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Old 06-02-2014, 05:51 PM   #51
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Neat! I'll keep those tests in mind next time I buy a product that's supposed to be pure honey.
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The pic in post #37 is the inside of one of those ancient hive nukes. The comb in there is no telling how old. Those boxes were made to NEVER be inspected so that comb was used over and over again, year after year! Arkansas law requires that a hive must be able to be inspected both for the possibility of infestation and for genetic testing of Africanized bees. Fresh comb is pure white and darkens with time and use. Your guess is as good as mine as to the age of this comb.
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Up until only a few years ago, it was thought by many scientists that the Honey bee hives were kept warm by pupae in the brood and that the bees would often congregate there to warm themselves up from the pupae. Recently, this was found not to be the case when a new Honey bee job was discovered, that of “heater bees”.
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On the right is the first season's honey that included some winter honey. Its dark and delicious. On the left and center is spring honey from a couple of frames we pulled Saturday. We are concentrating on growing bees this year and are cautiously harvesting honey. We don't want to take more than our share and jeopardize the health of the colony. Still we get these lovely gifts for our efforts!
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How to build a Skep

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Thanks for the link!

I've been telling DH that we should learn more about building these. I'm going to send him the link and he'll bring it up at the next Bee Club meeting. It might make an interesting display at the upcoming county fairs.

If all goes well, we'll be harvesting our honey this coming week. My mouth is already watering.
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Before you spend a lot of time with it be sure to check on the rules in your area. Here it's 10+ hives and they want you to register them and they have to be inspected. Skeps don't lend themselves well to inspection but like you, we intrigued especially after watching the Skep hive videos I posted in the other Bee Thread.
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Max made a nifty bee feeder from a 3 gallon bucket with a gasket lid. The bucket was turned upside down and holes were drilled so they were just under the lip of the reinforced rim that supports the handle. The bucket is filled with a 2:1 sugar/water syrup and the lid is snapped on. They whole bucket is turned upside down and the syrup trickles into the cells of the reinforcement rim. Vacuum pressure in the bucket keeps the syrup from running out and the small cells give the bees a place to feed from without drowning. Its pretty darn cool!
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They seem pretty happy with their new Beestro!
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We lost a hive to wax moths We checked it a couple of weeks ago and it was fine. Now it looks like this:
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The hive is completely dead. It really makes me sad.
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I know exactly how you feel bg and I'm sorry to hear about this.

We're also teetering on the edge with 2 of our hives. DH has been working so much that he hasn't had much time to work with them. But this evening he said that he had to get into at least one of them this weekend to try to save it.

I hope that it isn't too late.
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It was so active and healthy just 2 weeks ago, and there was a "team" of beekeepers looking at it/them. The signs had to have been there but were missed. I have never experienced was moths this advanced. I really didn't even know that's what they were and had to ask. What a mess they made of that hive. There aren't a lot of dead bees so they must have swarmed at some point. We had started feeding 2:1 syrup with Honey Bee Healthy added and we've been going along merrily thinking nothing but good was happening in the hives. It makes me feel bad that we missed catching the moths early.

I took a quick look see in the other hives and they seemed fine. I'll suit up and take a deeper look tomorrow or Sunday.

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I posted the pics on one of the fb beekeeping pages and someone said that they had had some similar trouble in Tennessee so keep your eyes open, Catbird. It's really nice to have another beekeeper here at TBM BTW
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Good luck!

Honey is such heavenly stuff but it sure isn't easy to produce. I wish more folks understood that but that is hard to do unless you actually work with bees.

But the need for that education is just another good reason to continue spreading the word about saving our grass-roots level beekeeping efforts, for everyone's benefit.
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A little light aside. Yesterday we stopped by a car lot and looked at a nice little Passat. While we were standing there talking to the salesman a honey bee came to visit. She flew around us all and the salesman kept swishing her away so she flew to me and went into my purse! We then had a little beekeeping discussion while she explored and when she was finished she went back home to tell all her friends. Wasn't that amazing?
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I can just picture what that must have been like. I hope she gave you some good tips during your little chat!
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Today Max pulled a few frames from our strongest hive. We only have 3 hives right now and 2 are from this years swarms. They are doing beautifully and are growing bees like crazy. The honey is sooo pretty and tasty! Max used the fruit and lard press to extract the honey. The wax will be refined into bars for other projects. 6 frames yielded right at 1 gallon of honey!
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Just saw this...what do you think?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make...-Bar-Bee-Hive/
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I don't know why it wouldn't work. I've never seen a top bar hive like that. As long as you didn't have too much space between frames, it should work just fine. Bees really aren't that particular.
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I think there was a brief discussion of top-bar frames in the last edition of Countryside.

We've learned that the design of bee hives is only partly about keeping them comfy and cozy so they want to keep the same home address. The other part of the design is about keeping predators and parasites from invading the hive and taking up residence.

DH says he thinks we might pull our first honey next week!
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Very exciting times!!
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Definitely exciting!

And one of these days, that is going to be made with our own mead!
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