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    Re: Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    green2btree, thanks so much for the offer. I was able to find a member of our local bee association who had a nuc. I bought it and installed this afternoon, so hopefully all will be well. Good...
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    Re: Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    Great suggestion. I'll check into that.
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    Too late to requeen in upper midwest?

    This was my strongest hive until recently, when it seemed there were fewer bees flying in front compared to the others, which came from splits. After taking the honey supers off, in which we got...
  4. Thread: No brood?

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    Re: No brood?

    I have a similar problem. My strongest hive now seems queenless. There were only several dozen capped drone cells but no capped worker cells, eggs or larva. The hive has 3 mediums all full of...
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    Re: Is this the queen?

    jw, I actually didn't see her on the frame at the time. It was only when looking at the image later that I saw what appeared to be a queen with her rear end in the cell. Difficult to tell from the...
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    Is this the queen?

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    I put a Minn. hygenic queen into this hive in May. Three days after putting her container in the hive, I checked and she had been released. Two weeks later, I checked carefully each frame in...
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    Re: Can anyone tell me what's happening?

    I would contact someone from your local area beekeeping club. Here is a place to start.
    http://www.bees-on-the-net.com/home-page/connecticut-swarm-removal/
    Some will charge, others just content...
  8. Thread: House Wrens!

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    Re: House Wrens!

    Well, they do talk about the birds and the bees....
    Great photo!
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    True, Acebird, but the only things coming in contact with both the honey and the paper are the de-capping blades. We should have a sterile pan to set them on when not using. We do set the wax...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    We harvest in what we call our barn, a 20 X 24 2 story building in which I keep my tools, garden tractor, bee equipment (2nd floor). We usually do a couple medium supers at a time, using a very old...
  11. Thread: Did I mess up?

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    Re: Did I mess up?

    Famous last words dept.: "I'm just going to be quick, I can do this without smoke..."
    'nuff said

    Yep, probably best to put the new box on top. The queen will work both ways, though. In a...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    I wear a veil and long sleeve white t-shirts. I also wear a pair of white, light weight cotton pants. In the middle of summer, during a flow, I'll often not use gloves--really depends on their...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I don't know--had two hives in the same location, large number of bees in each--one was dead by the end of January, with a fair amount of honey left on the sides, while the other survived fine (so...
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    Re: Why and How Did You Start Beekeeping?

    We started in 2008, at a suggestion of my wife, after we had each retired. "Bees?", I said. "You do know they sting, don't you?" "I thought they bite," she replied. Obviously, we had a lot to...
  15. Thread: Bee Blogs

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    Re: Bee Blogs

    We have had our Blog going for about 6 years: Bessie's Bees

    I also maintain the Blog for our local beekeeping club. This one uses various pages. East Central Iowa Beekeepers

    Good luck with...
  16. Thread: Apiary Names

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    Re: Apiary Names

    We have a hobby apiary (3 to 4 hives) and a small vineyard about 35 vines. We call it the Grumpy Bee Apiary and Vineyard.
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  17. Thread: Smoker rules

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    Re: Smoker rules

    The smoker always dies down just when you need it the most.
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    Re: My First Harvest

    Congrats. That first harvest really produces a good feeling. Enjoy it!
  19. Thread: Agressive Bee's

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    Re: Agressive Bee's

    I wonder as well if you used smoke. Also, were they aggressive the first time you entered the hive or only after you went back again to remove comb? I find my bees, Italians, which are typically...
  20. Re: Tips for not killing a bunch of bees when putting a hive back together anyone?

    I do the twist method after smoking. In also cover open boxes with squares of the firm, dense styrofoam insulation. Bees don't tend to cling to that when I remove it like they can with cloth and it...
  21. Thread: Snag Films

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    Re: Snag Films

    Thanks for the link--enjoyed watching it.
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    Re: How Long Do Bees Hold a Grudge?

    I was chatting with a clerk at Mann Lake a few years ago who had a couple prominent stings near her nose. She explained that a bear had torn her hive apart, and the bees were naturally very upset...
  23. Re: Queen loss 2 years in a row from same hive box

    I think, given you have so few bees, it probably isn't worth the risk of introducing disease into a good hive and it may be best to just let them go. I'm wondering if there is something about the...
  24. Re: Queen loss 2 years in a row from same hive box

    Tar, seems like there are a lot of variables involved, and several questions given the information you've provided. I'll throw a few out--forgive me if some of them seem obvious. First, what was the...
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    Re: First honey harvest

    Congrats to both. It's amazing what even 3 frames can provide, though, isn't it? When I'm straining the last bit of honey, with the cappings and anything I'm crushing, I place the straining bucket...
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