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  1. Thread: Honey Jars

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    I find that the glass jars stink. Inside and...

    I find that the glass jars stink. Inside and out. I realize this is likely some former or releasing agent or lubricant from the manufacturing process, but fragrance is a huge part of the...
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    First, I will suggest we need to know more about...

    First, I will suggest we need to know more about the hives you use, are they similar to Langstroth hives, lol.

    On a more serious note, the still capped broad likely died and should have emerged. ...
  3. Wow, interesting thread. I think equipment...

    Wow, interesting thread. I think equipment design depends on the beekeeper more than the bees. If the keeper cannot work efficiently the bees will suffer, anaconda or worse. Any gains made in...
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    I ordered two resource boxes a couple years back...

    I ordered two resource boxes a couple years back and find them flexible for various things.
  5. I am in the use smoke camp. Beers have used...

    I am in the use smoke camp.

    Beers have used smoke for millenia. I figure they had more time to observe over those centuries than I can spend so I will go with collective global wisdom on this...
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    I have had success taking a varying number of...

    I have had success taking a varying number of frames from a double deep in the past few years. I guess that is why I have twelve single deeps now. Lol

    I think what you include is as important as...
  7. I have tried with and without smoke. With seems...

    I have tried with and without smoke. With seems to work best for me on average. That being said, I am stingie with the smoke. I give just a puff at the door, one underneath at back and one as I...
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    I have received more stings on my feet than any...

    I have received more stings on my feet than any where.
    This is the reason I purchased new boots this year. I used to were street shoes, but the last round of stings made it difficult to wear shoes...
  9. Thinking about leaving screen bottoms for solid this spring.

    I just did a inspection and tidying up of hives in prep for putting the maqs in and also as a pre winter prep.

    I have a few solid bottom boards and the rest are screened with the plastic inserts....
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    There are likely some drone laying worker hives...

    There are likely some drone laying worker hives in your area. This is nature's way of putting a queenless hive to use in a last ditch effort to support the species.

    Off season drones can breed...
  11. Posting in forums can have side effects. ...

    Posting in forums can have side effects. Encountering impatience, rudeness, and sarcasm are mild side effects and resolve in a few posts in most cases. Rarely extreme side effects are encountered. ...
  12. For the most part this is true. Honey maybe...

    For the most part this is true. Honey maybe worse in a way, it's pretty high in fructose and like more like HCS than table sugar.

    If you are watching carbs and sugar it's basically just sugar.
    ...
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    Maybe they have a heavy might or disease load are...

    Maybe they have a heavy might or disease load are could not keep up their moment as the season progressed despite a promising spring and early summer.
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    I bought some mid calf neoprine type garden boots...

    I bought some mid calf neoprine type garden boots at tractor supply. They stretch more than the rubber ones and are more comfortable. Their is ample overlap for the legs of my suit. The neoprine...
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    I would exchange the full combs for some empties...

    I would exchange the full combs for some empties in your hives. Setting the filled combs out for robbing has many negatives.

    It invites other bees , encourages robbing and the bees might ruin the...
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    Re: Honey bound

    It would depend on what I had on hand to work with.

    Can you make a ten frame deep or almost full of honey only frames. If so combine the honey into one box and put it on top of a medium super, or...
  17. Re: Is it ever bad to harvest honey from first year hives?

    Of course you can take honey the first year.

    Just don't take too much. Remember you do not have to harvest honey by the super full. You can take a frame here and a frame there.

    A medium frame...
  18. Re: need advice on weak hive - what would you do?

    I looked at you frame picks. Did not see any noticeable will g malformations. (On my phone)

    Also almost all open cells have brood this is a good sign.

    Perhaps that frame had alot of pollen...
  19. Re: need advice on weak hive - what would you do?

    Check for and control disease first.
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    Re: Bear related questions.

    By poultry fence , I mean a fence to protect poultry not keep them out of a garden. The fence is for larger predators like coyotes etc.

    My fence Energizer is a 1.0 Energizer. My fence is...
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    Bear related questions.

    The other night I drove in my driveway and looked over at my beeyard and caught a bear in the act of pushing one hive into another. He/She was a teenager bear, tall as a man but lanky. Looked like...
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    Re: Is it honey or sugar water?

    I would not sell honey that you were not sure about the sugar syrup being in. I would use it for myself and give it away however. I would disclaimer to those who were gifted.

    Or perhaps lable it...
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    Re: So what if they swarm?

    Yes of all things are wild and natural the bees will swarm to reproduce the colony.

    This means part of the population and honey stores will leave with the queen and set up somewhere else. This...
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    Re: proplis on my pants

    Almost everything I use for beekeeping is for beekeeping alone.

    As bad as propolis is, wax can be worse.

    I buy used implements at thriftstores for wax etc.

    I have two beesuits. One is my...
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    Re: MAQS And Rain

    The nurse bees, grubs, queen, and capped brood will all be in the hive either way.
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