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    Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    I started with 1 hive from a split. It was from an experience beekeeper and it was a very good split.

    The next year it swarmed and I caught the swarm and put it in a deep and added another deep. ...
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    Re: Removing Supers...

    Thanks...

    I got a bottle of Bee Quick and am using it with a bee escape...

    Works well so far...

    1/33rd
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    Honey Color by Flower...

    Is there some type of chart that might show what color honey by be depending on nectar source?

    My fall honey is likely from golden rod, but it is not the dark yellow (?) it is said to be.

    Mine...
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    Removing Supers...

    What's the best way to remove 2 supers of honey...

    I've done 1 by simply pulling each frame and shaking the bees off and placing them in a empty super box in a wheel barrow and wheeling them to my...
  5. Thread: Bearding...

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    Bearding...

    I have several colonies side-by-side and one of them shows considerable bearding, while the other show none at all.

    Why do some hives display this characteristic and others don't?
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    Distance Between Hives...

    I recently got another hive. Can I set those boxes within a foot to 18” from another hive I have. What would be a safe minimum distance between boxes on a platform I constructed.

    Thanks...1/33rd
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    Re: What The Heck?...

    I found the book he wrote. Is that what you mean. Or is there a link to the actual design and plans to make these boards?

    Thanks...1/33rd
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    Re: What The Heck?...

    Called guy I got the bees from a couple of years ago and he came and we caputed the swarm. There actually were 2 swarms. We got the one for sure, but the second one maybe not. The dropped into the...
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    Re: What The Heck?...

    Naaaa, it's about 20 feet up. Two distinct clusters. Lots and Lots and Lots of bees...

    Guess I will look in the hive tomorrow and take it from there...

    I had put a super on earlier so I can't...
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    Re: What The Heck?...

    Yep, got this pic a few minutes ago...

    At least the 2nd time this hive has swarmed--once was last year...

    Don't know how much longer for this hobby. Can't seem to stop them...

    Too high in...
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    What The Heck?...

    Just noticed my bees are doing something I have never seen.

    There thousands of them just flying all around the box and maybe 30’ or so out in front and up above the box.

    One pic shows the bees...
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    Thoughts & Advice...

    Took a peek today and found a few things I am not sure about…

    The deeps are mostly empty, at least the top deep—reserves used up over winter?

    Found some white larvae (?) about 1/2” long and...
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    Bees On Carpet...

    I have a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet on my back porch. The past few days I have noticed dozens of bees around the edges. I wonder what they are doing or looking for? They do have a good source...
  14. Thread: trap placement

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    Re: trap placement

    I see you suggest a trap near an existing active colony, or at least that is how I interpret it...

    Is there a minimum distance from existing boxes that a trap can be place?...

    If it's too...
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    Re: Sequence Supers Get Filled...

    Well, it appears that I may use a combination of all the advice...

    I do have at least one medium with drawn comb so I guess I will put that directly on top of the deeps and then keep an eye on it....
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    Sequence Supers Get Filled...

    I am planning on adding 2 medium honey supers on box that has wintered with 2 deeps. Will the bees fill the top super and then the one under it, or do they fill them together. I put one super on...
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    Cool Weather & OAV Treatment...

    We are to get a few days of weather in the high 40’s to low 50’s the next week or so. Can I do the OAV treatment if the bees don’t come out of the box after the treatment because it may be a bit...
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    Re: A Dreadful Sting...

    Well, I reckon it’s all of the above…

    I was wearing a jacket and hood, but the wife was just a “spectator” about 10-feet away. Guess the bees thought that was too close!

    I had on just a pair...
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    Re: A Dreadful Sting...

    Thanks...

    Yea, she hasn't been stung since last spring so the time-lapse could be part of the problem...

    And I agree, some bee just seem to have more "power" in their sting...

    I generally...
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    A Dreadful Sting...

    Took a quick peek at the hive yesterday and both the wife and I got stung once. No big deal as we know this is going to happen…

    We’ve both been stung in the past—me a dozen or so times and she...
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    Re: Where's It Going!!!

    Well, guess we'll see what happens.

    I have kept records of the amount I have feed and it is no way near what has been indicated in the above posts. yet, I probably still have given them several...
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    Where's It Going!!!

    Been feeding my bees a syrup of 5:3 although it is likely closer 2:1. Regardless, they have been eating almost a quart/day. That sure seems like a lot?

    I have one hive with 2 deeps. I actually...
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    Re: 2:1 Crystallizing

    OP here…

    I got the 5:3 to work—no crystallization. The bees are drinking about 25 ounces per day. I have 2 deeps and am feeding on top of them using an empty deep.

    Should I continue to feed...
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    Re: 2:1 Crystallizing

    I mixed a small batch, <quart, of 5:3 just to give it a try. So, we'll see if that concentration crystallizes.

    I put a sugar cake on top of the top deep (I have a spacer in place) and then put...
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    Re: 2:1 Crystallizing

    Well, the bees seem to have worked their way through the crystallization and have emptied the feeders, for the most part.

    I do have sugar cakes I made. It seems it might be more work for them to...
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