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  1. Thread: Quick Question

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    Re: Quick Question

    I use smoke, even on warm days when the bees are busy. Lift the lid and put a gentle puff in before opening. Put a was of grass in the top of the smoker to make the smoke less harsh. Move slowly...
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    Re: Splitting hive with supercedure cells...

    Sometimes one can be fooled into thinking a cell is a supercedure cell. If it's empty it isn't a supercedure cell unless a queen has already emerged from it. Workers create a supercedure cell...
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    Too early to start a queen?

    We're in eastern Iowa. We have two strong hives, bringing in large amounts of pollen and building brood. A third hive has a lot of bees but no apparent queen. Is it too early to put some frames...
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    Re: Spring feeding question

    Since you have blooming plants in the area it would be fine to do syrup but go 1 to 1 or 1 to 2. You want a lighter syrup in spring. Congrats on getting all thru winter.
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    Re: Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    I use only paper to start the fire and for fuel I use pine tree chips I make from my chipper/shredder. For me, lighting the smoker gives me the most exposure, as I usually set the smoker down behind...
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    How many splits from one strong hive?

    I lost two of my three hives over winter. The remaining hive is strong, queen is busy laying. I would like to get back to three hives, but would also like to get honey from this hive since last...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    I'm afraid to look at mine. I had 3 going into winter, lost one already in January. Not sure either, since I took 9 frames of honey out of it. I gave the others patties two weeks ago but temps...
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    Re: Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    green2btree, thanks so much for the offer. I was able to find a member of our local bee association who had a nuc. I bought it and installed this afternoon, so hopefully all will be well. Good...
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    Re: Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    Great suggestion. I'll check into that.
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    Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    This was my strongest hive until recently, when it seemed there were fewer bees flying in front compared to the others, which came from splits. After taking the honey supers off, in which we got...
  11. Thread: No brood?

    by iahawk
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    Re: No brood?

    I have a similar problem. My strongest hive now seems queenless. There were only several dozen capped drone cells but no capped worker cells, eggs or larva. The hive has 3 mediums all full of...
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    Re: Is this the queen?

    jw, I actually didn't see her on the frame at the time. It was only when looking at the image later that I saw what appeared to be a queen with her rear end in the cell. Difficult to tell from the...
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    Is this the queen?

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    I put a Minn. hygenic queen into this hive in May. Three days after putting her container in the hive, I checked and she had been released. Two weeks later, I checked carefully each frame in...
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    Re: Can anyone tell me what's happening?

    I would contact someone from your local area beekeeping club. Here is a place to start.
    http://www.bees-on-the-net.com/home-page/connecticut-swarm-removal/
    Some will charge, others just content...
  15. Thread: House Wrens!

    by iahawk
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    Re: House Wrens!

    Well, they do talk about the birds and the bees....
    Great photo!
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    True, Acebird, but the only things coming in contact with both the honey and the paper are the de-capping blades. We should have a sterile pan to set them on when not using. We do set the wax...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    We harvest in what we call our barn, a 20 X 24 2 story building in which I keep my tools, garden tractor, bee equipment (2nd floor). We usually do a couple medium supers at a time, using a very old...
  18. Thread: Did I mess up?

    by iahawk
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    Re: Did I mess up?

    Famous last words dept.: "I'm just going to be quick, I can do this without smoke..."
    'nuff said

    Yep, probably best to put the new box on top. The queen will work both ways, though. In a...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    I wear a veil and long sleeve white t-shirts. I also wear a pair of white, light weight cotton pants. In the middle of summer, during a flow, I'll often not use gloves--really depends on their...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I don't know--had two hives in the same location, large number of bees in each--one was dead by the end of January, with a fair amount of honey left on the sides, while the other survived fine (so...
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    Re: Why and How Did You Start Beekeeping?

    We started in 2008, at a suggestion of my wife, after we had each retired. "Bees?", I said. "You do know they sting, don't you?" "I thought they bite," she replied. Obviously, we had a lot to...
  22. Thread: Bee Blogs

    by iahawk
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    Re: Bee Blogs

    We have had our Blog going for about 6 years: Bessie's Bees

    I also maintain the Blog for our local beekeeping club. This one uses various pages. East Central Iowa Beekeepers

    Good luck with...
  23. Thread: Apiary Names

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    Re: Apiary Names

    We have a hobby apiary (3 to 4 hives) and a small vineyard about 35 vines. We call it the Grumpy Bee Apiary and Vineyard.
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  24. Thread: Smoker rules

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    Re: Smoker rules

    The smoker always dies down just when you need it the most.
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    Re: My First Harvest

    Congrats. That first harvest really produces a good feeling. Enjoy it!
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