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    Re: Bees Throwing Themselves Out Of The Hive?

    We have had some wandering around on the ground but on close inspection their wings were just shredded. Poor things must have flown their little hearts out. Monty
  2. Re: Pick your poison: (1) frostbite; or (2) heatstroke.

    Lived in upper Michigan for 18 years ( -40 some days, -0 from dec 1 to January some years. Loved the winters, moved to Yuma Arizona for 23 years 110+ in summer. Summers were my favorite time of...
  3. Re: Moving Hives, how long before they can be relocated

    We did an equal split, moved the new hive 20 feet and put a board leaning in front of hive. They came out and reoriented. No problems.
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Upper Michigan zone 5. 2 deeps and 1 medium with upper deep back filled with honey. Trying 3 deep on one hive this winter.
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    Re: queen acceptance problem

    Had a hive w/ two deeps and 4 supers all w/ brood had to do something about it. We did an equal split yesterday, took 1 deep and two supers and set them on an empty deep w/8 frames. No queen cells...
  6. Thread: Queen marking

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    Re: Queen marking

    Thanks, new queen coming Tuesday and don't haveenough time to order paint pen. This will give me enough choices.
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    Queen marking

    What do you use to mark queens
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    Re: queen acceptance problem

    I would tear down the queen cells wait 24 hours and put cage in with candy taped off for two days and take tape off & put small hole in candy.
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    Re: queen acceptance problem

    We wanted to requeen an Italian hive with a carniolan queen. I ordere a new queen on Monday and she arrived in Tuesday, put drop of water on end by candy then in the evening and next morning...
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    Nice job J W. It's just amazing how they just March themselves in. Carol and I watched them for about 20 min and they all went in. I agree with you about carni's my other three hives are Carni's...
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    We cut ours out to standardize our 4 hives, plus I figured I can checkerboard a couple of frames without foundation in one of the Lang hives for comb honey. What's your reasons?
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    Don't envy you doing alone. Really helped with wife doing the rubber banding. After the first one knew where to cut the comb so it was prob only 10 to 12 seconds for each one. And was really...
  13. Re: Long Lang Users, How many Frames Should I Plan For?

    Built mine to hold 32. But don't see any way to let it get that full. Extracting honey as they fill frames but leaving enough for them to winter on
  14. Thread: horizontal lang

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    Re: horizontal lang

    I built and started a long Lang this spring. Hived a new package in April and they seemed to be doing well but on the first inspection the brood pattern was very spotty but I wanted to give the...
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    Re: Cutting out of a TBH into the Langstroth

    My wife and I did the same thing on our top bar that survived the winter up here in upper Michigan. (Italians). We didn't look for the queen had to do it fast because it was sunny but only about 56...
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    Re: Italians outpacing Carniolan

    I had two hives survive the upper Michigan winters twice now. You have to leave twice as much honey for the Italians vs the carniolans. And like the reply above the queen dosent know when to slow...
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    Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    The girls are still doing great on my long Lang ( pic in post above). What I find curious is that although they have a top and bottom entrance I would say at least 95% of the girls use the top...
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    Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    I built one similar and hived a package April 18th. They are doing great. I like it much better than my TB hive.18929
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    Re: Long lang design for comments

    I'll try to post a pic18861
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    Re: Long lang design for comments

    I built one this spring and hived a 3 lb package in it and they are doing great. Designed it to hold 32 frames but I built an insulated follower board so I can adjust and keep track of them. Hived...
  21. Re: Long Lang on legs? Our TBH's are great and need to expand operations

    I don't have legs on mine but it is off the ground about as high as my tb's were 2 cinder blocks high.
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    Re: Transition TB hive over to Langstroth

    It's been couple of days now and that hive has consistently been busier than our other 3 hives and they were a package of Italians installed spring of 2014 and made it through the winter up here in...
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    Transition TB hive over to Langstroth

    Well we bit the bullet and moved the top bar hive over to the side, set up the new Lang hive and cut the 8 brood comb off the bars and rubber banded them into the deep frames. Added another deep box...
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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Here's mine, got plans from backyardhive.com and modified it. Used 2 x12 for one of mine and doubled it to two 2 x 12 on next. Both had winter survivor bees in spring. 18277
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    Re: TBH's in cold climates

    I live in Marquette, Michigan long cold winters below zero many days. Have had tbh's survive last two winters. Both carniolan and Italian bees. Followed advice of info on backyardhive.com
    Mine...
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