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    Re: new beekeepers

    I just bought a full suit that fits my 5 and 9 year olds. My son (5) went over earlier this week for a full inspection and he loved it, stood right in there and was never frightened one time. My...
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    Re: Winter stores question

    OK thanks for the explanation. Sorry for the newbie ignorance.
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    Re: Winter stores question

    I apologize in advance but I didn't understand what you said about "feeding until its all full isn't the best." I am not currently feeding so that had me confused, unless you are talking about...
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    Re: Winter stores question

    Thanks for the info. I will give it a few more days then add another medium and see what happens. I am assuming worst case scenario is they do not draw or fill it, either way they have two deeps...
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    Winter stores question

    First year beek/first hive this year. I started with a 3 pound package. I want to ensure that my bees have plenty of stores for the winter. I went over today and checked things out. I have 2 8 frame...
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    Re: Serious dragonfly problems

    Most research I have read (1st year beek, many years with purple martins) show that martins feed at higher altitudes then what the bees are typically at. I am sure there are times that bees fly...
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    Re: When to completely remove the reducer?

    Right now it is my only entrance and I hadn't planned on another. I have the two deeps and a medium which they are filling. My plan was to not harvest any honey this year just to help them through...
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    Re: When to completely remove the reducer?

    Thanks for the info. So far the entrance is busy but by know means is there a "traffic jam" nor does it appear as they are clogged up, I will leave it as is.
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    When to completely remove the reducer?

    Started with a three pound package this spring. I had a one inch opening beside my entrance feeder. I removed the entrance feeder and left the opening which is now about 4 inches. I went over today...
  10. Re: Hey Newbees, who started this year, got a hive you want to brag on?

    Being new I don't know how long it takes to draw comb, but my queen was laying eggs within a couple days of being released. I am guessing had I put the package in a hive with no foundation or comb...
  11. Re: Hey Newbees, who started this year, got a hive you want to brag on?

    Not wanting to "brag" on my hive because I hate to jinks myself. I started this year and was only able to get my hands on 1 package of bees and it was a little late to start. I was given drawn comb...
  12. Re: Is it too late to make a split this year (SW Ohio)?

    I am a newbie as well and I started with a 3 pound package this spring. I wouldn't think about splitting my first hive this time of year (or any time during the first year). Just me but I want to...
  13. Re: When to remove reducer and when to add honey super?

    Is it common place to use an upper entrance as well or do most just use the bottom entrance. Right now I just have the 4 inch bottom entrance and two deeps. Both deeps currently have brood in them.
  14. Re: When to remove reducer and when to add honey super?

    Pardon the stupid newbie questions....I know people use the honey supers to harvest honey but will the bees use them over the winter to feed on? I was not planning on harvesting any honey I just...
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    Re: Supply Check

    I built a top feeder from Fat Bee mans plans. Easy to build and works good. No drown bee's!
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    First year and first hive. I installed the package middle of May. I had frames with drawn comb so the queen went to work right away. After a few weeks the bottom box had activity on most frames with...
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    Re: One deep or two?

    I am new this year so take this with a grain of salt. I have asked similar questions and have been told that some people use all mediums, I am using two deeps then mediums on top of that. I don't...
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    Re: Entrance reducer?

    I started my first hive this year from a package. After the first round of capped brood started hatching and I felt my numbers were climbing I removed my entrance feeder and left the opening as is,...
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    Re: Geeting them to fill second hive body

    I built a hive top feeder last week and installed it a couple days ago. I had put my second deep brood box on 2 weeks ago. One frame had some drawn comb from last year and the others were a mix of...
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    Re: Hive Top feeder recomendation.

    Surprisingly I went over and checked my feeder two days after install and it was empty, almost 1 gallon gone. There were some dead ants in the feeder but the bees drank it down faster then I thought....
  21. Re: How to repel or eradicate nuisance Honeybees?

    I would talk to the neighbors and see if they can put some type of water source closer to the bees, bird bath, kiddy pool, etc. A friend of mine added vinegar to his neighbors pools and that helped...
  22. Anyone have a childs bee suit they don't use?

    Going to try to find a used one before I spring for a new one. My kids are young and want to go "help" but are both typically scared to death of bugs, so I don't know who they will handle it. But I...
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    Re: Hive Top feeder recomendation.

    I finished up my feeder today. Very simple to build and could be built for less then $10 if you had to buy the materials. I added a second deep to my new hive 2 weeks ago. One of the frames had...
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    Re: Hive Top feeder recomendation.

    I think to start I am going to try to build the Fat Bee Man no drown version, I got the plans today. Ill let you know how it goes.
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    Re: Entrance Reducers

    I hived my first ever package 3 1/2 weeks ago. I had drawn comb on my frames so the queen started laying immediately. I had an entrance feeder and an entrance reducer so the opening was about 1 1/2"....
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