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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    I must have lucked out this year; I thought I'd lost 2 of 5 but only lost 1 of 5, so I'm real happy. Sorry to hear you lost your bees, it's a sad thing I know. The year before last, my first year,...
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    Re: How do YOU mix 50 gallons of syrup?

    VolunteerK9:

    Lots of similarities isn't it! Seems like a LOT of fun things involve, sugar, burners, large kettles, tubing and hoses, LOL!!

    Speaking of which, those that are handy could rig up...
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    Re: One packet versus two of Yeast

    It's been a long time since I've made mead, but generally those packets are good for 5-6 gallon batches. Personally, I like to make a yeast starter; I've found that when it comes to yeast, more is...
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    Re: undergound hive near my honey bees

    Sounds like ground bees, aka, yellow jackets. They are mean as fire and deserve a 1/2 gallon of gas dumped down the hole with a rock on top.

    Of all the stinging insects, I loathe a yellow...
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    I've been following the FGMO threads too, if it works I'll start it next year instead of fumic acid, apivar, etc. Most of those chemicals are nasty.

    I don't get the whole prohibited issue...
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    Re: Taking honey from brood box

    I risked it and took 3 deep frames from my 4 hives, but these are 1 year old and they looked honey bound to my "VERY" untrained eye. The honey frames had about a 4" oval of brood comb that got back...
  7. Re: "The frame with the queen on it" you know the one.

    I'm a first year beek and I was pretty intent on finding the queen every time I went in to the hives (I have 5 now) but it wasn't long that I just looked for eggs and brood and the pattern and closed...
  8. Re: Wedge top bar frames instead of groove top bar OK?

    Personally, I hate wedge top bar. I was sent 50 frames of wedge top bar mistakenly from the place I bought 50 mediums and 50 deeps frames of what was supposed to be all grooved top bar. After using...
  9. Was excited by hives not doing as good as I thought.

    I was really hopeful with my bees; I've got one hive that is doing better than the rest which I was hoping would really put on the honey this past week but it didn't. One other hive is doing okay I...
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    How many supers at a time?

    I'm wondering how many supers one can put on at a time before it gives rise to issues? I haven't learned the flows for the area yet and I think I'm getting ready to go into a decent flow. We have...
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    Re: Honey flavors and flowers to avoid.

    Thanks for the replies. I looked up bitterweed and see that it doesn't grow here and I've not seen those types of flowers either. I know we don't have almonds, but ragweed we do have. I'll make...
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    Honey flavors and flowers to avoid.

    Is/are there flowers to just plain avoid that taints or makes honey unpalatable?

    I just could not wait and harvested a single frame that was about 50% capped (80% drawn out) and the honey that I...
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    Re: For Queen Excluder Users Only

    All this QE talk has got me confused. I put a QE between 2 honey supers. They had filled out the first honey super pretty good, so I put another super on, basically the queen started filling in the...
  14. Thread: inner cover ?

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    Re: inner cover ?

    I'm going into my second year as a beekeeper, so take my 2 for what it's worth. I left the inner cover off one of my hives as "no big deal" and I find it MUCH easier when they are used, so I put...
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    No bees in the neighborhood.

    Now that I'm a (very) amateur beekeeper, I keep an eye out for bee's where ever I am. In years past, I've notice honey bees in the yard enjoying the clover as well as many of my flowers. This year,...
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    Strong hive, brood in honey super.

    Did a check today and saw that my really strong hive has got brood in the honey super now. I put on a second super today and I'm wondering if I should put an excluder under all the supers and let...
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    Re: HELP ME jar feeder with brass insert

    These might be what you're looking for too.

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#ferrule-terminals/=mql57t
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    Hive swarmed (I think), is this normal?

    I think one of my hives may have swarmed. One of my weaker hives, has about a "package" worth of bees in it and I could not find any eggs/larva/capped cells in it. I caught a glimpse of what I...
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    Re: Which extractor???

    Same here; looking for an extractor, however, for me there are a couple of different things,

    First, I won't be buying it :)! My Uncle went in with his son in-law on 2 hives, but they died over the...
  20. Bee-haviour, building comb and filling frames

    I've noticed in my hives that almost all activity starts from the 2-3 frame in from the east facing side. This was also where I originally placed the queen cages when I installed the packages. Is...
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    Re: Swarm Flight Distance Studies?

    Somewhere there was a study done. IIRC a remote wildflower patch was used and the hives moved farther and farther away with the weights being recorded weekly. Seems that I remember 4 miles out the...
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    Re: No more white hives for me

    Same here, picked up a gallon of Sherwin Williams mid grade exterior latex in a light tan color for $6....

    But I also have a few deeps in some other odd colors that I was able to get for $2 a...
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    Re: Average supers per hive?

    Thanks to all!! It's good to know I'm at least in the ball park, I was fearing people would come back and say 5+ per hive, etc. Then I'd worry about that.

    I put honey supers on 2 of the 4...
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    Average supers per hive?

    I know it's dependent on honey flow and the bees themselves, etc. but I was wondering if there is a general number of supers to figure on per hive to have enough. I'm not asking necessarily for the...
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    Re: Best course of action?

    ahhh, I re-read some and see that I was indeed incorrect with my terminology using checkerboarding... :( Wow, can you tell I'm a newibe. LOL

    I think I'll split one of the hives. It's got a LOT...
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