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    Re: Almost ready to quit and I just started!

    Don't quit! This is my second year, and the first year I lost (killed) 3 hives. That was extremely discouraging, and a lot of money gone. I think I was leaning too much on what my mentor told me, and...
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    Re: Forest Hills Woodworking Double Nuc Box

    Mike,

    I googled it and I don't think he does. He's an Amish guy here in Lancaster County PA. I heard about him through my bee club.
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    Re: Forest Hills Woodworking Double Nuc Box

    Ike's a good guy. I buy all my equipment from him.
  4. Re: 24 hour mite count of 140 after applying powdered sugar

    Thanks, KQ. I was wondering if dusting more often would hurt them, and you've answered that question.
  5. Re: 24 hour mite count of 140 after applying powdered sugar

    Thanks, Jim. I'm hoping the mite count is high because the sugar is working (wouldn't that be nice?). I'll take your advice and check again at the end of the week--without applying more sugar.
  6. 24 hour mite count of 140 after applying powdered sugar

    I'm new to beekeeping, and am trying to treat my bees as gently as possible. My mentor suggested I sprinkle powdered sugar on them once a week for three weeks in a row. Yesterday I applied my second...
  7. Poll: Re: Hey Newbies! What are your thoughts concerning chemical treatments?

    Adam, aren't you an organic beekeeper? I'd be very interested to hear what you do to treat mites organically. Do you use powdered sugar and screened bottom boards?
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    Re: Downsizing hive-how exactly is it done?

    Yes! My mentor calls every box a "super" and I fell into that habit. Supers for brood below the excluder, supers for honey above the excluder!!
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    Re: Downsizing hive-how exactly is it done?

    Acebird, I use medium/Illinois supers for everything--hive bodies and honey supers. So when I said "super" I meant an Illinois super box, not a honey super. Sorry I wasn't clear. And I downsized to 3...
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    Thanks, avesterfelt. I thought it was something like that. I'm glad my bees didn't know they were supposed to die on August 1!!!
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    I don't get the August 1 thing. I'm a new beekeeper, and I don't treat my bees. I got a really nice harvest this year, and I'm selling my honey for top dollar because it is treatment free. Can...
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    Re: Downsizing hive-how exactly is it done?

    Thanks, everyone! That helps.

    Acebird, it had 4 supers left after extraction. The bottom 3 had the brood.
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    Re: Downsizing hive-how exactly is it done?

    No, that's not what I meant. I'm sorry my question wasn't clear. I added the wet frames back into the bottom 3 supers, where they'll stay over winter. Then because I did that my mentor told me to...
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    Downsizing hive-how exactly is it done?

    My mentor told me to downsize my hives, which had 4 mediums, to 3 mediums in preparation for winter, and to force them to backfill the wet frames I returned to my hives after extraction. I said okay,...
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    Re: New, can't find queen

    MeBee, I am a relatively new beekeeper (this is my second summer), and I, too, have trouble finding the queen. There are just too many bees in the hive! My mentor told me to look for signs that she's...
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    Re: Newbee with 2 questions

    Thanks, everyone. I did exactly what you said on both counts.
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    Newbee with 2 questions

    I'm a new beekeeper with 2 questions/dilemmas:

    1. I recently purchased 2 additional hive boxes. I asked for medium 8 frame boxes, but was given deeps. I didn't notice it until today. My question...
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