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  1. Re: Does the frame need to be completely capped before extracting

    I have had honey that was fermented. In fact I purposely added water so it would ferment. If you have a lot that is a little watery then you can make mead out of it. For honey that I use as honey I...
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    cutting and sticking queen cells

    I have been raising queens but letting them make queen cells in the middle of the frame. This have worked very good for me. 10 days later I cut them out with a generous portion of the comb to put...
  3. Thread: Mating nucs

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    Re: Mating nucs

    I would think its the workers killing them if it is occurring in 30mins. I don't see a queen leaving for a mating flight before she has a chance to walk around the entire hive. How are you...
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    Re: Would you ask for compensation?

    I say let it go. Sending a bill after the fact for an incomplete job is beyond questionable. If you had a signed contract that listed XX per hour before you started then yes send a bill. Since it...
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    Re: Transfer to Mating nuc

    Now everybody is in mating nucs. Here is what I ended up doing:

    I got 5 queen cells that could be moved. I did get more but some were too close to cut apart so I just move the cluster. As that...
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    Re: Transfer to Mating nuc

    Thank you for the response johng.

    I am worried about the queens transition from queen cell to laying queen. I was asking about mating nucs to get the laying queens. Once I have laying proven...
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    Transfer to Mating nuc

    I had 80% losses this year so I am down to one hive left. I am trying to be very conservative with the resources of the hive. I set up a starter for queens and have recombined it with the main hive...
  8. Re: Crush & strain-nylon cheesecloth, plastic mesh filter, stainless steel mesh filte

    Hammer....

    I have used the cheese cloth. It is food grade, cheap, and replaceable. I like it because it seems cleaner.
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    Re: remove bottom box?

    Thanks for the all the info. To clarify: Every frame is drawn out but they are empty of honey or pollen. The bees just walk through it to get home. I have plenty of drawn frames from the dead...
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    remove bottom box?

    Winter has been tough as I have now lost 4 of 5 hives. I was in the last hive, 2 deep 8 frame boxes, and noticed the bottom box was completely empty. Should I just remove it completely? They have...
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    Re: Drone in winter cluster

    The cluster spanned about 4 or 5 frames. Except for the fact they were dead they seemed healthy. The queen had laid most of the frames with a solid pattern of worker bee. This area just happened...
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    Drone in winter cluster

    I have had a hive starve and am now down to just one hive left. Really putting a crimp in my plans for 2014. I was doing an inspection of the dead cluster and noticed that it was raising drones. ...
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    Re: Question for the Wood working Guru's

    I use a radial arm saw. Make sure your fence is parallel to the blade when ripping. Measure front to fence and back of blade to fence to be sure it is equal. Check that the blade is 90deg to the...
  14. Re: here's how the honeybees are doing in Isle of Wight, Virginia in the middle of De

    The hives that were eaten by the black bears are very close to Smithfield High School.
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  15. Re: here's how the honeybees are doing in Isle of Wight, Virginia in the middle of De

    I am in isle of wight as well. Can I carry a few of my bees over? (does that actually work?) I have not seen anybody bring back pollen in a while. I also lost 2 colonies to a Black bear and her...
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    Re: hive with bees on the ground.

    This is a fairly old thread. I would say that your bees had a problem and they were robbed out. I only say this because of the yellow jackets. My hive was fine and I think that it was clearing out...
  17. Thread: weighing hives

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    Re: weighing hives

    I put my hives on a perfectly balanced tetor toter to make lifting the back and front with a scale easier. Now all of my hives weigh 0lbs. Is this enough for winter?
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    Re: Beeswax waterproofing

    You could try half and half beeswax and something like vegetable oil. It will make it much more like the sno seal stuff.
  19. Thread: DWV or new bee?

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    Re: DWV or new bee?

    One other question as well:
    When looking to do a 24 hour mite drop count would you do the count when putting powered sugar on them or wait a week?
  20. Thread: DWV or new bee?

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    DWV or new bee?

    How can you tell the difference between a deformed wing from the virus that indicates a mite problem vs. a shriveled up wing on a newly emerged bee? I also always see a few but I am thinking that...
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    Re: dead colony - wax worms

    I put the entire hive in the freezer for 2 days to kill everything. Once you bring it out and let it warm up you can give it to your other bees.
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    Re: Plexiglass Top & Bee Behavior

    sound like a solar wax melter. I have no idea what to expect. I have a screened bottom board with a soapy water pan under to kill SHB and wax moth.
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    Re: Adding eggs to queenless nuc

    If the nuc does not have enough stores and bees to make queens then they will also fail.
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    Re: thawing out frozen frames

    I did not worry about condensation when I thawed mine. However, mine were 100% capped. I think the capping will keep the honey from adsorbing the water.
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    Re: For Queen Excluder Users Only

    I used a QE on a hive that was failing. I split the top and bottom with it. 3 days later I only look for the queen in the box that has eggs. It did work as advertised. However, the top box filled...
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