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    Re: 1:1 or 1:2 Sugar water for new package?

    They draw comb and feed brood just fine on 2:1 anytime you need to feed. If the bees feel they need to thin it down they'll gather water to do so. Feeding different ratios of sugar to water for...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Southeast Michigan (south of Detroit) 48138
    First pollen coming in yesterday, probably Maples and some other tree sources, also a little crocus and daffodil.
    4/1/2015
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    Re: Ok to smoke 'em when it's cold?

    Another way you can do it to prevent crushing the bees is to put down a few narrow shims of wood, for example, 1/2" wide and about 3/8" thick, perpendicular to the frames, and lay the sugar blocks on...
  4. Re: what to do with dead hive while waiting for package bees

    Anytime you feed package bees syrup or even combs of honey in a yard where there are already existing hives or there are hives in the vicinity, I would definitely reduce the entrance down to about an...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Shipping

    There are a few things I get from Brushy Mountain regularly because nobody else carries them, but, the thing that really bugs me is how when you order online, they never give you an exact shipping...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    True, you have to compare apples with apples. Both of Allen's buildings, the ones with the bees,and the ones without, would have to be constructed exactly alike and in very similar settings in order...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I'm still waiting to hear the answer to this one too.
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    Re: Questions re: dwindling hive

    Shrinking hive populations at this time of year is normal, to a certain extent. I have many hives that were in one deep and five medium boxes high just a couple months ago that are now occupying just...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Dave, the bees going into the cells headfirst is how they normally winter, the cluster condenses into a tight area between the combs and in them. Dead headfirst is surely a sign of starvation, but...
  10. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    The best defense against yellow jackets is to reduce the entrance to about 1 1/2" wide and 3/8" high on weaker colonies, the strong colonies you can probably go with a little larger entrance if you...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Technically yes, but MB always points out that he doesn't use excluders, and whatever the bees and queen happen to use a box for, is what he looks at it as. If the queen lays in it, its a brood box,...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Thanks for adding this David, I forgot to mention this myself but it is absolutely true about upper entrances.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Ace, I think you have fallen victim to the MB way of viewing frames (no harm intended Michael), which is, if the queen lays in it, it is called a brood frame, and if the bees store honey in it, it is...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Thanks Rader for the picture, although I don't know if that's going to be enough pollen for Ace. ;)
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Sorry Ace, I can't show you a picture, you'll just have to take my word for it for now, and trust in my almost 40 years experience that it can and does happen when you use frames that had brood in...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Excluder or not, you'll get lots of pollen in your extracted honey anyway.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I'm not, as long as I use excluders. Actually, you can get a very tiny amount of pollen in a honey super now and then even if you do use excluders, once in a while a few bees will go above the...
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    Re: 9 frames or 10 frames

    Extra space at the walls in the broodnest doesn't usually stay that way, the bees normally store honey in the two outside combs, if not both sides, then the outermost side for sure, and they will...
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    Re: shea and cocoa butter question

    We make lotion bars also, we get our shea and cocoa butter from Wholesale Supplies Plus, we are happy with the quality, never bought it from Amazon so can't comment on that.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Honey supers are one thing, and brood boxes are another, and I like to keep it that way. Doesn't matter if the boxes are all the same size or not. Everyone has their own way of doing things, if you...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    There are plenty of places in this country that if you pull honey in August, you can pull honey in October. In my area, the main flow from the clovers and thistles ends in late July. So you can pull...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Many things to consider here. You're going to have a tough time getting the honey off the hive with the cold weather currently and more to come, especially when the supers are still full of bees and...
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    Re: MAQS entrance question

    I think you'll be fine with that, the maqs seem to be much easier on the bees when the temperatures are at the lower end of the suggested range. Reducing down the entrance in cooler weather won't...
  24. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    I did just that (putting in a thermometer) last year when we had a similar discussion about bees warming the hive. My thermometer was inserted about a couple inches above the cluster in a hole in my...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    You would get no condensation on the underside of the cover if there wasn't a fair amount of temperature differential between the inside of the hive and the outside air. I don't exactly know what...
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