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    Re: Mite Free?

    I saw on Youtube of a beekeeper in Alaska who is mite free. He is secluded, has mountains surrounding him, and he lives in the valley. The mountain range keeps his bees within his ecosystem. His...
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    Re: Frigid forecast for 1/5/14

    We are expecting wind chill factors of -40 degrees. We have never experienced anything like this! My hope is that all the hives get covered by snow for insulation. This will be exciting and nerve...
  3. Thread: Ragweed

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    Re: Ragweed

    Yes, If it is close and available. I see them on it quite a bit. I imagine the pollen would those who suffer from allergies.
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    Re: Central Indiana GoldenrodBlooming

    I harvested honey last Saturday. We left the extractor out after we were done to let the bees finish off what was left. In about 20 minutes there were thousands of bees getting free honey. It was a...
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    Re: Central Indiana GoldenrodBlooming

    Pollen is probably from Ragweed. We have tons here right now...as verified by all those folks with hay fever. Need rain here also...19 days without rain. Need the rain to juice up the goldenrod.
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    Re: Greetings from the Indiana Dunes!

    Good to have another Hoosier!
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    Re: Central Indiana GoldenrodBlooming

    Luckily I have a lot of swamp milkweed and some hemp dogbane that keeps them busy before goldenrod. Swamp milkweed is a great nectar source.
  8. Thread: Bearding

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    Re: Bearding

    You might want to remove the entrance reducer. That would allow more bees to come and go, and also improve your ventilation. You have plenty bees to have a robbing problem...Rick
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    Re: Softball Cluster

    Great advice! I will place another nuc body on and place a feeder in it. That will keep the syrup fairly warm and get the syrup to the cluster. Thanks for the advice.......Rick
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    Re: Softball Cluster

    They had honey going into winter with a 16lb sugar board on top. I'm thinking I should have inspected both boxes in August,and moved them to a deep HB if they were packed. They might have had a...
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    Re: Softball Cluster

    That's what I would do except here in Indiana the queen is probably just starting to lay. It is still too cold to pull frames for a look. The cluster has honey right beside them. I think the majority...
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    Re: Softball Cluster

    Mad,

    I made the split into the NUC in early summer. They were bursting in numbers going into Early winter. They had a sugar board directly overhead, but didn't touch it. I fed a pollen patty...
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    Re: Softball Cluster

    Sorry, It was a NUC. It was a double 5 frame that I made in June. It was strong going into winter.
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    Re: Softball Cluster

    They're 2nd generation mutts from a swarm. Her momma is a real strong hive, and a great layer. Thought I would expand this strain in my apiary. This NUC was exploding in early December. Temps her are...
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    Softball Cluster

    I have a very small cluster in one of my NUCs. Lots of dead bees in the bottom. This hive was very strong going into fall, and I fear that there isn't enough to protect the brood when the queen...
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    Re: Storms in Kentucky

    Cleo,

    Do you use an inner cover with your feeders?

    Rick
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    Re: Who got what for Christmas?

    You'll love it. I got one from Kelley's last year. No more broken frames, and it will pry up anything with propolis on it. You will never part with it!

    Rick
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    Re: Checking in from Indiana

    Welcome from eastern Indiana. Making sugar boards today!

    Rick
  19. Re: To Feed or not to Feed, That is the Question

    A's,

    I fed them throughout Sep. and Oct. I am probably over managing.

    Rick
  20. Re: To Feed or not to Feed, That is the Question

    Ian,

    I was adding honey to my syrup mix. I will probably wean them off of this and start candy boards. I have a feeling I am over managing my hives. This is my second year, and I have probably...
  21. Re: To Feed or not to Feed, That is the Question

    Never thought about the the"dripping" problem. I will take yours and ralittle's advice, and go to dry sugar. I am doing candy boards at a later time anyway, so that should work.

    Thanks for your...
  22. To Feed or not to Feed, That is the Question

    We are having a full week of warm weather here in Indiana this week(high 50's). My bees are very active, and I have been feeding some of my weaker hives and NUCs. The hives are taking in quite a bit,...
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    Re: Indiana new beekeeper

    Welcome MM. We have an East Central Indiana Bee Association that meets the 2nd Tuesday every month. We also have a all day Bee School in February with over 600 attendees. This might be something that...
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    Re: Got stung

    Worked 11 hives today with no gloves and no stings...until a yellow jacket landed on my little finger which had honey on it and nailed me. This sting was 10 times more painful than any bee sting.
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    Re: Late Swarm

    Probably better than my chance on the 2 swarms I got last week. Sure wish I knew why they are trying to commit bee suicide.
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