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    Re: Baggie Feeders

    I don't think this was specifically answered and was a question I had the first time I heard the term. It's a spacer that is the same dimensions as the hive boxes you are using with a height of...
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    Re: Learned a few things really fast

    I consider anything under $0.40/lb a decent deal. Just bought 25 lb bags of cane sugar at Costco for $8.75 yesterday. Cheapest I've seen around here in a while.
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    Re: First package install - Failure?

    Agreed. I wanted to be as gentle as possible with the first packages I installed hoping to not upset the bees. After doing a few packages, you start to realize that the faster you get them in the...
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    Re: may be dumb? what do bees eat in summer?

    You know, I hadn't really thought about it before. So this may help answer a question I was thinking about earlier this summer: Do foraging bees return to the hive without a full payload? They will...
  5. Re: Starting a new hive with foundation-less frames

    Thanks Michael - that's the "started edge" I was referring to. However, my diagonal comb was drawn across three frames with popsicle sticks in the top groove so it may still require some close...
  6. Re: Starting a new hive with foundation-less frames

    I primarily use foundationless frames, but when I started my first hive i used a box with foundation. It got me some comb and I've pretty much gone foundationless ever since. With no existing comb...
  7. Re: 2 packages installed - 1 queen left. What to do?

    Thanks all for the responses. After posting, I was able to find an available queen and went ahead and ordered her. She arrives today and I was planning on putting her cage in the hive with the cork...
  8. 2 packages installed - 1 queen left. What to do?

    I lost both of my hives this winter and ordered two new packages. I installed them this past weekend, but managed to allow one of the queens to escape during the install of one of the packages. I'm...
  9. Re: Thinking about keeping bees...looking for advice.

    I started with 2 3# packages that cost $90 each. If you need them shipped, add another $75-$90. So that's another almost $300 just for the bees. When you figure in the cost of equipment, you should...
  10. Re: Great 1st season what should I plan on for next spring?

    Because they are a natural product of a healthy hive. If they overwinter well, they will start to create drones in the spring even if you try and limit their number through manual intervention. ...
  11. Re: Great 1st season what should I plan on for next spring?

    Expect the unexepcted! :D
    Agree with JRG13 and Acebird - If all goes well over the winter, I'd say you'll be in a good position to double down with a split of each hive in the spring. Just don't...
  12. Re: Merged nuc with queenless hive... is it OK now?

    I wish I had an answer for you. I did something similar a few weeks ago only to have the combined hive blown over during the 35 degree night in 50 MPH winds. Needless to say, my findings were...
  13. Anyone growing BeeBee trees (Tedradium Daniellii) in the north?

    I'm wanting to grow something that provides a late summer/early fall nectar source. I've got some goldenrod in my field/ditches, but all of the fields and ditches around me get sprayed enough to...
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    Re: Drones this time of year.

    We are in an extreme drought in my area of SD and while there were drones aplenty in May and June, I haven't seen a single one in any of my hives since early July. I assumed they gave the boys the...
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    Re: Russian Olive Trees

    Here's a page that compares the Autumn Olive and Russian Olive: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/invasivetutorial/russian_autumn_olive.htm

    The Russian Olive is what's found most often here in...
  16. Thread: Milk weed?

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    Re: Milk weed?

    The milkweed here is nearing the end now. The bees like it, but I've got a lot of sweet clover that they seem to like more. I wish the bloom times were a little more offset. I've also got quite a...
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    Re: Queen Introduction/Acceptance Concerns

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    Thanks everyone for the input! Once neither hive had open brood in it, the attitude towards the caged queens changed quickly. Both have been released and I'll check in a few days to see...
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    Re: Queen Introduction/Acceptance Concerns

    Went in this morning to find 4 queen cells in the Carni hive. Went through every frame (shaking of a lot of angry bees!) and got rid of anything that looked like a queen cup or ever was one. Put...
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    Re: Queen Introduction/Acceptance Concerns

    Thanks for the reply. Sounds like I should go back in tomorrow and see if any of what might be queen cells really are. If so, destroy them and maybe stuff a chunk of marshmellow in the candy end to...
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    Re: Queen Introduction/Acceptance Concerns

    Thanks again for the information. I went through the hive and moved the frames to a new box as I looked for a queen. Workers and drones, but no queen. The drones were brood from the frames...
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    Re: Queen Introduction/Acceptance Concerns

    Thanks Will. I'm thinking I might go back to the hive now (it's only been a couple hours since I put the new queen in) and move all the frames one at a time into a different box just to make sure...
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    Queen Introduction/Acceptance Concerns

    Hi everyone!

    I have two walkaway splits (one Italian, one Carni) in single medium 10 frame boxes that have struggled to make queens. The Italian hive made 2 or 3 queen cells after the initial...
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    Re: How many plant bee plants

    I planted a pink/white mix of clover between myshelterbelt tree rows which totals about 2 acres of clover. The bees have been woking that pretty hard the last couple of weeks. There is also plenty...
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    Re: I finally get it!

    +1 :)

    I'm in my second year and both of my hives made it through the winter. I split them both this spring and let the splits create their own queens. Like getting two new hives for free!
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    Re: getting package bees

    I started my first two packages in single medium boxes last spring. Unlike this year, we had a cold, wet spring last year and I think the smaller size of the medium box helped.
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