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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    I have not seen any evidence of robbing, neither at the nucs nor single deep hives. I will check the big hives as soon as we get back into the 70's to see how they are doing. We had wet and cool...
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    Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    Checked a few nucs last night, nothing in them except lots of bees that hardly moved. No stores of any kind, no eggs or brood. The queen is in there, but they have nothing at all in terms of food. I...
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    Re: Question about Triple Deep

    Thank you Mike. That's exactly what I did tonight. Thanks for the advice.
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    Question about Triple Deep

    This year I am experimenting with a triple deep configuration on two of my hives. Just want to see how they do over the course of a year or two, compare them to my double deeps.

    I set up two...
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    Re: California drought declaration

    Slightly off topic... driving through San Luis Obispo to San Simeon today I noticed several large holding yards with several hundred single deeps. All around here is only dry grass, brown hills and...
  6. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    What happens to the cell builder after you removed the first round of capped cells on the 10th day? Is it ready to be used right away? Do you split it up and put a fresh one together? Or do you...
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    Re: Really American Bee Journal?????????????????????

    +2 (despite my gripes...:-))
  8. Thread: Scam email?

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    Re: Scam email?

    Maybe scam, maybe not. I get about two or three a week from all over the planet offering different products, wanting to buy honey and pay with paypal, etc... I just ignore all of them. Why risk...
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    Re: Really American Bee Journal?????????????????????

    Hey Roland, I don't want to know their proprietary knowledge, I understand that they depend on keeping certain things under wraps, no issue with that. But for a hobbyist like myself I thought it...
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    Re: Really American Bee Journal?????????????????????

    I haven't read the article the OP mentioned, but when I saw the headline I thought it was in regards to ABJ's lack of relevant articles in general from my perspective. For the past two years or so I...
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    Re: Indiana new beekeeper

    Hi muddymom, I just came across this thread searching for something else. Welcome to the most addictive hobby in the world! Beekeeper here in Carmel, Indiana. Mostly frame hives, but have one tbh...
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    Re: Adding bees from a trap-out

    Will a 24 hour confinement also make them forget where they came from? We vacuumed the larger part of a two week old hive out of a column at a house only about a mile away. This was the second time,...
  13. Thread: Price suggestions

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    Re: Price suggestions

    Thanks for all your input, guys. He would order the equipment and have it ship to my place, I set it up for him and put my bees in. Next year when he moves to my area he wants to buy whole hives,...
  14. Thread: Price suggestions

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    Price suggestions

    How much do you charge for a double deep of bees? I usually sell nucs, but not full hives. Someone contacted me and asked to buy established double deep hives in June, twenty deep frames drawn, brood...
  15. Thread: Russell Apiaries

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    Re: Russel Apiaries need some customer service

    Ordered two queens last December, for sometime in May. Got an email last week telling me they would be shipped on Monday. I picked them up this morning, both fine and alive. Couldn't be happier with...
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    Re: Preserving good qualities of mean hive

    That's what I would do. Let them raise a daughter queen and see if her offspring is still as mean as the mother's was. Also, make sure they are not being bothered by animals before blaming it all on...
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    Re: Change in Hive Configuration

    Bsweet and America, thanks for your responses. I may not have been totally clear. I don't need to nuc any of my deeps, I am trying to move away from the heavy double deep to hopefully a configuration...
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    Change in Hive Configuration

    I have kept my bees in two deeps for years now and I use mediums for honey supers. I rarely use queen excluders. It's just the way I was told to start years ago. If I had to do it over again, and...
  19. Re: Single 10 frame or 2 story 5 frame to over winter

    I successfully overwintered 5 frame nucs and ten frame single deeps last winter. All wintered well, all were strong in late winter/early spring. I made sure that they all had lost of capped stores by...
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    Re: Help! Hive under Siege!!

    I would turn your sprinkler on and give the hive a break. I hope it helps them recover and regroup. Can you narrow down the entrance as well without the danger of the hive overheating? Do you use...
  21. Re: Carniolan/Russian Bees - Differences in Management

    Thanks for your constructive comments regarding management techniques. From what you say, and from what I have read elsewhere it seems that simply providing empty space above is not enough to...
  22. Re: Carniolan/Russian Bees - Differences in Management

    My OP was not intended to start a fight about the qualities of Russians over others, nor of the availability of Carniolan queens in this country. Can we please get back to my question regarding...
  23. Carniolan/Russian Bees - Differences in Management

    I must say the behavior of this line of bees confuses me. I usually keep what is called Italian bees. Your standard mixed bee and its behavior regarding overwintering, early spring build-up, swarm...
  24. Re: Weekend Inspections revealed laying workers in Hive 2...

    Do you think simply adding a frame with brood and a capped queen cell to a laying worker hive would turn them around? Or do you think it was the successive introduction of a frame of brood each week...
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    Requeening strong hives - best practices

    I am getting ready to receive six new queens in the mail. I want to requeen six of my production hives with them. In the past I learned some expensive lessons that you can't just remove the old...
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