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    Re: sausage stuffer to squeeze honeycomb?

    Thats what I'm thinking, put some cheeze cloth in the botton to strain, get your honey warm and it should flow out the spout!
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    sausage stuffer to squeeze honeycomb?

    Anyone ever tried to squeeze honeycomb with a sausage stuffer? I can't see why it won't work, especially if honey is warm, any thoughts, Thanks, Mike
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    Re: two kinds of bees in my yard

    I have the exact situation in my yard where wild bees have actually kindof moved in and took over one of my itialian boxes, made them a new queen and have turned into one of my best producing boxes....
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    Can capped honey get too wet?

    I have capped honey in my office (air conditioned) and thought I'm in no hurry to sling but I've noticed that it looks dark under the caps and where I bumped the caps and knocked some off the honey...
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    How to "clean" cappings?

    Whats the best way to clean the cappings if I want to make a candle or something ? Thanks, Mike
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    Re: Can you "dry out" honey?

    How much are those testers that tell you the moisture content?
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    Re: Can you "dry out" honey?

    That is an GREAT idea, I havent thought about feeding it back to them, I'd get most of it back!! Why didn't I think of that , thanks so much. What the best way to do that? Pour in shallow pan and...
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    Re: Can you "dry out" honey?

    Thats good to know because most frames were fully capped and a few only had small corners that were not capped, I didn't know the 75% rule so I was cool there, just afterward I messed up, Thanks
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    Can you "dry out" honey?

    I'm afraid my honey got too much moisture in it, I did not know to bottle within 24hrs or soon after, I thought i was going to get to sling some more but didn't get the chance. Once bottled my wife...
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    Too much moisture?

    What will happen if my honey gets too much moisture in it? Can I tell by taste or looking at it? It I bottle it will it ruin? Thanks for all of ya'lls help!
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    Re: First Honey extraction question

    What will happen if it absorbs moisture? Can I tell if mine has already done that? It has been in a clean, sealed ice chest for a couple of days.
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    First Honey extraction question

    I built myself an extractor, extracted some honey , worked really well other than it is under horsepowered and blew a fuse ( 4 racks of honey are heavier than i thought ) I have only strained so far...
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    Ready to take honey-----HOW?

    Whats the best plan to take honey? I've got a few hives that have done great this year so far and have up 3 honey boxes so far, I want to start taking honey off the top but don't want to cround them...
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    Re: Black bottom bees

    I have these too! I was told they are wild bees moving into my hives. Some hives have just a few and some have alot. I can tell they are more aggresive but the hives that have alot do well with honey...
  15. Re: How long should I wait to check new queen?

    THanks for the advice, turns out when I went to requeen one hive already had one and just started laying, so with an extra queen I prepared to split my most populated hive and found a swarm cell not...
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    Found swarm cell, what to do?

    I checked my hives and found 2 queenless, by the time i got my queens one hive had a laying queen so I had 1 queen too many. I decided to split one of my most populated hives to put with her and...
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    Is it ok to offset boxes?

    I've seen pictures of the boxes offset to give the bees faster in and out time and I would think this would help with heat and crouding, is this ok? Should I do all or just my most populated?
  18. How long should I wait to check new queen?

    I plan to requeen 2 hives on friday, I read in this forum bad things can happen if you check on her to soon. This may be why I'm having to requeen cause I didn't wait to check on her the first time....
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    Re: Swarm from H**L on back of a semi

    I'm glad to see that i am not the only one to get tore up on my first encounter, I bought some used hives and showed up completely unprepared. Not in the face but back and neck were swolled for days....
  20. Re: How can you tell if a hive is about to swarm or too hot?

    what is the difference between a queen cup and a queen cell? I think I know what a queen cell looks like.
  21. Re: How can you tell if a hive is about to swarm or too hot?

    Yea its pretty hot already in Louisiana, and until they came outside they didnt have much shade, I've solved that problem. But your right they hang on each other like a beard in the front and come...
  22. How can you tell if a hive is about to swarm or too hot?

    I've got 2 hives that in the evening alot of bees hanging outside the door, some are fanning some are not. I split both hives this spring and put in new queens, the population has exploded (maybe too...
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    Re: Should I re-queen again this year?

    I found them probably a week ago, can you recognize a new queen? I looked and with no more bees than I have I thought i would find her but didn't, I guess she could have been on her flight? I'll...
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    Should I re-queen again this year?

    I bought used hives and requeen all of them this spring, about a week later i went through all hives and either found babies or the queen so I know she was there. About a month rolled by and I saw...
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    Re: No smoke seems better!

    I agree most with the statement " cool hives are cool hives & hot hives are hot hives". Every hive has its own temperment as far as I have learned. If I am slow and soft with my movements and the...
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