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Michelle L.

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  1. Sorry, you're right, I should have. I just thought since it was raw, maybe there was something I could do that would make it more like store bought honey. Filter, heat etc.
  2. Hi all, I've contacted my local honey extraction company and am going to have a chat with them tomorrow. Will get a test done for tutin. But I have to agree with beeresearch above. It makes no sense that some of us reacted and others not. My friend who reacted has had this happen with honey before. Just not to such a severe degree. He said that some cheeses can do it to him as well. My feeling is, its likely his son is sensitive in the same way as himself, just to a lesser degree. Will still be good to talk to the experts as well as a tutin test.
  3. Hi tommy dave, It was extracted about 2 weeks after I harvested it. 10 frames, 7 off one hive and 3 off the one right beside it. I stored the box inside in a cool room, then took it to a friend's place who had a 4 frame extractor in their garage. We used an electric hot knife to uncap and then spun into brand new food grade buckets through a double sieve. Has since been stored in my laundry in these buckets. Its odd that my partner and I along with others have eaten it with no trouble and even on the day out of the 4 of us 2 reacted to it. Does anyone know what the com
  4. Ok thanks everyone for your advice and feedback. I'll get it tested. Its strange that I've had no reaction. My partner and I had a fair amount of it on toast. I'll also contact some of the commercial honey processors in my area to get their thoughts. I'll report back when I have done so to share my findings. Also when I googled reaction to Honey it did say raw honey can have more pollen, possibly it was a reaction to higher pollen in the honey. Thanks again, Michelle.
  5. Hi all, I had some friends come over in the weekend and they were very excited to try some of the honey I had recently extracted from my hives. Myself and partner as well as a beekeeper friend and his children who helped me extract it had tried it with no problems. However when my friend and his child tried it yesterday they both reacted to it. His 5year old boy threw up about 5mins after eating a teaspoonful and his Dad had a reaction which was like heart burn with numbness in fingers and legs, about half a teaspoon. We called an ambulance as I wasn't taking any chances, h
  6. Update: Found the queen on the first frame #winning! Then tried and failed to locate the queen cup. Started to second guess which of my hives I had even seen it in. Decided I was out of my depth and should just add another box as all frames were drawn out and had either eggs, larve or honey. Found a nice frame of mainly uncapped nectar and moved that to top box. Returned queen frame (visually found and admired her hehe) back to bottom box and added a frame of undrawn foundation to outside of box. I guess I'll get to do a split in the future instead. Thanks again for everyone's
  7. Thanks for your input @cBank and @Dave Black. I think I'll go ahead and give it a try. At worst the bees may destroy the queen cell and I am back to one queen. Either way it will be good learning for me. Wish me luck... Finding the queen is getting easier but still takes some time. I'll update as time goes on. Thanks again, Michelle.
  8. Oh gosh! I had completely overlooked this! Thank you for pointing this out. What if I found the current mated queen and put her with half the frames in a top box above excluder?
  9. Hehe at looting - it had crossed my mind ? I wasn't going to block the top box off completely... Could I just use an excluder to separate the two queen's until the Queen cup Queen hatches... Then transfer to a nuc and move further away to stop workers returning to their old hive? This is not something I had considered doing until it was mentioned yesterday... The thought of creating another hive is an exciting prospect! However I have no idea how to go about it...it seems theres a number of ways. Would an excluder alone work? The bees would all still go through the one entra
  10. Hi everyone, I posted saying the other day how happy I was with how my small swarm had grown out to nearly filling a FD box (under general beekeeping). While I was having a look through the hive I saw a shallow queen cup with a grub inside. I was unsure if this would grow in to a queen as it wasn't long like a peanut... Do they add to it as it grows? The next day I attended a local bee club and mentioned this to one of the beekeepers. He said I could move the frame with the cup up to a second box and put an excluder between, to create another queen/hive. He mentioned putting
  11. Just been out checking the hive that I call my swarm hive. It came my way via a swarm lure I set up last year. Its so rewarding seeing the colony grow from barely covering half a frame to now nearly filling out one FD box. They are just drawing out the last frame, eggs in most of the cells, solid capped brood frame after frame.... Things are about to kick off and get busy! I also managed to spot Mrs Queen. Its my first year keeping bees and its been great to learn so much about these fascinating insects. Now to de-propolise my phone... What a sticky business... Didn't help that I had to
  12. I keep my bees next to a horse paddock and riding arena. No problems at all. I have had horses over 20yrs and never heard of bees going for horses sweat. I've also never had a horse that has been stung. They can react to mosquito bites and come up in a lump, bee stings might be similar however horses innately know how to deal with nature and seem to keep away. If your hives are fenced and the horse's can move away from them I wouldn't be worried.
