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    Re: Hello from Brown County, Indiana

    Hello Neighbor!

    Have you attended any of our local club meetings? Sorry if we've met and I don't remember you.
    We meet at the library the 2nd Monday of the month: www.10oclockbeeline.org

    --Mark
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    Re: what would you do

    Two beekeepers, two opinions!
    I like your idea of using the queen excluder.
    Cutting and banding the old comb is work, and quite often results in wonky comb that you'll end up getting rid of sooner...
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    Re: Growth and Potential Split

    If I understand you correctly, you are planning on obtaining a local queen for the split?

    Here's how I make splits (or nucs) from an established colony:
    1) Get an empty brood box.
    2) Select a...
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    Re: Easy swarm detecting techniques

    Based on my experience, this is what I've seen:


    A strong colony will look very active before & after a swarm.


    I've seen backfilling more often than not.


    I've seen very little...
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    Re: queens and swarms

    Primary swarms are nearly always headed by the 'old' queen. In some cases (e.g., the old queen is clipped), the primary swarm may leave with a virgin.

    Secondary swarms usually have virgin queens,...
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    Re: Queen and New Hive Progress

    Based on what you described, it sounds like your package had a queen and they probably dispatched the marked one once she was released.

    As for the haphazard egg, if the rest of the brood pattern...
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    Re: New Packages Slowed.

    Unlikely a swarm cell. Swarm cells tend to be on the bottom of frames, supercedure cells tend to be in the middle of frames but it's not a hard and fast rule. If it was a swarm cell, you'd see...
  8. Re: Family becoming allergic to bee stings concern

    I've been keeping bees in my backyard 10+ years. During that time, I'm not aware of my wife or kids ever being stung by a honey bee, although they have each been stung multiple times by hornets,...
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    Re: How does a clippd queen swarm?

    But the colony, now that it's in "swarm mode", will likely swarm with one (or more) of the virgins once they emerge.
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    Re: Howdy, from Northern Indiana

    Hello and Welcome!

    I know quite a few beekeepers up in your area.
    There are some good beekeeping clubs:
    http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/files/ep-state-and-local-bee-associations.pdf
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    Re: Need some advice/guidance

    Exactly what I was thinking. I'm next to you in Brown County, and with the colder-than-usual March we had, none of my colonies are ready to split.

    Are you connected with a local club? There are a...
  12. Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    One more thing about Maxant: their hand-powered extractors are very-easily converted to powered. So if initial cost is an issue, you can buy the hand-powered now, and convert to powered in a year or...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    I don't have weeds in my yard - I have bee forage!
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    Re: Timing the split

    If you want to make splits and make honey, read Michael Bush's write up on cut down splits. He explains it more clearly than I could:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
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    Re: What To Do

    I'd say it's too early here in Indiana to be rearranging frames & boxes. I'd wait a few more weeks until temperatures are bit more stable.

    Willows and maples are usually the early pollen sources....
  16. 2015 Indiana State Beekeepers Spring Meeting

    The Indiana State Beekeepers will be meeting this Saturday, March 21st, at Ivy Tech in Marion.

    Guest speaker is Michele Colopy from the Pollinator Stewardship Council.

    Details, directions,...
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    Re: Establishing Nucs in the Same Yard

    This is what I do:
    1) In the donor hive, pull out the frames you want to put in nuc: brood (capped & uncapped), honey & pollen. Replace with new frames.
    2) Take the frames you pulled and shake off...
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    Re: Dead Hive- Reuse or Not

    Yes, okay to re-use. Knock of as many of the dead bees as you can, the new bees will get the rest. Likewise, they'll clean up any mold on the frames.
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    Re: Ok to smoke 'em when it's cold?

    Certainly. Open it up, puff or two of smoke to clear a space, pop on the sugar block and you're done in probably under 30 seconds.

    Are you going to the State Beekeepers Spring meeting next...
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    Re: Treating Package w/OA Dribble

    Agree with Shinbone.
    Also, many package producers treat prior to shipment. My experience with packages is that mites usually don't become an issue until Year 2.
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    Re: Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshows?

    I've been to a few Heartland conferences and enjoyed them very much:
    http://www.heartlandbees.org/

    The Tri-County Workshop in Wooster, Ohio usually has around 1000 attendees and is very fun:...
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    Re: Help newbie select suits

    I have an UltraBreeze jacket, but for many years prior just wore jeans, old white shirt and a veil.
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    Re: Finally Getting Started - Indiana

    Too early for re-hiving. I'd wait til early April. And, if they're that mean, wait until you have a replacement queen - no point in having to deal with them more than necessary!
  24. Re: What Advice Would You Give to Someone That is Open Feeding Honey From Unknown Sou

    I would be surprised if there are any states which have laws governing what to feed bees.
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    Re: Hello from Indiana

    Hello and Welcome!

    What part of Indiana are you in? I recommend getting involved with a local club. Clubs are great places to find mentors and get connected to nearby beekeepers. Here's a list of...
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