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  1. Re: Will I need another box after the dearth for the fall flow?

    White clover is still out and with the rain we had on Sunday it should be going for another couple of weeks. I'm planning to extract the first week in August.
    Late goldenrod is what the bees prefer...
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    Re: Swarm Control Made Very Easy Apparently

    I'm actually ok if they swarm. This will break the brood cycle, the mite count will drop, a fresh new queen will be made, and the bees have a much better chance of surviving the winter.
  3. Thread: Bees got Mad

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    Re: Bees got Mad

    How long have you had this hive? Have all the frames been drawn out yet?
  4. Re: Harvesting honey this weekend - I have a question

    I'd extract and put them back on. White clover has another couple of weeks left and then there is the Goldenrod flow Sept until Oct. Plenty of time for them to make more honey.
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    Re: Requeening for brood break questions

    I do splits in the late spring as soon as I start seeing drones. I let the one hive raise their own queen and leave the other one alone. The one with the queen may swarm, live through the winter to...
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    Re: Requeening for brood break questions

    I've been using the brood break method now for about six years. It works great and I haven't had to buy any new bee packages. Last year was my best year as 11 out of 12 hives made it through the...
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    Re: Mann Lake extractors made in......?

    And another $200 to ship it.
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    Re: Mann Lake extractors made in......?

    I'm looking at the 18/9 frame on sale for $1249.
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    Mann Lake extractors made in......?

    Does anyone know?
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    Re: Why not to use queen exculders

    Were these drones or worker bees?
    Did you give them an upper entrance?
  11. Thread: new hive

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    Re: new hive

    Keep feeding them sugar water for as long as they will take it for comb building.
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    Re: Queen excluder yay or nay?

    No, not yet. I'll see if it has any effect on my honey harvest when I have my 1st extraction at the beginning of August.
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    Re: upper entrance, yes or no?

    I use both entrances. For the top I just put a small twig in between the inner cover and the migratory outer cover. I leave this in all year long unless there is a dearth and there is robbing going...
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    Re: Queen excluder yay or nay?

    I'm using them this year, after 10 years of not using them. Sick of getting brood in the honey supers.
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    Re: Purple drone brood and queen trouble

    Put a frame or 2 of eggs from your other hive. Check back in a few days to see if they are building queen cells.
  16. Thread: Broodless

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    Re: Broodless

    Maybe they swarmed. Check back in a week and see if there are any eggs.
  17. Thread: Escape board

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    Re: Escape board

    I like this idea and am going to try it today. Hopefully by tomorrow evening they'll be gone from the supers.
    Thanks.
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    Re: Wanna-Be Robber

    I wouldn't worry about a single bee. If there were alot more, I would be a little more concerned. How strong is the hive?
  19. Thread: Escape board

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    Escape board

    Has anyone ever removed the honey supers, place them to the side over a flat bottom and put one of those triangle bee escape boards reversed on the top?
    That way you wouldn't have to go into the...
  20. Thread: Flow?

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    Re: Flow?

    I think we are in a dearth up here in Michigan. I pulled a few honey supers off yesterday and left them outside thinking the few bees left in them would fly home. An hour later there were bees all...
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    Combining weak hive with nuc

    I have a weak hive and a new strong nuc I made a couple of months ago. I want to replace the queen in the weak hive. If I do a newspaper combine will the new queen kill the old one? Or is there still...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    While what this neighbor did is inexcusable IMHO having 10 hives on a small piece of land isn't the best for making a good neighbor.
    I have a 1/2 acre and tried 5 on it one year and had issues with...
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    Re: Too many bees and 4 splits later...

    Make a nuc or two and sell them.
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    Re: Swarm at the DC Capitol

    Like
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    I split them up 3 days ago and moved them. The problem I have now is that they had 3 supers of honey on the hive. I didn't feel like moving the honey supers so I placed them on my other 2 hives with...
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