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    Re: Who's selling bees in WI?

    Another vote for Lee at Dadant in Watertown. I've always gotten good packages of healthy bees from him..
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    Shipping Queenline Bottles

    I am a small hobby beekeeper - i typically sell my honey via word of mouth and classified ads at work which has worked very well in the past.

    I have a prior customer who moved, and would like to...
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    Mountaincamp and Imrie Shim?

    I've followed the mountaincamp method of dry sugar feeding for the last several winters, with pretty decent success. Last year, I shortcut a bit and put the sugar on the deep side of the inner...
  4. Thread: Queenless Hive

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    Queenless Hive

    So I checked my hives today following three weeks on the road, and confirmed that one of my hives that I suspected as being queenless with the last check really was.

    This was my biggest boomer...
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    Top notch place. Lee does a great job with...

    Top notch place.

    Lee does a great job with not only the equipment, but also sells some good, healthy, package bees in as well.
  6. Thread: ventilation

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    Hello neighbor! Madison here... I have my...

    Hello neighbor! Madison here...

    I have my hives on cinderblocks, with SBBs too. I usually close my SBBs when low's start getting down in the 40's consistantly. I also use slatted racks, which I...
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    Repairing an Extractor

    My Little Wonder extractor has developed a leak where the bottom is welded/braised? into the sides. Basically, they have seperated for about 4-5 inches and and created a leak.

    Is this repairable?...
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    Orient Bee Supply Extractor

    Has anyone purchased one of their extractors? I see them on ebay all the time (listed as "Roboblast", or something like that), and could be tempted to pick one up if the price was right and the...
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    Bee Removal Service - Great Marketing...

    So, I was watching "Renovation Realities" on DIY the other night. It showed a younger couple with a hive of feral hive of bees living under a set of concrete stairs. They were tearing out the...
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    Warm Enough to Rotate Hive Bodies?

    It's going to be about 50 degrees today, and we are probably 3-4 weeks from the first dandelion blooms...

    I'm itching to get out and clean stuff up, probably rotate my hive bodies, etc.. Am I...
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    I've always used the wire, the ribbon is prone to...

    I've always used the wire, the ribbon is prone to wear and stretching. Regardless of what you do, I'd recommend adding a ground wire around the fence That way you ensure a good shock, regardless...
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    I keep an epi-pen and liquid benadryl on hand in...

    I keep an epi-pen and liquid benadryl on hand in my truck at all times. The benadryl will sometimes slow an allergic reaction before it gets worse.

    that being said, I am not a doctor nor do i...
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    I live in Madison, and run 10 in my deeps. I...

    I live in Madison, and run 10 in my deeps.

    I also like the concept of having more brood cells for the queen to lie in, plus crowding hasn't been an issue for me but you do want to make sure you...
  14. Thread: 9 vs 10 Frames

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    9 vs 10 Frames

    I've always run 10 frames per deep brood box, 9 per honey super. The rationale was that bees supposedly put as much honey in 9 as they do in 10, and it makes extracting a bit easier.

    I've always...
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    I usually order everything from Mann Lake - If...

    I usually order everything from Mann Lake - If they don't have it then I look at Dadant and Kelly.

    I've always had super fast shipping from them. Great service when calling. Never had a quality...
  16. Thread: Bee hives

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    I tend to be a fan of Mann Lake, but have also...

    I tend to be a fan of Mann Lake, but have also had good luck with Dadant.
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    That's a great idea. Simple and effective

    That's a great idea. Simple and effective
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    No, I don't use a queen excluder at all. As far...

    No, I don't use a queen excluder at all. As far as next spring goes, a lot depends on where the queen is and if there is brood up there. I think I am going to play it by ear a bit, but I don't...
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    I'm also new (3 years & 2 hives), so take my...

    I'm also new (3 years & 2 hives), so take my comments with a grain of salt - but yes that is a honey super on top. And no, I'm guessing that's not really a standard practice for many beekeepers.
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    I can't say that I saw many bees that didn't make...

    I can't say that I saw many bees that didn't make it back from mine. But it was around 1 or so, so I'm sure there may have been some later in the day as the temp dropped quickly.

    There was the...
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    Spring is Here! (sort of)

    Those of you south of the Mason Dixon line may not appreciate this as much, but we had the first day yesterday in months that things got warm enough for the girls to start flying. It was a great...
  22. Thread: Supercedure?

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    That's a good observation. When I hived both of...

    That's a good observation. When I hived both of these queens, I remarked on their smallness relative to the queens I had recieved in packages before. It does sound like they were superceded at...
  23. Thread: Supercedure?

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    Supercedure?

    So I started with carni two package hives this spring. Both took off well, hive #1 was always about a week in development further along than hive #2.

    By the end of June they had filled a second...
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    I run my SBB wide open all year. This time of...

    I run my SBB wide open all year. This time of year, I've got entrance holes drilled in my deeps that I open up too. Come winter time, I close up the bottom entrance, and let them use the hole on the...
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    Honey Bound Brood Nest?

    I started 2 new Carni packages this summer. Two weeks ago, both had 5-7 frames on their second deep drawn, with brood in them - so I added a third undrawn deep.

    I checked them today. They both...
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