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  1. Re: Why do they build only drone comb if I use foundationless next to foundation?

    Because the hive perceived that it needed more drones. Do you provide foundationless in the brood nest for drone laying? If they have adequate room for drones in the brood nest they will draw...
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    A little while back someone (Laurie in SC?) mentioned on here that after using clear glass/plexiglass covers her SHB problems basically went away, as they do not care for light. A very small study,...
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    Uncapping question

    When uncapping 8/9 frame with extended comb, do you cut just the top wax off leaving as much comb as possible or run the knife along the edge of the frame putting more honey in the uncapping tray?
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    I agree, but I would just rather that they are up front about the costs rather than padding it with add on, handling, processing, fees etc. When I sell a jar of honey I don't tell them it is $5 and...
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    Re: Shafted on Shipping

    Shipping and HANDLING charge...it is the handling that is the killer. Must be some pretty valuable hands.
  6. Thread: Taktic

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    Re: Taktic

    Amitraz, right?
  7. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    Hum, exactly what are you looking for? IF my front hive inspection, i.e. bees are coming and going and doing what bees are doing looks normal, I don't open the hive. Actually, unless I have reason...
  8. Re: Put a medium or deep on my single nuc for winter?

    This early in the season I would either follow squarepeg's advice or go with the deep and foundation. Keep the feeder jar on. I am guessing that once all that new brood hatches out you will have...
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    Re: Honey Sucking Drones!

    Hasn't there bee some data showing that hives actually perform better when drone populations are at their optimal rather than restricted by us?
  10. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    If you have drawn comb you will probably be ok. Feed, feed, feed. Keep entrance 1-2 bees until it builds up a little. If this is the only nuc you have you can easily baby it through the winter. ...
  11. Re: How much should I pay for 300 lbs. of honey

    I pay $2.50 - $3 per pound in 5 gallon buckets, extracted, filtered ready to bottle. Since he has very little invested in this crop and everything he gets is pure profit, I would think $1 per pound...
  12. Thread: Earwigs....

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    Re: Earwigs....

    bees seem to coexist with ants, ear wigs, roaches, spiders, etc. without too much ill effect as long as the hive is reasonable strong.
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    Re: Michigan Mint Honey?

    However basswood honey is light in color.
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    Re: Move the hives to the bean fields?

    Bees will work soybeans if there is nothing else flowering to their liking. Different varieties do affect their attractiveness however seed companies nor others have done studies so in general no...
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    Re: Uncapping/Extractor Room Floor

    Don't use tarps, too slippery, though easy clean up.
  16. Thread: Honey taste?

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    Re: Honey taste?

    We in IN are finding most of our early honey this year is very light and sweet. A lot of locust, baswood and sweet clover. I've let people taste it and it runs about 50/50 whether they prefer the...
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    Re: Very light honey-marketing?

    That is what my wife suggested, mark it up 25% and make it sound unique. The problem is that is about all I have right now and may be all we get.
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    Re: Mowing around the hives

    At least wear a veil! They make a light one that you can slip over a ball cap. I accidently ran into one while mowing and got me right next to my eye. Pretty ugly for a couple of days.
  19. Thread: Hive placement

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    Re: Hive placement

    Really don't have enough room for a circle, can only go 6 or so hives wide but maybe 3 rows deep. Usually try to have them facing south or east.
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    Very light honey-marketing?

    Any ideas on marketing really light honey, almost clear, probably from basswood, locust, sweetclover mix. My customers are only used to seeing amber honey and when they taste this it is light with a...
  21. Re: This year too successful...didn't expect that one!

    When I put the sugar on I make sure to leave 2-3 inches all the way around for ventilation. I think I am going to sugar bricks this year rather than the dry sugar on newspaper.
  22. Thread: Hive placement

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    Hive placement

    I have limited space at one of my locations. What are thoughts/experiences on placing hives in parallel lines maybe 4 feet apart? Choice would either bee have them facing the same direction (south)...
  23. Re: Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    Warmth in a small hive? Has anyone seen/tried the double screen nuc bottom boards that Mnn Lake is selling now? WW191 ...
  24. Re: Is there any down side to placing an empty nuc next to established hives?

    I would place the empty nuc up to 100 yards away if possible if you want to catch a swarm, though I once had them move into an empty hive sitting adjacent to the hive that swarmed.
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    Re: Returning Supers to Hives

    Cleaning? Are you sure honey flow is over for the year? I extracted some last weekend and put them back on hoping that they will fill at least some of them again. We have had good rains and...
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