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  1. Re: Is it wise to fill a new hive with all frames filled with honey?

    I am pretty sure it was due to the bad summer and lack of supply for winter. The hives/frames of honey look pretty good. Heading into winter, most of the hives were pretty light. Using all mediums...
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    Re: Interesting behavior

    Yes. Been a week, and this new crop of bees has settled down somewhat. Just released the queens for them today. They do not appear to be doing kamakaze runs on us any longer. Interesting how some...
  3. Re: Is it wise to fill a new hive with all frames filled with honey?

    I'm not sure the quality of the honey is good enough to extract. it came from hives that didn't make it. The color seems off, and it may be a combination of sugar water and various other stuff.
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  4. Is it wise to fill a new hive with all frames filled with honey?

    Question for those in the know...

    I have a couple of hives that didn't make it through the winter, but I had quite a few frames filled with honey - very heavy and seemingly in good shape.

    Is it...
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    Re: Interesting behavior

    That's good to know. I hope once this crop dies off that their replacements aren't carrying over the trait. Since the queen is still in her little prison, we don't have the next crop of bees, but...
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    Interesting behavior

    Relatively new beekeeper here - basically second year. Most of my bees didn't fare well over winter, so installed new packages. Unlike last year, these guys are doing a lot more circling of my...
  7. Thread: Water Sources

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    Re: Water Sources

    yeah, lol. I think some of my bees are hitting neighbors pools too. From the number of bees I see sucking down water from my fountains, they must be getting their water elsewhere...

    Some other...
  8. Thread: Water Sources

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    Re: Water Sources

    First year beek here. I set-up several water sources. The bees seemed to find the further away ones initially, then they eventually started hitting them all. It seems that they have a hard time...
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    Re: Queenless and proud of it

    ;) Check is in da mail.
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    Re: Queenless and proud of it

    Probably neither. From the prior posts it appears that brood is one way to regulate the hive layers, and a queen is a way to jumpstart the egg laying process.

    All the suggestions I've read on...
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    Re: Queenless and proud of it

    Perhaps it's all about timing? If a frame of eggs is put in, that will tend to regulate the laying workers. Then a caged queen will be more readily accepted. It may be easier to put her in shortly...
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    Re: Queenless and proud of it

    Interesting. That's an expensive book, btw!

    So it would seem that putting in a frame of eggs along with a queen may be more effective - the frame of eggs from another colony would help suppress...
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    Queenless and proud of it

    So I'm pretty sure one of my new hives has a laying worker issue. Brood pattern spotty, hive buzzing a bit more agitated, and they refused to accept my introduced queen on the last go-around.

    I'm...
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    Re: Sucking down the sugar water still

    Thanks. I did move a few frames around like you said, and I hope this solves the issue. Being my first year, I'm not expecting to get to the supering point, but having a healthy and full hive would...
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    Sucking down the sugar water still

    First year beek here. My bees are still sucking down the sugar water like no tomorrow (using hive top feeder). I still see that some frames in some hives haven't been drawn out. Is this normal for...
  16. Thread: tea olive

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    Re: tea olive

    It looks like some people sell the "Osmanthus fragrans" honey, so bees probably get something out of them! Not sure if they help pollination or not - perhaps these trees self or cross pollinate...
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    Re: Golden Cane Sugar?

    Yup, better to save it for our consumption than to give the bees 'Consumption'... ;)

    White nutrionless sugar it is! ;)
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    Re: Golden Cane Sugar?

    Yes, I think this 'golden' stuff qualifies as brown - I'll avoid trying it out on my honeys. I definately don't want to give them the trots, or kill them off by using a poor product!
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    Re: Golden Cane Sugar?

    Thanks. I'm kind of leaning that direction too. When I dissolved it in water, it is definately more brown than the white refined stuff. I think they are basically repurposing brown sugar in...
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    Golden Cane Sugar?

    I have some milled golden cane sugar; ingredients say it's 'natural cane sugar' which appears to be a 'natural brown sugar'. Will this stuff be toxic to bees?
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    Re: installed queen and now being robbed

    I think I saw someone comment on this type of problem before - did you try swapping the position of the hives? Others have commented that the distance of hives doesn't make a difference - some folks...
  22. Thread: Bee repellent?

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    Re: Bee repellent?

    I hear you on that. Just being out in 80degree weather and I'm all hot and sweaty in the funsun with my full suit on. I can't wait to see how the damned thing feels when it's over 100 degrees F and...
  23. Thread: Bee repellent?

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    Re: Bee repellent?

    That could be fun - screaming and running around like a baby girl on fire in your pj's! :O



    Was back at the hives again today, refilling a few low on sugar, same thing with my 3 hives - nearly...
  24. Thread: Bee repellent?

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    Re: Bee repellent?

    heheh. sounds delic. ;)
  25. Thread: Bee repellent?

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    Re: Bee repellent?

    Ya, first year beek here too. I have multiple hives, and some are definately more aggressive than others.

    After being tagged once last week while doing so, I am now wearing my full suit as I...
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