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  1. Thread: cut out honey

    by Beebeard
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    Re: cut out honey

    I do a ton of cutouts and often keep the honey for personal use. That said, if there is any possibility the hive got sprayed with pesticides, bag it and pitch it: not worth the risk. A common...
  2. Re: Swarm control in a booming hive: kind of an OSBN question...

    I've never had a hive get too big, and I occasionally move brood from mediocre hives to my biggest hives to make them bigger just before the flow. More bees=more honey. Bigger is better right on...
  3. Re: Swarm control in a booming hive: kind of an OSBN question...

    I put frames with brood in the center over the QE; this keeps the brood nest together vertically and in the warmest part of the hive. I don't worry about a little open brood on a mostly capped frame...
  4. Re: Swarm control in a booming hive: kind of an OSBN question...

    Hi Karen, fellow cincy beekeeper here. Since you have a QE, I would move all frames of capped brood above it, and replace the empty spaces in the brood nest with either drawn empty comb or...
  5. Re: Single brood Box honey production manipulation

    I do a similar method. When I add a second deep, I move most of the brood up, and keep the queen in the bottom with several empty combs. Every week during the flow, I pull out 1-2 frames of capped...
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    Re: Varroa levels in feral colonies

    anecdotally, I tried to rescue a log hive a few years ago. It was late november when the tree was removed. I sectioned out the part with the hive in it, stood it up, put a lid on it and let it be,...
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    If it's anything like the lithium salt study a...

    If it's anything like the lithium salt study a year or two ago, somebody is already ordering a bag of GMO bacteria from Alibaba, borrowing the wife's measuring cup, mixing it with their finger, and...
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    Re: Bee removal in january-help!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSpEAL5-Mg0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhIJU92aOfM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OitLuAHLiVo

    I did one of these successfully a couple years ago. It can be...
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    I still use mine. The past 2 seasons I have used...

    I still use mine. The past 2 seasons I have used thymol in the summer when I pull my honey supers, then I use the OA between thanksgiving and new year. The hives are as close to broodless as they...
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    Asian hornets in WA

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thenewstribune.com/news/state/washington/article238640173.html

    I guess it was only a matter of time.
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    Click bait. Happens around here when things are...

    Click bait. Happens around here when things are getting quiet and ad revenues drop.
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    Without a marked queen in a hive, there’s really...

    Without a marked queen in a hive, there’s really no way to know where that hive came from. I prefer the term “wild hive” for the ones I find in walls and trees. All my bees are descended from...
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    I looked at a hive in a tree trunk that a...

    I looked at a hive in a tree trunk that a homeowner wanted removed. It was a big tree and must have been a big hive given the amount of traffic at the entrance. It was actively snowing at the time....
  14. I notice it in cooler weather, and the colder it...

    I notice it in cooler weather, and the colder it is outside the more likely they are to do it. My humble theory... they are in alarm response because you just cracked the lid off, but it’s too cold...
  15. I think you can sum the comments in this thread...

    I think you can sum the comments in this thread up thusly:

    Bees properly installed in adequate housing don’t need much that they can’t provide for themselves. We beekeepers can manipulate the...
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    Sure that’s fine if that’s how you want to keep...

    Sure that’s fine if that’s how you want to keep bees. Probably not a good method for honey production, nucs, or keeping swarms from moving into the neighbors’ houses.
  17. This past season my focus was honey, not splits....

    This past season my focus was honey, not splits. I used Ian Stepplers method, more or less. I let them fill a deep, added a second deep of drawn comb. Once that got close to full I shook them all...
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    My first bag of xentari expired and quit working....

    My first bag of xentari expired and quit working. I’m trying Monterey this season, comes as a liquid concentrate. I can’t remember which strain it is, but I’ve heard it’s good for wax moths. I’ll...
  19. I stack all my supers up on a screened bottom...

    I stack all my supers up on a screened bottom board and put a box fan flat on top, blowing down through the stack. This is in a hot garage. The air movement seems to keep the beetles down for an...
  20. Thread: Cold summer

    by Beebeard
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    SW Ohio has been bad for farmers, good for my...

    SW Ohio has been bad for farmers, good for my bees. Yes lots of rain, yes weeks late, but the blooms have been steady and I did a better job of hive management this year. Muddy farm fields never got...
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    Although my post didn’t exactly drum up interest,...

    Although my post didn’t exactly drum up interest, this queen is now laying and productive, and VERY easy to find , with paint all over a wing, legs, pretty much her whole right side.
  22. Ditto black locust, and early spring blooms in...

    Ditto black locust, and early spring blooms in general. Most of mine I just pulled looks like that, and we had a very good locust bloom this year. Seems to me that any honey they store through black...
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    I pulled up to a trap out I was doing and a doe...

    I pulled up to a trap out I was doing and a doe was hanging around. Seemed weird she wasn’t leaving. I set my ladder up on the house and as I’m looking at my footing, I look down in the window well...
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    Oh I have ways of knowing! Mostly because I...

    Oh I have ways of knowing!

    Mostly because I found the cell she must have emerged out of, and she was still small.
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    paint on a wing

    Processing honey this weekend, I had a mystery virgin queen show up in one of the boxes. Since it was handy, I grabbed her, grabbed my marking pen and put a dot on her. Too much paint came out and...
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