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    Combining weak hive with nuc

    I have a weak hive and a new strong nuc I made a couple of months ago. I want to replace the queen in the weak hive. If I do a newspaper combine will the new queen kill the old one? Or is there still...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    While what this neighbor did is inexcusable IMHO having 10 hives on a small piece of land isn't the best for making a good neighbor.
    I have a 1/2 acre and tried 5 on it one year and had issues with...
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    Re: Too many bees and 4 splits later...

    Make a nuc or two and sell them.
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    Re: Swarm at the DC Capitol

    Like
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    I split them up 3 days ago and moved them. The problem I have now is that they had 3 supers of honey on the hive. I didn't feel like moving the honey supers so I placed them on my other 2 hives with...
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    Swarms in Michigan?

    Has anyone gotten one this year? I haven't have any luck as of yet.
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    Re: Aargh! My swarm flew off!

    Tennessee's Bees LLC - You may be right on that. I caught a swarm out of my own yard last year. The next day I went to check on them and they flew the coop.
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    I plan on splitting them up into 4 nucs and moving them to a more "country" location. I will then put them back together and let them crank out the honey.
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    Re: Summer honey harvest in Michigan?

    I extract at the end of July and again at the end of Sept.
    2 totally different flavors of honey.
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    Re: New beekeeper in MI

    Buy a bee suit. I did after 6 years and I should of had it from day 1.
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    Aggressive bees

    I'm planning on moving my aggressive hive out of my yard before a neighbor gets stung.
    If I set up a single deep with a frame of eggs in it, will the field bees returning to the site be aggressive...
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    Re: Eggs from an aggressive hive

    I may just end up removing that hive and placing it out in the country as it is currently in a subdivision.
    If I place an empty box with a frame of eggs in it's old location will the field bees...
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    Eggs from an aggressive hive

    I have an aggressive hive that I want to split up due to it's location is in a subdivision. I plan on making 3 or 4 nucs out of it. If I let them make their own queens will they be aggressive just...
  14. Re: Goldenrod blooming in Central to West Michigan

    I could smell it last weekend and finally got supers on at my other yard location this week.
    Hoping this falls harvest won't be like last year.
  15. Re: I see pollen, does that mean nectar is flowing too?

    I wonder if the cappings would be a different color. I know that it is when the bees bring in clover in early summer vs. when they bring in Goldenrod in the fall. I would think that the sugar water...
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    Pint and quart canning jars. Sell it at work, church, at the end of your driveway, Craigslist. Once the word gets out that you have honey, lots of people will want to buy it.
  17. Re: When should I take my supers off to prepare for winter?

    I take my honey supers off at the beginning of October after Goldenrod is done. But I'm north of you and I also don't treat my bees for mites.
  18. Re: Can I vacume foragers toninght and dump directly into what I cut out this afterno

    Dump them in front of the hive. They'll walk right in.
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    Re: First ever extraction today

    The first honey extraction is the best for a new keeper. Congrates!
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    Re: Low entrance activity - should I feed?

    If there is plenty of honey and pollen in the hive, there is no need to feed.
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    Re: should I add super?

    Is it new foundation or drawn comb? If it was drawn comb I'd give them another box to put more nectar in.
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    Mike, where you are at, you should be able to sell it for $5 a pound easy!
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    Re: used frames

    Where the frames new last year? If so it was probably mites that killed them and I'd reuse the frames.
  24. Re: Time of day restriction for doing a split?

    I'd do it. I don't really think it matters what time of day as long as it wasn't cloudy outside. They may get cranky.
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    Re: Package bees bringing pollen in already

    Sounds like they are packing it away for future brood. They can make comb pretty fast in the right conditions.
    The best time to check your hive is on a sunny day when most of the foragers are out of...
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