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 on: Today at 10:50:41 AM 
Started by GSF - Last post by jayj200
there is no need to apologize.
feel the same 

 on: Today at 10:09:38 AM 
Started by Carol - Last post by Wolfer
My old house had the cabinets with no soffit. I kept some honey on top. I never had honey cristalize up high but if left long enough on the kitchen counter it would.

Personally I feel it needs to be above 70 or below 40

 on: Today at 09:38:49 AM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by hjon71
I wouldn't recommend checkerboarding this time of year either. Bees are storing nectar now not building comb. Sure they can build comb now but they will be slower than in the spring. I think late summer swarms are rare and only if the hive is really really crowded. If space is your concern, take 2 frames from the top box and replace with empty frames. Add a box with 8 empty frames and the two frames you pulled on top.

 on: Today at 09:26:05 AM 
Started by jvalentour - Last post by Wolfer
I've heard it suggested that one should just double every year. I believe this to be pretty good advice.
This gives you some time to learn without being overwhelmed.

The easiest way for me to get bees is to raise them myself. I've often started a nuc when the blackberries bloom, another on June 21 and again at the first of Aug.

Using this method your two hives would be 8 hives next fall in theory. Six might be a more realistic number.

Bees are easy to get, it's the equip that can get expensive.

 on: Today at 09:05:42 AM 
Started by flyboy - Last post by sawdstmakr
Jamie did the tests per the instructions that were floating around at the time he did it. He did it to see if it was effective.
I used PS yesterday. I have a new swarm in a nuc that I got last Tuesday. It was real strong when I put it in the box and looked real weak looking through the STB. I decided to try feeding them and over night they used 2 pint jars of sugar water.
I sprinkled PS on the bees leaving the hive to see if they were from one of my other hives. None of the bees ended up on any of my other hives. It is a good quick check. Of course they may bee from a friends hive a mile away.  grin

 on: Today at 09:04:18 AM 
Started by JackM - Last post by JackM
Well we sell it as a 20 ounce pound of honey.  Each pint jar when full has 20 oz of honey.  When my price was lower, we asked for the canning jar back.  Almost no one returned jars.  So this route seems to work.  If they have a jar they can get a $2 discount which is to their advantage.

I have had folks demand I send them a pint and pay me $20 per pint to cover shipping.  So folks will pay steep prices, not something I would do.

Wife has sold about 12 now and only one person said they could get it for less and she told him to go buy his honey there then.  LOL.

 on: Today at 09:02:15 AM 
Started by JackM - Last post by sc-bee
Well the wife went and set out yesterday and sold 7 pounds (pints) in about 4 hours.  I was getting $5 last year.

a pint should weigh a pound and a half.

And yes a pint is not a pound the world round when it comes to honey Smiley More like 22 oz give or take a little.

 on: Today at 08:53:52 AM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by deknow
Unless the full combs are full of emerging brood and there are lots of bees, it can really set things back to do as you are proposing.

Checkerboarding is something very specific (read Walt wright's methods of nectar management) involves the honey frames above the broodnest...not the broodnest.

It is possible that what you plan wil
l work fine...but I would not recommend it ad there is so much that can go wrong with a MAJOR manipulation such as this .

 on: Today at 08:53:04 AM 
Started by labradorfarms - Last post by sawdstmakr
I have noticed no detrimental effects with using PS dusting. not exactly sure why you don't want to just do it just to do it, frankly.It is pretty cheap and simple all and all, and works great when used along with breaking the mite breeding cycle with changing queens. As for the bees coming out totally white...I use a fair amount, but I do not use like a lb bag on them or anything.

I was referring to using Hopguard2 not the PS. I tried it years ago. The instructions back then were to use a cup over the brood box. I used a sifter to get it real fine. The clumps do not help the bees except to piss them off when you knock them over the head with them.

 on: Today at 08:52:20 AM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by Keith13
Either way he cried after the game because he didn't get to play much. Shame the kid will never get it
If worse comes to worse, there's always academics.  Smiley

Not this one....


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