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    Thick white cappings

    One of my hives has some cappings on honey that I have never seen before - they are very white and thick - almost looks like cotton. The involved super had some brood in it so I put on a queen...
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    Interesting - Difference in Plastic?

    I just noticed last years honey crop that was put up in PETE plastic squeeze bottles is starting to crystallize at the bottom of the jar, whereas the same honey put up in opaque (soft) plastic honey...
  3. When is the best time to transfer a caught swarm?

    After a swarm is caught, should you leave them in the trap long enough to build some comb? Develop brood? I would think if you tried to move them too quickly they may abscond if they have nothing to...
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    How to transfer bees caught in a swarm trap?

    What is the best way to hive bees that are caught in the large paper mache swarm traps?
  5. Thread: How clean?

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    How clean?

    I have wax moth damage on some frames that were stored over the winter. The foundation is Mann-Lake Rite Cell plastic, so it is not damaged. I put the frames in a chest freezer for 24 hours to kill...
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    Re: vine plants for the girls

    Bees love coral vine, but I've read it makes dark honey.
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    Is Amdro safe around bees?

    I have read several posts on this forum about fireant control aroud bee hives and the general consensus is that Amdro is safe to use around bees. I used some Amdro granules around a particular hive...
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    How to get bees to move down?

    I have a hive with 2 deeps and currently 2 medium honey supers on. They have filled about 80% of the bottom honey super and are starting on the upper one. Problem is that the other 20% of the...
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    D'Oh!!!! What to do?

    I have 3 mature hives that have 2 deep hive bodies on each. When I got ready to overwinter last fall I left a partially filled honey super (medium) on each because it was not enough to extract. I...
  10. Thread: Freezing Honey

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    Re: Freezing Honey

    Maybe not spoil, but will prolonged high temperature storage affect the flavor and/or color?
  11. Thread: Freezing Honey

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    Re: Freezing Honey

    I do not have any place to store it except in a hobby room that stays about 85 degrees during the summer. I just worry it being so warm that it will accelerate spoilage.
  12. Thread: Freezing Honey

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    Freezing Honey

    Can honey be frozen for long term storage? Will it affect the quality or promote granulation?
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    How long will they hang around?

    I have a colony I started 2 yars ago near my house that has become aggressive so I moved it about 300 yards away. I put a large branch in front of the opening so the bees would re-orient to their...
  14. Thread: What if ?

    by BeeTex
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    What if ?

    I'm a second year beekeeper. I have two hives near my house. One of the hives is a very strong colony that has become somewhat aggressive. I cannot mow within 20 yards of this hive without getting...
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    Drone laying Queen?

    I have a second year hive that swarmed about a month ago. I had not seen any eggs or brood development until today when all I saw was drone brood and not much of that. The few eggs I saw were in the...
  16. Thread: My bad?

    by BeeTex
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    My bad?

    I caught wild swarm, found the queen and pinched her and put a purchased queen with them (in a queen cage with candy plug). Opened the hive a week later and the queen was out of the cage, but they...
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    Re: What do ya'll think?

    I saw a massive cloud of bees about 20 feet off the ground slowly flying away from the hive area. When I first saw them they were 30 yards from the hive and I just assumed they were from this hive...
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    What do ya'll think?

    I'm a second year beekeeper with 2 hives of Italians. I was planning on splitting my strongest hive this spring but wanted to wait until I could get a new queen from my supplier - well 3 days before...
  19. Thread: Crepe Myrtles

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    Crepe Myrtles

    Can anyone tell me if crepe myrtles attract bees? I have pink, red, and white varieties but I only see bees on the white. Are they getting pollen or nectar? Thanks.
  20. Thread: Lantana

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    Re: Lantana

    I do not see them on any of my lantana and I have had other beeks tell me the same, so apparently they do not attract bees. Bees will go to salvia however.
  21. Thread: Bee Psychology

    by BeeTex
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    Bee Psychology

    Will bees always stop accepting sugar syrup if there is an abundant nectar flow available? Will bees ever become complacent and just feed from their feeder rather than forage? Can you force them to...
  22. Thread: Saving Wax

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    Saving Wax

    What is the most practical way to save all the wax collected during hive inspections. When I remove burr comb during an inspection it is full of capped honey. I lay the comb outside the hive and...
  23. Thread: water questions

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    I don't know how much water a hive needs per day...

    I don't know how much water a hive needs per day - I'm sure it depends on the population of the hive, temperature, etc. If you live near a fresh water source such as a river, you shouldn't need to...
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    Is BT toxic to bees?

    Is BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) for caterpillar control toxic to bees?
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    How to capture a swarm?

    Can one put out a deep hive and frames of foundation to catch a swarm or does it need to be the traditional hollow swarm trap?
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