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    Re: Burnt tasting honey

    When I have honey that has an off taste, I put some of that honey in a small jar and have some cheap disposable popsicle type sticks available so people can taste it. Some people like the taste and...
  2. Re: Paper combine results in lots of dead bees, what did I do wrong?

    Often, besides putting a few small slits in the newspaper, I mix a little Honey Be Healthy in water and spray my newspaper lightly. My thinking is that this causes the whole hive to take on the HBH...
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    Re: Sad bees - hornets - smaller hive

    I do not know the answer to your question. However, if they do, I would attach a hose to the entrance of the nuc and have it go outside of the green house, similar to how observation hives are set up...
  4. Re: looking for confirmation that wax moths did one of my hives in?

    The first two pictures look like laying worker drone brood to me. I had a hive that sounded similar to yours, without the worms, that was a laying worker hive. We had a cold spell and there were not...
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    Re: I have a new idea on attracting honey bees?

    I would love to have a swarm lure that works. I have tried all types of lures, used various sizes of hives with brood comb, placed different distances and different heights from my hives. I live in a...
  6. Re: Best method for cleaning up burr (or bridge) comb?

    I leave my burr comb alone in the fall because I think it helps the bees when they cluster to move better from one frame to another going up. I had read that when it is really cold, that sometimes...
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    Re: storing uncapped honey/nectar over winter

    If I have a little uncapped honey in the frames, I place the box over an inner hive cover and the bees usually move it down. However, I think it works faster if you put an empty box over the inner...
  8. Thread: milkweed

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    Re: milkweed

    I find occasional honey bees trapped and dead on milkweed blossoms. However, I consider the value of milkweed to out weigh a few bees dying.
  9. Thread: Help!

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    Re: Help!

    I had the same problem a couple of years ago with a nearby family member. We solved the problem by buying a new hummingbird feeder equipped with plastic mesh bee guards.
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    Re: Not sure what bush this is

    Looks like Autumn Olive to me.
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    Re: Serviceberry as an early forage source?

    Service Berry trees grow wild in the woods and my bees love them.
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    Re: Fleabane Daisy, useful?

    We have those in VA, also, and I have never seen a honey bee on them.
  13. Re: What to do with "poopy" frames from deadout

    I scrape and then use a wet cloth and scrub the spots clean. Then, reuse.
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    Re: Dollar store cheap foams

    If they were mine and I was making outer covers, I would use them as insulation and put them between the plywood and and whatever I was using to keep the rain out, such as aluminum or vinyl. However,...
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    Re: Nuc robbing ongoing. Need advice

    Once when I had a nuc being robbed, I picked it up and took it to a new location on my property during the night away from my other hives. Robbing ended. Maybe I was just lucky, but I was very happy.
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    Re: escape board questions

    Since I have extra bottom boards and lids, I put my escape board on top of a bottom board that I place next to my hive. Then, the super(s) that I want the bees out of with a lid on top. Sometimes, I...
  17. Re: Commercial storage of numerous drawn comb frames (wax moth)

    I store frames of comb that do not have any pollen in them, in large, see-through bags. I keep these in my basement and check occasionally to make sure they are OK. I have found that frames with...
  18. Re: Help! Need to move two hives in Hampshire IL Area

    I had to do what you are doing one time. It was spring, so I waited until around noon when it was warm enough to not chill the brood. I drove my truck next to the hives and took them apart box by...
  19. Thread: Earwigs....

    by spieker
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    Re: Earwigs....

    This post suggests that earwigs may eat SHBs. After reading this, I leave the earwigs alone.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-284776.html
  20. Re: Do honey bees like Snow drops and snow flakes

    My bees love snow drops. However, they bloom only about a week or two.
  21. Thread: Poppy Frenzy

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    Re: Poppy Frenzy

    Thank you Schnee for your reply.
  22. Thread: Poppy Frenzy

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    Re: Poppy Frenzy

    Very impressed. Do you know what type of poppies you have? I tried raising poppies one year and the bees barely touched them. I would like to raise what you have.
  23. Thread: Email Alerts

    by spieker
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    Re: Email Alerts

    I am not getting any email alerts, either. I even subscribed to this because I wanted to see what the solution would be. Nothing has come through even though another person posted.
  24. Re: Moved Hive 100ft, Did not force Reorientation, next step

    I like to leave one box with a a bottom board, frames, and a lid in the old location. Bees will go in. Then, when they are all home for the night, dump them into the hive at the new location. I do...
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    Re: swarm entering established hive.

    Is there any chance that the hive started to swarm, but the queen did not go out? Then, the bees returned to their hive? Or did the small swarms come from elsewhere?
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