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    Honey is almost 22%

    While harvesting my honey a few days ago my daughter noticed that it seemed a little thin so I bought a refractometer and the %water reading is almost 22%. What are my options? Is it possible to...
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    Removing honey supers

    Is it safe to remove honey supers and let them sit in a place where the bees can't get to them? If so, how long would be okay? Can they be stored outside or do they need to be inside? I want to...
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    Combining hives that have queens

    Can you combine hives that are queen right? I have one hive that is nasty and I can't get through all of it before I have many stingers in my jacket and blue jeans. They fly up and pop the veil and...
  4. Re: 4 lb package of honeybees arrives and 90% dead!

    I know someone I will not be buying bees from. Sounds like he learned his customer service by selling on ebay. :D
  5. Thread: Flow Question

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    Re: Flow Question

    Serious flow? no not really but it has been steady and the bees have been able to build up nicely and have some nectar stored up. The serious flow here will be the tallow tree in mid to late May. ...
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    Re: how do I....

    drlonzo, what do I do with the frames of brood I pull out of the brood chamber?
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    Re: how do I....

    If I do this in the brood box can I go foundationless?
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    how do I....

    Get the bees to draw comb that is the same width? When I put on a super of foundation and pulled up a couple of frames of drawn comb the bees just seem to extend out that comb and then make the comb...
  9. Thread: How much comb

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    How much comb

    How much comb should I expect to get from feeding 2 gallons of 1/1 sugar syrup to a hive in a 10 frame deep full of bees?
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    Anybody ever...

    caught a swarm and put the queen in a cage for a couple of days to give the bees time to get things ready for her? Would caging her also help keep the bees from leaving the hive?
  11. Thread: Feeding a nuc

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    Feeding a nuc

    I have a nuc I started on May 10 with 4 frames and a feeder. There are enough bees to cover two frames of brood and a few more running around. I removed the feeder today after they emptied it in...
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    Queen mating flights

    Does the queen come and go daily for a few days or does she stay out then come back mated?
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    Re: Adding deep to bottom

    No help? Suggestions?
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    Adding deep to bottom

    I have a hive that is 4 mediums right now. I need to add another box to it and I was wanting to go to a 2 deep setup for my brood chambers like my other hives. I want to add the deep to the bottom...
  15. Thread: Bees fighting

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    Bees fighting

    I have one hive that the bees are always on the landing board fighting. There is usually just a couple that I see but in the morning there will be 5 -10 dead bees on the ground. Its not robbing...
  16. Re: queens shipped questions, need advice asap

    I had a similar situation except it was July in southeast Texas and the USPS put them in my mailbox which is in a group of boxes at the front of the subdivision. There was note on package to call me...
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    Re: Queen cells equal queen right?

    Do they have to be capped or does it not matter? once they start a queen they feel like they are queen right?
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    Queen cells equal queen right?

    If a queenless hive is building queen cells and has capped queen cells do they think they are queen right? Would they kill an introduced mated queen?
  19. Thread: Waxing frames

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    Re: Waxing frames

    So is it a waste of time to put extra wax on foundation?
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    Adding 2nd caged queen to package

    Got a package April 6 and when I checked 3 days later to see if queen was released I found the bees balling her and killed her. I added a couple of frames with eggs and have not checked since. I...
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    Nectar/syrup bound

    I have a one deep hive right now I had been feeding 1/1 syrup which they have loaded up most of the frames with pollen and syrup because they have gone queenless. I'm going to stop feeding and give...
  22. Thread: Waxing frames

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    Re: Waxing frames

    I believe I have that covered. The next super I wax I will use a roller and see if the bees work it any faster. Thanks for the response.
  23. Thread: Waxing frames

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    Waxing frames

    I know this is covered in the search but I have a specific question. I'm using a brush to paint on new wax to my foundation but I find that it is spread unevenly. When I start it kind of globs up...
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    Re: Need to transfer a frame of eggs

    Made the move. Will now wait a week and see how things are working out.
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    Re: Need to transfer a frame of eggs

    Thank guys! Gonna move forward with my plan:thumbsup:
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