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  1. question on new nucs and swarm cells

    question for all you experienced people.
    picked up the nucs and delivered 2 and then hived my 3. 2 have brood of various ages and one of those 2 has 5 swarm cells on the bottom of one frame and 1...
  2. small cell in super but regular bees ordered

    I lost my hives last year to a fluke accident with cows in November. Anyway, they were small cell bees that started on foundationless and did an excellent job of it til their hives were destroyed by...
  3. Re: Better to buy a suit or commit to getting stung more often?

    my husband has a vented suit and loves it. It feels so heavy and unweildy to me that I happily use my cheap suit that I feel fairly certain i could get stung through (it was the cheap version for $89...
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    Re: 2 strong hives and 1 weak

    The company chose to refund my one package cost rather than replace the queen.
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    Re: 2 strong hives and 1 weak

    Do I need to do anything different - do they need to be fed, entrance reduced or anything else? Right now I just have some dry sugar for emergency if they need it but as nobody was doing the syrup I...
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    2 strong hives and 1 weak

    I have 3 hives, 2 very strong and 1 weak. Due to bad spring, my bees were not shipped out til June 15th. The weak hive had a queen dead on arrival. Company said they were shipping queens and we...
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiaries

    I for one am very unhappy with them. I ordered 5 packages from them. After I sent my check, they would never respond to any e-mails I sent including questions re. shipping. We waited a week after...
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    Re: queenless package

    I can say that the existing bees are drawing comb in the hive - only about 2 frames compared to the other hives already drawn 6-8. It appears that there are only half the quantity of bees so maybe...
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    Re: queenless package

    well, do you mean a virgin in the queen cage? The queen came dead in her little cage.
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    queenless package

    One of my packages came with a dead queen (last Monday). I contacted the company immediately and they said they would ship a new queen out next day. We waited 5 days and phoned today and they said...
  11. ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    SO, I stupidly underordered withmy first order. I ordered extra supers that came last week, but I had no time to put them together.Just now I'm putting them together and thinking "Good grief, they...
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    Re: feeder in foundationless

    Oh, and to those feeding pollen, how do you do this in a new package without having extra space that can mess up the comb building?
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    feeder in foundationless

    I am using foundationless frames in medium super Lang hive and installing new packages. I am still freaking out over direct releasing (*G*), but my question lay in how to feed them. I had been...
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    Re: Wax Dipping Boxes & Hive Parts

    what horrible things happen if you can't submerge the entire super at once? I found a container that will work, but it would not be safe to submerge the whole box. I thought to just flip it after 10...
  15. Re: Making a wax melter: : is 16NC thread tap equivalent to NPT?

    thanks for the link - they had the 15 gal pots I've been trying to find for my wax melting :)
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    Re: Wax Dipping Boxes & Hive Parts

    You do have a point there and I'm sure they do a great job.
    Unfortunately the price different in 15 supers between theirs assembled and shipped and the unassembled ones I'm buying is $314. I can get...
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    Re: Mann Lake bee variety? What is it?

    Yes, they do not raise their own but have a shipment come in once from California and then distribute them.
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    Re: Mann Lake bee variety? What is it?

    Yes, as I said several people east of us are happy with their Italian, but I would prefer a little less food requirements and hardier bee hoping to combat my inexperience :)
    Thank you for your...
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    Re: Mann Lake bee variety? What is it?

    Yes, they are regular Italian. The beekeeping association in Duluth tells me many of their members order from Mann Lake and are very happy with them (out of the other 5 places they order from the...
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    Re: Hi from ND

    thank you guys - yes we are busy but it is a great life :) I was thinking about the bee suits for kids too :)
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    Re: Wax Dipping Boxes & Hive Parts

    Do you then rewax them or are they no longer usable?
    Thanks so much!
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    Re: Mann Lake bee variety? What is it?

    I hope this is wrong also - my SIL buys hers every year and is SURE they are Golden Italian and I asked why are they bringing those into our insane winter and she said she never thought about it...
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    Re: Wax Dipping Boxes & Hive Parts

    Are you making your own "wax bars" out of rosin and wax or are you just using wax? What kind of life do you get out of your boxes?
    Thank you
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    Mann Lake bee variety? What is it?

    I dont' know quite where to put this, but does anybody know what the "Italian southern gal" bees Mann Lake sells are? Everybody here buys them and picks them up (5 hour drive), but none overwinter...
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    Re: Feeding of Cake Icing???

    Several bee keeping sites sell fondant for winter feeding - maybe their ingredients are different? I used to make fondant and mine requires HFCS, marshmallows and icing sugar.
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