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  1. Re: Will bees pollinate fruits an vegetables inside a.....

    Huh? I thought in and around the apiary was the same as immediate vicinity. Anyhow, I was just stating my personal observations, not disagreeing with yours. During our flow, my bees are up, up, and...
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    Re: I think I killed my hive

    I am not convinced that those are not still robber bees. Take off the honey super and leave the brood frames alone. Close down the entrance to about 10mm. Once robbing has progressed to the point...
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    Re: I think I killed my hive

    Sounds to me as if you initiated a robbing frenzy when you left the chunks of comb dripping honey into the hive and I assume through the bottom board. At this point I would remove any frames with...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Honesty is better and I would tell him after the fact while working towards an understanding of the risks involved. A true friend would not want to put my hives in danger as he works towards...
  5. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    About 30 years ago, I had dreams of getting rich growing Christmas trees on my 43 acre farmette in WI. Looked good on paper.
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    Re: Global Warming

    Actually, they are composed of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Calcium is a metal.
  7. Re: Will bees pollinate fruits an vegetables inside a.....

    I have often read that bees do not forage close to the hive. I have not observed this to be true. After the flow has ended, there is no shortage of bees working the Dutch clover that grows profusely...
  8. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    If I had as big of operation as does David, I don't think beekeeping would be as much fun. Looks more like work.
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    Re: TF in a world that treats

    Argreed, timing may change depending on location and flow. For me, artificial swarms need to be completed around the first of April. I waited too long this year and hives were swarming by the second...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    I use the JZBZ cages to hold my newly emerged queens. They emerge into roller cages in the incubator and are transferred when I find them out of their cells. First thing I do is fill the tube with...
  11. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    The problem with getting a ton of honey lies not with the number of hives in the area as much as having a large foraging age work force when the flow starts and plenty of drawn comb for them to store...
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    Thanks for the link Dan, good stuff. Uh, what exactly is a vinegar eel? Sounds disgusting.

    Ok, I googled it. They are disgusting. Tiny little worms (nematodes) living in and destroying ones...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    I believe the general consensus on OAV is to not apply it below 40F as the bees will be too tightly clustered. At worst it will simply be ineffective. On a sunny day with temps at 40 or above, I...
  14. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Not that I believe this article, but some might beg to differ.
    https://www.livescience.com/mitochondrial-eve-first-human-homeland.html
    Point is that the origins of the honey bee may be in an area...
  15. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I may have done the conversion backwards. 1.47:1, but which is which? Have not had my coffee yet this morning either.
  16. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    $8 per pound USD does not sound bad when sold in 2.2# jars.
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    Sometimes you need to read all the way down to the bottom of the page...



    Because OA is extremely irritating to breathe in any quantity, one would be hard pressed to obtain anywhere near a...
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    Re: Northern Midwest Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Ian winters his entire commercial operation indoors, but optimal temperature is 40F, 50 is too warm. You may eventually make money on the hive products, especially if you sell at super premium...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Sounds like a winning solution. You get to keep both your bees and your friend.
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    Another update. After a little psyching myself up, I tasted the mead from the coffee filter set up. Still has a definite yeasty taste and is very sweet, but no other off flavors that I could discern....
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    Dan, how do you make the honey vinegar?
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    I transfered to the secondary today. My BPM is right around 1. SG is now 1.038, which should mean that the ABV is at 13.12% so far. Reran the numbers and it looks like I'll have to go fairly dry to...
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    Re: Please Help the Kids in Oaxaca

    Enjoy your trip Michael. I had ignored this thread for some time until you brought it up again at the beginning of this month. Once I actually read it, I realized what a worthy cause it was. Best of...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    To heck with all that, treat his hives and don't tell him. You have to protect your bees. In the time between now and next spring, maybe you can bring him around or help him find another place for...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    Welcome to Beesource Littlejoe. I agree with the one race suggestion. You should get your bees in late March or early April for the best experience and to catch the flow. Durham is not much different...
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