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    Re: Nosema and Comb

    Thanks for the replys. Definitely not starvation as they had atleast a full super of stores and a large cluster. From what I read on line moving the comb around spreads the fungal spores. They can...
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    Nosema and Comb

    I had three hives that came out of winter with very bad dysentery. One hive died in late winter and the other was flying and seemed to be the strongest but crashed hard in March. There was a...
  3. Re: Using the word "Organics" on your honey label

    I was talking about what Dudlet the person before me posted when he referred to "organic" honey of a Brazilian origin. There is no "Organics" in the name of this honey hence no correlation with the...
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    Re: Selling last Season's Honey

    Thanks everyone. I put some in the oven after I heated it to 250 and then turned it off. I left it till it cooled and it came out beautifully clear but like Beebeard said I probably did not get all...
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    Selling last Season's Honey

    I have some honey left from last season. Some in jars and some not. I noticed that when I warmed the jars the honey recrystalized pretty quickly. What is the ethics of selling this honey this...
  6. Re: Using the word "Organics" on your honey label

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    Is this the honey that you are refering to? My sister had some at Easter. What is this? It tastes like corn syrup and molasses.
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    Re: Ideal time to combine

    I could have sworn that in "Keeping Bees in Frozen North" you said that you liked hives to go into winter with a big population. I'm not talking about nucs. I have some nucs that I feel better...
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    Re: Ideal time to combine

    Thanks for the input. I have a couple hives that just didn't look great last time I checked. They are three medium boxes, but not the population that I want and not a ton of brood on the way. I...
  9. Thread: Is it varroa?

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    Re: Is it varroa?

    If I saw a hive like you describe, and I have, I would prepare myself for their failure. Some times it's best to come out in spring with a dead the hive with clean comb, then a dead hive with...
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    Ideal time to combine

    Title says it...I heard last year people on Beesource saying that combining too late in the fall is bad. Is there a reason for this, other then forcing them to reorganize too late? What is the...
  11. Re: What to do with flow frames that have not been capped ...???

    You can harvest and put the honey in trays under a heat lamp if the honey does not reach less then 18% on a refractometer. I have heard that bees might not waist the energy capping all the honey in...
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    Re: 1st step toward beekeeping club in school

    I have hives at a school garden located four blocks from the school. the principal is pretty fearless about it. She does not see the need for permission slips or informing parents because if a kid...
  13. Thread: Beek wisdom

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    Re: Beek wisdom

    Really? How about...... "Don't assume everyone your are speaking to is the same gender as you."
  14. Re: Oxalic Vapor Treatment for new package bees?

    I spray the package before installing it. I have not had great results from the vapor. I have been told that the vapor needs to be at a certain temp to be effective and most rigs are too hot. I'm...
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    Re: Recycling old honey/brood frames

    Good to know. I want to get them out of the hive because they are too old and I want them on clean wax. Maybe I will save them for the end of my extraction and feed what I collect. Thanks.
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    Recycling old honey/brood frames

    I have old brood frames full of honey and pollen that I would like to recycle. I crushed them up in a feeder and added water and the bees aren't interested. I figure there is too much old bee junk...
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    Re: Hive Arrangement for Winter

    The problem is I want the top box off completely. Could I put the feeding shim below the top box with a screen above to keep the bees from going up. The bees above the screen would hatch out and...
  18. Re: Weak hive... 5 over 5 nuc for wintering option?

    You say that they won't build up with feeding, but you say you love the pattern and the queen. Something does not add up. If you have been feeding them for a while and they have had some fall flow...
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    Hive Arrangement for Winter

    I combined two hives about a month ago. The were both a little weak from mites and one was queen less. I treated with Apivar and the hive picked up a bit. Now I have brood in every box, all five. ...
  20. Re: Am I expecting too much (re: beeks "sharing" swarms or provding excess drawn fram

    I will give bees away if I am okay with watching them die, because in my experience they do. I am okay with giving away a queen, but a nuc or a swarm, not so much. I feel a lot better about a fair...
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    Thank you bee pro for confirming my suspicions. I guess I am not going crazy after all.
  22. Re: Combining a queenless hive- did i do this right?

    I would make sure the top hive has an entrance. The best is a notched inner cover. If you don't have one you can crack the inner cover.
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    Re: Brood Break How-to

    I am revisiting this because I had so many things go wrong with my plan that I don't think I am going to learn much if I don't get some input.

    Some history, I caged the queens and waited 2-3...
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    Re: Too Many Weird Things at Once

    I waited 4 to 2 days to bring in the new queens depending on the hive. I waited one day on the hive that I killed the queen. I am debating now if I should pull the queens and put them in nucs...
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    Re: Too Many Weird Things at Once

    Well, thanks for listening Clairesmom. I guess my main concern is whether I have virgin queens in the hives with caged queens. Is that a common problem when you cage queens?
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