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  1. Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    I did this this year but I didn't notice anything bad come from it. I was wondering- when I re queen a queen less hive that has built some queen cells do the bees tear down and destroy the existing...
  2. Thread: Hive stands

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    Re: Hive stands

    I have the same plastic pallets you have- I work in a warehouse- I actually stopped using them though in favor of cinder blocks, also free to me. I feel the square shape gets in the way whereas...
  3. Thread: Buildin Stuff

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    Re: Buildin Stuff

    Yeah I think I'm going to do that. I think this post was a good reminder to me. When I first started I had the same exact thoughts and access to a table saw and I was immediately warned off by some...
  4. Thread: Buildin Stuff

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    Buildin Stuff

    About two years ago when I installed my first beehive my dad thought I was significantly crazy. After two years of watching me and the hives Dad now wants to have his own hive. He made up his mind...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    Just curious, but I bought my pellets off amazon after buying a wood pellet grill- Where can I pick up the non-terrible pellets for beekeeping at a local store. Menard's?
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    New Flow System-COOL!

    Not sure if it will actually work but COOL! Queen barrier might be necessary though.

    http://www.honeyflow.com/gallery/p/23
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    Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    I started using pet bedding for smoker fuel last year but I found while its really convenient it does tend to go out fairly quickly. I was thinking of grabbing wood pellets and mixing them in with...
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    Re: Package bees in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Iowa

    I think the suppliers in Wisconsin are pretty good. I was thinking about using Dadant next year, I've liked everyone I meet at their store and they are used pretty widely in Wisconsin from what I...
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    Again, it goes back to the fact that I needed to do more inspections. For a good while the pattern and everything else were doing fine, but because they were the most successful (relative) of my...
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    Hm.. good to know. Next time i need to spend more time in inspection
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    I think It was a matter of timing. I did so many things that encourage robbing behavior all at the same time. I've used apple cider vinegar in the past and haven't had an issue, i may experiment...
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    Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    As a beginner, I've read many things about people extracting honey and leaving the bees to clean up the mess, I've also NOT read about how that is a bad idea. Well, I learned that last year when...
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    Thinking about requeening a hive

    Hello,

    Second year keeper. I had 3 hives last year and now I have 8. I have been fortunate to have extremely docile bees and I only smoke very lightly if at all. This year I had ordered 4...
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    Swarmed Hive- When does it recover?

    One of my hives swarmed, I caught the swarm and they are doing pretty well. However, in the hive the swarm originated from, it's been a week and I haven't seen any egg laying. I'm not completely...
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    Re: What does swarming look like?

    Don't worry, they are all sitting snug as bugs in their new hive. I have the feeder on them now. Last years swarm in Milwaukee was early july as well and they still haven't fully recovered, but...
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    What does swarming look like?

    Thought the beginners would like to see this. First time seeing a swarm myself. Sorry if I turned the camera around half way though, I didn't realize it would turn out that way
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  17. Thread: Dearth

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    Dearth

    I've heard the word often times but I don't know when I am in it. If there is a drought I can understand, but well...I don't know. Do people look at their frames and say "oh, we are in dearth" or...
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    Re: What am I looking at

    I'm not sure of the cause, but I think they might be overdoing it for the water drink. I think they may be intentionally plugging up the entrance for brood temp? I'm having trouble adding the newest...
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    What am I looking at

    Its only 59 degrees and its been raining all day. Its still ever so slightly raining. I thought maybe rain was getting in and they are blocking it? Or they were attacked by something today? ...
  20. Thread: lang vs warre

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    Re: lang vs warre

    I guess the simplest way to put it is...Lang is convenient for beekeepers and Warre is convenient for bees...or so the theory goes. This was really helpful when I was looking at them
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    so...basically.....they figured out how to cram new genetics into bees using...cassettes? What does that even mean though? Could anything helpful actually be inserted?
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    Bee Plants for beginners

    I don't see myself becoming a serious gardener but I find myself more and more curious about what the bees are bringing back into their hives. If you would like a laugh, it wasn't until last year...
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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    Thanks for the excellent resource. Not to add noise to this, but last week in Wisconsin I noticed my 2nd year hives bringing in a pale yellow pollen so our season must be just about to start up.
  24. Thread: Horizontal

    by Gus979
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    Horizontal

    I could use some help. I am going into my second year and am still fascinated by honey bees. I plan on expanding my hives from 3 to 7. My brother who also finds them interesting but won't admit he...
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    Re: All is Lost..........

    Schedule a time in the fall for your state inspector to come in. They might have a different keeping practices than you, but they have seen so many hives that they will know what needs to be done. ...
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