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    Replying to a thread

    If you post a thread and someone gives you some good advice how do you reply to that person only?
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    snow and ice covered hives

    I have some hives that are nearly covered in snow. The bottom entrances are iced up also. Should I take a tool of some sort and break up the ice to give them an opening? I did drill top entrances...
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    Are my Wisconsin bees still kickin

    Any tips on how to tell if bees are alive. It is below zero and of course I can't open up the boxes. I don't hear a sound when I put my ear near entrance holes.
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    Placing hives in an old chicken coop

    I live in northern Wisconsin. I have a friend who started beekeeping this past spring. He had bear problem and lost all three of his hives. On this same land there is an old chicken coop with all...
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    How much to feed in the fall

    As a general rule how much in gallons should you feed a hive in the fall. I left some honey for them. I have been feeding for 3 weeks at about 2 quarts per day. Maybe not quite that much. As I...
  6. Thread: Color of honey

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    Color of honey

    I'm a small time beek in Wisconsin and most of my hives are in the same general area. My honey is golden in color and does not vary much from Spring to fall. It get's a little darker in fall but...
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    Re: Sterilizing new canning jars

    botulism will only live in an anerobic (No air) condition. When canning foods you end up with no air (anerobic) condition which invites botulism. Filling a jar with honey and placing a cap on does...
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    Sterilizing new canning jars

    Is it necessary to boil/sterilize new canning jars ? I know you should for canning but is it necessary for honey?
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    How to avoid soybean insectacide/fungacide

    I have been given two days notice that some soybeans close to my hives are going to be sprayed. I am not sure which insecticide will be sprayed. The beans are flowering(very small flowers) but the...
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    Did they swarm or was it incecticide

    First year beekeeper had a 3 lb. package in April. He used a modified Warre hive style. I wasn't in contact with him much all summer but he told me a couple of times that they were doing good. He...
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    Re: Too Early for Goldenrod?

    I think you have done a good job of explaining what you are smelling. I have always questioned whether the smell of goldenrod is like dirty socks. I would say like you said that it could be...
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    Re: what's best for goldenrod flow

    Here is something no one touched on. Golden rods release of nectar is dependent upon outside temperature. Two years ago we had 80 degree temps in September. The amount of golden rod was about the ...
  13. Thread: No brood at all

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    No brood at all

    I have a friend who is a first year bee keeper. He had 3 hives and bears destroyed them in June. He then bought a nuke which was very healthy and energetic when he got it. About 2-3 weeks it had...
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    full frame of capped drone cells

    Here in Northern Wisconsin the honey flow is on. Today I was inside a hive which was a package this year. It is doing fine with a lot of bees and lots of brood. However in one of the upper boxes...
  15. Thread: Bear

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    Re: Bear

    I will have to wait until tomorrow and go find out name, joule output . I have two hives placed in one yard. I have two more hives placed in another yard. I need to know what is recommended...
  16. Thread: Bear

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    Bear

    I have 4 hives that need whatever it takes to prevent bears from helping themselves to the honey and bees. These hives are at 2 different locations and bears have been sighted at both. Helped a...
  17. Thread: Ready to swarm

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    Ready to swarm

    About two weeks ago I split a hive of carni's. I added a mated queen to the queenless half. However, they were queenless for about 2 days before I added the queen and it took 5 days for her to be...
  18. Thread: Queenless?

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    Queenless?

    I installed 4 2 lb. packages of Italians on 4-5-13. It has been very cold and snowy. These hives went 3 weeks before it finally warmed up enough for them to fly. On 4-27-13 I opened up these 4...
  19. Thread: Reversal?

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    Re: Reversal?

    Thanks, I have always been told that you should overwinter using the smallest amount of space as possible to make it easier for them to stay warm. I thought the extra 2 unsused boxes were...
  20. Thread: Reversal?

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    Reversal?

    It's still cold out with snow everyday. I use all 8 frame mediums. I got talked into using 4 boxes to overwinter this year. I have a hive that is taking some syrup out of the top box telling me...
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    Bee Box's/dove tail joints

    I use all 8 frame medium supers. Can I get by with making them without the dovetails? Or will they not last as long?
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    Re: Feeding already?

    Beemandan: I am very small operator with 10 hives or so. This year I purchased package bee's from two different sources. Both of the sources are recommending feeding pollen patties now. In...
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    Feeding already?

    I live in Northern Wisconsin and the current daytime high temperature has been about mid thirties. I am being told by locals that I should be feeding pollen patties and bee sugar/fonduant. This...
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    length of time between feedings

    I have tried many different feeding methods in an attempt to lenghten the time between feedings. I have found that the best I can do is put on a jar of syrup and it is ok for 2 days before it...
  25. Thread: Racoon/damage?

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    Racoon/damage?

    Last season I had three hives placed together and they were located about 100 yards from a guys home. This guy did not like bees and he was a jerk from the start. Sometime in August he demanded...
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