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  1. Re: Can hone harvest be delayed until winter or even spring?

    generally for strong hives leaving capped honey on is not an issue.


    You do not want to open the hive during winter unless you have a warm day. (60deg F)

    some beeks will wait untill first...
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    Re: Feeding After Harvest

    many pro beeks will take ALL the honey then back feed with syrup. why? honey is worth $8 a pound granulated sugar is $.50 a pound.

    just remember when fall feeding its best to feed with 2:1 as...
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    Re: Making your own sheets of wax

    I like the ones were they "cast" sheets in silcone molds so they have cell imprints on them instead of just plain wax sheets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgSTaDBkOw4

    I mean i guess you...
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    Re: how to move large hive

    When i moved my large hives i screwed 1x4 to the sides of the hive, in each box. extended above the top several inches. A 1" hole and a piece of pipe through the hole. I used a small loop sling...
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    Honey price in your area

    I know this topic comes up from time to time. The first year beek (a friend) i am mentoring took about 50lbs of honey. As we have the same circle of friends we agreed to be on the same page with...
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    Re: late aug insepction

    Cell is empty, I checked.
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    late aug insepction

    Couple of pics from last sat. Pulled a single honey super off. Nothing came off this hive.

    Pics are middle 2 frames from the top of a double deep hive. (a swam capture from this spring)
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    Re: Selling Your Honey

    We sell word of mouth to friends and friends of friends. I have a honey market about 3-5x what i can supply at this moment.

    In the past we have done a bunch of diffrent sizes thinking the price...
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    Re: SHTF doomsday beekeeping

    Schmism compound log 350

    Its been nearly a year since "shadow day". The small group here at teh compound has been doing ok. Food is mostly holding out. We havnt had that much problem with...
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    Re: Destroyed Comb in the Extractor

    not opening the cells completely will add a lot of stress to the comb as the honey has to push its way pas the remaining capping. I always recomend cutting the cappings off or useing a heat gun to...
  11. Re: How many Commercial Bee Keepers attend club meetings?

    There are only a couple of commercial beeks that attend the club meetings in my area. Both do not make there presence known.

    Its been my experience that with all the various "ways" to do...
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    Re: undecided with honey supers

    you can also use the "shake test" to determine if the nectar is ready just not full cells therefore not capped. Most of us at one point or another have extracted non-capped frames that "passed"...
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    Re: When to stop supering?

    Are your hives in metro chicago like your location is? Most beeks will keep a honey super on for fall flow of golden rod. but your not likely to have that if your in the metro area.

    Whats the...
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    Re: some way to slow down my extractor?

    the proper technical solution is useing a variable frequency drive.

    They will cost you about $150.
  15. Thread: Jars

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    Re: Jars

    I use only plastic unless its quarts. Customers prefer it.

    Depending on who is selling on amazon i have bought from there before. For large orders I've used dadant.
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    I looked at local farm stores, local ace hardware, other local hardware/big box stores. NO one had it.

    Then i looked on amazon. cheep and sent right to my door!
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    Re: Adding brood box from bottom

    do you have a queen excluder?

    the easiest and quickest way is to move the brood box to the top, above an excluder. in 3 weeks everything is hatched out. Pull the super off and let them rob it...
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    Re: Holy re-blooming clover batman

    I was really surprised to see the clover blooming again in the yard again this past week. I would say the golden rod is still 2 weeks out.
    Peoria IL.
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles situation in your area

    Its my understanding that they will not overwinter in "brutally cold areas" Those areas that see -20F or below for several nights.

    This is why you generally see them be less and less concern the...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Ive done the leaf blower. - it works

    ive done manual extraction more than once. It takes extra time but keeps me from having to lift 70lb supers when they are 5' in the air.

    Im moving to...
  21. Re: Just added new honey super w/no comb should I feed sugar water?

    A steady diet of sugar water is ok as long as they have comb to draw. But if they have no use for it, (burn it makeing wax) they will store it. once they start to backfill the brood nest your in...
  22. Thread: Soybean flow?

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    Re: Soybean flow?

    only thing ive ever heard about soybeans is they produce about half the pollen of normal blooming flowers. So durring the summer derth, it was a small source of pollen but they really had to work...
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    Re: Where to buy drawn comb?

    have yet to run across anyone selling drawn comb. There is even some debate as to weather or not a $100 5 frame nuc will come with 5 drawn frames.

    I know of the existence of fully drawn plastic...
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    Re: Bulk Sugar Supplier????

    your looking for bulk granulated sugar? or a liquid product like HFCS?
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    a queen generally will not cross "a wall of honey" so moving a full capped super to above the brood chamber is considered to be an effective way to keep the queen out of the other honey supers.

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