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    No queens please help.

    I've managed to get myself into somewhat of a situation ordering queens again. Queens were scheduled to arrive this morning so yesterday I got up and started splitting hives and making nucs. Just...
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    Where to buy bulk pollen?

    I am looking for a source to purchase around 100lbs of pollen to make my own patties. So far I have only found people selling it by the pound at very high prices. Does any one know where I can...
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    Re: Do bees secce you have recently been stung?

    Next time you get stung; puff a little smoke on the affected area. This helps cover the scent and prevents another sting. Seems to work for me.
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    Bees not taking syrup?

    Last week I put some 1:1 syrup on all twenty of my hives. The syrup was mixed using 30 lbs of sugar to and mixed with water to give a total volume of 5 gal. I also had some honey b healthy from...
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    Old Root Cowan Extractor

    I have come across an old Root Cowan motorized extractor. I would guess it's from the 1920s or so. I am wondering if this is of any worth as an antique? It's in great shape for its age and could...
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    Wow, never thought people would have so much to...

    Wow, never thought people would have so much to say about used equipment. Thanks for all your ideas and stories, at least I know the approach I am taking has worked for others.
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    Thanks for all the input! I think what I will do...

    Thanks for all the input! I think what I will do is look it over and make a final decision based upon what I see. I now know what to look for and realize if I can't pick it up for rock bottom...
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    Twenty year old used equipment, still good?

    There is an auction coming up this summer in my area with lots of used bee equipment over 200 boxes with frames and all. I realize there is a risk when using old equipment of unknown origin. I am...
  9. This was my first year beekeeping and I lost 1 of...

    This was my first year beekeeping and I lost 1 of 4 Mankato Minnesota 56001. The ones that survived are looking good!
  10. Thanks for all the info everyone! I feel a lot...

    Thanks for all the info everyone! I feel a lot better about the situation now. I have realized I do need to make a better effort winterizing my hives; air flow could have been a problem. Today I...
  11. Good to hear your bees are at about the same...

    Good to hear your bees are at about the same point as mine. I visited my hives again today but didn't open them up. Traffic outside appeared normal but the smell from the hives is rather strong and...
  12. Early spring discovery, have I proceeded correctly?

    This is my second year beekeeping so I have no idea what a person should find when they open up their hives in the spring. I can guess that what I discovered is not normal.

    I have four hives if...
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    I added additional supers about two weeks ago as...

    I added additional supers about two weeks ago as the fall flow picked up. They started drawing comb and filling these supers as fast as they did in the spring. A week of rain has put a stop to...
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    After spending much time reading on Michael...

    After spending much time reading on Michael Bush's site and reading both the Alley Method of Queen Rearing and Better Queens by Jay Smith I have decided preventative treatments are not something I...
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    When to pull supers?

    Just wondering when is the latest I can pull my supers and administer treatments? The reason I am asking is we were having a great fall flow then it got cold and rainy for about a week. The...
  16. Thanks for the advice. I should mention that...

    Thanks for the advice. I should mention that when I say they swarmed a few weeks ago I mean five. The funny thing is I saw a virgin queen over those five weeks being attacked and pushed from the...
  17. Is the size of the queen an indication of quality?

    One of my hives swarmed a few weeks ago. They raised a new queen which just started laying about a week ago. She is very small compared to other queens I have seen (not many, I only have four...
  18. All the other queen cells hatched and are now...

    All the other queen cells hatched and are now torn down to about half their original size. If I order a queen will they be in good shape for winter? I could always combine them with another hive...
  19. Order a queen or give them a frame of eggs?

    One of my four hives swarmed about three weeks ago. At this time there were about six queen cells in the hive. Since then all queen cells have hatched, I did see one of the new queens two days...
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    Thanks for all the input guys. But the problem...

    Thanks for all the input guys. But the problem has already solved itself. The swarm left the supers and headed to who knows where just before sundown. I wasn't there to see where they went but...
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    The swarm has a queen, I saw her go into the...

    The swarm has a queen, I saw her go into the super with the rest of the bees. The problem with this plan is they are in med supers as that is the only equipment that isn't in use. So there is no...
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    How long should I wait to determine if they have...

    How long should I wait to determine if they have raised a queen. There were five queen cells in this hive. One of the four was empty. After the new queen has hatched how long does it take for here...
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    The funny thing is the two hives that were...

    The funny thing is the two hives that were booming at the beginning of the flow are now my weakest hives. One of them swarmed today. Today I also discovered that the hives that were slow to start...
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    They swarmed. I caught them. Now what?

    One of my hives swarmed today landing on a nearby tree. To a newbee this was a pretty awesome sight. I didn't have an extra deep or a bottom board to house them in so I made a bottom board quick...
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    Thanks for the input guys; I really appreciate...

    Thanks for the input guys; I really appreciate all the advice. I think you are right Ben; it was all a timing issue. The odd thing is, I don't use queen excluders. However, at the time of the flow...
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