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    Re: REPLACE THE QUEEN??

    And you know what M. Palmer would do??? :) He would use it to bolster production hives...If you requeen the weak hive you might get some honey but if you add its contents to a strong or average...
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    New Queen Expectations?

    I have some new purchased queens, and will be raising some myself in a month, and have some general expectations of mated queens and production queens but I'm not sure what to expect from a mated...
  3. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    Now that's the kind of crazy talk I like Roland!! It's like stealing from the bees.. :) I get that same feeling when I move a strong hive out of my home yard and put a weak hive in its place,,,,,then...
  4. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    I agree you could keep your #s at 20 but they wouldn't be production hives, they would be weaker for overwintering for next years starts...Sorry, I just reread my post and it seems snippy :(...
  5. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    So your saying you've never rolled a queen, given away frames of brood, sold a nuc, had a queen that was peterring out, had skunks eating your bees, neighbor kids shooting holes in your boxes, cows...
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    My bees are tearing up the d-lions here, they are in their second wave and there is a carpet of yellow ten feet from the hives front porch....We have heavy dew here into late morning so I think its a...
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    Re: Is this normal or should I worry?

    I think the brood have to be kept at a temp of 90F something, even at nite and if there it is a light hive or a very prolific hive they wont be able to cover them at night and they chill, even at...
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    Re: Is this normal or should I worry?

    How cold are you at nite Vance??? We are still in the 30s and 40s here at nite, some nites in the 50 and they are talking a chance of snow mix on monday...BLAH BLAH BLAH....It sure slows spring build...
  9. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    I currrently have 25 to 30 hives/nucs to support (inclusive) 16 production hives...Build up here is pretty slow, as nitetime temps are still somewhat cold but I find myself in need of about 6 queens...
  10. Thread: New MN Beeks...

    by McBee7
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    Re: New MN Beeks...

    Welcome to beesource Aegis, great pics and make your self at home, now that its spring life is goood , but as you know the Mn. winters can put a crimp in yoour style :) enjoy BS, and spring when you...
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    Re: Queens for sale ($18,$16ea)

    How is your queen supply Powerbee? are there more available??

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Newbee here in Minnesota.

    Welcome to source low hog :)
    I'm sure you'll do fine this year.... and yes I know all about those overnight temps....it slows down the buildup but be patient and in July you'll start to make honey...
  13. Re: Urban beekeepers, would you be willing to share your experience?

    I have some hives both in town and in the country and am looking for differances between the 2 and at this point this year I'm seeing none. The country here is about 85% woods and 15% medows and farm...
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    Re: How do YOU harvest brood for mating nucs?

    Question ? Is this to generate splits for sale/ increase (many nucs needed at once) OR is this to generate a nuc to mate queens, that will be used all summer in serial fashion? If you need a quick...
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    Re: Is This Unusual? Wall to Wall Brood?

    Congrats on the great hive,,,,I think I read once that a frame of emerging brood will occupy 3 frames, and if you have 10 frames of emerging brood you need 30 frames available.....:+O "Thats alot of...
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    Re: No Luck With Splits

    You can make a split in the same yard, BUT the field bees will return to the old location, and the nurse bees will stay with a frame of brood wherever you put them...the nurse bees are very young...
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    Re: 21 day inspection

    That sounds great! And you have all your ducks in a row and by the 4th of july you'll have honey to worry about..lol...worrying about "what to do with the honey" is the whole point... :) Good luck...
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    Re: No Luck With Splits

    Here's something I tried yesterday, and will see if it works in a week or two....Yesterday was a buitifull day with all the field bees at work,,,I needed to make a 2 story 5 over 5 frame nuc into a...
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    Re: 21 day inspection

    Looks GREAT...And in the next 0-21 days all those capped brood cells will hatch and you will have bees "Out The Wazzoo!!" Make sure they have enough room for them,,,,and the queen to lay in...You...
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    Re: smoke pissing off bees?

    I think I would light that bbq and forget about those bees!!! Anything that mean is a saftey hazard....I got stung about 40 times in 3 minutes on a crossed italian hive that was replacing its...
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    Re: 1 frame nuc start ?

    For a one frame, weak split, feeding is a given for as long as it takes, your increase will be next year so don't be discouraged if there isn't anything to show this year....And I know that Ga. and...
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    Re: Package - Queen cage has no attendantd

    I just received an order of queens that didn't have attendants IN the cage with her,,,,Make sure to check if there is a candy plug in the cage,,,,mine only had one cork and it was open behind it, so...
  23. Thread: Making syrup

    by McBee7
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    Re: Making syrup

    GTM--If you use Honey Bee Healthy (HBH) or MannLakes Pro-health, syrup additives, or even esential oils (EO) this will privent the syrup from fermenting or going sour or getting moldy...I have some...
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    Re: Expanding into 2nd deep - timing/method

    Eric--If you move a frame with just a small amount of brood along the bottom edge, in the center, is all it will take to get the bees to think "UP" into the next box and only a few nurse bees are...
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    Re: Shaken Swarm Howto

    Taranov swarm--A picture is worth a thousand words :)

    https://youtu.be/j7GweGb35tY

    ==McBee7==
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