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  1. Re: When & how to feed icky honey to bees

    Hmmm.... sort of. Can't say I've ever eaten dirty socks :) But there certainly is an unusual odor. I used some in my marinade tonight and it too was not so good. :(
  2. When & how to feed icky honey to bees

    Last fall I thought I was so smart when I waited in the autumn harvest and got about 300 pounds of beautiful amber colored honey. Unfortunately it has one of the most unpleasant flavors I've ever...
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    Re: Minty Honey?

    Yikes you guys! You sure know your flowers. To clarify: the supers were just put on 3 weeks ago. We already harvested the summer honey (sure was good!). Some of the honey was not capped but...
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    Minty Honey?

    I recently posted about our wonderful and unexpected honey harvest this week (yes, October!). We were pleasantly surprised at how many supers the girls had filled. Last night we extracted the...
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    October Honey Harvest - Wow!

    You may recall that the second week in September I posted a question about what to do with our wet supers.... Usually I set them out about 200-300 yards away from the hives and let the neighborhood...
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    To Super or Not to Super

    Thanks for your feedback everyone. I decided that I would put them back on the hives. All except the 2 deeps... I put them 300 yards away for everyone to have a chance at some honey cleaning (the...
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    To Super or Not to Super

    We harvested some beautiful golden honey from our 8 hives this past weekend. Now I am wondering what to do with the wet supers. For the past 2 years I have simply placed them about 200-300 yards...
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    Re: Neighbor Issues

    I think I need to be clear about something. These are good neighbors. We have shared many things over the years. In fact this year when my tractor broke right before tilling time, he lent me his...
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    Re: N-Illinois visit?

    Well, if you would like to make a visit to the Quad cities, I'd be happy to show you my hives. But perhaps someone closer to Chicago could help. Either way, welcome to a great and exciting...
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    Re: Neighbor Issues

    Thanks for your thoughts. I laughed so hard about the cute little fuzzy bees from Al Gore. Ha! Ha!

    Further clarification: She can not even see the bees from her property. There is a 20 - 40...
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    Neighbor Issues

    I am upset. Perhaps I shouldn't be, but I am. My neighbor, who has been a wonderful neighbor for the past couple of years (since we moved to our 36 acre farm), is having night terrors about bees...
  12. Re: Anyone know the name of the CEO of Betterbee?

    Thanks!
  13. Anyone know the name of the CEO of Betterbee?

    I am writing a letter to Betterbee voicing my concerns about a certain return policy. But I do not know the name of the "person" or "persons" in charge. Does anyone know? Thanks.

    ~Chris
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    New Baby Master Beekeeper on the TV

    That was great! I love the bee landing on your forehead and you did nothing about it. I'm not quite ready for the no-veil approach but it was inspiring seeing that it can be done. Thanks. Super...
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    Re: Where is the honey?

    Thanks Danny. You are right about the buckfasts. They were the first to swarm this year. (Thankfully, got them right away and both hives seem to be doing well.)

    I can't thank you all enough for...
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    Re: Where is the honey?

    Wow. So much to think about. In answer to the many questions:

    1. I am a new beekeeper...this will be my fourth year. I started with two packages. Then added six more the following year. From...
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    Re: Where is the honey?

    Thanks for your input. I used mostly drawn comb in my supers. A few of the frames were not drawn out though.

    So, if I split the hives earlier they will make honey? It seems that there is a...
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    Re: Where is the honey?

    Thanks. I guess I just like the early spring honey. Last year's was a beautiful light sweet-flavored honey. When should I check again?

    About swarms... they are in 2 deeps now. A third?
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    Where is the honey?

    This spring I had 7 out of 8 hives that wintered well. (One was down to a little softball sized cluster, but still made it). They all built up very well. A month ago I put my queen excluders (side...
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    Wow! They're gorgeous! ~Chris

    Wow! They're gorgeous!

    ~Chris
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    Sticky: Quad Cities - Illinois One of my eight hives...

    Quad Cities - Illinois

    One of my eight hives swarmed yesterday. Buckfasts. Plucked them out of a walnut tree 12 foot off the ground about 15 feet away from the hive. Guess I should have split...
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    I like to encourage the bees to draw out the...

    I like to encourage the bees to draw out the outside frames by periodically removing the frame in position 1 and moving frames 2-10 as a unit (toward the empty space) and then place the previously...
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    Those are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for...

    Those are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for posting.
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    Well, I attempted to do the splits.... but rats! ...

    Well, I attempted to do the splits.... but rats! I wasn't able to get into them all. In fact I only got into one. Here's what happened: I got all my equipment... six deeps, a shovel, 12 concrete...
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    Thanks for your assistance. Hopefully this...

    Thanks for your assistance. Hopefully this weekend will be dry (and not so windy) and I'll get into them and take a peek. My plan is to get the boxes all ready (my bee yard is on a slope and I...
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