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  1. Thread: Wasps!!!

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    Re: Wasps!!!

    I've been watching them fly around and they don't make it into the occupied hives. When I was killing the ones on top of the top bars a couple bars flipped and a few fell inside. The bees let them...
  2. Thread: Wasps!!!

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    Re: Wasps!!!

    I hear you. I couldn't believe it either. I opened every empty box they were in--removed all the top bars and nothing. It was getting late and chilly so they moved slow but none of them were even...
  3. Thread: Wasps!!!

    by Luckybees
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    Wasps!!!

    I'm getting packages this week so last night I went to check the new top bar hives ---just a double check to make sure everything was in order. In the very first hive I checked there were 20-40...
  4. Re: Protecting styrofoam in cover of top bar

    I think I'll go with the metal tape to fix the existing hives and in the future use the foam that already has the aluminum on both sides. It's three dollars per sheet more expensive for 1" instead of...
  5. Re: Protecting styrofoam in cover of top bar

    Thank you, both ideas are great---hadn't thought of either. I was thinking about painting them but I like these better. I already have the covers hinged { got tired of lifting them and having both...
  6. Protecting styrofoam in cover of top bar

    I use styrofoam in my covers and use a space before the first top bar for my top entrance. The bees wintered fine through a brutal winter so I'm happy with how it worked---both ventilated and warm...
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    Re: How tight can brood bee?

    Thanks Michael, I tend to overthink things. I'll let them bee.
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    Re: When to harvest bees in Iowa

    Sounds good. I think I'll use whatever old comb I can get for swarm traps. I've made up extra five frame nukes [top bar deeps] and a couple in each can't hurt. Should I try keep whatever I can with...
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    Re: When to harvest bees in Iowa

    Thanks Michael, I'm about 2 hours North of you, near Sioux City. The cut out will be about another forty miles North of me. I got into bees to pollinate my orchard but am having so much fun I'm...
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    Re: How tight can brood bee?

    Thanks Michael---one more question. I bought the Mann Lake small cell to put in new horizontal top bar hives but since they are going to be used for the brood area and the rest will be natural comb...
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    When to harvest bees in Iowa

    I have an offer to do a cut out from a farmer in Iowa. The hive is in a shed on his farm in Northern Iowa and aren't hurting anything so I can get them anytime. Should I try before spring buildup or...
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    How tight can brood bee?

    I trimmed some plastic small cell comb from 13/8" to 11/8". Will this work in the brood nest? Could I mix in some 11/2" or 11/4" top bars if I'm too tight? Could I go even smaller---say 1"? If small...
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    Re: Well, I haven't killed them yet!!!

    If you're looking to expand it looks like you have a good, healthy, winter proven hive to use in your expansion plans.
  14. Re: Which plants/trees give nectar latest into fall and how late in your areas

    Besides asters and goldenrod, what else are the bees getting nectar from this time of year? I only have two hives so maybe they are on the asters and goldenrod but there are other hives in the area...
  15. Re: Which plants/trees give nectar latest into fall and how late in your areas

    The bees are still collecting nectar from something but I don't see them on my goldenrod or asters. Maybe it's still too early---maybe I have the wrong type of goldenrod or asters. Other pollinators...
  16. Which plants/trees give nectar latest into fall and how late in your areas

    I've got 20 acres of playground that I made into a wildlife habitat years ago. I can still squeeze in some trees/plants but would like to concentrate on the fall nectar harvest. Any ideas? Thank you,...
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    Re: Installing new queen

    Thanks guys. They had made a new queen and destroyed the extra queen cells but the virgin queen didn't make it back from her maiden flight. My time line wasn't correct---her flight was 7-10 days ago...
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    Re: Installing new queen

    Thanks Michael---I just used the candy cage. How long before I should go in and get the cage. They have 26 bars of comb drawn with some pollen but very little honey. Most comb is empty. I'll probably...
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    Installing new queen

    I lost my old queen about two weeks ago and have one ready to put into the hive. Should I just release her or let them eat the candy so they get to know her. Having been queenless I would think they...
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    Goldenrod Pollen

    I have a hive that's having problems getting enough stores for winter and wondered if I could collect goldenrod pollen and lay it in the bottom of my top bar hive? I have a ton of goldenrod on my...
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    Re: planting bee bee seeds

    If I order seeds now and stratify for two months then plant inside that takes me to germination in November. They would need to stay in house until May 1st. in Iowa---that makes them at least 5...
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    Re: planting bee bee seeds

    odfrank, I've had people tell me that they need light to germinate---is this true? If so do you put the seeds on top of the soil and keep moist? I did stratify the 20 seeds for 30 days and planted...
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    Re: Alkaline soil and goldenrod nectar

    I'm in Northwest Iowa and the goldenrod just started blooming this week---I also have alkaline soil and hope this isn't true. I'm a first yeer beek and am counting on the goldenrod. There is a ton of...
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    Re: no brood---7 queen cells???

    My eyes aren't what they used to be---over the weekend I checked it out again and I must have had some open brood because I have three more capped queen cells. I do have another hive that's doing...
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    Re: no brood---7 queen cells???

    I have a healthy hive that I could get some open brood out of but would it be better to steal that queen and let the other hive make a new one? If I do take the other queen the hives are only 10 feet...
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