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  1. Thread: Winter Survival

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    Winter Survival

    Knowing it varies depending on a lot of factors. For keepers who have experimented with different methods, what have you found is the most effective overwintering practice for long cold...
  2. Thread: Cleanup Hints

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    Cleanup Hints

    As I harvest the honey, I often get in trouble with the other "honey" with the mess that's left. It's amazing how honey can leave sticky areas- door knobs, handles, jams, clothes, etc. that one...
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    Re: winter leftovers

    Very good advice. Thank you. So, I take it I can also use my leftover capped honey in place of feeders this spring.
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    winter leftovers

    Minn. winter (still going). Of my two hives, one has overwintered very well- large cluster, a lot of remaining honey. The other died out (probably froze), with most of their honey still there. I use...
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    Re: Where the bees are

    moisture board goes on top of the inner cover over winter, made of material to absorb moisture ( probably a cold climate thing)
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    Re: Where the bees are

    If you numbered your frames 1-8, they only ate from frames 5-8 in each box.
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    Where the bees are

    When checking my two overwintered hives (in very cold Minn), I found one completely dead. A good cluster of bees centered in the back half of the 8 frame mediums I use. They had eaten all the honey...
  8. Thread: Swapping Advice

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    Re: Swapping Advice

    Univ. of Minn recommends 5 mediums or 3 deeps for over-winter in Minnesota. Do you think I can do anything with the week hive beside feeding or can I swap a couple boxes with the strong hive?
  9. Thread: Swapping Advice

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    Swapping Advice

    1st yr. 2 hives. All mediums. I have one strong hive that has just filled their 7th medium of honey and still foraging goldenrod, so they need more room. The 2nd hive is weak after swarming and...
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    Re: Need Robbing Advice

    Thank you for the suggestions. Early this morning I put the robber screens on and the bearded ball underneath is gone for the most part, but here are hordes of bees in the air and against both hives...
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    Re: Need Robbing Advice

    2726ball of "robber" bees at the bottom of hive, mine are inside- closed up. Air filled with bees
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    Re: Need Robbing Advice

    Do a swarm of bees ever come and take over an occupied, but queenless, hive?
    I have had the hive closed off all day (so no in or out) the robbing bees keep coming and coming and now hang from the...
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    Re: Need Robbing Advice

    I opened the entrance with about a 3/8 hole. There are only about half the bees bearded under the entry, but the only bees going in are the terrorists one at a time- nothing comes out. My bees don't...
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    Need Robbing Advice

    1st yr., 2 hives, both hives weakened by swarming, one queenless right now (queen cells) but had some storage of honey. Both invaded by huge group (thousands) of larger, dark, ugly, mean bees that ...
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    Re: More Than Frustrated

    Okay, to provide more information of what happened. (also, I want to thank all the nice people who offered encouragement)
    2 hives, use all 8 frame mediums, 2 lb. packages-Italians, Apr.20. Fed the...
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    More Than Frustrated

    I am getting past the point of just being frustrated.
    1st year, Minn. -2 hives- Italians started from packages- Within the past few days I have had 3 swarms from the 2 hives
    I have about enough...
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    swarmed- past tense

    New beekeeper- two hives. This morning I found that one of my hives had swarmed and was clustered high in a spruce near the hives. As I was trying to calculate what to do (no extra hives, equip,...
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    Re: Rookie needs advice

    Any benefit to feeding during this time? (they are storing some honey)
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    Re: Rookie needs advice

    They had plenty of room, I was nice to them. Some gratitude!
    Do you think the hive should be left as is? Continue feeding, will they requeen themselves? (thanks for the reply)
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    Re: Rookie needs advice

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    Rookie needs advice

    1st year, I have two hives that I started from packages April 20th (cent. Minn). Using all 8 frame mediums. One hive progressed much faster than the other, and two weeks ago I was putting on my 4th...
  22. Thread: 1 year bees

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    Re: 1 year bees

    Thank you for the honest answers. Yes, I can't imagine hobby beekeepers using those methods. When working closely with them your bees become much more like pets.
    I was curious about large...
  23. Thread: 1 year bees

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    1 year bees

    I am a beginner and my hives are doing much better than I expected. I have found beekeeping fascinating, and really enjoying the bees. Just something I was curious about-
    With all the different...
  24. Thread: Feeder Question

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    Re: Feeder Question

    Thank you for the info, I really appreciate it.
    When I remove the empty to check the feeders, do I have to worry about the queen possibly being in there?
  25. Thread: Feeder Question

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    Feeder Question

    I have very strong half-gal. plastic containers with screw lids that I want to use as feeders. I have only two hives, so thinking two per-feeder over the inner cover and a medium over it (fits). I ...
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