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    Cant' Reduce Moisture

    I have several buckets with about 4 gallons of honey per bucket that I had to extract early due to health issues. I have placed them in a small room with no cover and a dehumidifier. I periodically...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I asked our landscape architect and he said it is a Sawtooth Sunflower, native toi Illinois. He also has the latin name if anyone wants it.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I forgot to mention I am a Landscape Architect and embarassed I can't identify a plant. I will ask someone in my office who is younger and more current.
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    Re: Hello from Waukesha WI

    Welcome. I am somewhat sout of you in northern Illinois. I suggest you join a local bee club as that is the best place for new beekeepers.
    Good luck
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I have a feeling it is aster.
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    Re: Honey Harvest Tips/Timing

    Your health comes first. See if someone can help and if not let it sit over the winter.
    I am in a similar situation but will,probably undergo chemo. I pulled some before my coming surgery but will...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I will look it up.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    We have golden rod but more yellow flowers that look like Daisy’s. Not certain what they are.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I am northof you and Ihave goldenrod coming in also. I will leave it for a couple of weeks as the bees are very active when itis not raining.Leave it until they cap it or otherwise you will have a...
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    Re: I'm walking again.

    Good to hear you are improving. A horizontal hive sounds interesting. See if you can find a helper, that’s what I will be doing. Don’t give up, take each day at a time.
  11. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    Joel
    Thanks for the inspiring note. I am 79 and and have an early stage of cancer and after surgery will probably undergo chemo. I have thought of giving up beekeeping, but I am told my prognosis...
  12. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    Friend help me extract many supers and the remainder will be left in until spring as I have no other choice. The wet frames from extraction will have to remain in my garage. I can vent them so air...
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    Re: Moisture content

    I have several 5 gallon buckets sitting in a small room with dehundifier running. I mix periodically. It is a pain and I have surgery scheduled next week so I may have to simpoly close then for a...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    My low production pertainsto hives that have not swarmed. Brood comb about 2-3 years old. I replace about 30% a year. I I started the year withmanu nucs from a local yard that has also had difficult...
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    Moisture content

    This has been not only a bad year for production but also for higher moisture. I have used a dehumidifier on serval open buckets and after stiring it tests at 18.6. After placing it in the Maxant...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    Greg
    No I do not have the same queen. They were allnew this year and several were replaced after swarming. Sorry I was not clear.
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    Re: Where is the honey

    BD FARMER555
    This is almost my exact experience. I had about 40% swarm so no honey and I had to replace queens as no virgin queens returned or lived. I basically will have about 30% of the honey...
  18. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    Alex
    Thanks for the kind words. Means alot at a difficult time.
  19. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    I think I will leave the uncapped supers on for the winter as I have a serious health issue. My friends and I took off the supers that had some partially capped honey and capped honey.I experimented...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    I found larva.Not good seeing eggs.
    The lack of honey productionmay have to do with our poor weather this spring. They bees just couldnt get out in the cold and rain. I purchased about 13 nucs...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    Inspected all hives and. Rood chambers . Did not. One any issues. I have never had a situation where there are Bees and limited honey. Many supers almost nothing. Others with some capped honey on one...
  22. Thread: In a Bind

    by Plannerwgp
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    In a Bind

    Unfortunately I will be having serious surgery in 1 1/2 weeks. I will not be able to pull about 10 supers however they are not full and what ever honey is there is mostly uncapped.I have a friend who...
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    Re: Uncapped Honey

    I have a digital refactometer and plan to use it. It is agreat device.
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    Uncapped Honey

    This was our worst year in10 years. Ihave hives with numerous super , only to find several thatI thought were full of honey were almost emty with only smallpatches. Even the better super were capped...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    This is the first year with single deeps. I add supers when about 7-8 frames are covered.I plan to remove the supers that are partially filled, process and store for the winter. We hav head some very...
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