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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    probably a good plan. but all my equipment is tied up in the two hives. Nothing to put a nuc in.

    guess Im finding it hard to believe both hives went queenless at the same exact time
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    Possible I suppose. And that might explain the one hive that had some open queen cells but not
    the other hive that had NO queen cells.

    That was my first thought as I was going through the first...
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    Questions on two first year hives

    2nd year beek but 1st year with hives of my own. First year was taking classes, reading every book I could
    lay my hands on and interning with a local beekeeper. (now deceased)

    Installed two...
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    Re: How much paint per hive?

    It also depends on the paint. I just painted 12 mediums plus 2 bottom boards and 2 feeding rims with Glidden exterior 2N1 paint and primer in 1 and used approximately 1/2 gallon. 2 coats on...
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    Re: A first time top bar bee keeper from IA

    Welcome aboard. Im quite a bit east of you in Cedar Rapids.
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    Re: ID yellow wildflower

    OK..wild mustard it is. Thanks to everyone.

    So...2nd question...do the bees like them?
    if so Im harvesting the seeds.
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    Re: ID yellow wildflower

    Wild mustard...imagine that...

    Hope this photo is a little clearer and shows the leaves.
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    ID yellow wildflower

    We have these coming up in bunches around here and I dont know what they are.
    I did a search on yellow wild flowers and nevr knw there were so many.
    After looking at so many pics they are all...
  9. Thread: Bee Bus

    by XTOL
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    Bee Bus

    Has anyone seen or used the new plastic package containers. They are called Bee Bus
    and our Nature Center received 80 packages on May 7th housed in these.

    They are white plastic with a plastic...
  10. Thread: Hello from Iowa

    by XTOL
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    Re: Hello from Iowa

    Welcome aboard. Im also a new beekeeper in Iowa. Cedar Rapids.
    Ran afoul of the cities ordinance against beekeeping. So hives are
    on hold until next year.
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    Re: Fleet Farm Beekeeping Supplies

    Just to add that Theisens, which is very much like Fleet Farm and has 20 stores spread across Iowa,
    is now carrying the same line of beekeeping supplies. The store in Cedar Rapids Iowa has the stuff...
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    Re: Wannabee from Eastern Iowa

    The class has been great so far. However they are expecting 80% loss in the apiary over this winter.
    And the packaged bees for the class wont arrive until May this year.

    One of the class...
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    Wannabee from Eastern Iowa

    Guess its time to introduce myself. Up to this point ive been lurking here and
    reading all I can. I have enrolled in the beekeeping course offered by
    the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids...
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