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    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    I put sugar bricks on my hives last fall when I wrapped them for winter. It caused them to not go down in the hive like they are supposed to. Hives died out and I had tons of frames of capped honey...
  2. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    Skunks decimated my 2 hives last year due to fence failure. You need to get rid of them. Trapping is the best option and a bullet to the head. We got one this spring and threw it trap and all into a...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Powdered sugar does contain corn starch. Powdered sugar can be easily made in a blender.
  4. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I had the same thing with 2 aggressive hives. It was a little scary pulling up deep frames for the first time. I just got used to it and told myself in 21 days it would start to get better!
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    Re: Old Sol Apiaries?

    Our club ordered from Winters this year. Many delays on the queen delivery and when they arrived, we weren't notified ahead of time to let our post office know.
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    Re: Sugar water in honey super mistake

    Well said Michael Bush!
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    Re: Funny looking Queen

    I bought 2 nucs brought up from Florida that were very aggressive. Not fun at all to work and really downright scary. I don't blame this beek for being cautious. I ended up requeening and losing...
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    queen laying

    How long on average does it take for a queen to start laying after shipping and a 3-4 day release from a cage. This would be a mated queen obviously.
  9. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I think we may be seeing the results of poorly mated queens either due to genetics, poor mating weather or both. In the case of 2 of my hives, the apiary in question has had past problems with poor...
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    Re: Dead queen, super bummed

    Did you get her from Zs Bees?
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    Re: Dead queen, super bummed

    I lost 2 pol line VSH CA queens the same way. Missed queen cell. I kept one virgin. She successfully mated.
  12. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    Lots of queen losses here too. Simply disappearing or supersedure. Making it really hard for colonies to build up.
  13. Re: Introduce new queen to queenless nuc or make new nuc

    Italians do make looser clusters but if you have access to your hives, you can put a sugar brick or candy in the hive Jan or Feb to get them through the winter.
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    Re: Tired of the nasty tempered hive.

    I had 2 hives started this year from purchased nucs. They came from Florida. I had several really scary experiences with these hives and decided to requeen. A week after release saw the queen on the...
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    Re: A Question about Splits

    I would not overwinter a nuc in the cardboard box...they do chew them up.
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    Re: A Question about Splits

    Tim I had the same thought as you. I had never done splits before and did one a few weeks ago. What I did was take a deep and put the frames needed in the nuc and put an empty division board feeder...
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    Re: Hive Top feeder recomendation.

    I have 2 Mann Lake top feeders and have never had luck with them. The bees simply won't use them. I switched to division board feeders last year and then I got two very hot nucs this spring. I...
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    Re: aggressive nuc

    I have 2 nucs that are defensive also. I hate to do it, but I made the decision yesterday to requeen them. I have no fun working with them. The queens are laying great and my other 2 hives aren't...
  19. Re: What to use if you forgot or can't find your hive tool?

    hive tools are like that other sock that gets lost in the dryer. Where do they go? I am constantly losing and finding them. I think its a conspiracy by Mann Lake to keep us ordering new ones! LOL
  20. Thread: Skunks

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    Re: Skunks

    been battling skunks since last fall. Set the trap again last week and the thing keeps getting the bait without setting off the trap. 2 nights ago set it with sardines and again empty trap. Am going...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I put sugar blocks in when I buttoned up the hive in the late fall. I think it was a factor in my bees not going down into the lower frames. One hive ate all the sugar in December and January and...
  22. Re: Queen Excluders - will they draw comb above excluder?

    In my experience, bees will not draw out comb over a queen excluder.
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    Re: sudden cold spell

    12 above here this morning.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I agree Rusty. Someone got what I would consider pretty disrespectful on her FB page. If they disagree with her methods, why not just stay off her page? Don't ruin it for the rest of us. That goes...
  25. Re: 2013 - 14 Winter losses -Scientific American

    So true!
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