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  1. Re: Why didn't my beeswax harden after rendering? Its very mushy.

    yep.
  2. Re: Why didn't my beeswax harden after rendering? Its very mushy.

    you need to boil it in a water bath. That removes all the sugars. Chop it in chunks, set at medium high heat, and stir, then when it's clear, turn off the heat and set aside and don't touch it...
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    Re: beekeeping for everyone

    all I saw was the feeders. The benefits of a boardman so you can see it, without some of the robbing issues since it's not near the entrance.

    Rob
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    Re: Extra 2:1 syrup.. How to store it?

    I've kept it in my fridge. We get random warm days throughout the winter. I'll put it in boardman feeders when i see the days will be warm.
  5. Re: Thumping or drumming for bees... Does it work and how?

    I think it stimulates the hum that you hear when bees are marching in. Whatever you're drumming on, the vibration at least rolls over the vibration sound of a large number of bees all buzzing to...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with Vertical Side Walls

    Pretty much vertical sides means you'll have to make full size frames, and for that you may as well use some commercial frames. The true advantage of a top bar hive is being able to make your own...
  7. Re: Can you trick a queen in an OBH hive to lay lots of brood during the winter?

    There is probably more to it than light there. It works for chickens, and the honeybee workers do come out at first light, but I don't know if that will work for bees. I personally have had an...
  8. Thread: Mann Lake

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    Re: Mann Lake

    love Mann Lake. Used them almost a decade now. ALWAYS have been pleased.
    rob
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    Re: Help Suspected Africanized Bees in my bee yard

    Just as a note, I had a crazy aggressive hive one year, and had a birthday part the next weekend. I tried and couldn't find a yard to move them to. (hard when you start off the conversation -...
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    Re: Flow Hive

    The problem with having stuff made in China, is that you hand your prototype to the pirates.
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    Re: SHTF doomsday beekeeping

    funny thread. Loved the part about the cannibal wars. I think another way to look at it would be what if you washed up on a deserted island with no tools, but there happened to be a couple wild...
  12. Re: An introduction to highyielding royal jelly production methods in China

    You won't believe this. How about something that looks like 600 queen cells in one hive. Really, you have to watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FllN2taeVLM

    I was shocked when i watched...
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    Re: Banking queens that haven't laid yet?

    Thanks Astro. I made several nucs this spring, and really wanted some to over winter. I've gotten several of the 2 frame nucs to start off well, but it's hard. About half succumb to either robbing...
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    Banking queens that haven't laid yet?

    I started a bunch of small hives from grafts. however, it's been tough, due to robbing. Those that didn't get robbed, were overwhelmed with hive beetle larva. Okay, these are the exception. Only...
  15. Thread: Bee tree!!!

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    Re: Bee tree!!!

    I tell most homeowners to leave them. They won't kill the tree, and wont' kill people. We don't have Africanized hives here. Good for you.
  16. Thread: Sting Reaction

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    Re: Sting Reaction

    12 years ago I got stung about 30-40 times through the socks as I dropped a hive body on my foot. Blood pressure dropped, took a benadryl, sweated, by the time we got to the ER I was fine. Several...
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    Re: Bad Reaction to Honey (Dizziness)

    could have had a reaction to something else completely unrelated. The timing was similar.
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    Re: Is it too late to split?

    depends on drones. SC you are probably fine. I just put in 25 grafted queen cells up here in Richmond, but we're still flush with drones. The biggest problem with splits at this time of year is...
  19. Re: How old were you when you stepped up to Commercial

    Yeah, wait until you get into grafting and raising queens. Once you do it successfully, you keep trying to get better at it, then you need more hives for cell builders and to start your mating...
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    Re: Beveled end bars

    It's not a problem. It helps when you assemble the frame, and keeps you from splitting it if they're tight. In most cases the bees will propolize that.
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    Re: SHB in capped brood?

    Holy cow that's a lot of beetles! If I see more than 10 during a hive inpspection, I'm surprised.
  22. Thread: SHB Larvae

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    Re: SHB Larvae

    Oddly enough, I have found them to eat through the bodies of dead bees. Sounds awful, but in cases where I was trying to do a split and they were robbed out, the dead bees that lost the battle were...
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    Re: I never realized.....

    it's a great way to get feral bees. It is a lot of work though. You'll definitely learn from it. I ordered 6mil blue nitrile gloves with an acrylic lining. They're great because they don't mess...
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    Re: Bad Reaction to Honey (Dizziness)

    The only other thing is that store bought honey may not be honey at all - it could be just corn syrup and coloring depending on where it came from. He may actually have allergies to some local...
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    Re: 10K or more black flies--help!

    The fly type is important. I'm surprised about regular houseflies going after the bees. I have been fortunate this year. My compost piles have a good supply of black soldier flies that create a...
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