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    Re: Lost Them!!!

    Also some one who says "I don't think it was mites", Is not in a position to determine if their hive was healthy prior to winter. I also agree that it is not always mites...more then not it is bee...
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    Re: Controlling Small Hive Beetles

    what I plan to use this year
    http://www.dadant.com/catalog/natural-pest-controls/m01545-beetle-bee-gone
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    Re: Bees are dead! Now what?

    How many books did you read before you took on this venture?
    What was your mite load?
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    Re: In WAY over my head!

    Don't let my signature come true on this one...
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    Re: Spring is on it's way!

    I try hard to look at it the way Michael Palmer does in his youtube vid where he says that "winter is the decider of good and bad genetics" or something to that effect...still If I did not think cold...
  6. Re: Its going to be a good year or its going to be a bad year!

    good year...bad year...
    well I would ask how many books have you read and how many bee meeting have you gone too?? I look sooo forward to the time that I can 100% with out a doubt blame the weather...
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    Re: Mountain Camp Question

    I agree the sugar as well as a quilt board help suck up the moisture. For this reason I don't use a slurry approach to adding sugar as anything that suck up moisture in a hive is a good thing.
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    Re: Hive box gaps

    I have started using my table saw and started cutting my boxes a little deeper and then, when the box is all together I run them through the table saw with the fence set at the proper width so all...
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    Re: losing bees in hives

    what was your treatment regiment for mites also do you know what your current mite count is. Also what are the symptoms of your dead outs?
  10. Ottawa couple reports 30,000 honey bees stolen over Christmas

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ottawa-couple-reports-30-000-honey-bees-stolen-over-christmas-1.2716261?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link
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    Re: Pole Barn

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    I have more pictures on my face book. That is my wife on the roof putting up the steel. The guy who has made this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFhzBUJw6w0
    Also makes a...
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    Re: Feeding your Bees

    don't forget space to cluster is a requirement.
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    Re: Wind Break

    Many people do use wind brakes. I have used hay bails in the past but you have to take protections against mice. The year I just moved my hives to a tree line to protect them but I have thought about...
  14. Re: Worried about moisture in hives...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=quilt+board&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8&safe=on&gws_rd=ssl#safe=active&q=quilt+boards+bee
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    Re: Cream of Tartar?

    I use vitamin C instead.
  16. always wondered if any one did semi commercial with top bar hives.

    http://www.tbhsbywam.com/eight-ton-of-tbhs/
    I don't use them but still very interesting.
  17. Re: Ethical feeding for non beekeeper question

    "especially in a city with little forage"

    This assessment is not a true as you may think.
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    Re: Drones?

    In Florida maybe.. here in Iowa this time of year not soo much. Unless you have a queenless hive.
  19. Re: Nebraska certification needed??

    any certified virgin foundationless comb, crush and strain house in Nebraska...don't think so..I guess I will have to pass.
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    Re: When to Re-Queen a Package

    This is what I do and it seems to work.
  21. Nebraska certification needed??

    I have a friend that has a small shop where he sales specialty meats in Nebraska. I asked him if he could sale some of my Iowa produced honey. He told me that he would love to but the honey has to...
  22. Re: Best way to feed dry sugar ove the winter

    I agree 100% with sqkcrk. I do the same thing but I use a quilt board on top as a shim and upper entrance. I never have to wet anything as the bees will see it as food if they need it during the...
  23. Re: Oh Crap.... My TF Hives are Crashing!!!!!

    I am guessing not a lot of talk about DCA or SHB or types of methods for queen raising..
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    Re: Feeding the bees now

    Or when you do your spring inspection, just move down any frames with stores out of he super and in to empty frames in the brood.. this only works though if you are using the same size frames in both...
  25. Re: How can I help a lost or weak bee?

    A bee hive is a super organism and not an individual bee so don't sweat a few of them not making it back. The normal attrition rate do to death and predators and such is quite high, which BTW is the...
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