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    Re: Slow Summer in N. Ill?

    Thanks, Matt.
    I got four packages. I had one hive that survived the winter and is now starting to fill the honey super. She's a great queen and I'm working to develop a couple more queens from her....
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    Slow Summer in N. Ill?

    Hi all,
    It seems like my hives this year are building up really slowly. It's now late June and most of the packages I bought haven't even grown to fill three medium boxes yet (I use three mediums...
  3. Re: Newly Installed Package - Double & Single Eggs

    Thanks so much!
  4. Newly Installed Package - Double & Single Eggs

    So I'm stumped. I just got four new packages two weeks ago. Put them in their boxes and now am inspecting for the first time. Three hives are doing just fine. The one, though, has both double eggs...
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    Shrinking the hive

    Well, it was a great year for bee production but a crummy year for honey production. Now I've got several hives that are packed with bees, but the supers have little or no capped comb. I'd like to...
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    Re: Graph of N. Illinois Flow

    I came to this graph late, but appreciate the info. If you're looking for more work...:) ... you might consider overlaying another chart with accumulated growing degree days. That might help make the...
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    Presentation for third grade class

    I've been asked to do a 15-20 minute presentation for my son's third grade class. I have a few ideas of my own, but wonder if there's anything you've tried that was particularly well received. And...
  8. Thread: Fall Splits?

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    Fall Splits?

    I have a hive that seems to be doing quite well. Just harvested several frames of honey from the remaining super, the hive looks well stocked, and the queen's still laying a fair amount of brood.
    A...
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    How long can I store frames of honey?

    I pulled out 3-4 Frames filled with capped honey and replaced the hive with frames of foundation. The full frames are currently in a sealed plastic tote. How long can I keep them in there before...
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    Re: Sharing the wealth?

    Thanks for a good discussion. Very helpful. Brion (with-an-"o")
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    Sharing the wealth?

    I started keeping a couple hives in a friend's yard this year. Looks like at least one of the colonies will produce enough surplus honey to harvest and sell. I'd like to offer something to him in...
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    Re: "Borrowing" supercedure cells?

    Thanks Keith!
    Opened the hive today and a couple of the queen cells had hatched open. I took two cells that were still in tact and moved them to the S. hive (no queen cells there). Hope I made the...
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    "Borrowing" supercedure cells?

    I have two hives. North hive swarmed about 6-7 weeks ago and apparently the replacement queen was not well received. When I checked on the hive yesterday there were about 8-10 supercedure cells on...
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    Re: Adding a super while feeding?

    Thanks to you both. I try not to be a "helicopter beekeeper" but there's always the temptation....
    Thanks again!
    Brion (with an 'o')
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    Adding a super while feeding?

    Hoping for your wisdom.

    Last year I started beekeeping. I've got two hives (10 frame mediums with beeswax foundation). Built them up to 3 mediums per hive by end of fall. Harvested nothing as I...
  16. Re: enjoy the weather california, you deserve a break!

    See yesterday's thread in this forum: "status of California packages and queens"
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    Re: windy locations?

    Thanks for the comments. We do have several trees in our yard and windbreaks for the hive would be easy. My main concern was with the general location. I'm just imagining those little guys (er, gals)...
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    windy locations?

    A little over a year ago we moved to a rural area of N Illinois (lots of soy, wheat and corn farmers) and are thinking about starting a hive in the spring. The thing that concerns us is wind.
    We...
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