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  1. Confusion on selling honey in jars, weight vs. volume, pricing, etc.

    My dad has a friend who wants to buy some of my honey for resale. I sold some to him before and there was a lot of confusion in my mind that created a lot of tension in the family, and I don't want a...
  2. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    Yeah, evidently it's that time around here.
  3. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    Me three.
  4. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    I may pop a frame of brood in there tomorrow to seal the deal. I dunno. It would be nice to know what percentage leave in this situation. From what I gather from your comments, it is small. One thing...
  5. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    Yes, I added a 5th frame before sunset and then moved them at dusk to near the other 4 hives. Hopefully they'll stay. I looked in entrance and they were still tightly clustered in there like in a...
  6. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    Yeah I was a *little* surprised they swarmed on a completely cloudy, cool day and early in the day too but they must know (probably based upon the pressure) that the day will end up being sunny and...
  7. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    Ok, I might just put them on an empty hive stand nearby if it doesn't make any difference. Then after they get going and have brood I'll put them into a deep.

    Sorry they swarmed but at least I got...
  8. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    Okay thanks for your responses.
  9. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    What about moving them at dusk out of sight of their parent colony?

    They will have to be moved eventually anyhow since they are sitting on a ladder right now right next to another bee hive.
  10. Re: My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    The box holds 5 frames and I have four in there now. Three with wax foundation and one with old, drawn comb.
  11. My hive swarmed by I recaptured them..help needed

    One of my hives swarmed at I watched and luckily they clustered on a low enough limb for me to (after several failed attempts) shake them with queen into a cardboard bait box. They stayed this time...
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    Re: Adding queen to laying worker hive

    What I did when I had a laying worker hive was add a frame of eggs in one week increments until they made their own queen. If I recall correctly they made one after adding the second frame.

    The...
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    Replacing extracted super. Sequence?

    Let's say you have two supers. The top one is about 1/4 capped honey, the bottom one about 1/2 capped honey. Underneath is a deep brood box with a queen excluder directly over it. Where would you put...
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    Dark spots in cells of super

    I am ready to extract some honey but I'm seeing some junk that is dark, almost black in some cells on certain frames. I know the queen was up there briefly until I added the excluder- is this pollen...
  15. Thread: when to super?

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    Re: when to super?

    Walt, I never have understood the antagonism towards you and I hope you will continue posting your observations. They have been very helpful to me. I will have the drawn comb to begin checkerboarding...
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    Re: Adding dry sugar now...ok?

    I'm not sure why it being a TBH prevented you from placing the sugar on top and also unsure if they will take it from the bottom but good luck!
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    Re: Minimum temperature for top feeding?

    Now I'm hearing that starting next week temps will reach into the upper 50s. Think I might try the top feeder with warmed syrup added. If it gets much below that I'll go with dry sugar and/or jars...
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    Re: Minimum temperature for top feeding?

    All boxes are very light and with several weeks yet to go in winter I know they'll need supplemental feeding. The clusters are in the top.
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    Re: Minimum temperature for top feeding?

    Ok, I guess the sugar recrystalizes into one solid mass after wetting and supports the whole structure. I'll give it a try.
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    Re: Minimum temperature for top feeding?

    You are putting just one page of a damp newspaper down and 5 lbs. of sugar on top and it doesn't collapse?

    I don't know. I find that hard to believe.

    Anyone else use more sheets and if so how...
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    Re: Minimum temperature for top feeding?

    I have since read about feeding dry sugar after posting this. That does sound like the smart way to go.

    How many sheets of newspaper do you put down?

    I am concerned about the newspaper...
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    Minimum temperature for top feeding?

    Last year I made a late split to give myself three hives. As fate would have it we then went on to have the coldest winter in probably 40 years here. Stores are low in two of the hives.

    I have two...
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    Re: SHB trap results

    Get yourself a West SHB trap. I keep mine on and rarely see more than a couple beetles per inspection.
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    Re: Who is your favorite writer about beekeeping

    Walt Wright.
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    Re: Not so sure that they are "just insects"

    That is a great picture. Incredible detail. :thumbsup:

    I tend to think they are not mere insects myself.
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