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  1. Re: One hive made it through the winter-- the other didn't. What to do with it?

    Thanks Graham and Johng!

    Excellent advice. I hadn't considered the fact that they will make a new queen. I will split them just before the main flow starts. The TBH's are within a few feet of...
  2. One hive made it through the winter-- the other didn't. What to do with it?

    Hi:

    This marks the one year anniversary of my two top bar hives. I am thrilled that one made it through the winter, and accept that fact that the other didn't. The one that didn't was always a...
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    Re: Two hives one queen?

    Thanks for the ideas everyone. Now I have a plan B as well.

    With the thought of having little to loose, I put the queen (in her cage with a candy plug) in this morning. I am very interested to see...
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    Re: Two hives one queen?

    Thanks Scuba. I will add her tomorrow morning.

    ...Scott
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    Two hives one queen?

    I started two TBH hives this spring. One hive is over half full of comb and has consistently had more bees coming and going. The second hive is about a third full of comb and the combs are not as...
  6. Thyme honey in the Catskill and Bershire Mountains

    I have been told that there are some large areas of wild Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum) growing in the Catskills and Berkshire Mountain areas. From these acreages, Thyme honey has been produced. Apparently...
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    Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    Arthur - That's interesting, I've read the nectar flow of the Milk Thistle is moderate to strong. I guess there is something else that is capturing their attention at your location. I wonder if milk...
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    Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    Hi Michael - No, not milkweed, but the thistle, Silybum marianum. It has been used for thousands of years as an herbal medicine, and is sold as such even today.
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    Milk Thistle Honey

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    I am looking for information on Thistle honey. In particular Milk Thistle honey. Milk Thistle is a commercially grown herb that is taken for liver function. Since it is grown commercially I...
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    Re: How would you respond to this?

    Lakebilly, I am trying to respond to the post on my website, www.honeytraveler.com/save-the-bees :) I am not a beekeeper, although I plan on getting started with a couple of top bar hives next...
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    Re: How would you respond to this?

    I think I almost have enough information to answer that post now, for those of you who jumped in late, scroll to the bottom of this page www.honeytraveler.com/save-the-bees for the comment from...
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    Re: How would you respond to this?

    Thanks again for your responses! :) I am enjoying the stories and thoughts too! Please let me know if I am on track.

    Here is what I have so far:

    1/ What food source is given to help over...
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    Re: How would you respond to this?

    Thanks for so many ideas! I have found them very enlightening! I appreciate that many of you are concerned this person's question/statement may be a thinly-veiled attack on beekeeping. You can...
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    How would you respond to this?

    Hi:

    Under the topic Save the Bees:

    Here is a comment I got from my website, www.honeytraveler.com/save-the-bees, in a section about helping restore bees on my site, which is more about honey...
  15. Re: Greetings from Illiois - Always looking for honey

    Ah! I see, that makes sense. I didn't realize that requeening was such a regular process. Thanks for the insight.

    - Scott
  16. Re: Greetings from Illiois - Always looking for honey

    Very helpful, now I am on another self-educational click-fest. :)

    -Scott
  17. Re: Greetings from Illiois - Always looking for honey

    I clicked over to Burns' website and was very impressed. I don't understand why they are selling queens for delivery this year though. Isn't the season pretty much over for a new hives? I assume...
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    Re: Looking for Canada Thistle Honey

    Good to know Mtn. Bee. I will keep you in mind for next year. Dry was definitely not a problem for us in this neck of the woods! We had historic rainfall in July here in Illinois :) And it looks like...
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    Re: Looking for Canada Thistle Honey

    Much apprecitated khaas15! You are a short drive away from Wheaton. I can't make it up this weekend but definitely next, send me an email with your phone so we can plan a drive up your way!
  20. Re: Greetings from Illiois - Always looking for honey

    Thanks for the great ideas! I am definitely going to start with a TBH. I was inspired by a beekeeper my wife and I happened to meet after following a road-side sign near White Water WI who showed us...
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    Looking for Canada Thistle Honey

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    I am looking for Canada Thistle (cirsium arvense) honey. It seems to be quite rare, although there is plenty of the plant around, but pops up now and again. I realize it won't be pure, but...
  22. Greetings from Illiois - Always looking for honey

    Hi:

    I have decided to put a top bar hive in my backyard. I plan on making it this winter, ordering bees in January and hopefully setting it up in April. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome.

    I...
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