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    Re: Made plywood part for jar comb honey

    There's a renewed interest in comb honey and from my perspective it hinges on the growing belief by consumers that most honey sold in stores is adulterated.

    Comb Honey is hard to imitate or fake...
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    Hot Box Winterizer from Kelly

    Anyone have any experience w/ these? I get the concept, but it Seems they'd be too leaky (shimmed air space above and below) for Northern climes.

    Thanks
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    This thread proves the adage that 'all beekeeping is local', no?

    Our Winters can be long and severe with up to 7 months of dearth, so we add a 4# (Used to come in 5#) bag to each colony selected...
  4. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    I do...and have for many years, still got a large jar full of them.

    However, The maze type boards 'do' work better/quicker (I like those with at least 4 escape holes) and are easier to place,...
  5. Re: Winter Broodless Period for Northern Latitudes.

    :)
  6. Thread: Hornet Nest

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    Re: Hornet Nest

    300 feet away! We're talking Like a football field, right? How are they gonna bother anyone unless they are bothered from that distance? We're also surrounded by such nests (the number of them...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    Great advise above; Painting the whole thing (inside and out) 'flat' black, tilting toward the sun....and adding another piece of glass. I think a 2 pane heats up something like 30% faster/hotter....
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Folks taint honey precisely because it is extremely profitable....humans do all kinds of despicable things for money or power.

    LOL...while pretty stinky when bees are removing moisture (to me its...
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Yes, we are lucky to have a short season that provides as long as the weather also cooperates, followed by a very long winter, so our bees must be fat and healthy right NOW (mid-August) and busy...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Yep, same experience. I've had excluders around here for several years but never used them until I began using Seeley's methods.
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    I feel certain that this question/concern has been going on for as long as we have been artificially feeding bees.

    Not wishing to start another debate, but I suspect that any colony that has...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Yes, our experience is similar. We also used to run 'unlimited' brood nests....until we discovered Seeley's Darwinian Beekeeping, which brought about this particular issue.....not necessarily a bad...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Since this has only occurred twice I cannot make any absolute conclusions but I am leaning toward the '2 entrances' as a possible cause (I' ain't complaining;), just wondering) I believe that even...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Fascinating discussion with equally fascinating insights and opines...Applause to all participants!!

    I've not been too active around here despite my deep interest in Seeley's methods, particularly...
  15. Re: Retired veterinarian bees have no nectar sourcears

    We've also never had the 'need' to feed our colonies during summer months and really feel for those Beeks forced to feed during periodic dearths. We have friends in southern GA that are running...
  16. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Me too. Unless we get a lot of rain, I'll mow our roughly two acres of lawn (most of it is in paths leading to several gardens) every 2-4 weeks.

    We must consider that Pollinators will hit on...
  17. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Well, I'm in my 70's, been driving Americas highways since I was 15 and in that time I've only had '2' deer encounters and one cow incident.....all many years ago and none were serious enough to put...
  18. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Unless my neighbors are spraying some harmful chemicals to KILL bugs or so-called weeds, chemicals that somehow find their way into my bee colonies, I really don't care what my neighbors are doing...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: SC flow over :(

    In N/W Wisconsin the dandelions haven't even begun yet, which is roughly 2-3 weeks later than usual. Pollen has been readily available for a month, but our bees are surviving on the honey from last...
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    Re: bee-proof gloves?

    I honestly enjoy feeling them crawling over my hands during routine inspections (my partner strongly objects) and generally receive less than half a dozen stings or so per season, sometimes just a...
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    Re: Minimum Temperature Outside To Split

    Agreed; split just strong colonies and for our purposes, we never split unless a flow is on, but that decision should be optional if one selects to feed. We've made splits in June before with temps...
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    Re: Local queens better

    Agreed, the first thing to check for is 'a' viable queen, then queen cells, which could be used, if one doesn't mind the possibility of perpetuating African bees. Weather and pests are another...
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    Re: Fall inspections

    Don't know about any studies (nobody ever asks me, so studies could be biased, no?) but we've always taken our 'last' honey by sometime in August, depending on what kind of season we had. We leave...
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    Re: 10 frame to 8 frame

    This is what we've been doing as well. We got ahold of some rough-sawn Basswood a while back, very light weight wood, not much good for heating but it was free, and it makes acceptable firewood for...
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