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    Re: Too Early for Goldenrod?

    Hi Laketrout,

    I haven't actually seen any goldenrod around where I live, which makes me dubious as to whether what I'm smelling is indeed curing goldenrod honey.

    But if it's not goldenrod, what...
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    Too Early for Goldenrod?

    Several of my hives have a strong peculiar odor and I've been wondering if it's goldenrod. The smell is not a bad smell, like something is dead or rotten, just a strange odor.

    They say when...
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    Will They Finish Capping?

    I've got a couple of hives each with a couple of supers' worth of honey that are only partially capped, and it has been that way for several weeks. As best as I can tell, what's in the frames is...
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    Re: Robbing Bees Making Sugar Syrup Honey?

    Will providing the robbing hive with its own feeder prevent these bees from robbing other hives' feeders? They don't really need to be fed, as they've got plenty of stores. But I'm thinking that if...
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    Re: Robbing Bees Making Sugar Syrup Honey?

    I checked the hive right next to the one that I suspect is doing the robbing and sure enough the top medium is just the way it was prior to feeding. So it does appear that the strong hive had robbed...
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    Re: Robbing Bees Making Sugar Syrup Honey?

    Hi Jim,

    Your thoughts echo my own. I would think that there would be visible fighting between the robbing bees and those of the defending hive - unless, as you pointed out, the hive is a very...
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    Re: Robbing Bees Making Sugar Syrup Honey?

    I'm using hive top feeders (Mann Lake). Presumably if they are indeed robbing other hives they would enter in to those other hives by way of the bottom entrance and work their way up to the feeder...
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    Robbing Bees Making Sugar Syrup Honey?

    In the last two weeks a very strong hive of mine has nearly filled and capped a super full of honey. This despite the fact that there isn't a strong flow here in SW Ohio (that I know of anyway).
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    Re: When do bees stop drawing comb?

    Hi John, thanks for the good info. I'm in SW Ohio, not too far from Dayton. We do have soybean fields surrounding us, and just yesterday on a walk I noticed that they are blooming. But I think I...
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    Re: When do bees stop drawing comb?

    Hi gmcharlie, thanks for your response.

    So would you say that this is true even if there is a decent nectar flow from clover? We've got about 6 acres full of white dutch and the bees are all over...
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    Re: When do bees stop drawing comb?

    Hello Hoss,

    I ordered the 3100P and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago through Krantz and received a note on Friday from Maxant that it would be another couple...
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    When do bees stop drawing comb?

    I have a couple of hives with three honey supers each ready for extraction. My extractor is still on order from Maxant, so I can't extract quite yet.

    So since we've still got a lot of dutch...
  13. Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I am planning on harvesting within the next couple of weeks. If there is still a lot of clover in bloom then I'd like to see if they'll put more honey in the extracted frames. So to try to get more...
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    Hi beemilk, just curious why on top of the inner cover?
  15. combining bees obtained from two different trap-outs

    I'm a second-year beek looking at doing my second trap-out using the Hogan method.

    I just finished successfully trapping four starts from a feral hive located in an ash tree, and just today I...
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    Empty Drawn Frames in Brood Chamber

    I thoroughly inspected my two 2nd-year hives yesterday. Both hives consist of three mediums for the brood chambers and they currently have three honey supers each.

    What I found was that the...
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    Re: Bearding

    Hi John,

    Well, I got into both hives just now. Here is what I found:

    Hive #1
    - Lots of honey/nectar in top three supers
    - Fair amount of capped brood
    - Few larvae
    - No eggs
    - Queen spotted
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    Re: Bearding

    Hi gmcharlie, I have only eight hives, and six of them are brand new with the other two being second-year hives.

    Funny you mention rain, as we received about an inch and a quarter this morning,...
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    Re: Bearding

    John, I had thought about doing that, but six out of eight of my hives are new, fledgling colonies and I didn't feel right about stealing a frame of eggs from one of them. The twin of the hive in...
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    Re: Bearding

    John, I agree with what you've said. My main concern is the state of the queen, or if the hive even has one. However, if unbeknownst to me the hive had already swarmed, wouldn't I expect to see far...
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    Re: Bearding

    If I get into the hive and don't find any swarm cells, should this put my mind at ease? Or could the bees still be planning to swarm even without the presence of swarm cells?
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    Re: Bearding

    John, I forgot to answer your question about the availability of drawn brood comb.

    I assume you mean empty comb? If so, no I'm afraid I don't. The best I'd be able to do would be to borrow drawn...
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    Re: Bearding

    John, I'm taking your concerns seriously and you've given me motivation to get into this hive to do what you suggested and look for and destroy for queen cells asap.

    I might mention that the...
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    Re: Bearding

    Hi John, thanks for your thoughts. The possibility of this being a swarming omen is a bit concerning. I wonder if there's anything I can do to persuade them otherwise, if indeed this is their...
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    Bearding

    I've got two second-year hives situated within a few feet from one another. I've noticed that the bees in one hive like to beard outside of the bottom entrance a lot, whereas the hive right next...
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