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    Re: Weather Forcasters?

    I always see a a few hanging around the entrance to my hives , just kind of peeking out to see what the weather is like. I call them "the meteorologists." It doesn't matter how bad the weather is,...
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    Re: diy bonterra or beesource plans?

    If I could do it again, I would cut it down to four. Five is just a little too heavy, because we have it hung up high so the pets can't bump into it.

    As far as the window, yes the boards are...
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    Re: diy bonterra or beesource plans?

    I made an ob hive from plans off of Honey Run Apiaries' web site. I cut it down to five medium frames though, instead of the eight in his plans. It's pretty easy....I had most of the scrap wood...
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    Re: Clark County ohio

    Definitely let Barb know! She has helped me in the past. She really looks out for the beekeepers.
  5. Re: OK to add a frame with swarm cells on it (from another hive) to a queenless hive?

    I've done this numerous times. Sometimes it works; and then once in a while they tear the cells down and try to build their own. It's always worth a shot. It just depends how much of a hurry you're...
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    Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Just my two cents worth, but it might be easier to get them established in a regular hive first, then transfer the frames to the ob hive. Locate the outdoor hive near the place where your ob hive...
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    Re: Ohio winter losses high?

    I lost about 50%, mainly to starvation. Hives had quite a bit of honey left in them, but the clusters weren't able to move due to extended cold weather. I was able to supplement the remaining hives...
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    Re: Your favorite brew supply store

    I've had good luck with http://letsdowine.com
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    Re: Custom labels from Hetrick Honey Bees

    If anyone is interested, I'm taking orders from new customers, at least through the middle of March. I'll re-evaluate this once my beekeeping workload increases, but for now, please feel free to...
  10. Re: Which Method Do You Use, The 5 Gallon Bucket Heater OR Home Built Honey Heater Bo

    I built a warmer box out of 2" foam insulation board. It's modeled after the one in "The Backyard Beekeeper" by Kim Flottum, but a lot cheesier. I can fit 2 buckets in at once. Added a Johnson...
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    Re: Do you have a favorite hive?

    I like the ones I don't have to use a smoker on. I'm very lazy. :sleep:
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    Re: Can I save this hive?

    It possibly is a disease problem, but if you can get some good healthy brood going, it's possible they could overcome it. I had two hives like you describe last spring, and after I jump started them...
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    Re: Crystallization

    I use a styrofoam incubator--probably the same one matt is referring to. Set the thermostat for 110 degrees and let it go for a day or so. The honey comes out perfect.
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    Re: Frigid forecast for 1/5/14

    I'm a little anxious too, but what will be will be. I'm trying to look at this as a great learning experience. I just hope the lesson isn't too harsh.
  15. Re: Honey crystalizing before I can give it away

    Where do you have your hot box? I have mine in the house, and 48 hours at 115 degrees will normally take a 5-gallon bucket from thick & crystallized to clear and ready to bottle. When I kept the...
  16. Thread: winter prep

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    Re: winter prep

    The bees in my ob hive propolized the vent holes closed two years ago. Every now and again I try to open them up, but they just plug them closed again. The only openings my hive has now are the...
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    Re: Constant Superseding

    I have had a couple like this and never could figure out what caused it. Funny thing is they superceded all summer, but once fall set in, they stopped making cells and went through the winter with...
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    Re: Moisture... what to do?

    You didn't specify, but I'm assuming your feeder is a hive top feeder? If that's the case, it's probably building up condensation along with the heat from your bees during your cold nights. Kind of...
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    Re: Custom labels from Hetrick Honey Bees

    Oh my gosh, thank you to you all! I know my labels are nothing fancy, but I try really, really hard to treat people the way I want to be treated and to give them the best product possible.

    I'm...
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    Re: Thank you bevysbees!

    I wouldn't expect any less from Bev! She is an awesome lady.:applause:
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    Re: Backfilling the broodnest in fall

    You're farther north than I am, so I don't know if my experience is relevant to your situation or not. It's only happened a couple of times, but I have had hives swarm in September. Books say that...
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    Re: For those who use a hot knife...

    I try not to cut off any more than I have to. I figure the more comb I can leave the bees for next year, the better.
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    Re: What bee books inspire you?

    "A Book of Bees" by Sue Hubbell. Instructional, common sense, and entertaining all at the same time.
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    Re: Hello from NE Ohio

    Welcome from NW Ohio, and watch out! Bees are very addicting.....you might not be a "mini" homestead for long. :D
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    Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    You're getting attention because we feel your pain! As for me, I have "accent rugs" all over the floors in my house. They hide my drips, drops, and just plain carelessness.
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