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    Re: Xentari Questions

    Pretty much the same as Ravenseye but sometimes the drawn comb only comes in by a super or two; too few frames for a gal and I don't like BTa solutions sitting around very long. Seems to pick up an...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    Freezing isn't necessary if you extract and put the "sticky" frames right back on the hives; leaving the frames sit around for a couple days is a recipe for slime.
  3. Thread: Runny Honey

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    Re: Runny Honey

    Just for clarification, USDA says Grade A Honey moisture content must be 18.6 or below, moisture content above 20% is Substandard.
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    Re: Hello form another one in Alabama

    Welcome on board Just a touch to learn that extends over a life time
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    While you're mulling over options inside the fence; also consider, handling, stacking and transporting loaded supers
  6. Thread: TREAT or FEED

    by Eikel
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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    I must be missing something; why is it an either/or question? Why can't you treat while feeding or feed while treating?
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    Re: Feeding a queen castle

    When I do use jars to feed, another alternative is a feeding "shim" that allows multiple jars over any hole.

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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    Without freezing the frames my concern would be shb eggs and larvae.

    You mentioned you have "a hive that swarmed," any others that could protect the frames?
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    Since your post hasn't generated repsonses, here's my $.02

    I believe you have yourself a quandary between what you desire and the reality of your space. I agree, working hives with only two...
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    Re: 2 New Bee Questions...

    The bees will fly toward white light at night but they also become crawlers with a propensity to sting. If you have a chink in your armor they'll pay it a visit, not bashful about crawling up your...
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    Re: Greetings from SC

    Welcome
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    Re: Hive Locations when you aren't a landowner?

    I bet wearing some type of beekeeping t shirt or hat into/about town would get a few conversations started, probably more than you really want. When I'm carrying empty hives/boxes in the back of...
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    Re: Weed in Front of Hive

    I guess I'm lazy; I just hit the weeds around hives with a weed eater. The closest thing some of my out yards have seen resembling a lawn mower is a brush hog a few times a year and pulling weeds...
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    Re: Really need to feed during dearth?

    Feeding is all about ensuring they have adequate stores, if they have adequate stores why would you feed? If there's a good reason why they don't have adequate stores, why wouldn't you feed?

    I...
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    Re: Frames with drawn comb

    Diseases in general. AFB being the most severe but EFB has had an persistent outbreak just north of me. EFB is frequently not a treat and done case, can seem to be a bit chronic in raising it's...
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    Re: Frames with drawn comb

    Worthless is probably the wrong term as they do have value under the right conditions, just not marketable "to many" beekeepers.

    Your tolerance for risk with used equipment appears to be higher...
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    Re: Update and new question on swarm transfer

    If you're going foundationless except for the starter strip, you might consider wiring your frames. Also, get in the habit of only rotating your frames on their ends, never turn the frame to lay...
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    Re: Update and new question on swarm transfer

    Search for posts on rubber banding or tying comb into frames. Watch a couple of "cut out" videos.

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  19. Re: anyone selling foundation less Kelly made frames?

    I went with the wedge top frames and turn the wedge to act as the starter. I don't like the grooved bottom bars, essentially two smaller bottom bars with a space between (shb hiding space), so I'm...
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    Re: Hive Locations when you aren't a landowner?

    I find word of mouth works well, an ad in the local paper can generate a number of calls but in an urban environment it's likely to be for maybe one or two hives at any location. Even two hives at...
  21. Thread: 2 nucs feeder

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    Re: 2 nucs feeder

    I've run side by side nucs with a "common" super just to see if I could. The common super worked fine so I imagine the feeder would but you have to install queen excluders and ensure the queens can...
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    Re: Frames with drawn comb

    To JW's well made point, what's a number since you seem to have a buyer? Without a pricing history and treating it like an business economics problem to get "a" number.

    Subtract the your local...
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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
  24. Thread: Cloudy Honey

    by Eikel
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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...
  25. 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...
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