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  1. Thread: Cutting Comb

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    Re: Cutting Comb

    When I make cut comb honey it is always capped. If there are uncapped chunks left over from making the cut comb these go into a jar with honey.
    Regards Peter
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    Re: Ants on inter cover-why?

    It's warm, dry, and food is near by. I get them all the time.

    Regards Peter
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    Re: Supplying restaurants sizes

    Will the eatery use the honey for preparing meals or offer it as a sweetner for hot drinks? Or as a spread for toast?
    A pail with a honey gate makes it easy to draw off honey for meal prep. It also...
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    Depends on glue and label material. My labels are kraft paper from peel and stick sheets. I find if I warm the bottle the glue gets stickier. If I cool the bottle the glue gets brittle and I can peel...
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    Re: Feed back bucket of honey/sugar syruo

    i'm in the same situation. I plan on thinning it with water. Haven't decided how much. I usually feed 2:1 sugar syrup with hivetop pails with screen. It may take some heating and mixing to get it...
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    Re: help with grafting from older comb

    I just finished my round of grafting. It was dark comb with lots of old cocoons. I start at the bottom of the frame and search up to find small larve. Then pull down the side of teh cell well that...
  7. Re: what does this long winter mean to us beekeepers?

    Aran, I'm in Ottawa. Almost 200 mi north of you, but in a river valley not the hills like Vcelari. And, not south of the lake like you. You will get cooler spring weather because of the lake effect...
  8. Re: Bees diving in to the snow and dying--again. What to do?

    Bees flying out and not getting back to the hive is a natural occurance in spring. You notice them when the ground is covered in snow. If the queen laid a 1000 eggs a day at her peak then at some...
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    Re: cardboard nuc vs swap frames to your equipent

    My production hives are double standards, wrapped, top entrance, insulation under top cover. Lots of sugar syrup in September, Fomic pads and then an oxalic dribble late October

    My nucs are 3x4...
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    Re: cardboard nuc vs swap frames to your equipent

    It depends. If the seller is transferring from a 4 frame nuc and the bees are foraging you will lose the foraging bees. If the seller is transferring from a larger box with more bees and brood and...
  11. Thread: carniolan bees

    by PeterP
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    Re: carniolan bees

    I have carni mutts. It is not the size of the cluster per se but that they tend to shut down raising brood if conditions are poor. This results in success with smaller clusters then say Italiens that...
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    Re: honey "varieties" - experiences?

    My daughter-in-law brought back some "bush" honey from Uganda. Very dark and tasted like smoke from a bon-fire. Terrible stuff. It was not what the bees made but how it was processed. They pull whole...
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    Re: honey production this year

    I'm in eastern Ontario like the OP. My crop was down about 10% (about 110 lbs per production hive) from previous year which was a good year for me. I pull honey 3 times, July, Aug, sept and was...
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    Re: Making creamed honey white

    It is my understanding that the mineral content is what mostly drives the colour of the honey. I filter with 100 nylon mesh. My creamed honey is creamy coloured, a darker shade of white. If there is...
  15. Thread: due diligence

    by PeterP
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    Re: due diligence

    If you read all the way to the last paragraph in the article, congratulations. If you had to go back and reread some sections to better understand and try to relate it to beekeeping, better still.
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  16. Thread: due diligence

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    Re: due diligence

    Ian, have a read of this article in the Economist on Corporate Social Responsibility. It is a theory/approach/strategy/tactic? that large corporate entities have developed to respond to people (large...
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    Re: First frost, what changes can/will occur?

    A killing frost sets back forage availability otherwise business as usual if temps warm up.

    Keep feeding until you hit target weights if daytime temps are above 15C (60F)

    I believe Colorado has...
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    Re: Saskatraz....any feedback?

    http://www.saskatraz.com/

    The apiary where the breeding originally took place was in SASKatchewan and was isolated like alcATRAZ hence Saskatraz....
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    Re: Honey Testing Question

    It is done by identifying the pollen in the honey and assuming the proportion of a given pollen represents a similar proportion of nectar collected. Not a valid assumption but good enough for...
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    Re: MAQS then oxalic dribble later on

    I dribble in last week of October. 200 miles north of northern vermont. As long as you can open the top of the hive it is not too cold. How cold it gets after teh dribble is not a concern. There...
  21. Re: Full deep packed with pollen. How much should I remove?

    What are the frames in the top 2 boxes like? I would leave the pollen where it is and pull frames of honey from top 2 boxes. Replace honey frames with drawn comb. Pull honey from side of box, slide...
  22. Re: Managing of brood box and honey super positions

    Gumpy, how many bees were in your big hive when it came out of winter? I winter in 2 deeps and judge size by big, med and small. In my area I want 5 frames with brood by May 5th. 5 on the 5th of the...
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    Re: Help me understand empty space in the hive

    Supering management will depend on your over all management practices and location. No beetles in my area.

    In my location spring can be cool and interspersed with large temperature swings. Because...
  24. Thread: 2 deeps or 3?

    by PeterP
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    Re: 2 deeps or 3?

    During spring build up I will add a third box as a swarm prevention. I'll open up the brood nest by pulling some frames up into the 3rd box. When it is time to make up queen mating nucs I pull frames...
  25. Re: Very small colony moved into empty hive....what should I do?

    If there is no queen it is not a viable nest.

    If there are only 50 bees and a queen it is not a viable nest.

    If you want to see how long you can keep them going. Reduce the nest to 2 combs...
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