  13. Good point. It would of been to the darker side. She eventually stayed on the same side if I tilted the frame to get to walk 'down'....got her more or less in the middle of tge frame doing that. If you try it let me know if your queen does it too...navigates downward.
  14. I agree with you both...both have advantages. Just saying ?
  15. Update on my swarm lure hive. This is a small swarm that came my way mid Oct. It has really grown. I moved it from a FD box to a nuc and then back into a full depth box mid Nov. It's got plenty of capped brood and has filled out over 6 frames now. I posted about it here with photos and updated photos from today are below. When I first had this hive I could spot the queen quite easily. However it got harder when more bees hatched out. I was happy enough to accept that I didn't need to see the queen, there was plenty of eggs and larve so that was good enough. Since t
  16. Actually I just looked up the price of heat guns....jolly cheap. I think this will save me a lot of gas ??
  17. Would a creme brulee torch work? Might run out of gas too quickly though?
  18. Hi everyone, This thread has been a good read. Lots of info. I'm hoping to get some honey off my two nucs I got back in November. One is 3 FD boxes high and the other is currently at 2 FD boxes...it may well need the 3rd box on as I haven't been able to open them up for 2 weeks. I've been doing some reading on extraction, I'm not interested in selling but would like to extract and give a jar of honey to everyone for wedding favours. The rules say you can't give it away? Do I need to have it extracted by someone who is licenced? It's pretty confusing! I won't most likely t
  19. Sorry it was @Rob Stockley who recommended me the mask. Been watching too many YouTube clips of @Trevor Gillbanks ? I'd love a clip on using the vaporizer with the new hive doctor smart bases ? the trevs bees clips are fantastic! I guess I just lever the boxes above and ease the vaporizer in?
  20. Thanks for all your replies. I ended up getting the one in the box like Trevs.I was going to try it out last weekend but he wind was blowing a gale.so I decided to wait. I was a bit worried they were running out of room, so did a hive inspection instead. Now that I'm happy they have room I'll give them a treatment. ☺
  21. Hmmm, I sort of have to resist panicking with my thin blue gloves on. I know I can get stung through them...but I manage to convince myself they are sting proof. There's been a couple of times that the air in the glove feels like the Buzz of a bee, freaks me out. Then on Sunday a bumble bee decided my nice blue gloves were super attractive while I was holding the jolly frame. I was waving and carrying on (as slow as I could mind you) to get it off my hand. Had to put the frame down in the end. Ah give it a few months and I might try no gloves. I'm still pretty clumsy with the hive tool etc, it
  22. I'm not so brave just yet, it's tempting in this heat though! Weighing the risk of stings vs comfort. Nah I'll stick with a cold beer after my hard graft of two hives ?
  23. Yes I'm terrified my smoker might cause a fire, I put it on stones in a container. It's meant to rain on Wednesday, lets hope it does all day!
  24. On Sunday I opened up the two nucs I bought in early Nov. The first hive (on the right) is going well, still has some undrawn frames on the outsides of both boxes. It's my first season keeping bees. And on this day I learnt a great lesson. In a NW wind...honey frames with partially drawn comb are rather light...even with bees on. I had a couple frames stacked on the far side of the hive as I worked. Along came a gust of wind, over went my frames....the girls were not at all happy with me! So after my keep calm talk to myself, the cloud of angry bees made their way back to the hive. Again
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