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  1. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm cleaning some old frames and it's probably not worth the effort, but I do them a little at a time. If there are any better ways to do this, I'm all ears.
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello everyone, hope you are having a great start of the beekeeping season. I have question how to clean the honey supers? Last year after we extracted the honey and scraped off the wax from the frames we placed them in the plastic bags and put them in the shed. But during the winter mice...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi all! Sorry if this is the wrong sub forum. I have a hive that had a lovely colony in it, until it was gutted by a bear. The hive has been shielded from weather over the winter, but the left over comb bits have developed mold on them. I've scraped off a good deal, but the plastic foundations...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    This past week I lost a hive due to pesticide (maybe 1 frame of bees still hanging on this morning, no queen, no new brood). Before being hit hard, they had built up 2 medium brood boxes. A bunch of capped honey. Some dead brood in cells now. My question is what is the best corse of action with...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Yesterday afternoon while watching both hives I heard an odd sound from one. The sound of an insect chewing wood is what it reminded me of. There were bees 'walking the line' along the entrance (reducer still in on the largest opening). They were doing their cleaning thing it appeared. I didn't...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Two questions: 1) I did ten batches of processing combs into beeswax using a double boiler at 170 degrees. Two of my batches had old dirty combs from a source I am not sure of. All my batches turned into a nice golden color except two had a brown color. I read that old comb can turn this color...
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    The other day I was cleaning a hive body that had mildew on the inside walls and had a thought. Even though having both bottom and top entrances has helped in reducing condensation and the related issues of mildew, mold, algae and even rot. It is still there in the hive. Also, the bottom of...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hey guys, I have concrete on my extracting room floor and a floor drain. Do you cover the concrete with anything to keep it cleaner? What are you guys doing about floor cleanliness? Wax tends to pile up quickly... I have used 1/4 inch plywood but wondering if there is a fabric type material...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    It's that time here in Tennessee. And not a month too soon! Last spring we suffered through a four month long drought and consequently had no spring honey flow. We did have a nice late summer/autumn flow, but that belonged to the bees. This year is different, and we finally reached the point...
  10. Bee Forum
    Hi! Since most of the flowers are gone around our hives (winter is pretty much here) we've put our hive top feeders on and noticed that both our hives are doing very well with the extra food supply (1:1 sugar/water). However, we're constantly having to pull the feeders off to clean them. Mold...
  11. Bee Forum
    How do you go about cleaning beeswax to send it and have it made into foundation? I have about five pounds of wax but it still has a little honey in it. I don't have an extractor yet so I had to crush and strain the honey out of it. Never done the wax before. Thanks for any advice.
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