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    Re: What constitutes a brood break?

    Nice analysis grozzie.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    Point taken Planethill. I think there is no doubt mead made from this honey would be safe. The honey may even be safe. But its appeal would be quite limited and I would feel a responsibility to...
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    Re: Lost bees to ants

    I have a 2 yr old hive that I have a ventilation rim that is screened so the bees can't get up into it but I am always finding small red ants and their larvae on the top side. I always clean the ants...
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I appreciate all of the discussion about mead but do remember in my OP that the bad taste is not because of its floral source. It's because it tastes like poop! Wouldn't any mead made from this honey...
  5. Re: How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    Bruce do you do anything to ventilate them or protect them from mice?
  6. How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    What's your favorite method?
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    rayMarler you are right on. Not good enough for me.. Not good enough for the bees.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    Right if I won't eat it I'm not going to sell it. I have a couple hives that may need some help getting their weight up for winter so feeding them seems to make sense.
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    I wonder if it'd be worth the while to sit down at the kitchen table with them and try to educate them? Probably not though. They obviously lack enough intelligence or character to do that. Your...
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I did strain it. But I could taste the poop. Maybe it was all in my head. I could sure smell it. This was 2 winters ago, one of the coldest in memory in Michigan. The girls had no opportunity for...
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    Re: That one obnoxious bee

    I'd say it was just an expression. A worker bee cannot contribute to the gene pool because she is sterile (hopefully) and cannot produce brood (hopefully).
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I hear what you are saying burns. But the honey is a little unappetizing to me because of the poopiness of the frames. I swear I tasted a little of that poopiness in the honey two years ago when I...
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    5 gallons old honey

    I have 5 gallons total from a last winter dead out that I extracted from the deeps plus from 2 seasons ago when the poor girls had a bad case of dysentery. Poop all over the frames and some on the...
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    Add more supers?

    Im in west michigan and my supers are filling out. Wondering if I should add any more at this point in the season?
  15. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    My grandfather who grew up in a beekeeping family and always had bees told me he could tell little difference between a mosquito bite and a bee sting.
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    Re: Does OAV hurt open brood?

    Is it okay to treat with OAV during a flow and prior to harvesting honey? I realize that honey has oxalic acid in it naturally but not at the levels it could accumulate when vaporizing.
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    Re: Understanding Spring hive set up

    My original thought and logic behind the original question is that at spring population levels they could not defend 2 deeps worth of space from SHB, etc. But that does not seem to be a concern. All...
  18. Re: Note to self: When doing a hive body reversal...

    I keep some of my bees at a friends farm. He has 3 teenage kids that love to watch when I am inspecting and they will stand right next to me and even offer to help when removing a cover or even...
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    Understanding Spring hive set up

    First question.. In the Spring after the colony has survived in a double deep configuration, the goal is to reduce the hive to a single deep, correct? Then add the 2nd deep back as the colony builds...
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    First queen less hive

    My 3rd year of keeping and my first queen less hive from a new package this year. No eggs no larvae no capped brood but a lot of bees. At least for now.

    I took a frame from another hive that had a...
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    First split questions

    I have a hive that has made it 2 winters and this spring it exploded with bees so yesterday I did a split that I'll describe but first a question... when I went to check it today I lifted off the lid...
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    Re: 2nd deep question

    Thanks DRL.
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    2nd deep question

    I have 2 single deep hives that have built up well and are ready for their 2nd deeps. Last winter I had two failed hives that each left a deep full of honey. I want to use these deeps as the 2nds on...
  24. Feed Honey or syrup to new package install?

    I am installing bees into a deep with drawn out frames. To feed them I have some honey in frames, some dark liquid honey I don't care for or I can make syrup. What's best?

    I could put a couple...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    Should I install the bees in the bottom deep then just put the deep full of honey on top? Or should i wait for them to build up so they can defend it first? And/or share the frames of honey across a...
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