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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    6-29-09. 5 pound swarm. Willmar, MN. 56201
  2. Caught a swarm, Should they be locked in?

    I have read about some people that like to lock the bees in after hiving a swarm? If so, how long do you leave them closed in? It is a really nice swarm (all of 5 pounds). The bees are currently...
  3. Thread: Swarm season

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    Take a look at the swarm dates post on the "bee...

    Take a look at the swarm dates post on the "bee forum" section of the site. It gives you a good idea of where swarms are happening across the country. My theory: What can it hurt to have the trap...
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    I have used cedar bottom boards and hive stands...

    I have used cedar bottom boards and hive stands without a problem. Don't see why the bees would mind the super being made of cedar...
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    Lots of variables, but I would say you are...

    Lots of variables, but I would say you are looking a close to a month before you will be looking at expanding.
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    I had a similar situation last year where one...

    I had a similar situation last year where one hive seemed to be filling supers at a faster rate than the other. When it came time to extract the honey, I noticed that the slower hive seemed to have...
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    Don't think I have ever done an inspection...

    Don't think I have ever done an inspection without squishing a bee or two. I agree it is a little scary, and I still don't care for it, but haven't gotten a queen yet... As for your questions:

    I...
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    I use hive-top feeders without an inner cover. ...

    I use hive-top feeders without an inner cover. Place the feeder directly on top of the uppermost box. Outer cover on top of that. Once the feeder comes off I go back to the inner / outer cover...
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    I guess I never have had a problem with the bees...

    I guess I never have had a problem with the bees seeking out my black lab. He has learned to keep his distance, but as long as he isn't marking his territory on the hive, there seems to be mutual...
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    I have gotten away with my first super being a...

    I have gotten away with my first super being a deep in the past. It was also only foundation at the time. Maybe I just got lucky, but the girls built it out along with 2 mediums and managed to fill...
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    There have been a fair number of posts on here...

    There have been a fair number of posts on here recently about doing a trap-out. Never tried one myself, but it sure seems to be the method of choice when you don't want to do some forced remodeling.
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    I have the one oldbee described above, from mann...

    I have the one oldbee described above, from mann lake. I like it. Order early, i have had trouble getting them a little later in the year.
  13. Last years honey with a new package of bees?

    I have several frames of honey left from a hive that starved over the winter. How many frames of honey can I put in with frames of empty drawn comb when installing a new 3lb package? I don't want to...
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    I have used a few types of hive top feeders. A...

    I have used a few types of hive top feeders. A foam one from better bee and one simmilar to your description from mann lake. I have never used an inner cover when feeding. Haven't had too much...
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    Spinning too fast is really hard on the comb. I...

    Spinning too fast is really hard on the comb. I have wrecked more than one frame of perfectly good comb by spinning like crazy. I guess I don't have a better way to tell when the honey is out of the...
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    I have had good luck with the hive top feeders...

    I have had good luck with the hive top feeders both in the spring and fall. Really like the hive top feeder from Mann Lake, however I did add a few screws to tighten up the screen inside. I suppose...
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    0 for 2. 56201
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    It is good to hear from other minnesota...

    It is good to hear from other minnesota beekeepers. I work with my dad on hives by Willmar, but live in St Cloud. Does anyone that reads this fourm attend the monthly meetings for the Tri-County...
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    Any particular chemicals to avoid (or...

    Any particular chemicals to avoid (or recommendations for chemicals that work well for that matter) related to spraying fruit trees in close proximity to bees? I have some apples near my hives and...
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    I have read that alot more people think they are...

    I have read that alot more people think they are alergic to bees than actually are. From what I can tell, eveyone gets a little red bump at a sting site, even those that are not allergic. As for the...
  21. Thread: Bait hive

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    The lemongrass oil that has been mentioned in...

    The lemongrass oil that has been mentioned in previous posts, is that something I should be feeding new packaged bees as an additive to syrup? How about a colony getting ready for it's second season?...
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    Okay then, lets start that conversation... Those...

    Okay then, lets start that conversation... Those commercials on TV have peaked my interest in feeding HFCS instead of sugar syrup. They claim it is "nutrionally the same" as sugar, but does it work...
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    Mann Lake

    I have the smaller version of the Mann Lake extractor you are looking at. Seems to work well, and have no condition issues through 2 years of extracting.
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    I recently called Mann Lake and asked if I could...

    I recently called Mann Lake and asked if I could pick up an order on short notice. I called at 10:00am and stopped by three hours later. Not only was everyone friendly and happy to help, my order...
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    Winter bee storage indoors?

    I am in my second season with bees (lost them all in winter one), live in central Minnesota, and only have a couple of hives. I am considering moving them into my storage shed for the winter. I...
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