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    Weak Hive.... possible virgin queen?

    I have a hive that I've been trying to help. Moved them into a nuc, gave them frames of honey and pollen.. also pollen patty on top. Been babying them close to a month. Checked on them every few...
  2. Re: how far away are your bees from where you live?

    I think I have you all beat... my hives are exactly 218 miles one way. I live in the Chicago area.. and keep my bees in central Wisconsin on my hobby farm. I usually go up every two weeks to get...
  3. Thread: Bees are out

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    Bees are out

    This past Sunday it was about 30 deg and sunny in central Wisconsin, and to my surprise my bees were flying out and hanging out by my top entrance/vent hole. I saw some come back, while others...
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    to extract or not

    I am a bit confused. I am a fist year beek, in central WI. I had touched upon this question in a previous post, but got some conflicting responses. I have 2 hives, running all deep boxes. Right now...
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    Re: Required time for beekeeping

    I have two hives and I spend about 1 to 2 hours every two weeks on them. I would love to spend more time, but I keep them at our hobby farm 3 hrs away.
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    hive management

    After my 2 hives have consumed roughly 30 percent of their stores during the drought we had in central wi, they are now making up for lost time. Two weeks ago they were building comb on my third...
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    Re: Central WI to feed or not

    I was planning on wintering in two deeps, is that ok or do I need three deeps? If wintering in two deeps is ok, then my bees need to replenish the roughly 30 percent in honey they consumed during...
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    Central WI to feed or not

    I am in central WI and like most areas we are in a drought. My bees, started from nucs this May were doing great, filled out two deeps from foundation. About a month ago I stopped feeding and put on...
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    camcote drying time

    I just coated the interior of my galvanized extractor with camcote. I was wondering what is the proper curing time, and if it is recommended to do multiple coats. It has been 24 hours since I coated...
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    Re: Do queens shut down?

    I have also seen this happen to me last weekend when I went through both of my hives completely frame by frame. I currently have 3 deeps on. 2 deeps are for brood, and the other for surplus honey. ...
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    Re: food grade silicone sealant

    I'm not planning on selling honey, just for myself, friends and family. I'm also not worried about the effects of the galvanized metal as the honey will not be stored in it. Galvanized has been used...
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    food grade silicone sealant

    I got my hands on an older galvanized extractor, and upon cleaning it up to be painted on the outside and camcoat on the inside, I noticed that it had a bead of some type of caulk on the exterior of...
  13. Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    Wheeler...my thoughts exactly..as long as the honey does not sit in it we should be OK...as others have said...its been used like that for decades. How are you planning on painting the outside..I...
  14. Re: Galvanized extractor and use of it? Please comment.

    I also just got my hands on an old galvanized extractor, and I was thinking of camcoting the interior and doing like a rustoleum paint on the outside just to pretty it up a bit. Since I am only...
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    Re: New wisconsin bee keeper

    I keep my hives in Central WI ...Necedah Juneau County. I am on 2nd deep and hoping to add supers by next weekend.
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    Re: plastic sheet for inner cover

    Roger, what about problems with condensation on the plastic, no air circulation. Beside being see through, are there any other benefits, over the usual wood inner cover. Btw..I also keep my hives...
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    plastic sheet for inner cover

    I have seen many European beekeepers are using a plastic sheet for a inner cover. I believe Tom Glenn of Glenn Apiaries in California also uses plastic sheets for inner covers. Is there any specific...
  18. Re: Close-ups of comb - newly built from recent cut-out (Will they survive?)

    I may be wrong as I am a new beek, but I think you have a laying worker. I noticed in the first pic, right below and to the right of the hatching bee that is circled, that there are two eggs in the...
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