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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Last week in July my bees went idle. I could see them bearding up on the hives all day long. Two week later (~ Aug 9) they all became active again.

    I have no idea what they are bringing in, but...
  2. Thread: Honey weight???

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    Re: Honey weight???

    Using roughly the same dimensions as the Golden Mean Hive bars I get 6-9.5lbs of honey per bar.

    6 lbs from old brood comb which was filled with honey, usually a pretty thin comb which I'm rotating...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    If you are going to change syrup jars or want to do anything around the hive without protection I suggest doing it before an inspection. Hives are usually less forgiving after they've been bothered....
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    I would argue glass can be found is most regions of the world and that is naturally occurring where extreme heat meets sand (or any silicate composite). I wouldn't call it common since it doesn't...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    While I think I understand your point, you are being a bit pedantic. Robb is obviously referring to plastic as noun and manufactured petroleum products and not the adjective meaning for flexible.
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    You mentioned the 5 cases in the CDC article from the first sentence, which refers to a single reporting in 1989.

    "Since 1961, at least six cases of toxic systemic reactions from repeated...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    I avoid DEET products especially around children. There are numerous recording of adverse effects, but since we tend not to do scientific tests by intentionally exposing kids to harmful substances...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Definitely a state of being. I do most of my forum reading from the drudgery of full time job. It's a good job, but sometimes the seconds stretch into hours and I do most of my forum surfing through...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    My name is so common, it's already been bound to have been taken as a username in most places. Having sometime more unique which I can use over and over again is much easier than trying to remember...
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    Re: extreme bearding, supering??

    I've had very little bearding this season... until earlier in the week. The temp went up to 98F and it very humid. I swear every single bee bearded up outside one of the hives. There had to 5+ lbs...
  11. Thread: Drone comb

    by Ennui
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    Re: Drone comb

    I run mostly TBH and do crush and strain so I'd toss it in the back and let it get filled with honey.

    Or I might just feed it to the chickens if I'm in the mood. Those ladies simply go crazy for a...
  12. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    Golden Mean Hives == too small!

    I learned that lesson myself. I made 2 hives to those dimensions and now one is a bait hive and the other I use for splits.

    Take the Golden Mean dimensions and...
  13. Thread: Ants In The Hive

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    Re: Ants In The Hive

    Happens to me regularly, but it's just an annoyance to me (I have to knock them all off the cover) and harmless to the bees. The ants don't have access to the hives because the bees make a good...
  14. Thread: Creamed Honey

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    Re: Creamed Honey

    Honey is a super-saturated solution which will crystallize on particulate matter. That's why grocery store honey is super filtered to prevent particles as crystallization points. Like all such...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I pulled 4 bars (~2 gallons) last week the light honey with no bite is a favorite of the kids in my house. I've always attributed it "mostly" clover, but I'm not so sure now. My white clover really...
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    Re: Got my first TBH home last night...

    If I ever had to move one of my TBH in the back of a car I'd take off the inner cover, lay a 2x4 across the top of the bars and clamp down to prevent bars from shifting. And I'd shove a sponge in the...
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    Re: taking some honey

    If you have full bars of capped honey at the end of the give, take one. I'm running 4 TBH hives and at this time of year I walk away with a honey bar every inspection. It's a combination of hobbyist,...
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    Re: Ants having a field day

    I use semolina, cinnamon only deters, semolina kills.

    It's the flour used to make pasta so it's harmless to everything other than my waistline. The ants eat it, it expands and they explode. Kills...
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    Re: How to add Observation Windows

    Like many others I create a recess on the inside so when I put in the sheet of glass it's flush to the inside. I however do not really have the proper tools though, so I wind up using my table saw of...
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    Re: When to start inserting 1 1/2" bars

    Depending on your top bars a couple things tend to happen.

    With some bars/guides the some bees ignore the guides and build combs off center on the bars to give more space. When you see that,...
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    Re: condensation in TBH

    I get condensation on my windows too. I consider it a good thing. I use real glass specifically to promote condensation.

    - It's a water source 0 feet from the hive.
    - I use front/bottom...
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    Re: brood frame honey?

    My girlfriend won't touch the fall honey. She thinks it's too strong and has a bite. She likes the clover and dandelion honey I get in the spring. Many people (like me) enjoy and even prefer the...
  23. Thread: Newbee from PA

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    Re: Newbee from PA

    It could be said everyone is allergic to honey bee stings to some degree or another. There just happens to be that small percent who are allergic to the point of anaphylaxis. While some people...
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    Re: Dealing with an agressive hive

    I have an aggressive hive in a 4' TBH. I want to replace the queen. I have a 3' foot hive I'm using for splits and am currently waiting for some swarm cells to be made.

    The thing is... I suck at...
  25. Re: When to remove do Spring removal of extra fall honey

    I got about 20 lbs of honey from the 2 hives.

    I extracted using crush and strain. After letting drain for 3 days in a warm dry place, I bottled it. It all set up as creamed honey a couple hour...
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