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    Re: Distribution method for powdered sugar.

    I use a flour sifter.
  2. Re: time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    Wow pollen already? off of what? I am in southern Indiana and we have 22 Growing Degree Days. Maples don't bloom until about 55-60 which is usually in mid march. Are you sure they have pollen?
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    Re: do ten frame boxes increase starvation?

    I agree with Ross, Cold does not cause as much of a problem and moisture. A friend of mine bought a farm and there were some old hives on it. The hives were thought to be abandoned by the bees....
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    Re: HOw many supers.. approximately..

    I suggest 3 per hive.
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    Re: Maxant Bottling Tank

    Hot water and soap is for appearance. Hot tap water and soap remove the particles but not all of the bacteria. Its like washing your home dishes, more for looks than function. That's why all food...
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    Re: Maxant Bottling Tank

    A cap full of bleach into one gallon of hot water is what we use on our bottling equipment. We use this on all of our harvesting equipment at the end and beginning of each harvest. Wash and rinse and...
  7. Thread: Sugar water

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    Sugar water

    When the beekeepers in the north buy hundreds of packages and get them installed how do they mix all of the sugar syrup they need for feeding. With small batches we just heat up water on the stove...
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    Re: Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    I would guess it is much less of a risk than most of the fruit sold at super markets.
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    Re: Installing a package questions

    Shake the package in the hive and just before you leave release the queen. The bees in the package are all confused. They have been shaken from many different hives. They don't know one bee from the...
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    Re: Are SHB a Problem in Your Area?

    I am in the southwestern corner of Indiana.
    Heavy loam and clay.
    35 hives and the SHB have been getting worse every year. This year I would guess some hives have had as 40 while some hives I may...
  11. Thread: Pollenation

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    Pollenation

    I currently have 35 hives and they are all for honey production. However I frequently get calls from folks wanting to rent hives for their organic gardens and even some for cucumber fields. I have no...
  12. Thread: package bees

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    package bees

    In the spring of 2016 I will be wanting to purchase 100 3# packages with queens. I live in southern IN. so I am trying to see if there are any apiaries in the Midwest. Do you know of any apiaries...
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    Re: Queenless hive data

    If a hive is queen less and they have no eggs or brood of any stage,when will they no longer make a queen if you give them brood from another hive?
    Other words is there a point where a hive can not...
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    Re: Queenless hive data

    David you make a good point about Self requeening success going down over time. I would like to see a study or info on this to know how much it decreases and if there is a period of time when a hive...
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    Queenless hive data

    It seems each year I get a few hives that come up queenless. Usually when this happens I just go to a strong hive and get 2 frames of brood, one with open and sealed brood and the other with eggs and...
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    Re: Grape Pollinators

    Yes they said " would you be interested in putting a few hives near our grapes to help pollinate them". And I said I had never located gives on property for pollination and that I would check into it...
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    Grape Pollinators

    Well I assume honey bees are great grape pollinators. Today I was contacted by a small winery and they would like for me to put hives on their property to pollinate the grapes. Although I have 37...
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    Re: Foundationless without wires

    I use all deep boxes for brood and none of my foundationless frames have wires. As mentioned you have to be very careful when inspecting not to lean the frame much until connected on the sides and...
  19. Thread: Swarm- unswarm

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    Re: Swarm- unswarm

    I set an empty hive about 20 yards away with some old brood comb and a drop of lemon grass oil. We will see what happens. I caught 9 swarms last year and have been bee keeping for over 10 years and...
  20. Thread: Upper entrance

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    Re: Upper entrance

    For the past two years I have been using a 4" entrance on the bottom and an 8" on the top between the top super and the inner cover. I do not use queen excluders but I usually don't have much of a...
  21. Thread: Swarm- unswarm

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    Swarm- unswarm

    Yesterday I was working about 30 yards from a hive and I noticed a swarm just starting. After about 8-10 minutes they were hovering above my apple tree and I thought that was where they were going to...
  22. Re: Foundationless Problem after installing bee boxes. Help!

    I always put something down the center of the frame to guide the bees. I use the slotted and grooved frames and I put a thin piece of wood down through the grove so that it sticks out of the bottom...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    When you see the apple trees blooming. About two weeks after that the dutch white clover will start blooming and this will give the bees a few days to get some nectar flowing in the hive. I believe a...
  24. Poll: Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    1:1 sugar only. Nature will provide the pollen.
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    Re: Saw my Queen today :>)

    About a pound of bees on a deep frame loaded with bees.
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