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    Re: The crudest incubator

    Whew, that is long on ugly. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the queens it produces; I'll take a good queen from an ugly incubator any day. LOL
  2. Thread: Cloudy Honey

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    Re: Cloudy Honey

    Short answer is "don't have a proven explanation but you're not alone"

    Had cloudy honey last year and the first part of this year. Extracted capped honey, no pollen or brood, run through a 400...
  3. Re: How much comb to keep when doing a large cut-out?

    The more comb you need/want, the more you attempt to save. I would recommend you save the brood comb before starting on any stores or empties, time is not always your friend and cut outs seem to...
  4. Thread: Almost....

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    Re: Almost....

    Deer stand for hunting
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    Re: No queen, no cells

    The short version of one scenario is you missed a couple supersedure cells, that's not meant as a negative comment. If bees are not removed from the comb and each frame looked at very thoroughly,...
  6. Thread: Almost....

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    Re: Almost....

    I'm not sure how ya'll rubber band comb but I place the frame through the center of the rubber band so that it runs over the top bar and under the bottom bar, the rubber bands basically only provide...
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    Re: Hello from Pittsburgh

    Welcome Twodogs
  8. Thread: Almost....

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    Re: Almost....

    Remember Murphy is alive and well, I hear he visits MN on a fairly frequent basis.

    Personal opinion, this is going to be heavier than you'd first think, then add the weight of any box and the...
  9. Re: Newbee trying to move a recent swarm to a new hive.

    Definitely seems like a sign to me an what Alex said. You might want to read up on rubber banding/tying comb into frames just in case they've drawn comb. Getting your protective gear before doing...
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    Re: What should my goal be?/Summer chores

    More related to the "summer chores" in the title, it's tough to think about winter when you're sweating your tail off but ……… as you noted, adjust the real estate, reduce where appropriate, hammer...
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    Re: When to pull honey supers in SE Missouri

    A friend in Waterloo IL gets really dark honey in the fall and he has a noticeable fall flow. I get enough ragweed and goldenrod to make the hive smell and top things off for wintering but not much...
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    Re: When to pull honey supers in SE Missouri

    I refer to last year as the year without a spring; went from like the 4th coldest directly to summer heat. Most of the locals I spoke with only saw something in the neighborhood of 60% of their...
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    Re: When to pull honey supers in SE Missouri

    The nucs have been a challenge to keep as nucs, they seem to be busting at the seams every time I turn around. Good luck on keeping up with the honey and nucs; oy vey, such a problem to have! LOL
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    Re: When to pull honey supers in SE Missouri

    Short answer to the original question is listen to the bees, let them lead the dance.

    I'm seeing the same thing as you with nectar still coming in and filling frames, I've already done one...
  15. Thread: Wax moths

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    Re: Wax moths

    Never heard of them giving off that type of scent, for me the wax moths are only a problem in a weak hive. Weak hive means less capability to defend the real estate.



    Look up greater and...
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    Re: When to pull honey supers in SE Missouri

    Personal opinion, the answer may lay in a couple of questions. What are the bees likely to do if you don't pull the capped honey and give them back empty frames? Are you comfortable with their...
  17. Thread: Queen cups?

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    Re: Queen cups?

    Open isn't the key point, dry makes it a queen cup and not a concern
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    Re: Running single deep and medium for brood

    Been running a med over deep as my standard overwinter configuration for years. I don't rotate the boxes and only occasionally have a problem with the queen not moving back down into the deep....
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    Re: Combining colonies?

    I'm just curious, why not do a newspaper combine?
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    Re: He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    Keep the chewed on frames and boxes around - they serve as tragic reminders for those of us who might not have been shining examples on a few occasions! LOL
  21. Thread: Entrance trap

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    Re: Entrance trap

    It's not a trap but I built a robber screen that can lock down a hive, also works great for a reorientation obstacle. The "slot" along the top of the screen's frame is approx. 3/8" that accepts a...
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    Re: Hello From Romania

    Welcome
  23. Re: Blending honey with different moisture content

    Moisture content in a homogenous mixture is the moisture content and "still below 18%" is good to go.
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    Re: Crystallized Honey

    One suggestion is not to put labels on or go beyond snug with your lids until just before point of sale. That way if you do need to any manipulations with the jars you can do so without risk of...
  25. Thread: Honey labels

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    Re: Honey labels

    Spray them with polyurethane, I use semi gloss.
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