aggression

    Beekeepers with Warre hives will use a cloth to cover any openings. Obviously if you are removing a top bar, you have to have an uncovered opening. But what about temporarily covering the opening...
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    Re: Help closing up...

    mrobinson has some great suggestions that I agree with. The fewer and smaller the openings, the better the bees like it.

    Another thing I can offer is that bees may "boil up" at you now, but be...
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    Re: Installed a Nuc into TBH

    Nice job!
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