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    Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    You lucky "Son of a Guns" all I got was my in-laws or "outlaws" which ever you would call them exiting my place with last summers crop LOL. But then again I am happy they enjoy it, I did sit it out...
  2. Is there a problem feeding honey back to the bees.

    I have about two quarts of honey that I left in my bottling bucket and ants got in it. I also have some crystalized honey in plastic bears that the mice got into and chewed holes in the tops to get...
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    Re: Are SHB a Problem in Your Area?

    Western Iowa Farmland
    Zone 4
    Loess soil (Loess is an aeolian sediment formed by the accumulation of wind-blown silt)

    Temperature reaches -10 frequently in winter for maybe two week period. Hot...
  4. Thread: nuc question

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    Re: nuc question

    One of the queenless nucs has only maybe a frame and half of bees the other has a good three frames. Mike why on the bottom? I had thought of plopping them on top of the nucs just because it seemed...
  5. Thread: nuc question

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    nuc question

    I started six nucs. Now I have two with out queens. The other four look fine. They are four over four the other two that are queen less have quite a bit of syrup stores. Probably at least eight to...
  6. Re: I guess you can shoot bears in Minnesota for raiding your hives!

    You apply "3S " Shoot, Shovel, Shutup You will never see Wolves or Bears living where all these nutty Preservationist live.
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    Re: lots of drone brood?

    Thanks "Wcubed" I was impatient
    this is what I was concerned about.

    So long as you have good amounts of worker brood, all is well. Only drone comb, or drones scattered around inside the worker...
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    Re: lots of drone brood?

    Maybe I should have said "drones are fake" I would have gotten a lot of response. LMAO
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    lots of drone brood?

    I started with several nucs one of them has a lot of drone brood. The one that I am concerned about has three full frames of worker brood and a lot of drone brood. The is a strip about 1.5 inch wide...
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    weak over wintered hive

    I have a hive that came through the winter very week. Maybe a half a frame of brood and a queen. I have another hive of Italians that are doing great. Would you move a frame of brood and nurse bees...
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    queen bee mating

    How warm does it need to be for a queen bee to mate? Reason I am asking because I received a nuc with a queen cell in it and I am thinking the colony is superseding, but I don't know if it is warm...
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    Re: Dead out hive are being robbed.

    I ran out of freezer space what is the next alternative? If I seal up the hives I fear they will get moldy.
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    Dead out hive are being robbed.

    I had 6 new hives last spring. 4 are dead outs, 2 survived and are out foraging with 50-70 degree days lately so they are today and yesterday robbing the dead outs. Should I let it happen or pull the...
  14. Thread: Beemax Nucs

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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    JSL I don't understand what you mean by there isn't enough room for mice? Please explain. I had them chew through wooden bottom boards when they got a little punky from rot.
  15. Thread: Beemax Nucs

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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    I would think there might be problems with mice entrance?
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    Re: Aves "Fix-It" compound

    I have repaired many non structural wood items with a similar substance. That said, I found a cheaper solution. I buy fiberglass resin by the gallon (it takes a hardener also, usually comes with it)....
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    Re: honey tap

    “Mind Blowing...It's not very often something is so revolutionary as to blow my mind...Saving 20% of harvest labor is not trivial, 40% is amazing, 60% is revolutionary. But 95%, that’s Mind...
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    I think best option to not lose the brood is to use a queen excluder between boxes I have a second box on them. The frames I have in are wood with plastic foundation. Cell size I am not sure of.
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    The reasons I didn't expect any real good frames when I get a nuc is just as robb2k expressed. Regardless that's the way they were when I picked them up. I didn't really have much choice not many I...
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    You are correct obviously she like them. It was probably a bad idea there is another Queen Bee in my life that thinks she know all the right things too. LOL
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    Removing old brood frames.

    I bought a couple nucs this spring and the frames are pretty bad shape, as you would expect. I would like to remove and I have been moving them gradually to the out side of the brood box hoping they...
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    Re: swarm of new hive

    thank you. I thought that also but I only had available today the nuc boxes today. if they don't take off too soon I will get some more deeps out.
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    Re: swarm of new hive

    I do know a tree climer but he is 76 year old LOL. I spread three nuc boxes under tree with Honey Bee Healthy which has lemongrass in it. It is 7:30 now and they are still parked there. I sure wish I...
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    swarm of new hive

    I started a new hive this year from a nuc that I bought from a commercial keeper. I opened it a week ago and they had plenty of room it has two deep brood boxes and two suppers on it. It swarmed...
  25. Thread: rainy weather

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    Re: rainy weather

    plenty of white Dutch clover. Sweet clover blooming but not near me :-( . brood pattern looks good to me. About a deep box and a half I have two deeps on them and one super but they are putting very...
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