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General Beekeeping / Re: question for southern beekeepers
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 11:53:59 pm »
I use two brood boxes.  Even though they say only one is needed because of the warmer temps, I still like to use two.  I figure my bees are more active during the winter and may consume more fuel, so I like to leave them with plenty of stores during the warm days of dearth during our winters.  We have only a few days below 50, and even fewer days that drop below freezing.  I may still be mowing grass in January, but that doesn't mean we'll have blossoms with nectar and pollen.
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General Beekeeping / question for southern beekeepers
« Last post by neillsayers on Yesterday at 10:15:44 pm »
Not a lot of action here lately so I thought I'd get a thread going about a question that bugs me, pun intended. What brood box configuration seems to work for you? One box, two? I see a lot of info on the internet for both and it seems many southern keeps do well with one. I get why those in the north need a lot of bees and honey to get through the winter, but it's starting to look like winter is going to become a memory for us southerners.


Thoughts?
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 08:37:09 pm »
Nothing like a beer sloshing guy! 
there is the understanding that the booth workers hands are clean.  Who knows which exhibit those people were at last...chickens, rabbits, horses?  It ensures no double dipping too!
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Jen on Yesterday at 08:30:13 pm »
That is interesting! Our health department inspected our booth two times and we were told that we were Not to touch the popsicle sticks and scoop them with honey and hand them to the people. The fair goers were supposed to do that. I am sure that that was wrong advice! So I kinda took over for the kids, and then should have taken over for the adults too, one guy sloshed some of his beer onto the frame. Lucky we were able to promptly turn the frame around.
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 05:14:34 am »
Ah oh!  I just realized I was misleading.  A frame of capped honey can included with or without foundation, not comb honey.  There is a separate category for comb honey.
Because of health department rules, when we hand out samples at the fair, we have to hand the sample to the customer. 
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Jen on Yesterday at 12:52:10 am »
Wow! Now there is a challenge for beekeepers and how much finesse they want to put into comb honey. I like it!
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Bakersdozen on August 12, 2018, 04:05:13 pm »
At our state fair, there is a category for a frame of comb honey.  There are wooden cases with glass or plexiglass windows.  The cases hold the frame of honey upright so that it is not damaged.  The judges open the cases, pull out the frame, and make their decisions.  The actual frame of honey is judged on a number of criteria including if the frame was properly assembled, with the proper number of nails, location of nails and so forth. 
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Jen on August 12, 2018, 01:09:40 pm »
Good morning Baker :) what I observed was, the people who inquired about the frame of comb honey loved scraping the honey and comb off of the foundation with the popsicle stick and eating it. It seemed to me that that is what they wanted to do.

I do have a grandios idea to find or build a short simple box with simple plexiglass lid that will fit the comb frame laying down in it, display it slightly propped up and see if anyone would buy it at the fair. A plexiglass cover so no beer or sneezes will fall upon it. $50

It would be a very cool display for a fair booth. And if it doesn't sell I would return the frame to my hive.


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General Beekeeping / Re: Drones cells?
« Last post by Wandering Man on August 12, 2018, 12:08:01 pm »
I wonder if it means your in for a short winter?
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Products Of The Hive / Re: Price On Medium Super Frame Full Of Honey
« Last post by Bakersdozen on August 12, 2018, 10:26:54 am »
Jen, do you think the great American public would know what to do with a frame of honey and would they bother doing the work involved?  Keep us posted!
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