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  1. Thread: Half a bee??

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    Re: Half a bee??

    I've seen several in my yard! Freaky the way they just carry on gathering nectar like there's nothing wrong.
  2. Re: new package hived using frames of honey from years ago

    Thank you both for the excellent advice. Now my friend and I have both learned something! Will advise him this morning bt sending him this link.
  3. new package hived using frames of honey from years ago

    My question is this....My friend has eight frames of honey saved from his beekeeping days six years ago. He doesn't have any drawn foundation anymore, so he hived two new packages using new...
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    Re: hived new package yesterday, today snow!

    Thanks for your quick reply, I feel better. Yes, I left the wooden box in, as it seems to be all the rage right now not to 'shake' the bees in, but let them drift out on their own. I must say it...
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    hived new package yesterday, today snow!

    Hi, Yesterday I installed two new packages of bees in my two hives. I installed by taking out the syrup can, the queen, and laying the box of bees on top of a deep with another empty deep on top of...
  6. Re: First Honey Harvest (first post) and first big blunder!

    Funny story! Sounds like you're having fun, just like I am, blunders included. I'd say the amount of honey you harvested was nothing short of phenomenal, considering everything was brand new. I...
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    Re: Bees capping honey in undrawn foundation

    Thanks everyone. The reason I think it's queenless is because of the lack of brood or eggs and the many queen cells. "Teardown" is a new term for me, so I'm learning something additional from your...
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    Re: Bees capping honey in undrawn foundation

    https://picasaweb.google.com/JaneScherer/HiveInspectionJuly10#

    Here are a few photos of my situation. As I got into the middle deep I found that I had more than a honey storage problem.....it...
  9. Thread: Lazy bees

    by Janer
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    Re: Lazy bees

    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/the-real-reason-those-supers-are-still-empty/

    I am a big fan of Rusty and her blog, and maybe you'll find her advice on this matter as sensible as I did.
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    Re: Bees capping honey in undrawn foundation

    I'll don my suit and get a photo or two this morning.
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    Bees capping honey in undrawn foundation

    In case you didn't read that correctly, what I mean is this....my bees are capping honey in foundation that hasn't been drawn out yet. I'm only in my second year of beekeeping so I don't have any...
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    Re: full combs under hive boxes

    Do you see eggs inside the hive? I ask this because last year my queen came back from her mating flight and took up residence under my SBB. Hundreds of bees huddled around her and started building...
  13. Thread: Feeders

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    Re: Feeders

    This is the feeder that I LOVE---http://www.beeworks.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14

    I don't know how big your bee yard is, if you're looking to feed once a week this...
  14. Dividing my over wintered hive into new package?

    I'm a second year beekeeper from central Minnesota and miracle of miracles, my hive overwintered successfully. Assuming it would not, I ordered a new package of bees and hived them on April 14th and...
  15. Thread: bees under sbb

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    Re: bees under sbb

    I noticed this was happening with my hive with a SBB also. Upon close inspection ( took the brood boxes off, turned the SBB over to see why they were clustering) and found the new queen had gone on...
  16. Re: Another new beek needs your opinions on brood pattern!

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I think, after visiting the bee area at the State Fair, that my hive is doing pretty well. Didn't look all that different from the observation hives they...
  17. Another new beek needs your opinions on brood pattern!

    Hi Everyone,

    https://picasaweb.google.com/JaneScherer/BeeInspectionAug31?authuser=0&feat=directlink

    Here is the link to Picasa, where I've just posted photos of my hive inspection yesterday. I...
  18. Re: Need a catchy name for my apiary when I start selling honey!!

    Calkins Thistledew Honey.
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    Queen under screened bottom board!

    I was wondering why my hive wasn't showing any sign of eggs or larva 3 1/2 weeks after the swarm. I knew the queen had hatched from her queen cell and assumed by this time she had been on her mating...
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    My hive was robbed today....

    Picture my thumb and forefinger about half an inch apart.....that's how close I am to crying.
    I decided that I would start to feed my bees that are left over from the swarm that occurred three...
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    Re: adding brood box after swarm?

    Thanks for the advice.......I'm feeling more positive about things now. I'm going in the hive on Monday to check for eggs with fingers crossed!
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    Re: adding brood box after swarm?

    I checked with my bee club yesterday, and it seems that most of them use two brood boxes to overwinter here in MN. They also said they doubted my hive would be able to store enough honey for the...
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    adding brood box after swarm?

    Two weeks ago my new package swarmed. I took my first peek into the hive today and see that the queen cells are open (all of them) so I assume the new queen is either just going on her mating flight...
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    Re: Bees swarmed...now what?

    Thanks everyone! I feel much better having heard your advice and will leave for my cabin tomorrow knowing that "the girls" will have everything under control. I'll let the bees be bees and continue...
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    Re: Bees swarmed...now what?

    Corrugated sides in the SBB? I have the hive on a SBB from CountryRube......I'll have to check and see if there were sides that I should have removed. Should the back of the SBB be left open also? ...
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