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  1. Thread: white stuff

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    Re: white stuff

    I thought about it being sugar but I didn't have to feed them at all this year. Tom B. may be right. We do have Golden Rod in a field by our house and I have heard that Goldenrod honey does have a...
  2. Thread: white stuff

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    Re: white stuff

    No It doesn't look like chalkbroad. It's looks like white balls in the honey/liquid. I'm wondering if it is something that the bees are collecting because I can't find anything else. Could it...
  3. Thread: white stuff

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    white stuff

    I have noticed some white stuff, looks somewhat like shortening, inside some of the combs. Even capped in the supers. It has an odd small, stinky feet? I cannot find any problems inside the hives,...
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    Re: No Foundation Frames

    The bees seem to have built almost between the frames. The comb is full of broad right now so I'll wait to cut and move (which I have never done before).

    I want to convert other hives to...
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    No Foundation Frames

    I caught a small swarm that I hived in one deep with 6 frames that had wired wax foundation and 4 frames with no foundation. I put the foundationless frames way off to the side so that if they...
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    multiple swarms

    2 hives checked end of April-plenty of empty comb and no signs of swarm cells. Unable to check hives since d/t other circumstances. First swarm was Sunday May 16, moderate in size, caught and...
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    Re: Best way to store drawn brood comb frames

    Since I did not want to use a pesticide I chose to freeze the frames. I thought that storing them in plastic bags in an unheated outbuilding would eliminate wax moths. But that didn't work. ...
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    Re: fermented nectar

    I noticed a small area that had nectar with bubbles and a faint fermentation smell on the outer area where there was capped honey in the middle surrounded by cured but not capped honey.
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    fermented nectar

    Noticed a small amount of fermented nectar on one of the frames that also had capped and uncapped honey. That frame ended up mix in the rest of the batch:doh:What if anything can be done now? This...
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    fermented honey

    :doh:Forgot to shake uncapped comb before extracting and now I realize that some fermented honey got into the batch. What if anything can I do now? This honey is not for sale but my own use...
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    I had to join the hive as one had a laying queen,...

    I had to join the hive as one had a laying queen, original hive did not. One week later newspaper was gone and so was the queen. No eggs seen and bees were agitated. I found one frame with a load...
  12. Thread: slatted rack

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    slatted rack

    I run a 2 deep hive with a screened bottom board with a slatted rack on top of that. I need to purchase another hive. Are a lot of you, that use the same set up as mine, using the slatted racks?
  13. I have read a lot of info. on beekeeping but...

    I have read a lot of info. on beekeeping but nothing can compare to having an experienced beekeeper with you when you inspect your hive. To keep it natural make sure that you leave the bees with...
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    swarm then split

    The hive I planned on splitting swarmed today. Adviced by another beekeeper to check that hive to see how many bees were left and if there were anymore queen cells. If I saw queen cells and had...
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    Split by the box

    I have a strong colony that I would like to split but I have read so many ways to go about splitting a colony that my head hurts!

    I want to "split by the box" and let the new colony make it's...
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    winter feeding

    My Russians have the hive so "glued" up that I don't think I could move any frames right now, without leaving the hive open to long. I knew this was a trait of theirs I just underestimated the...
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    winter feeding

    55 today first hive check: 1 Russian (first year) 1 Italian (2nd year). I went to completely natural beekeeping this year. I did not feed this fall because there was enough honey left. Todays check...
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    Dry here too

    Yest. neighbor set woods on fire! I was in the bee yard using my smoker before I realized how dry it was! I was lucky I didn't get into the same situation! I put extra water out for the bees and...
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    International diplomat

    Checked hives around 8pm. Ital. were almost all in their hive. Russ., 30 or so, seemed to be trying to enter their hive under outer cover. Other Russ. had no problem finding the entrance, which I...
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    closer inspection

    Just inspected closer-No bees in or on package at entrance, removed it. Normal behavior at Ital. hive. Bees clustered to sides of Russ. hive mainly on outside of hive top feeder right under outer...
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    This morning it seems like business as usual. I...

    This morning it seems like business as usual. I will inspect them more closely later today. The package did not have syrup in it but I'm sure had residual syrup on screen. There were too many bees...
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    best feeder

    I started out with hive top feeders. First one is a 2 piece unit (wood frame and plastic liner). It is easy to clean but we were finding a number of bees drowning inside the screened center insert...
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    Help, Crazy Bee Day!

    Installed package of Russian strain last night. Some bees stayed in box so left box at entrance. This morning my Italian bee strain almost covered the east facing side (also some on the other...
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    Bee lessons

    My bees have taught me that I am more of a bee-observer instead of beekeeper! I am slowly realizing I can't control everything.
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    feeding equipment

    I'm curious as to your favorite equipment for feeding your hives and why you like it. Thanks!
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