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    Re: When to completely remove the reducer?

    I have robbing problems this time of year, so I put the reducers back on as soon as the spring flow is over and activity slows down.

    Unless the bees are piling up badly trying to get in and out...
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    Re: 2nd Hive Body Full of Syrup

    Pretty normal for a first year hive you didn't put extra room on early.

    What the beekeeping books don't always tell you is that the number of bees in the hive drops off after the summer solstice...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Food grade plastic absorbs odors and releases them into honey, so I'd not use anything with pickles, hot sauce, sauerkraut, etc for honey under any circumstances.

    Use ONLY new and labeled buckets...
  4. Thread: Drone brood

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    Re: Drone brood

    You'd be surprised at what there is for bees to find in hot, dry weather -- we had a fall honey crop in the hottest and driest year here since 1936 a couple years ago.

    At any rate, happy bees make...
  5. Thread: Failing Hives

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    Re: Failing Hives

    There is a natural cycle to bee hives in the wild, and that includes the hive dying out and wax moths eating all the brood comb, followed by more bees finding it in a good year and re-establishing a...
  6. Thread: Drone brood

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    Re: Drone brood

    Absent worker brood, I'd be concerned about laying workers, but if you have a laying queen, it's possible that you have a flow on and they may be superceding the queen.

    I have found a frame or...
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    Re: Moving a swarm to a deep

    This is why I made a bunch of 5-frame boxes and will be making more this winter. I have an empty medium one, and I would personally put the frames with bees in a medium 5-frame box and put a 5-frame...
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    I finally defeated the robbers by completely closing the hive up except for half an hour at daylight and dusk. I do have a screened bottom board, I'd not do that with a solid one, they will get too...
  9. Thread: How exact?

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    Re: How exact?

    Make and use a jig when cutting your boards to length, and when cutting rabbets on the ends if you use them. Once you get it set up properly, they can all be cut the same.

    Measure the inside long...
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    Re: 3d printing comb

    I suspect it will always be easier to let the bees do the work and protect it. 3-D printing would probably work somewhat better than molding as it's much less likely to tear apart while attempting...
  11. Won a blue ribbon at the fair for our honey!

    My sister in law and niece entered a bottle of our honey in the Vanderburg County 4H fair this year, just for fun (without telling me or my brother).

    We got a nice big blue ribbon on it, so I...
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    How much and how soon honey crystallizes is dependent upon the amount of pollen or other "nucleation" particles are in it and the amount of glucose present. Glucose is less soluble than fructose,...
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    Re: How long can a hive live without a queen

    The colony will dwindle away as the bees die off. Depending on how much they forage, they could last a couple months (I have two hives that failed to requeen in June right now, still plenty of bees)...
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    Re: To take honey or not first year package

    This was an exceptional year for honey here. I got at least 75 pounds off my overwintered hive, and would probably have had more if I had more drawn comb -- the bees seem to be able to fill a super...
  15. Thread: Working a hive

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    Re: Working a hive

    I've never heard of constantly moving brood around (not that I've read or heard everything known on beekeeping!). I only move frames for a distinct purpose, but then my bees, with a few exceptions,...
  16. Re: Honey comb everywhere, larvea everywhere, whats going on?!

    My bees tend to make drones in burr comb between boxes and in other strange places when they get the urge. I provide foundationless frames when I can in the spring located where they can make a comb...
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    Re: Capped brood around foundation wire.

    My buddy posted a nice picture of a frame full of brood with scattered cells missing along both vertical and horizontal wires, some more than others.

    If the wire is exposed in the bottom of the...
  18. Thread: Robber attack

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    Re: Robber attack

    I would like to have at least six hives, that way I'm much more likely to have the resources I need. One is a disaster, two is only marginally better so far.

    Live and learn!

    Peter
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    Re: Feeding nucs during dearth?

    Put the feed as far from the entrance as you can, this will help keep other bees from finding it. Make sure you don't have leaks or drips that show up outside, too, as that will rapidly attract...
  20. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Bees process sugar syrup exactly as they do honey, but it lacks all the other things found in nectar -- amino acids, essential oils, and whatever enzymes or proteins the plants put in it. As far as...
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    Re: Found a queen!!!

    I have trouble spotting them, but don't usually look for them anyway, I'm happy to see eggs or very young brood.

    I did see a fat sassy one in the tiny swarm I collected a few weeks ago, nice brood...
  22. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Honey is probably much better for the bees to overwinter on, since they made it and it is not just sugar syrup condensed down. However, I do not hesitate to feed, any more than I would hesitate to...
  23. Thread: Robber attack

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    Re: Robber attack

    Well, the hive swarmed this spring after making a huge crop of honey -- my fault, I should have pulled a split, but last year I tried too early and they absconded after being overun by hive beetles. ...
  24. Thread: Robber attack

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    Robber attack

    I'm having a weak, probably queenless hive robbed. I'm not sure I can save it -- saw some larvae being carried out today, so I suspect they are no longer organzied.

    I'm thinking of taking in a...
  25. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    These days nails are secondary to the high quality glue we use (or should use) to hold the boxes together. Not that nails won't hold indefinitely, it's that the glue will make the joint waterproof...
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