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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    We have a lot of henbit here in sw michigan. The bees work it for the bright orange red pollen.
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    Re: At a loss...I just don't understand

    Also not to far away. I may have a few locally mated queens and over wintered nucs later this spring.
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    Also after visiting Kelleys I am not surprised about the delay in orders. Didn't seem very organized and the shop was smaller than I expected
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    I put in a big order with man lake and had everything in about 3 business days. Have always been extremely pleased with there customer service
  5. Thread: Table Saw

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    Re: Table Saw

    Saws top contractor saw is a very good saw and I still have all my fingers. Intact fingers are super important for my day job! Even the most skilled woodworkers (which I am not) will likely make a...
  6. Re: Fact or not; Colony needs open cells to cluster.

    Well this is an interesting question I was just discussing with another beekeeper. So when I have seen this happen I will add an empty super to the bottom of the stack and the bees will actually...
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    Very instructive and useful data. Qualitatively my observations on honey usage by nucs are similar to yours, except I use a stack of 3 or 4 - 5 frame medium boxes
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    Re: First cleansing flight

    Our first cleansing flights since dec 26 this weekend in sw michigan!

    Couldn't have come at a better time! Added sugar and honey to all my colonies
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Have 14 of 16 full size colonies and 8 of 10 medium nucs still going!

    1 loss to dysentery and 3 other were all starve outs

    Lots of honey used in the last 3 weeks here as it was been so cold!
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    Re: Noble Apiaries LLC

    Two years ago I ordered 6 packages from noble apiaries/honey 4 all and they were delivered on time and with an incredibly sturdy and well,protected shipping crate-like arrangement. When I need...
  11. Re: Stethoscope to hear the bee cluster in Winter?

    I use a littmann cardiology II that you can hear the bees slightest movements when properly positioned. Pretty expensive not one I would buy for hobby use. As others have said make sure you have the...
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    Re: Crystallized honey for mead?

    Just use warm water to dissolve the crystallized honey. It works great for mead!
  13. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    I forgot to mention in my post the total hive weight should be well over 100 lbs and I routinely use 4 mediums to winter in (I use all mediums) and I use quilt boxes with top entrances. No issues...
  14. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    I routinely leave a full super on top of 3 medium brood chamber here in michigan. This should give me at least 50-60 lbs of just honey in the top 2 boxes. If they don't use it then great, I just...
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    Re: Late Summer Swarm Erie Pa

    Give drawn comb and brood if u can spare
  16. Re: Goldenrod blooming in Central to West Michigan

    Went out to the hard today very stinky

    Saw several patches of goldenrod still blooming strong, bees working every frond of yellow

    Checked some hive weights by hand today they are starting to...
  17. Re: Goldenrod blooming in Central to West Michigan

    Smell of golden rod was strong in the yard last weekend have supers on several hives. Most are still packing on nectar. Also noticed a few frames of drones up in the supers lol queen had to cross 2...
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    Re: Plastic or wax?

    Well if you want the best of both worlds get a couple of cases of dura gilt you'll love it! Greatest product ever wax and plastic in one. ;)
  19. Thread: Drone Exodus

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    Re: Drone Exodus

    I saw drone evictions about a week ago involving a couple of my hives. Sucks being a guy then the rest of the time it's just sex and eating
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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    My best year for honey per colony in my short 5 year beekeeping adventure. Cleaned out the store of 5 gallon pails! Even the nucs needed extracted as they were so packed with honey. Got 7 gal from...
  21. Re: Goldenrod blooming in Central to West Michigan

    How is the golden rod flow going in your areas? I haven't been to the bee yard in a week but thinking recent rains should be helping the flow. Noticed a lot of golden pollen coming in last visit
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    Rechecked supers I put back on last Sunday

    Looks like they are about 50% refilled in the lowest boxes since I replaced. One of the largest yard wide orientation flights that I have ever seem...
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    Re: Nectar flows in Michigan

    Really fantastic here in barry county my best summer keeping bees just pulled supers was a great summer getting 50 lbs surplus and leaving a full extra super extra in case it's another cold winter...
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    Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    there is a great youtube video on requeening a very hot hive by splitting it up and then destroying the queen cells.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmmtjFgdqz8
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    My bees eventually stopped using the top entrances this summer but they continue to guard them. No problems with pollen upstairs as most of them were using the lower by the time I had supered for...
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