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    Re: Does OAV hurt open brood?

    Is it okay to treat with OAV during a flow and prior to harvesting honey? I realize that honey has oxalic acid in it naturally but not at the levels it could accumulate when vaporizing.
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    Re: Understanding Spring hive set up

    My original thought and logic behind the original question is that at spring population levels they could not defend 2 deeps worth of space from SHB, etc. But that does not seem to be a concern. All...
  3. Re: Note to self: When doing a hive body reversal...

    I keep some of my bees at a friends farm. He has 3 teenage kids that love to watch when I am inspecting and they will stand right next to me and even offer to help when removing a cover or even...
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    Understanding Spring hive set up

    First question.. In the Spring after the colony has survived in a double deep configuration, the goal is to reduce the hive to a single deep, correct? Then add the 2nd deep back as the colony builds...
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    First queen less hive

    My 3rd year of keeping and my first queen less hive from a new package this year. No eggs no larvae no capped brood but a lot of bees. At least for now.

    I took a frame from another hive that had a...
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    First split questions

    I have a hive that has made it 2 winters and this spring it exploded with bees so yesterday I did a split that I'll describe but first a question... when I went to check it today I lifted off the lid...
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    Re: 2nd deep question

    Thanks DRL.
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    2nd deep question

    I have 2 single deep hives that have built up well and are ready for their 2nd deeps. Last winter I had two failed hives that each left a deep full of honey. I want to use these deeps as the 2nds on...
  9. Feed Honey or syrup to new package install?

    I am installing bees into a deep with drawn out frames. To feed them I have some honey in frames, some dark liquid honey I don't care for or I can make syrup. What's best?

    I could put a couple...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    Should I install the bees in the bottom deep then just put the deep full of honey on top? Or should i wait for them to build up so they can defend it first? And/or share the frames of honey across a...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    Thanks all for your replies. I'll take the hive.
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    Would you take this free hive?

    I was offered a hive from a guy that installed it as a brand new hive last year from a package. He tells me it did great over the summer. Lots of bees anyways. So the hive was a dead out this Spring...
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    Does brood comb honey taste different?

    I have some medium frames of dry dark comb that were previously brood comb. If I put those in supers this year will it affect the taste of the honey at all?
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    Re: Summer honey harvest in Michigan?

    I'm in Grand Rapids NonTyp. Last year, my 2nd year keeping, was my first harvest. I took the honey the first week of August and left the rest for the bees. This Spring the bees still had honey left...
  15. 2 Deeps and Super - Brood Nest in the Super - Bad?

    I left a super partially full of honey on my 2 deeps over the winter. The bees ate most of the honey and built the brood chamber in the super with some of it going down in to the top deep. I hate to...
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    Re: Ready to swarm???

    Thanks W. So if I have some time here, I do want to split this hive. If I time it right maybe I can take the queen and put her into a nuc with some frames and take it to my other bee yard and let...
  17. Thread: Bee Sleep

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    Re: Bee Sleep

    Really interesting.
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    Ready to swarm???

    I have a hive (2 deeps and a medium from over winter) a lot of bees in it and 3 queen cells hanging from the bottom of the frames. QCs are still open. Is this hive preparing to swarm? How much time...
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    Lots of drone brood

    I've got about a medium frames worth of capped drone brood. Is that normal for Spring?
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    Varroa already?

    I opened an over wintered hive for the first time last week and accidentally tore open some brood comb. I looked closely and and saw a few larvae with mites on them. I watched one walk around on a...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    Yep I got on the site just a little later and ordered a jacket. Should have it Monday and just ordered it Friday. Good customer service.
  22. Re: Help Deciding between Warre and Langstroth

    Welcome to Beesource from a fellow Michigan beek. My opinion is to just go with Langstroth. It is the standard for many reasons and I think you will get better support and possibly have better...
  23. Over wintered hive mess. Clean up advice

    Today I opened for the first time this season an over wintered hive. Looks like I should have opened it earlier but Michigan has had a pretty slow starting Spring. I'll list what I found and I would...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    Thanks Pants!
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    Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    I just went to ultrabreezesuits.com and a screen comes up and says "This account suspended". Is that the right web address?
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