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    Re: Cheapest way to get more bees

    Cheapest!?

    Splits. If you kept your nuc box you are all set.
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    Re: Thinking About MAQS and TBH

    Don't! The air flow is all wrong! I tried it on a two long langs and pulled them out after three days.
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    Re: Spring Harvest vs. Fall Harvest

    It all depends on what you meant by 'spring'. If you are talking about harvesting fall honey in the spring after over wintering the bees it may be crystalized. On the other hand some of the honeys...
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    Re: Beekeepers vs. Beekeepers

    A wise man/woman can learn something even from a fool. A fool thinks they know everything.

    That being said. How much more does a beekeeper with 30 years of bee keeping really about products that...
  5. Thread: Taboo?

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    Re: Taboo?

    So you are worried that if you live in a highly toxic area the honey MAY be toxic?? Honey is one of the least toxic foods around because it is made from a highly filtered source (nectar). As for...
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    Re: Event parking in bee yard

    :D :thumbsup:
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    Re: Had my first really bad taste of honey.

    As you know many factors are involved in the taste/crystallization of honey. Locally knotweed from the river valley taste good but the stuff from dry hill tops taste real smoky/bitter. Look on the...
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    Re: clover lawn to cut or not to cut -

    Unless your community has a rule against it I would not cut the lawn. First clover is good for the bees. Second clover is good for the lawn and the more that reseeds the better your lawn will be. ...
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    Re: Feed and hope for the best or combine?

    How are your other hives doing? Can you take some drawn frames to make up a second deep? If you can I would add the deep with a division board feeder and let them fill up. I would think it is far...
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    Re: What to do with this honey???

    Find a person who is making Mead. the way my son makes it the ratio is about 1 gallon of honey to 4 gallons of water. If you were closer I would be interested.
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    Re: Urban Balcony Beekeeping: Other Considerations?

    http://www.slovenianbeekeeping.com/index-one.html
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    Re: Urban Balcony Beekeeping: Other Considerations?

    Not sure what hives you use in Turkey but that looks like a good place for a German/Slovinian(sp?) type hive. Open the cabinet from the back without breaking the hive apart.
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    Re: Urban Balcony Beekeeping: Other Considerations?

    2: Bees will go to the light. If the apartment is dark when you open the door the bees should stay out.

    3: Sounds about right.

    4: Most likely.

    5: Not just that but 2-4 and 7 also apply...
  14. Re: 2017 prep work: how many TBH how many TBH nuc hives?

    It all depends on what the law defines as hives. If the laws allows 12 single deeps then 12 2 footers (Mangum style?) should do the trick. That assumes they will think top bar hives are 'hives'.
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    Re: Hives With Neighborly Complaint

    First. Who owns the property you are using? If it is the same person who is renting out the adjoining building the tenant may try to go over your head.

    You could just 'forget' about the...
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    Re: Top bars need less water than langs?

    Different shape hives may be more of the issue. Langs are tall, heat and moister rise. As for the water dishes. My bees do not seem to notice anything I place that close to the hive but then I...
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    Let's keep it simple. If you have an extractor you can go either way. If you do not have an extractor foundationless is the way to go for now. If your hive numbers grow your needs may change.
  18. Thread: Very light honey

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    Re: Very light honey

    We have a lot of Russian olive here that has very clear mild honey. A real SOB of a weed but a lot of nector. It seems to take the bees a while to finish it into honey.
  19. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    That was part of my thinking. With no resources to start with it would be a long shot for them to survive. Even in the UK. But I do not think the foragers would not return unless they were dumped...
  20. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    In most cases they would die. But in fiction you can make them do anything.
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    Re: hive entrance direction

    Just keep the entrance out of the winter wind. In my case the winter storms come from the north west or west so the entrance is to the south east. The early start idea only holds water early and...
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    Re: Queenless Hive - Opinions please.

    What has the weather been like?? Some times the queen stops laying for a while. I had one hive go broodless for about 3 weeks then she started up again. I also had two hives swarm and end up...
  23. Thread: $3000 per hive

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    Re: $3000 per hive

    Maybe the 'cost of the project' included the roof top garden and walk ways.
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    Re: Just when I thought I had it figured out!!!

    That may be the problem. You are trading honey for wax.
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    Re: Just when I thought I had it figured out!!!

    When you remove the brood do you give them drawn comb??
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