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  1. Thread: Cold Installation

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    Re: Cold Installation

    The only reason I would delay installing packages is if it was below 35 degrees. I would do it earlier in the day if possible to allow them to get somewhat organized in the hive and get to food,...
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    Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    Ok, so based on your information you have given about the plant and the picture, I am almost certain it is golden ragwort. I have some in my yard, but up here in my area it hasn't sent up the flower...
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    Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    How tall is the plant, and what is the diameter of the flower head? Thanks.
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    Re: Time of day restriction for doing a split?

    I don't believe there is any "best" time of day to do splits, you do them when you can, however, what Vance said would be true, so I would just do it earlier in the day if I were doing them myself.
  5. Re: Can I Place Frame Feeder In Empty Super Over Bottom Box?

    I like using a mason jar over the inner cover also for feeding with an empty box around it, I always shim up the jar lid off the inner cover with a couple strips of 3/8" wood so the bees can still...
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    Re: Package bees bringing pollen in already

    It doesn't take new bees long to build out some comb on foundation, the bees will start storing nectar and pollen and the queen will start laying in cells that are only built out half way. I once...
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    Re: Wax Moths are Here!

    Was cleaning up some dead hives out in one of my yards and found a large wax moth underneath the outer cover when I took it off, I couldn't believe I was seeing one this early already. June yes, but...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Its all the same to me anymore, usually a discussion about varroa includes SC, and vice versa. What we need are some new studies, long term preferably, so we have something different to talk about.
  9. Re: Will queen naturally move down into empty bottom deep?

    If there is only one frame of brood in the top and the rest of the combs are full of honey, then I would reverse the boxes and not wait for the queen to figure it out.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Seems like this thread is burning out, and as a result it has degraded down to just postulating, or worse yet wishing or hoping something is fact. I'm with MB, I'm tired of hearing about varroa and...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    48138 southeast Michigan
    April 8, 2014
    Maple
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    Re: Adding New Queen to Split

    If its only been a day I don't see the need to, but more than a day or so then I would look for cells.
  13. Thread: Pollen frames

    by jmgi
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    Re: Pollen frames

    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Re: Adding New Queen to Split

    Yes use the drawn frames if you have them. Another thing I forgot to mention is to let the attendant bees out of the queen cage before you introduce her, because the bees in the split may not get...
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    Re: Adding New Queen to Split

    No problem, put the queen cage in between a couple frames with the candy end upwards making sure the bees can communicate with the queen through the screen. I would not punch a hole through the...
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    Re: Alternative Package Install Method?

    That would be my concern also, especially since the lows at night will be even colder. I have done all my package installs at higher temps, and I always just dump out the bees immediately. What I...
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    Re: Temperatures for inspecting hives

    If you got a hive three deeps tall right now, you should be able to pull the bottom box off completely, it should not have any brood in it at this time of year, the bulk of the bees and queen will be...
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    Re: Demarree method of swarm control

    When is your swarm season? Normally you use the Demaree system just prior to that, before any swarm cells are started. There are variations on how to Demaree the hive, are you putting the queen in a...
  19. Thread: Swarm Prep?

    by jmgi
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    Re: Swarm Prep?

    Seems much too early for swarming if you only have daffodils and maples blooming. Seeing empty queen cell cups is not an indication of imminent swarming, they are usually in the hive all year long....
  20. Thread: She made it!

    by jmgi
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    Re: She made it!

    Finally got first pollen of the season today from maples. Its begun.
  21. Re: Spring Management: Put leftover honey below hive bodies?

    A good method, I would just be sure that the hive is strong enough with bees and the temperatures are not too cold before putting a couple frames of brood down in the lower box by itself, they could...
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    Re: skunk troubles and hive stands

    Thanks Michael, I didn't realize all the details of how the skunk operates on a hive.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    This is opening up a whole new can of worms. My take on it is that small cell would be anything 4.9 and smaller, natural cell would be anything larger than that, at least to the small cell community....
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    To visualize what? :scratch:
  25. Thread: She made it!

    by jmgi
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    Re: She made it!

    WWW, yes some of the maples and elms look real close, this is the latest I have seen for first pollen in many years, understandable with the winter we just had. You are about 2 weeks ahead of us I...
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