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  1. Re: Is there a way to reduce moisture of extracted honey?

    This is all beautifully capped honey but it has been sitting in my garage for a week and it's been humid and today it is raining. I haven't had time to extract but today I do. The 5 med supers have...
  2. Is there a way to reduce moisture of extracted honey?

    So once it's in a 5 gallon bucket, can you reduce the moisture if need be?
  3. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    MicketReej bee keeping is hard work. It's hot and sweaty and sticky. It'll give you a bad back over the years. It takes a fair amount of muscle to move supers around. It's heartbreaking when you lose...
  4. Extracting during wet weather question

    If you extract during very humid weather or say in a garage while it is raining, can honey pick up enough moisture to affect the quality?
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    Re: might be a mite?

    There is no might about that mite being a mite. Now it might be a dead mite and it might be a live mite but a mite it most definitely is.
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    Re: OAV Then MAQs

    What is the optimum cycle for OAV? every 4 days? 5 days?
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    Re: OAV Then MAQs

    Thanks all for your input. I am a believer in OAV and is all I've used since I started. This is my third season.
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    OAV Then MAQs

    I have a couple hives with high mite counts. 32 in a 300 bee sample sugar roll. I did first treatment with OAV today. But I decided to order MAQs. They'll be here in 7 to 10 days. Should I cease the...
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    Re: 10 mites per 100!!!

    These are Italians. A first year split from a Georgia package 3 years old. Traffic at the door seemed to be down but once I got inside I was pleasantly surprised at the population.
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    10 mites per 100!!!

    I did first mite check of the summer. Took a frame from the middle of the top deep. it was beautiful. Edge to edge capped worker brood not a cell missed on both sides. Shook bees off that frame,...
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    Re: Population diminishing

    Thanks Peter. As soon as I get the honey off I'm going to do a round of OAV.
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    Population diminishing

    It looks like my populations have diminished quite a bit in the last couple weeks. Is this normal timing or a bit early. I'm pulling honey this weekend.
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    Re: What constitutes a brood break?

    Nice analysis grozzie.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    Point taken Planethill. I think there is no doubt mead made from this honey would be safe. The honey may even be safe. But its appeal would be quite limited and I would feel a responsibility to...
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    Re: Lost bees to ants

    I have a 2 yr old hive that I have a ventilation rim that is screened so the bees can't get up into it but I am always finding small red ants and their larvae on the top side. I always clean the ants...
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I appreciate all of the discussion about mead but do remember in my OP that the bad taste is not because of its floral source. It's because it tastes like poop! Wouldn't any mead made from this honey...
  17. Re: How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    Bruce do you do anything to ventilate them or protect them from mice?
  18. How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    What's your favorite method?
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    rayMarler you are right on. Not good enough for me.. Not good enough for the bees.
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    Right if I won't eat it I'm not going to sell it. I have a couple hives that may need some help getting their weight up for winter so feeding them seems to make sense.
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    I wonder if it'd be worth the while to sit down at the kitchen table with them and try to educate them? Probably not though. They obviously lack enough intelligence or character to do that. Your...
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I did strain it. But I could taste the poop. Maybe it was all in my head. I could sure smell it. This was 2 winters ago, one of the coldest in memory in Michigan. The girls had no opportunity for...
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    Re: That one obnoxious bee

    I'd say it was just an expression. A worker bee cannot contribute to the gene pool because she is sterile (hopefully) and cannot produce brood (hopefully).
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    I hear what you are saying burns. But the honey is a little unappetizing to me because of the poopiness of the frames. I swear I tasted a little of that poopiness in the honey two years ago when I...
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    5 gallons old honey

    I have 5 gallons total from a last winter dead out that I extracted from the deeps plus from 2 seasons ago when the poor girls had a bad case of dysentery. Poop all over the frames and some on the...
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