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General Beekeeping / Feeding bees crystalized honey
« Last post by Bakersdozen on September 21, 2020, 01:18:50 pm »
Has anyone ever fed your own crystalized honey back to your bees?  I have some honey that crystalized and formed a 3/4 inch solid sheet.  I broke it up and stored it in a sealed container in the fridge.  I plan to put the crystalized honey in an aluminum pie pan and place a deep shim over the inner cover.  I'll put the pie pan on top of the inner cover.   My concern is that the heat from the hive will melt the crystalized honey and cause bees to drown.  Our daytime temps are still in the high 70's.  Any thoughts?
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Any and Every Thing / Re: What is this?
« Last post by Mcedwar on September 21, 2020, 11:45:30 am »
Looking on Amazon, there are some available without a bar at all.  Easier to ship that way, and you can provide whatever length you need.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: What is this?
« Last post by RAST on September 21, 2020, 08:23:22 am »
Thanks, I had thought something similar, but the measuring distance on the bar is so small. Perhaps at one time there were different length bars with them.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: What is this?
« Last post by Mcedwar on September 21, 2020, 07:30:33 am »
Looks like trammel points.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Sugar consumption slowing way down
« Last post by RAST on September 20, 2020, 06:17:05 pm »
 " but also empty frames with foundation"  Is this plastic or wax foundation?
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General Beekeeping / Re: Sugar consumption slowing way down
« Last post by Newbee on September 20, 2020, 09:36:49 am »
Thanks Rober.
There are a few frames foundationless I was experimrnting with, but also empty frames with foundation. I've tried rotating them closer to the middle, but they seemed to skip right over.
Could there be somethjng in the foundation they don't like (mold, dirt, etc.?) Some of the frames with a little wax on them are very irregular and w0nky, too. Look like building queen cells, but they aren't (errr at least there is no terminus containing a cell).
Thanks again!
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General Beekeeping / Re: Stinky Honey!
« Last post by Mcedwar on September 19, 2020, 11:10:19 am »
I have not seen honey bees on the GR in the ditches around here, but the are getting something stinky from somewhere.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: What to look for - fall inspections?
« Last post by Mcedwar on September 19, 2020, 11:07:54 am »
It got down to 38° last night.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: What to look for - fall inspections?
« Last post by Mcedwar on September 19, 2020, 11:05:54 am »
What climate zone are you all in?

Some websites say I am in Hardiness zone 5a, others say zone 6.  Our winter temperatures can drop to -10 to -15 F.  In the winter, we have wind that comes down from Canada with nothing to stop it.   Our summers are surprising humid and can get into the 100's F for a few days. 
Going into winter, other than colony health and being queen right, we focus on plenty of food, a wind break, and something to ensure moist air won't condensation on the inner cover.
Sounds like Central IL, which is where I am.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Stinky Honey!
« Last post by Bakersdozen on September 19, 2020, 09:11:03 am »
The bees don't touch the Goldenrod that grows along Kansas roads and in our fields either.  Various wasps sure do like it.  Honey bees will work stiff goldenrod. 
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