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    Swarm calls

    Normally I am getting multiple calls per day by this time to remove swarms here in Indianapolis. No calls at all so far this year. For those of you who take swarms...are you getting the normal...
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    Re: Attachment compromised,opinions?

    Very nice. Thanks for the info!
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    Attachment compromised,opinions?

    I was turning over a bar today to look at the comb. Well, I got careless and did not keep the bar on the correct axis when turning it and the comb came loose like it was on a door hinge...but...it...
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    Re: Why I keep bees...

    First...agriculture has been of interest to me as long as I can remember...especially animal husbandry. Growing up in a small town, though, my opportunities to engage in any sort of agricultural...
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    Re: 3 survived 2 did not

    It is interesting how sometimes a small colony survives the winter while larger ones don't. I went into winter with 3 Langs and a TBH. The Langs were very populous and strong...lots of stores going...
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    Re: Hello from an almost Beekeeper

    Hi Rick.
    Welcome to Beesource. This is a great place to learn a lot of things about the hobby.
    Get yourself a mentor to guide you with the hands-on activities...and read everything you can get...
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    Re: honey jelly

    Thanks for the feedback! I have several Ball Blue Books and enjoy collecting the older canning guides, too, when I come across them.
    5 minutes in the canner is certainly no hardship. :) And a very...
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    Re: honey jelly

    Omie,
    I used Wolftrainers recipe from post#4 on this thread. Couldn't bee easier! 1 cup water, 3 cups honey, and pouch of liquid pectin. I brought the honey and water up to a boil...added the...
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    Re: honey jelly

    The honey jelly turned out great! I visited my mother this weekend and took a jar to her and tried it out on her first. It was very well received, so I gave it a try. Looks like it should be a...
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    Re: beekeeper beginner from Slovenia

    I, too, am intrigued by this AZ hive. Are dimensional drawings available anywhere?
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    Re: How to make BarenJager...

    OK...I sampled some of my first attempt with a friend recently. He really liked it and requested I make a large quantity for him. I, on the other hand, was a little disappointed. With the recipe I...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive in Snow

    Not a problem. Just wanted to share my excitement about seeing the girls flying on a sunny winters day! Nice to see after the sub-zero weather and the ice storms we've had.
    Looks like...
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    Re: Wax Melter

    Beemom,
    Welcome to Beesource. I see you are in California. Is it sunny enough in your area to consider a solar melter? You can put one together for a small amount of money...compared to a...
  14. Re: DCoates nucs - does it get cuter than this?

    Very nice! You'll have some high-class bee's taking up residence in those soon, I'm sure! :)
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    Re: Top Bar Hive in Snow

    If you could see about 100' behind me, you would see the big pile of 3" thick ice chunks from the recent bad weather! I would have gladly taken more snow! I am beat after breaking up and prying up...
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    Top Bar Hive in Snow

    This is my Michael Bush style top bar hive. It was in the 30's here today...and this hive was the most active. I'm not such a good photographer, so I'm not sure if we can see the bee's in the...
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    Re: Dry mead

    I've made dry and sweet meads. It's all good...depending on your taste! Why not make 2 batches...one dry one sweeter? Experiment a little! What I say about beekeeping holds true for my home-brewing...
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    Re: How to make BarenJager...

    This post was intriguing...so I started my own batch of BaerenJaeger tonight. Woo-hoo!
    When I was picking up the vodka for the recipe I found the real deal at the liquor store. Fancy bottle and $27....
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    Re: honey jelly

    Perhaps the powdered pectin could be used, if the procedures were altered and the honey/water mixture heated to the required temperature for the required time? Not sure if it would damage the honey,...
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    Re: Adding swarm bees

    I've been adding swarms to existing hives. Just take a few frames from the existing hive and shake the bee's at the entrance...replace the frames. When those bee's are walking back into the hive I...
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    Re: honey jelly

    Oh Omie! You really have me thinking!!!! That really does sound good. I appreciate the suggestions! I'm sure such things could mean increased sales. (or at the very least...something enjoyable to...
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    Re: honey jelly

    Update...made my first batch on Sunday. It was totally liquid when I went bed, so there was some concern. Got up this morning and it was all set up nice. It looks great! I can't bring myself to open...
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    Re: honey jelly

    Wolftrainer,
    Thanks for the info. I've found it interesting...the various things that folks make into jelly(i.e. hot peppers!) and I think my customers will enjoy honey jelly, once they give it...
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    Thanks Oldtimer. I can see the merit in using a brush. The investment is small, so I'll plan on giving it a try this season.
    This is one of the things I like so much about this hobby...so many...
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    Re: honey jelly

    Wolftrainer,
    Do you find honey jelly to be a profitable endeavor at the farmers market? I've never had it, but after reading this thread I plan on making a batch to see if I like it or not. If so,...
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