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    Clouding up after bottling

    I started my first batch of mead Feb. 2011 with a beginning SG of 1.102 the yeast used was EC1118 as my friends wanted a very dry mead. Racked first part of April and bottled in Aug. with an ending...
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    Re: Old BSA Beekeeping Merit Badge Book

    From the 1987-89 requirement book

    1. Study a hive of bees. Remove the combs. Find the queen. Figure the amount of the brood, number of queen cells. Figure the amount of honey in the hive.

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    Re: Swarm in a bush on the ground .... what to do?

    someplace a little nicer than Mickelsons :)

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Re: How can carnolian queens have italian bees?

    The drones will be of whatever breed the queen is, they are hatched from unfertilized eggs. The workers will be either carni or carni/italian mix pending which sperm fertilized the egg.

    Blessed...
  5. Thread: Intentions

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    Re: Intentions

    I have 20 hives going into the winter, would like to expand to 50 by next summer

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
  6. Thread: My new hives

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    Re: My new hives

    I would work on finding the queen in the blue hive and pinch her. Combine the hives and continue feeding to get them through to spring and then split them. Make sure that the frames are the right...
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    Re: How to dust qith powered sugar

    An old flour sifter works well or brush through a window screen.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Re: Wintering a single 10 deep in Maine

    the Mountaincamp method is putting an empty medium on the hive, placing a sheet of newspaper on top of the frames and pouring in 5 to 10 lbs of sugar as emergency food during the winter.

    Blessed...
  9. Thread: Brace Comb

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    Re: Brace Comb

    I'm guessing that the eke is a shallow spacer used to make room for the mite treatment. If it is going to be in place on a temporary basis I would remove the brace comb if it is in the way of...
  10. Thread: Uncapping Tank

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    Re: Uncapping Tank

    I haven't looked at the plans to respond to the dimmensions, but you rest the frame on the screw as you cut the cappings off.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Re: When do I removed my shallow honey super

    If it is about full and mostly capped you can remove it now. This late in the season even if they were a little crowded they shound not swarm. I usually remove my supers early Sept that still gives...
  12. Re: Could the rate of drinking 1:1 be less without HBH?

    All the lecithin granules I have found contain soy. Would this pose a problem for the bees?

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
  13. Thread: smelly swarm...

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    Re: smelly swarm...

    If they are in the swarm for a couple of days without finding a suitable home they start getting a little cranky.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Re: How do I filter Beeswax?

    You can get furnace/ac filters that are paper instead of fiberglass. Paper towel or coffee filters work well also.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Re: Filled with honey, now what?

    giving a few of the frames to a weaker hive is what I would do. If concerned about robbing I would reduce the entrance on the weaker hive.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Re: sieve for wax in a solar-wax melter?

    I use paper towel also. I have received several comments on the cleanliness of the wax.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
  17. had 23 going into winter lost 2, expected to...

    had 23 going into winter lost 2, expected to loose at least 5 but fortunatly this time bees rarely do whats expected. zip code 84637

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    chinese elm last week, apricots started today...

    chinese elm last week, apricots started today buttercup burrs and dandilions not too far off
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    Apricot bloom 84637

    Apricot bloom 84637
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    steers

    The only problem I've had with cattle on the same lot as hives is that the cows seemed to like using them as scratching posts.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Nesting

    From the afore mentioned article "beehives might need to be modified to provide nooks and crannies secure from the bees as protected refuges and breeding sites. Interior surfaces of roofs, walls, and...
  22. Thread: Legal Question

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    their house, their tree, their bees. Blessed...

    their house, their tree, their bees.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    Pseudoscorpion

    The October 2006 ABJ has an article by Dr. Barry Donovan and Dr. Flora Paul on using the pseudoscorpion for mite control as well as wax moth and SHB.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
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    nailing bottom boards

    I never do. If I need to move the hive or I'm concerned about it getting knocked over I will use a ratcheting tie down.

    Blessed Bee
    Doug
  25. Thread: They're Here

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    testing

    The testing is done in the bee lab at Utah State University in Logan, The Utah Dept of Agriculture will most likely make the determination on destruction of the colony. I am about 150 miles north of...
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