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  1. Thread: No Queens

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    No Queens

    I have 18 hives at one bee yard and 5 of them have swarmed (gotta work on that). Out of the 5 that swarmed 4 of them did not produce a queen or the queen failed. It has been 3 1/2 weeks and none of...
  2. Re: How much of a gap between Top Cover and Inner Cover for top entrance?

    I use flat plywood inner covers and separate top entrances My top entrances are 3/4" tall X 16 1/4" X 19 3/4". I lay the top entrance on the top box with the opening to the front. Then I lay the...
  3. Thread: Alfalfa field

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    Re: Alfalfa field

    JW Why is that? I use screened bottom boards and although I don't make a habit of it I have had situations where I closed my bees in for a day and never had any problems. Again since 1983 I have only...
  4. Thread: Alfalfa field

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    Re: Alfalfa field

    OK thanks for the replies. The farmer told me he does not spray during bloom. he only spray 1 time when the plant is 3" tall. He had bees a long time ago and would be happy to close the bees up early...
  5. Thread: Alfalfa field

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    Alfalfa field

    I was contacted by a farmer that has about 75 acres of alfalfa. He is wanting to know if I would like to put bees on his property just because he likes bees. I thought it all sounded great but then...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    I have done that for the past several years and have not found it to reduce swarming at all.
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Now it is just empty comb. Last fall it was honey and brood but they moved up throughout the winter.
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Colobee I have seen that and I get that. However my specific situation is.

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    A CCCC


    A= ten frame deep and bees have moved up onto B B= ten frame deep with brood nest in...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Thanks for all the input.
    I have already started opening the brood nest on 15 hives. I have put 1 frame with just a starter strip between honey and brood. When it is a quarter to a third filled...
  10. Re: Beekeepers are responsible for large year to year losses

    As a whole I agree with the statement. I believe more hives in a bee yard die from beekeeper mistakes, smashed queen, not enough stores, bee population too low... than those that die from disease or...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Ok let me try this again. I obviously didn't ask the question right.
    Can you checkerboard using empty comb and foundation instead of honey and foundation?

    c=comb f=foundation

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    Re: Equipment to start woodenware plant?

    I would say if you cant look at the bodies, lids and bottom boards and know what equipment would be needed, you shouldn't try it.
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    Checkerboarding

    Coming out of winter all of my hives are 2 deep 10 frame boxes. To checkerboard I assume when I add my first shallow supper and it starts to fill up I remove every other frame in the supper just...
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    Re: Clearifying tank

    Thanks for the reply. Do you know how far off of the bottom the panels should be set?
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    Clearifying tank

    I recently purchased a used clearifying tank. When I picked it up it was missing the two baffles. I have all metal tools needed to make them but I am just not sure what they look like. Hopefully...
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    Re: Keep the smoker burning

    Most of the easy start pellets and the self start charcoal have a chemical based propellant so I try to stay away from them.
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    Re: Keep the smoker burning

    We have 35 hives and you need smoke for a long time. I take two charcoal briquettes ( not the easy lighting) and break them in half. I light them with a torch and drop them in the bottom of the...
  18. Thread: Bulk Sugar

    by ilikebs
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    Re: Bulk Sugar

    I hope to find in bulk 50# bags or a tote full. I need 1600 lbs. I have division board feeders that hold a touch over a gallon. I have 50 packages coming and I hope to get 10-15 splits off of my...
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    Re: Cleaning an extractor?

    As previously mentioned, Cold water first! scrub brush with hot soapy water. Rinse very well and allow to dry. Once it dry close the lids and store away. After being stored for the winter I mix a...
  20. Thread: Bulk Sugar

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    Bulk Sugar

    Does anyone know where I can buy bulk sugar? I am in Indiana and so far I have not found it any cheaper than Samsclub. They are .46 a pound.
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    Re: Brown Substance spattered up and down hive??

    All normal for those conditions!
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    Re: Brown Substance spattered up and down hive??

    Bee Poop! Most likely they have been closed in and they are getting out of the hive and letting go.
  23. Thread: Wood Glue

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    Re: Wood Glue

    Thank for the replies!
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    Starting lots of hives in the spring

    How do the beekeepers that are starting several hundred hives in the spring feed? I have read where they feed the 1:1 sugar water to get comb built up but how? do they feed internally or do the feed...
  25. Thread: Wood Glue

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    Wood Glue

    What glue do you use on Bodies, Supers and frames? If you glue.
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