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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    The cheap honey refractometers work nicely and are very easy to use; just don't play around with the calibration adjustment on top, just tighten down the lock nut.
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    Re: Think I'm getting in a mess here...

    Could be wrong but I see strong hints of robbing, especially in the 2nd photo. That hive has a serious population problem and what's left of it should be added to another, stronger hive.
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    Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I'm using a 2 3/4" Forstner bit for the standard Mason jar lids. The only problem here is the shank size- 1/2", which is pretty much for machinist drill press use only. I have a machinist drill...
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    Re: Should I combine

    First, I'm not an expert. If your older weak hive hasn't been producing meaningful honey, I'd say yes, go ahead and combine them. The weak hive has had plenty of time since the spring to grow but...
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    Re: Would like to feedback

    13 full frames of honey seems like an extraordinarily high amount; seeing honey on all frames is pretty much normal but doesn't mean that the hive is honey bound. Is there a reason why you didn't...
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    Re: Fire adjacent to bees

    Could your smoker have been the cause? Think about it; a smoker can stay hot an smolder for many, many hours. All you can really do here is hose it down; the bees won't be searching though ashes...
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    Re: Two hives side by side

    Are both supers using foundationless or foundationed? Of my measly three hives, one refused to build on foundation; I gave it foundationless frames with a starter strips cut from a foundation...
  8. Thread: what now

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    Re: what now

    Too late now but as Jackam says, you should have had two deeps before putting on any supers. The queen likes to climb to a certain height in the upper deep and lets the rest of the hive, the supers...
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    Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    Like the others have said, burr comb, burr comb, burr comb. Bees will always find a way to fill up an empty space- and quickly.
  10. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    Pine needles will go out quickly if loosely packed; make it a tighter mass and it will smoke for hours.
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    Re: Custom extraction services

    I don't charge anything as long as they clean up the extractor; it's all part of promoting beekeeping.
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    Re: Bears in suburbia

    Andrew D- Here in north NJ one needs a permit to break wind.
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    As the other responses have indicated, use the old comb as long as the queen is happy with it. Once the brood pattern is widely scattered, it may be time to replace it.
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    Re: Bears in suburbia

    I've got a 15KV neon sign transformer here but that may be too much. A major problem here is that I also have two dogs and a cat that frequently visit the bee yard and as I recall an electric fence...
  15. Thread: mid july

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    Re: mid july

    You can try feeding but you will probably find that they aren't going to take it; there are other more tasty sources out there for them for the time being. Give it a try, it won't hurt.
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    Bears in suburbia

    Yesterday I was very surprised to see a huge mature black bear shuffling down my street and then disappeared into the neighborhood. My concern is that the bear may have smelled my hives and may...
  17. Re: I think I started a robbing frenzy last evening:(

    I screwed up too. The other day I pulled some honey supers and otherwise "old dead" frames but failed to close the lid on my the box that held the supers. Within an hour there was a fog of bees...
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    Re: Brood in honey super and what to do?

    +1 for Ross. Also, make sure that you are not honey bound in the brood boxes; too much honey there will force the queen upward where there's more room for laying. Been there, and recently removed...
  19. Re: Treating Japanese beetles without harming bees

    Twenty five years ago I had a horrific problem with Japanese beetles. That's when I tried milky spore treatment; its a dry powder and applied with a teaspoon. Every few feet flip a spoonful into...
  20. Re: What do u do with your honey supers after you extract?

    I put the extracted frames right back into the hives. At present these frames will be filled and capped in less than a week and the cycle starts again. These are all new foundation or built...
  21. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    Same thing here. These were old foundationless and foundation frames that came with the nuc. Get rid of that old crap!
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    Re: No honey yet...should I be worried?

    If your hive does well through the winter you can expect plenty of honey next year!
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    Re: honey chemistry and refractometers….

    Honey refractometers go for $17 on Ebay, well worth it.
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    Re: Uncapped honey supers

    You need a refractometer. I also had a lot of uncapped honey cells but when I measured them for water, they were at a perfectly acceptable 17%. These frames were extracted along with the capped...
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    Re: Honey quantity???

    Pretty much the same here in NJ. I'm extracting a quart from each medium frame; a little over two gallons for an eight frame medium super.
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