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    OK, I read the paper on excluders and upper...

    OK, I read the paper on excluders and upper entrances. I am having trouble still. I installed an upper entrance last fall (even though I got a fair amount of honey with excluder in place last year I...
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    Ha ha! Keep the queen happy--don't spend any more...

    Ha ha! Keep the queen happy--don't spend any more money, wait for your first honey harvest and decide if you want another box later on!

    My bee partner has managed to make back all the money we...
  3. Now this is all hearsay, me being a relative...

    Now this is all hearsay, me being a relative novice, but I've read in a paper by a university researcher (forgot the reference) that by counting bees they determined the foragers tend to come into...
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    > 1. to make honey, you need a field force...

    > 1. to make honey, you need a field force produced and maintained by 2 deeps full of brood, and a queen that can use the deeps.

    Why? I got over 60 lbs from one hive with one deep box and three...
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    I was just going to ask this question today, so...

    I was just going to ask this question today, so thanks for starting the thread. It is spurring more questions in my mind:

    I gather from the above posts that the reason for putting more brood boxes...
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    Thanks for the help. There were no eggs, so I...

    Thanks for the help. There were no eggs, so I ordered a new queen and cut out the new queen cells.

    For future reference, could you please help answer a few basic questions:

    Is it better to a)...
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    I may have a dead queen. I find some new queen...

    I may have a dead queen. I find some new queen cells and larvae, plus a bunch of drone cells but can't see any eggs. Now I might not be able to see the eggs, but I don't really know how big they are....
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    This has been an interesting thread. Now I have a...

    This has been an interesting thread. Now I have a few questions and some comments.

    The joke about $120/lb honey last year was a good one. (Unless the bees died, in which case it is a tragedy and...
  9. Thread: Mead Recipes

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    I thought I'd start a new topic to concentrate...

    I thought I'd start a new topic to concentrate the ideas here, rather than one topic per recipe. Here's the one I tried last fall which worked GREAT.

    about 4-5 lbs of honey (not measured...
  10. Thread: Smoker fuel

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    pine needles are my all time favorite: easy to...

    pine needles are my all time favorite: easy to light, thick white smoke, hard to put out.

    If it's cold and wet out, a little wood shavings and wax helps (stuff they sell as fire starters is just...
  11. Thread: Propolis

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    Thanks for the recipe. Anyone know what they do...

    Thanks for the recipe. Anyone know what they do to make it into toothpaste?

    Here are some thoughts:

    Taste: my hive's propolis tastes like cinnamon and kava...not unpleasant, but doesn't stay...
  12. Thread: Pollen Patties

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    Excuse my ignorance, but what's the point of...

    Excuse my ignorance, but what's the point of collecting pollen if you're just going to make patties and re-feed it to the bees!?

    (I thought at first you were going to suggest patties for frying...
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    I had no trouble re-queening a very hot queenless...

    I had no trouble re-queening a very hot queenless hive last year when I discovered my queen was gone. Just put the new queen box in there with attendants and in a couple weeks saw lots of brood. The...
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    > Why recycle it? I read in George Imrie's...

    > Why recycle it?

    I read in George Imrie's pink pages that it takes 8lbs of honey, digested, to create 1 lb of wax. Simple economy. Of course I realize that the bees will excrete wax anyway, so...
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    Thanks for the info. I'll try a blank sheet next...

    Thanks for the info. I'll try a blank sheet next time I take out a frame and see how it does. Was also wondering how to get bees to accept/take melted wax back and re-draw it.

    I'm going to...
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    I just have one hive and am wondering about a few...

    I just have one hive and am wondering about a few things:

    How do you make foundation from recycled wax? I have searched and searched and can't find any good descriptions with figures showing how...
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