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    Re: Attach of the Killer Bees

    This lines up with what I was told by my State Inspector when he came out to look at my hives. AHB breeding, according to him, works like this:

    AHB Queen + AHB Drone = AHB Bee
    Euro Queen + AHB...
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    Re: Planning a bee yard

    Nice looking hives Glen. The hive on the left is clearly a Langstroth. What style are the two on the right?

    Brian
  3. Thread: Honey in Beer?

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    Re: Honey in Beer?

    Generally, the earlier in the brewing process that you add then honey the less flavor you'll get. All the flavor is driven off during the boil. So try adding your honey late in the boil, or at...
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    Re: Help With Creamed Honey

    I can't argue with your logic Mark. I must confess I was thinking about the small hobbyist scale that I do this on. If you're working with a "batch" that's the size of an entire bottling tank, I...
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    Re: Help With Creamed Honey

    Here's a link to a full description of the Dyce Method.

    Note that while the method does call for heating your honey to 150, it does not want you to "allow it to cool", but rather to "cool the...
  6. Re: What is the best beesuit on the market for preventing bee stings?

    I don't have the Ultrabreeze suit. But I do have the jacket, and I love it. Never been stung through it.

    In all fairness, it's the only jacket I've ever owned so I have nothing to compare it...
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    Re: Question for the board re: Hive Beetles

    I just lost one of my two hives to beetles myself. It seems to me that the hive had a queen that wasn't laying for some reason, and that allowed the beetles to get a foot hold. I say this because I...
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    Re: I had to destroy a hive today...

    Thanks for the input everyone.

    I've treated the ground where the hive used to be with food grade DE, because it was something I could lay hands on quickly. I'm in the process of cleaning up the...
  9. Thread: Pulling Honey

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    Re: Pulling Honey

    I've always been told that our main flow is in the spring, and that you should take honey off in June. But leave them enough to get through the dearth in July, August and the first part of...
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    I had to destroy a hive today...

    ...the small hive beetles were more than they could handle.

    This was the "weaker hive" that I had mentioned in previous posts. They were queen-right, but for some reason the queen didn't want to...
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    Re: Inspecting with out getting stings...?

    Wouldn't 1/4 of a *bottle* of Benadryl be a bit much...or were you being facetious?

    In all seriousness, I do find that a dose of Benadryl taken right after a sting does help.

    Brian
  12. Re: Urban backyard bee keeping 1/4 arce lot canit be done?

    I have two hives on 1/8 of an acre. They are right next to my house, in the tiny little back yard we have. I only have neighbors on the sides. The property behind me is undeveloped woods. So far,...
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    Re: Please help me think through this

    So, my weak hive continues to struggle. I've continued giving them a a frame of brood/eggs from my strong hive roughly once per week for about six weeks now, and still no eggs. I *know* they're...
  14. Re: Nucs only on deep frames, what if I only have medium hive bodies?

    Must be because it's so late in the season. I bought two medium nucs from him last year, but I didn't pay that much.

    Brian
  15. Re: Nucs only on deep frames, what if I only have medium hive bodies?

    The Fat Bee Man will sell you medium nucs. And I believe Wolf Creek Apiaries will as well.

    Brian
  16. Re: taking brood frames from second hive - take adult bees with it?

    I've had to do this recently to ensure that one of my hives was queen-right. Unlike you, my hives were side-by-side, but I just moved the frames over, bees and all (after checking to be sure I...
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    Re: Cheapest Supplier

    I couldn't agree more with this sentiment. Cheaper is not always better. This is true of many things, not just beekeeping equipment. I would much rather pay for quality equipment and only have to...
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    Re: AAAAAACK. Cannot find queen, cannot see eggs.

    I did this as well. But I've found that what REALLY helps me see the eggs is light. So while I do carry a magnifier (which also has a small light) with me, I'm using a small Surefire flashlight...
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    Re: Please help me think through this

    This is what I intended to do. I suppose whether or not I did it correctly is up for discussion. :)

    Here's what I did. My brood nest is two 8 frame mediums. I'm using the Kelley foundationless...
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    Re: Please help me think through this

    Here's an update on how things are going.

    I was in the hives on Mother's Day weekend. Still no eggs in the one hive, so I gave them another frame of eggs and let them get back to work. The other...
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    Re: Please help me think through this

    Thank you all very much for you input. I hadn't thought of the possibility of jeopardizing my successful colony in trying to save the other. Thats definitely food for thought. I'll sit tight for...
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    Please help me think through this

    I have a situation in my apiary, and I think I have it under control. But I'd appreciate it if some of you who are more experienced than me could tell me if I missed anything.

    I have two hives,...
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    Re: Beekeeper 18 years experience.

    This. If he agrees to owner finance you, you'll get to keep your job and the payments you make to him will provide a nice retirement annuity for him.

    Brian
  24. Re: Honey Bee Killers ! And it is not CCD - Simi Valley, California

    In Florida, bees are considered livestock just like cattle, swine, or horses. I know that theft of livestock is a felony here, and I would imagine that there are laws regarding destruction of...
  25. Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free

    This is pretty much exactly what I did. I read everything I could find for about 9 months, and then started two hives from nucs in May of last year. Because of my chosen path, I had foundationless...
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