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  1. Re: If you had a 20 acre pasture to dedicate to your bees...

    We did that on 10 acres. We went with white sweet clover! Amazing results.
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    Re: What temperature to store honey?

    Normally I would just say go with whatever the Dutch Guy says..... :D but I do both room temperature and basement storage and have not noticed a difference. I notice more crystallization depending...
  3. Re: Help Preventing Robbing Frenzy during and after honey harvest

    Ditto: I made my own triangle escapes and they work awesome.
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    Re: How much honey to leave in a drought?

    looks like taking none this year. I usually have three supers on by now. only have one on each hive this year and they are not full.
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    Re: How is Michigan's honey crop looking

    Hurting bad! White clover bloom poorest I have ever had. Not making squat for extra this year. I swear they are sucking dust out of the flowers. Oh..... and pissy as can be.
  6. Re: What's the longest you've gone without getting stung?

    got about 30 yesterday where the elastic from the gloves meet the jacket. They like the nice tight material in that area. Need to start wearing long sleeve shirts under the jacket..... just so dang...
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    Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    I just use the tool with a handle. I think he was refering to the folks that install permanent spacers.
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    Re: anyone cut-out duragilt?

    I put the Duragilt where it belongs...... the trash.
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    Re: Moisture level in honey

    No.

    I was like you and very worried about the moisture level. I bought a meter and tested and tested and was always good. If it is capped it is ready.

    Of course you will hear otherwise.........
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    Extra Italian Queen

    I have an extra Italian Queen in a Queen cage with attendants. She is not marked but healthy and I do not have a hive for her right now. Anyone in West/ Mid Michigan want her? Hate to see her go to...
  11. Thread: Holy Drift...

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    Re: Holy Drift...

    I grew up in Rockford. Last name is VanderMey!
  12. Thread: Holy Drift...

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    Re: Holy Drift...

    Hmmm.... I usually experience it in the middle hives. Never heard it was usually the end hive. That has not been my experience.

    I have learned to separate the packages from each other for a while...
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    Re: New Post Office Plans and Bees

    yeah OK..... a semi federal government agency not supported by tax payers...... whatever
    lets you sleep better at night
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    Re: New Post Office Plans and Bees

    I heard the news as well, and I am sure the tax subsidized US Mail system is close to being bankrupt but I am sure that our current Administration will just increase our taxes so the inefficient US...
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    Re: Do You Know Anyone Who Has Cancer?

    camero7

    You are on my thoughts and prayers.

    I lost both of my parents to cancer @ 62. Lung for my mother, and Colon for my father.
    Have a dear friend who has bone marrow cancer right now.
  16. Thread: Harvesting

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    Re: Harvesting

    I made my own double triangle escapes this year. One or two days on the hive and good to go. They worked awesome. I am very impressed with them and used to use the brush off and move the frames. Less...
  17. Thread: Fall Swarm

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    Fall Swarm

    Thoughts on uses for a swarm from one of my hives that I boxed? I would obviously have to help them build any reserves at all unless I combine, or give them reserves from other heavy hives or supers?...
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    Re: Quick honey jar sizing question

    I think I have that one in stock. I will verify and let you know. Honestly, I would look at Sailor! You can get samples of every size "i think free" and they are high quality, cheaper and faster than...
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    Re: Quick honey jar sizing question

    They are not famous for replying to e=mail inquiry. What stock number are you looking at? I have some of Dadant's bottles, bears and etc. I get all of mine from Sailor now. If the Dadant bottles I...
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    Re: moving bees down

    I would think in your location you have time for them to move down.
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    Re: Sharing extractor

    No kidding! They love the pig poo.
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    Re: My wifes anniversary present.

    Looks perfect to me. I am looking for the same thing with a blue oval emblem in front!
  23. Re: You know the season is just about over when...

    Testy in West Michigan too! Full Gear mowing required and smoker with back- up supply to do inspections. Terrible fall flow for me.
  24. Poll: Re: upper vents in winter for condensation/ventilation: yes or no?

    I am more confused now than ever. I just spent days researching to make sure venting was the way I should go. Now I have doubts. Is anyone from Michigan able to help clear things up a little. I am...
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    Re: Opinions on screened inner covers

    I did just that. I put on one that was open all the time and they sealed tight as a drum. Ironically they were the lowest performer. Seems that they could not get the honey to the right moisture as...
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