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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    One hive (which was a fairly large hive) was dead as of early January. I treated for mites a bit late and the counts were down but may not have been low enough in time.
    However, the two other...
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    Re: Heating pad to re-liquify honey

    how long does it take to liquify it with that heating pad method smokepole? do you rotate the jars or anything inside the box? Thanks for the info.
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    Heating pad to re-liquify honey

    My regular household heating pad has heat settings of 104F, 113F, and higher settings too high for honey. If I need to re-liquify a full, sealed 1-pound bottle of honey, would wrapping it in the...
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    Bee jacket/suit

    My jacket is in need of replacement. It was a partially ventilated jacket form Betterbee and it was fine, but I did have a problem with bees sneaking in where the veil zips. The jacket had a zipper...
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    Re: Adding capped honey error

    Today once the rain stopped I observed the hive entrance and there was no dead bees on the landing board or the ground around the hive, so that is a good sign. There were lots of bees coming and...
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    Re: Adding capped honey error

    Thanks, that gives me some hope. Today it is raining and keeping the bees inside the hive for now, but is supposed to let up this afternoon. I will take a look at the entrance board and the ground...
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    Adding capped honey error

    Today I was getting my hives prepped for winter and upcoming OAV treatments. I had Hive A from a summer split that had built up and nicely filled up a 10-frame deep with larvae, capped brood and...
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    Re: Bucket feeders in a dearth

    When I use a bucket feeder placed inverted over the inner cover hole, I always surround it with an empty deep and then put the outer cover over that. That way if there is any leak or any gap it...
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    Re: Spur comb and wintering

    Your talking about burr comb. You can leave it if you want to, it technically won't hurt anything, but most beekeepers remove it so that it doesn't interfere with things or get too messy. Burr...
  10. Backfilling brood nest during requeening

    When you have a hive that is being re-queened via a queen cell, they will typically be waiting roughly 12-20 days until the new queen will be laying. What stops the colony from backfilling the...
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    Re: Price for honeycomb

    Should go for a premium over what a 1-pound bottle of honey sells for. Around here we are right around $8 for a bottle and $10-12 for comb honey.
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    $8 for a 1 pound bottle. I see a few places closer to $10 though, but $7-8 seems more common here.
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    Re: Want to make nucs up.

    I would think you should have enough time. Just feed them 1:1 sugar syrup to keep them growing. Obviously the feeding and build-up would depend on the late season/fall flow/weather in your area....
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    Re: Queen cell in nuc

    I have left the colonies alone but was happy to see bees coming and going from both of them. Oddly enough the smaller one (the one left in the 5-frame nuc box) had lots of bees calmly coming and...
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    Re: The Honor Stand

    Nice video and it looks like you have a nice and convenient way to sell some honey. Good luck with it!
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    Re: Queen cell in nuc

    Today was a nice day so I completed the move! I did not see any queen, but I could have missed her among the frames covered in bees. I put 8 of the nuc frames in a 10-frame deep (plus 2 empty...
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    Queen cell in nuc

    I made a 5-frame nuc that I split off a strong overwintered colony on 5/5/19. I used a locally purchased queen for the nuc. The nuc has been doing well and expanding nicely, so I am planning on...
  18. Thread: No Beetles

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    Re: No Beetles

    For me, SHB were a bit more numerous last year than the previous two years and I thought they were going to be a problem for me this year. However, after noticing some earlier this season, I have...
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    Re: OAV and sugar

    Thanks for the info. I ended up firing up the varrox and did an OAV treatment today. I will wait until spring rolls around and do a wash for mite counts, but hopefully with this treatment today I...
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    OAV and sugar

    With the weather being pretty nice today (50 degrees and partly sunny) I went out and checked on my bees. They were flying around on cleansing flights so I removed the mouse guard and cleaned the...
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    Re: OAV and ousted dead mites

    As always I appreciate your detailed response and you are always so very helpful. I will perform a few more OAV treatments in my series as you suggested. However, seeing the mites being flicked...
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    OAV and ousted dead mites

    I am in the middle of a OAV series where I am doing an OAV treatment every 5 days (planning on 3 treatments total). I did my second one this morning and as I was putting the mouse guard back on the...
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    OAV and honey

    Based on results of an alcohol wash I will be doing this week, I may be using an OAV treatment (will repeat it a few times since they won't be broodless this time of year). If I do an OAV treatment,...
  24. Thread: Late nuc?

    by BeeHoosier
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    Late nuc?

    I know it probably isn't the best idea...BUT if I was to attempt a split during the last week of August/labor Day how bad of an idea is that? humor me....

    I have tons of bees in a large healthy...
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    Re: options for nuc mite Tx if needed

    Is this assuming that all 5 frames are covered with bees, or would it still be acceptable if only some of the frames are covered with bees? Basically, how strong does the nuc have to be in order to...
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