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  1. Re: Check a new nuc for a queen cell or leave it alone and wait

    I went in today because there was very little activity at the entrance to one of them. There were 3 emergency cells, one was damaged during disassembly as suspected. There were very few bees left in...
  2. Re: Check a new nuc for a queen cell or leave it alone and wait

    I intended to get back in sooner, but time got away from me. I'm wondering if i tipped the boxes up and look from underneath if I'd be able to see them.
  3. Check a new nuc for a queen cell or leave it alone and wait

    I put together 2 nucs a week ago as an insurance policy of sorts to offset potential winter losses. I removed a frame each with attached bees of capped brood, eggs/larva and honey/pollen from 2 of my...
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    Re: Bottling Crystallized Honey

    I'll try the washtub... I didn't know if that was considered "heating" or not.
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    Re: Bottling Crystallized Honey

    But would it thin it long enough to bottle? Just trying to avoid heating if at all possible.
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    Re: Bottling Crystallized Honey

    Nobody has addressed the possibility of blending it with my other non crystallized honey. Would this slow the process or would the two separate out?
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    Re: Bottling Crystallized Honey

    The entire bucket has been a grainy consistency. I dont think ive separated out the liquid vs solid. My customers have been ok with it. It's not solid yet, still pouring slowly. I use mason jars so...
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    Bottling Crystallized Honey

    I'm bottling honey for my customers and have one 5 gallon pail that has crystallized. I've managed to pour off about half of it as it has continued to get thicker. My first inclination is that I need...
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    Re: Shimming between hive bodies for mite control

    He doesn't throw it on the ground... he throws it in a bucket and burns it. He uses some drone comb as well. He has a hundred hives so he's trying different techniques.
  10. Re: Transitioning from all mediums to double deep brood boxes.

    Father time may make you wish you had stayed with all mediums... they won't get lighter.
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    Re: Shimming between hive bodies for mite control

    If that's the case how does one go about going foundation less? Wouldn't it all end up drone comb? Not arguing, trying to learn.
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    Re: Shimming between hive bodies for mite control

    I assume this would need to be installed between drawn frames near the brood? I tried a foundation less frame this year and was amazed how quickly they drew it out. I didn't pay attention to see if...
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    Re: Shimming between hive bodies for mite control

    The drone foundation seems to make more sense... a lot less wax will be wasted if they can be frozen and reused. I'm working with all mediums, is anyone making medium drone foundation? I can trim it...
  14. Re: 3 of 5 hives dead in last month, 1 on it's way out

    I didn't get very deep into the remaining hives for fear I might do more damage. I probably should to better assess the situation.
  15. 3 of 5 hives dead in last month, 1 on it's way out

    I started this year with 2 overwintered hives and one new package. The package requeened itself in July and the overwintered hives were walk away split in June. The splits raised their own queens....
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    Re: Shimming between hive bodies for mite control

    That seems like a fair point. I'm new to this area of the site. Is the consensus that brood breaks are more effective or is there another mite control method commonly utilized here?
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    Shimming between hive bodies for mite control

    I am trying to remain chemical free in my hives and recently spoke with another local beek who uses shims between hive bodies for mite control. He says the bees build a lot of drone comb in the shim...
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    Re: Are my supers full of syrup?

    Meant injested... crazy phone tried to correct my spelling.
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    Re: Are my supers full of syrup?

    Would it have been invested into the honey stomach and regurgitated like nectar would be? Is it stable for storage til fall or will it ferment?
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    Re: Are my supers full of syrup?

    It is colored... the sugar came from a candy factory where the candy was rolled in this confectioners sugar. The sugar has a reddish tint to it and contains small fragments of hard candy.
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    Re: Are my supers full of syrup?

    I may extract it to give them in the fall. That way they can refill the drawn comb during the remainder of the flow.
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    Re: Are my supers full of syrup?

    There's been a decent flow on here... I would guess it's a mix of both then.
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    Are my supers full of syrup?

    I have been feeding my hive to assist in getting my new foundation drawn. They have now filler 2 supers and are starting to draw a third. Have they likely filled the supers with syrup. If i extract...
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    Re: Inner cover for mason jar feeding

    The glass jars don't fit inside the medium... at least not the jars I have. We've been canning for years, so the jars I have are the jars I'll use. The 1/4" rim around my homemade cover is on the...
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    Re: Inner cover for mason jar feeding

    Is #8 screen 1/8th inch hardware cloth?
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