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    hive height above ground

    Has anyone noticed if the height above the ground has any impact on mites or hive beetle populations. The harsh Wisconsin winter claimed all 5 of my hives this year so I am starting over AGAIN! so...
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    Re: Missing honey

    I feel your pain Lonestar. I went to check my bees this morning to find 3 out of 4 hives dead, opened them up and they had starved out! When I pulled my honey supers at end of August as I have for...
  3. Re: What kind of bee is this and should I worry about it.

    Foaming wasp/hornet spray, and get them after dark when everyone is at home!
  4. Re: What's the general consensus on insulating for winter?

    Black roofing paper? AKA Tar paper breathes?
  5. Re: What's the general consensus on insulating for winter?

    I would have to agree 100%, condensation=dead bees!
  6. Re: What's the general consensus on insulating for winter?

    Jim
    The tar paper is a good idea, I personally don't do anything extra to my hives. I keep open screens on bottom and a vent top at the top. Do what ever you feel will give your bee's an edge on...
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    Re: Getting ready for winter

    the biggest thing to remember is ventilation! Make sure that what ever you do to prep your bees for winter make sure that moisture is able to get out of the hive. I live in Wisconsin and I keep...
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    Re: Injured bee?

    roflmao!
  9. Re: Feeding bees--wasps showed up--what do I do about that?

    So is it just me? or does the idea of trapping your bees in a tent for a few days, cutting them off from their natural foraging and forcing them to take what your feeding them, Does that sound bit...
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    Re: Emptly Honey Super?

    the bee's won't draw out the new foundation until they feel they need the space. When the brood boxes are full to their liking they will work on your honey super. I would leave the excluder in...
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    Re: Sreened vs. Solid Bottom boards

    I started with all solid bottom, and now have all SBB. I use an entrance reducer in winter but leave the bottom open along with a ventilated super above my inner cover. I have had much better...
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    Re: Veil or full suit?

    I always wear a suit and veil, and the as soon as you get stung in the face, or right under your eye like I did, you also will wear at least a jacket and veil. When she got me under the eye, I...
  13. Re: honey frames with mouse poop on top... what to do?

    put 1/4 hardware cloth over any opening into your hives, bee's can move in and out without any problem, mice cannot get in! I keep it on my hives year round
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    Re: New bees old hive what to do?

    all my hives have screen bottom boards, I do not block them in winter. This season I have lost only 1 hive out of 10! THis is certainly not been the norm lately. Last spring I had 7 colonies die...
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    Re: Small hive beetle

    did you treat for mites before winter? I have seen SHB in my hives but I would think mites were more likely the culprit in wiping out your hives. Last year I did not do mite treatment and I lost 3...
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    Re: startup cost???

    Olivia. The cost to buy wooden is a little more than building your own. By the time you factor time, fuel, and effort I think it is cheaper to buy it all precut and just assemble. There are a few...
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    Re: looking for advice on bee suit

    I have both full body and just the jacket, both have integrated veil. I like the full body cause no one is getting in, while wearing just my jacket I bent down to set a box on the ground, my jacket...
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    Re: Mowing hazzards

    I have thought of that option, but there are so many toxic chemicals they deal with in their day to day activities that I hate to put more right outside their front door.
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    Re: Frustrated Beekeeping Mentor

    Keeping bees for pets? They are not exactly cudly...
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    Re: Mowing hazzards

    I can cut behind and next to my hives with no problem, but I make sure I am going in a direction where the grass discahrge is away from the hive and also that the engine exhaust is away from the...
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    Re: Black paint

    my hives are painted fun colors, reds, blue, green, yellow, purple. And of course my 3 year old grand daughter when I asked her what color her hive should bee, yup you guessed it pink! White hives...
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    Re: Divorce and Bees

    I also am in the same boat, no divorce, but we sold our house and I have to move my bee's on Wednesday. My plan is basically the same, I will use ratchet straps to keep the hives together, I am...
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    Re: Hive space vs occupied space for winter

    you have to wonder how bee's survived for millions of years without humans showing them what is best. I believe in letting the bee's do what they do, I have faith that they can manage their own...
  24. Re: A chink in my armor. But it could have been worse.

    Delber.... My bees are also very calm, and I had the same mind set as you. Three years ago I was working the bees, everything was going great and one of the ladies decided I was no longer welcome...
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    Re: Cedar Boards, Rough or Smooth Side Out?

    That is cool and a fitting tribute!
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