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  1. 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...
  3. Thread: Honey labels

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    Re: Honey labels

    Spray them with polyurethane, I use semi gloss.
  4. Re: How much honey to give your hive land sponsors

    I carry the weed eater about every other visit to trim around the hives for two reasons. The landowner can make their first pass away from the hives without needing to get too close and the landowner...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    I don't know who decided the entrance on the short side but orientation of the hive on a stand just works better with the entrance on the short side. I never found the bees to much care where the...
  6. Re: How much honey to give your hive land sponsors

    I run smaller yards of 3-9 hives and usually give the land owner a 2 lb jar to start but stay in contact and regularly ask how their supply is doing. As Kamon said, a good yard and nice people are...
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    No, amount of drone cells will correlate to the size/strength of the colony but drone size cells will only account for 13-17% (Seeley 1985) Weiss in Germany found 14% in 1962.
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    Re: Preserving Genetics

    Split and let the bees raise their own queen from the available larvae. The genetics are still going to be "diluted" through open mating but hopefully the new queen retains most of her mother's...
  9. Thread: Hello Guys

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    Re: Hello Guys

    Hello Ingrid, welcome back
  10. Thread: Hi, very new!!!

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    Re: Hi, very new!!!

    Welcome Stay friends with your neighbor and maybe buy him/her a recreational beverage, they are likely to be a huge asset as you start to work with your bees
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    Re: Swarm mitigation: vacuum?

    I'd consider it easier to transfer bees by just shaking them off of frames? But I'd also do an artificial swarm rather than mess with all the transferring and still end up with them in the trees.
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    Re: Moving/rehiving HEAVY swarm trap

    Honey can be debatable if it's worth the effort but it also depends on where you're at in the flow too. If you do decide to put it in frames; rubber bands over the frames for vertical alignment in...
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    Re: Help with solar wax melter

    If you light any outside fires, the dark comb is great as fire starters. Pull the comb and paper towels out while hot, place on a couple sheets of newspaper and roll it up. Burns hot and fast.
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    Re: Help with solar wax melter

    My melter is purposely built to accommodate whole frames and it doesn't hurt the frames but I'm primarily foundationless, the heat may play the devil with any foundation.
  15. Thread: Bush ID

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    Re: Bush ID

    You really don't want anything to with the honeysuckle other than looking at someone else's, it can be pretty to see it in full flower but a major PIA if you have to work around it. Vermont isn't...
  16. Thread: Bush ID

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    Re: Bush ID

    Japanese bush honeysuckle
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    Re: Helping small captured swarm

    Adding your location to your profile will help with finding someone closer to you and familiar with beekeeping conditions in your area. Searching for and joining a local club can reap benefits.

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    Re: Helping small captured swarm

    Many dead bees under the swarm after only a few days gives me pause for the existence of a bigger problem, do you have a mentor or experienced individual you can ask to take a look at the colony?
  19. Re: How to move hives to temporary site without breaking my back?

    Prepping the hives beforehand and loading at night or early morning with ratchet straps, two wheeled dolly and a trailer you can roll on/roll off isn't bad at all; though time of "day" and temps can...
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    Re: What am I looking at?

    I'd recommend the LED mag lite, a bit pricy at around $25 but the added brightness really helps.
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    Re: Howdy from Bremond TX

    Welcome to the forum
  22. Re: What do you use to store capped honey frames?

    Fully understand the not wanting to work bees or anything else off of a ladder. I do remember an old post where folks were discussing storing drawn but empty frames in plastic tubs over winter but...
  23. Re: What do you use to store capped honey frames?

    Why are you looking to store capped honey frames rather than leaving them on the hive until you're ready to extract?
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    +2 on the alligator glasses, glasses strong enough to make the larvae look like little alligators, just be sure to remove them before you try walking around. lol
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    Re: green marked queen in my swarm trap

    Notes don't identify a queen, just records one was present. I started marking so I can tell if the queen is the original queen I noted or had been superseded/swarmed. Also started clipping in case...
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