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  1. Is it possible to capture a swarm before leaves hive?

    I noticed a beard of bees forming under the front of the hive about 1 week before it swarmed. I was under the assumption the swarm had to physically leave the hive before you could capture it. I...
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    More than one way to get a swarm?

    My bees swarmed and landed in a tree too high to reach on a ladder. The tree was small so I got a chainsaw and cut it down. Bees walked right in. Here is a video of when they were 90% in. ...
  3. Re: Is it worth putting a pollen trap on Hives?

    Scientists have just begun to understand the mechanism by which these proteins down regulate the immune system. The term is oral tolerance. Introducing proteins to the tissue lining the nose or...
  4. Re: What Micron is the double sieve filter from Dadant?

    I have looked at the 600 micron bucket strainer. I just worry about the longevity? I also worry about the fact it might get really backed up really fast. I have been using a heat gun and scrapper...
  5. What Micron is the double sieve filter from Dadant?

    I sold my hand crank extractor which had a screen in the bottom that did a great job of filtering the honey right after extraction. I just got a 30 frame extractor but I need a way to filter out the...
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    fume board the natural way

    Last year I just shook the bees out of the frames but I am thinking this year to use a fume board. What are my options for something natural to drive the bees down. I think I read tea tree oil and...
  7. What causes the queen to stop laying and then restart?

    I got a package late April. The queen was off to a good start and then I noticed the hive was not going as strong as the other packages. I took the hive apart and noticed no eggs so I assumed the...
  8. Re: I'm Confused - Told NOT To Feed New hive...

    I have not feed my new hives. Except for honey left over from another hive. I believe the sugar water is not the best for the bees digestive tract or immune system. Some believe the GI tract needs...
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    Re: When should I add the second deep?

    They were started on drawn comb. You said you use 8 frames. I am a bit confused. How does 8 frames work better in cold climate?
    I just switched to caniolan this year and I am glad to hear your...
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    When should I add the second deep?

    I started 6 packages on 6 deeps with drawn comb. This Monday will be three weeks from dropping the packages. I released the queen two days later. I have not added another deep yet figuring they...
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    Re: Swarm Trap out of a Deep?

    Where can you find lemmongrass oil? How much do you use? How often do you have to add the oil? Thanks
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    Swarm Trap out of a Deep?

    I got lucky last year and was able to catch two of the three swarms last summer. This year I want to increase my odds by having a swarm trap.

    I have some extra deeps and would like to use them...
  13. Re: Is this a good idea on package start?

    Sorry I forgot to say these are fully drawn out comb. I assume it is ok to stack them and then add the bees in the top deep and then close it up?
  14. Is this a good idea on package start?

    I have six packages coming and I have 12 deeps drawn out. I would like to not have to store any deeps because of wax moths and general bugs. Is there any problem with starting the packages in the...
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    Re: How much Honey is in your Honey?

    Good Point: With our own bees we are all running our own quality control that we are comfortable.

    This post really put my education on bees in prospective. When I use to buy honey I never...
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    Re: How much syrup is in your honey?

    I assume you have tried to put die in the syrup and your describing your experience? Would you please elaborate?
    How long and how much did you feed in the spring?
    How many hives were tested?
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  17. Re: How much spring medication ends up in honey?

    Good Question. I have noticed some of the honey I have been tasting lately that is not my own has a diluted taste and is not as thick as mine. Almost like it has a watery taste but more like the...
  18. How much spring medication ends up in honey?

    Has anyone tested for residual medication use ending up in the honey? If so how much is present? I would assume amount would depend on many factors. Is there any research in this area. Thanks...
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    Re: How much syrup is in your honey?

    Now that is a good idea!!!!!!!
    Has anyone tried putting food coloring into the spring syrup? I am guessing you mean when they extract the honey they would find the food coloring in the honey. ...
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    Re: How much syrup is in your honey?

    I just run three deeps for the whole hive. No queen excluder. But I am new and still experimenting.
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    How much syrup is in your honey?

    I am wondering how much of the syrup makes it into your honey? If people are over harvesting honey and making up the difference in sugar water feedings in Spring and Fall, could it end up in the...
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    Re: styrofoam hives ?

    I bought some of the big sheets of the pink insulation board and cut exact size matches for all 4 sides of the hive. It is really easy and you can tape them to the hives and remove in the spring.
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    Re: How many have switched to Carniolan?

    Yes Lapps. I did try to order from Dadants in Watertown but they would not take credit card for the bees. They take it for everything else. Anyway it was going to be such a hassle to pay that I am...
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    How many have switched to Carniolan?

    This year I am getting Carniolan instead of Italians. I was very frustrated when my strongest hives died early in winter. It appeared the Italians were still hatching brood in early December...
  25. Re: How can carnolian queens have italian bees?

    Thanks for the info. I am getting six Carniolan packages this year. I did not mind the Italian bees except for one reason. My two strongest hives died very early. When I opened the hive they...
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