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    Re: OAV from top of hive

    I never liked the idea of sliding the vaporizer in the entrance, too close to the comb for something that gets that hot, besides there are always lots of bees in the way. I built a 3" deep box with...
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    Re: Not a good day (Im suddenly allergic)

    I kept bees for 40 years getting lots of stings every year, last year I started breaking out in hives on my arms after a few stings, went to get tested and turned out I tested positive for honey bee...
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    Re: Feeling pretty disappointed about the bees

    Just wanted to emphasize that a healthy hive going into winter in a cold climate needs to have a large population of young bees that were raised during a time of a low mite population in the hive. My...
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    Re: Wood or plastic frames

    :scratch:
  5. Re: Slatted Shim? Anyone use one? Anyone sell such a thing?

    Pretty sure a slatted shim like that would not help the problem with burr comb, in fact, it probably would make it much worse when using it between honey supers, which is what it was designed for. I...
  6. Re: wondering how your hives are wintering? here's how I monitor mine

    If I'm curious to know if a hive is alive is the winter, I just put my ear tight to the hive wall, and give two taps with the end of my index finger on the side of the bottom board. I don't care how...
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    Re: Wax Capping Extractors???????

    If you are going to buy a spinner, make sure you get one with a capacity to handle the number of hives you have without creating a bottleneck. The Maxant junior spinner is about $1500, not a bad...
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    I find that a strong hive with a single deep brood box never seems to put much honey in there, even in the fall, as long as there are available supers on the hive. Then you must feed the bees syrup...
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    The use of double deeps for brood go way back, and I think that is still what the beekeeping manuals of today preach for beginners. When I started keeping bees back in the 60's that was the rule. It...
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    I agree with the brood nest size of one deep, at least in my area of the country with the amount of forage that is available.
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    I have never used anything but Italian bees, so I can't speak about the honey production of other breeds, but what I do know is that from a strictly honey production point of view, I have no reason...
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    This is correct, I failed to mention that I experience the same thing with the first super above excluder. It does usually have open clean cells in 6-7 of the center most frames of the first super,...
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    I know all beekeeping is local, but I only use one deep for brood and an excluder on top of that. I really think that a good queen only needs the one deep for brood, and anything more than that is...
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    Re: Factors in Honey Production

    Its not a apples to oranges comparison. Do you know for a fact that the state APH is based on all the beekeepers leaving honey on the hives for winter??? You don't know what the management style is...
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    Re: Selling wet cappings

    Yeah that was a little too cheap, I think a couple dollars more a pound is what I would have sold them for, plus shipping.
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    Re: Can bees be coaxed to move Honey?

    Mike, I have about 40 mediums worth of capped honey that is partially crystallized to crystallized from last winters die outs. Currently (on my live colonies) I am running single deep brood boxes...
  17. Re: Question for experienced beeks please - using single deeps for honey production i

    I'm sure Roland will respond, but I'm thinking he has an extra deep box of drawn comb for each hive the he puts on over an excluder initially just before swarm season. Then he "hangs up" or rotates...
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    Re: shb and stored brood boxes

    I have way too many frames for a freezer, probably about 40 boxes worth. I wouldn't want to be bothered with rotating combs in and out of a freezer anyway all summer long. Curious what those...
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    shb and stored brood boxes

    Last year I had some unused deep brood boxes stacked up which had full sets of comb containing empty combs and combs of honey and pollen. The small hive beetles got into them and ruined most of the...
  20. Re: Citizen Scientist Opp for Michigan Beekeepers

    Jackam, the blue pollen comes from Siberian Squill, one of the first flowers to bloom in the early spring, they usually grow in large patches.
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    Re: Uncapping Hint & Tricks ?

    Sorry, didn't catch the word "crystallized" in the OP, must have read it too fast. Yeah you can't spin out crystallized honey from a comb.
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    Re: Pure white caps over pollen???

    Yeah its mold, I've seen nearly entire frames that are white with molded over pollen.
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    Re: Burr Comb - Clean it or Leave it?

    Collecting wax scrapings add up over the course of a season, especially if you have lots of hives, so I like to remove the burr comb when I see it. Just make sure to smoke the bees before you scrape...
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    Re: Single deep and queen cells

    I like this option. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Winters left over Honey

    Up in the north here where I am, extra honey left on the hives over winter don't usually crystallize until spring. The freezing cold temperatures basically preserve the honey in a liquid state, no...
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