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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    I haven't made it completely through winter yet, but so far it looks like loss of 6 of 23 hives. Far better than last year when I lost 6 of 8. Looking to make many nucs from survivors.
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome from Jackson, Michigan!!
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    Re: Hello From Ravenna, Ohio

    Welcome from Jackson, Michigan!! I salute you for being a hard working farmer and beekeeper. Enjoy the lifetime effects from "bee fever".
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    Thanks for the great idea!!
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    Re: Ultimate In-Hive Feeders

    I used several this year with both 1:1 and 2:1 and the bees worked them relentlessly. I've noted very little problem while there was syrup in them, but after they are empty the bees can get up into...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen method

    I used Mel's method after attenting his presentation at the Spring Michigan Bee Keepers Conference 2014. I had an opportunity to rescue 17 packages from a local bee supply that had been overheated...
  7. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    You are welcome, I try to check this thread often. I am going to attempt to move this hive tonight around dusk. I'm hoping they have calmed down, but I will be seriously geared up if things don't go...
  8. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    The ladies who bought them got them as a hive. They aren't quite sure exactly where they came from. When I want through the hive, I found what appeared to be very old comb and a very worn and beaten...
  9. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    Thanks for all of your feedback. One thing I have learned thus far about beekeeping is that, as a society, we heavily trained by scientific methodology...i.e. follow the recipe and get the expected...
  10. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    I couldn't agree more Rob!! I'm glad your first year is going well and while the above example is more the "unusual" than the "usual", it does help remind us that we need to be diligent as...
  11. Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    So, I have the opportunity to experience one of the darker sides of beekeeping. Sadly, I have been working with a couple of new beekeepers who have been doing a very good job in their first year. A...
  12. Re: This year too successful...didn't expect that one!

    Thank you for your advice, so far everything I am reading seems to make perfect sense to try. I have realized that sometimes you can "do everything right" and still lose bees and I understand that, I...
  13. This year too successful...didn't expect that one!

    Hello everyone,
    I am going into my third year of beekeeping and have really learned a ton. Like many others, I suffered heavy losses over last winter and lost 6 of my 8 hives. When I inspected both...
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    Re: Swarm in Lansing Michigan

    Sure looks like it's going to be an interesting year indeed!
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    Swarm in Lansing Michigan

    Got first swarm in Lansing, MI on 5/12/14 and another on 5/14/14. One was from the entrance way to a restaurant and another moved into a cut out area I did. Please feel free to check them out on...
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    Re: You people are outa your minds!

    Welcome to the family Ink,
    The bee fever sets in quickly and you will find yourself thinking about bees more and more all the time.
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    Re: failing queen

    Combining with a solid nuc would likely be your quickest fix, I agree with pinching the old queen and doing away with the current queen cup. The bees are resilient and should take care of the details.
  18. Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    I am running both types of hives and am using this experience to learn both systems. Each system has its own unique challenges and I am learning tons. My experience would lead me to believe that if...
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    Re: Why and How Did You Start Beekeeping?

    I started three years ago after returning from working for two years out on the Alaskan tundra in a town called Bethel. After I returned I wondered "So, what's the next adventure?" I have always been...
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    Re: Swarms Present in Jackson, MI

    Got two more and am in the process of my first trap out from a HUGE old oak that a branch broke off from and exposed the entire hive of bees. Looks like they have been there forever. I covered the...
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    Re: Swarms Present in Jackson, MI

    :banana:Here is yet another swarm in Jackson, MI however they don't seem to have the whole swarm catcher idea figured out. I will to first thing in the morning and see if they are still there and...
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    Swarms Present in Jackson, MI

    It appears swarm season has began in Jackson, MI. I caught one and arrived on a call just after they left today. Another local beekeeper got a swarm last week and I have several swarm catchers...
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    Re: General swarm dates

    Thank you John,
    I'll reread this a couple more times, I just added a 2nd deep a few days ago and didn't see any queen cells yet, but lots of brood, eggs and pollen of just about every imaginable...
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    General swarm dates

    Looking for general swarm dates in southern lower Michigan. Have my swarm catchers built and need to know when to hang them out. Thanks for any info or tips.
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    Re: New Bee Guardian Jackson, Mi

    Thank you for the warm welcome's. I am eager to learn lots of information from this site!
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