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    Re: dead bees can come back to life?

    As a first responder, we have a saying "You arent dead until you are warm and dead."
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    Re: Am I doing a stupid thing?

    I like your decision. I too am treatment free. Will colonies be lost? Sure. Is it written in stone? Nope. I have yet to see evidence of CCD personally. Be generous to your bees by leaving them...
  3. Re: Recommendation on swapping top and bottom deeps?

    I've observed honey throughout the hive... top, outer edges in teh middle and low. I let me ladies do what they do. In Spring, I'll move the top box to the bottom ONLY after the top box is full of...
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    Re: Black Queen

    She looks like a carniolan. That would be my guess.
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    Re: Hive bodies

    Know the source. I received many of my boxes from my Father-in-law, and others I have purchased from Mann Lake and constructed myself. Again, I have to emphasize the importance of knowing the...
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    Re: 3 deep brood hives

    My three deeps have the top deep almost 75% full of honey by this time of the year. Its a great problem to have. I NEVER have to feed after the hive gets going. Once a new package is installed,...
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    Re: Slatted Rack

    I've noticed that the bees will use (stores and such) the comb a little bit lower in the bottom box if it has a slatted rack. The difference is minimal, but its there. This may be due to the extra...
  8. Thread: Goldenrod

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    Re: Goldenrod

    Excellent Pics. Thanks for sharing!
  9. Re: What's the general consensus on insulating for winter?

    Nicely said, Smith.
  10. Re: What's the general consensus on insulating for winter?

    I add mouse guards in fall and leave them plenty of honey to make it through winter. My bees are already protected from the northern and western winds. Other than that - I do nothing.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Can someone identifiy this?

    I'd fill that hole with silicone sealer.
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    Re: What's everyone using for TREAMENTS??

    Thanks for posting that link, PatBeek. I agree.
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    Re: What's everyone using for TREAMENTS??

    I have never and continue to not treat my bees with medications. When I start a hive from a package, I feed them sugar water and a pollen patty, just to get them going. Thats it. Once the hive has...
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    Re: Reaction to Bee Stings

    I wouldn't worry too much. I have been stung several times and thankfully I'm not allergic (yet); however, several of my relatives are. My Doctor told me to be aware of changes in heart-rate,...
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    Re: When to feed?

    Talk to a local beekeeper. If there isnt a local beekeeper you can talk to and this is your only source of information/advice, then FEED NOW... all they will take - try to get atleast a second...
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    Re: Sugar for syrup

    Maybe you have a leak in your feeder.
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    Re: Foundation/Foundationless Hybrid?

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about this. I may have to try this in some of my hives.
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    Re: how many bees are to many

    My 3 deeps are also packed full of bees at the moment. I will leave them alone and I just add more honey supers. They are strong going into this next nectar flow and if I lose a swarm or two, its...
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    Re: Queen outside hive?

    Gah... sorry, I see that was covered in post #2.
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    Re: Queen outside hive?

    Additionally, drones do not have stingers, so that may not help with your bee venom therapy.
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    Re: Fall Goldenrod flow is in full swing

    We are still waiting on the goldenrod flow, here in SW Wisconsin. We still have plenty of sunflowers, coneflowers, and black-eyed-susans blooming. I think we have a few more weeks before our...
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    Re: Wooden Stain/Finish

    Beautiful!
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    Re: Shade or Sun?

    Mostly sun... my hives have the shade hit them at around 4:30pm... which seems to help the ladies out (less bearding) on the hot summer days.
    They catch the early morning sunrise and get busy...
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    Re: Wooden Stain/Finish

    Hmmm... The Eco Wood looks pretty good. Thanks for the pictures. I'll give this a while and see what else people come up with. I like the look of that... and once and done is always nice.
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    Re: The most satisfying part of beekeeping

    I can't look at the surrounding area the same. Beekeeping brings me closer to nature. I used to teach Science, but my job is now very different. I love the "nature moments"... very similar to some...
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