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    Lost 2 of my 4 hives already

    I lost one new package install from this Spring and one 2nd year hive. That one was a good honey maker this past summer. They looked great going into the Fall. My other 2 hives are looking pretty...
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    Ten.. your first year there probably will not be any surplus honey to take from the bees. They put so much energy into building comb and getting there new home setup that there usually is not any...
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    Re: I hope I didn't OD my bees on OA

    I weighed out 2.5 grams and it was about a half teaspoon. 2-3 grams per double deep is what I heard from somewhere as the recommended dosing.
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    I hope I didn't OD my bees on OA

    My plan this year for each double deep hive was 3 OA vaporization treatments 5 days apart using 1/2 tsp of OA each time. I did these in August. Than just 1 treatment this month. I used 1/2 tsp of the...
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    Re: Bald Faced Hornets Nest

    I agree! I want to see this!
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    Re: Farming practices on my bees

    Dobee.. do consider the advantages of starting with 2 to 3 hives also as opposed to one hive. Your original post included the word "hive(s)" so that's good. Definitely hiveS. You will learn much more...
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    Re: Diagnosing a Queenless Colony

    Thanks MP!!
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    Re: Hives made out of cherry?

    What Mr Beeman and Michael Bush said.

    Since it's free to you, cost is not an issue but weight would be. The dang boxes are heavy enough when full of honey.

    But there is a thing of value too....
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    Re: Homemade Extractor

    I made this one this past spring and for under $60. It worked great.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?302375-My-homemade-extractor-4-frame-radial-for-about-60&p=1151680#post1151680
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    Re: Time for mouse guards?

    Thanks Ross. For some reason I thought you posted a pic in the first post but it was just your fb page. That's a nice easy effective mouse guard. And I already have that same hw cloth.
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    Re: Winter Hive Weight in Indiana

    I am in lower Michigan and looking for 90 lbs of honey at a minimum. I don't have a scale so I look at honey frames and estimate from there. A full medium frame for me has been weighing 4 lbs each (9...
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    Re: New with many questions

    Welcome CentralWis. I am in Michigan just across the lake from you. I am at the end of my second season and have learned much of the little I know from this forum. You will get lots of great advise...
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    Re: Time for mouse guards?

    Mouse Guard! haha
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    Re: Time for mouse guards?

    Gotta love the local advise! However, when I clicked the link it took me to your fb page but I didn't see any pics of mouse guards.
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    Re: Time for mouse guards?

    Greg, I used 1/2" hardware cloth last year and did not have any mice but I have heard that a mouse can get through that if they really want to. I'd like to find some 3/8".
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    Time for mouse guards?

    I just noticed the next several nights are getting into the low 40's. Probably time for mouse guards, yes?

    What criteria do you use to determine when to install them?
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    Re: OAX Treatment Times

    I did the 3 treatments every 5 days as well. I've read a lot of research indicating that it an optimum interval.

    I'm in lower Michigan and did mine mid-September however I have one out yard that...
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    Re: What is OAV?

    Aargh...hate when that happens.
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    Re: What is OAV?

    The term "phonetic mites" refers to mites that cling to the bees as opposed to the mites that breed inside the cell with the developing bee.

    Varroa mites are the greatest single threat we have to...
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    Re: Pre winter inspection techniques

    Thanks everyone for the advice. I've already treated for mites. A powder sugar dusting in late August then OA vaporization X3, 5 days apart in mid September. Winter gear is almost ready. All 4 hives...
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    Pre winter inspection techniques

    I am in West Michigan and have a few questions...

    1) With a 2 deep hive do you set the top box off to the side and inspect the bottom first?

    2) If the brood nest is primarily in the top deep...
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    Re: I hope I didn't start something bad

    I did check out the hives. 2 of the hives entrances looked normal. The 3rd hive which has historicaly been the weakest hive but caught up pretty good this summer was very busy. There were orientation...
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    I hope I didn't start something bad

    This morning I set a pile of wet cappings on a cookie sheet outside about 30 yards from 3 of my hives. I hope that’s not too close. When I checked around Noon it was covered with bees and they were...
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    Raising hive for winter

    I have a first year hive at a new yard that's out in a field sitting on 8" concrete blocks. Last winter we had 2' to 3' of snow on the flat most of the winter. I need to get that hive up higher. And...
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    [QUOTE=BlackForestBees;1166394]Here is our bear fence. Has a "35 mile" charger. Measures out about 9000 to 9500 volts.
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    What is a 35 mile charger?
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