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    Re: Central MN beestung 24 Jan 16

    Sounds like your doing well. Take a peek every so often and they should make it.
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    Re: Hello from Petersburg, VA

    Welcome to the forum Ronda. Get your bee's ordered early.
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    Re: wire vs fishing line

    I may have to try some fishing line just so I can see that Eikel.
  4. Thread: hive feeders

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    Re: hive feeders

    In northern climates it is better to feed for at least six weeks. I feed mine until I feel the population has grown enough. Usually more like eight weeks. Feeding can also be weather dependent. Here...
  5. Re: Its going to be a good year or its going to be a bad year!

    We have had a warm winter here in southern Minnesota as well. Will need to keep a closer eye on stores. We have had a lot of moisture this fall so if spring is warm enough the bees should get a good...
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    Re: Cream of Tartar?

    Can"t say I've ever heard of someone using it. How much do you put in?
    John
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    Re: 2015 YTD Sting Count

    13 this year. that's a record for me. Pissed the girls off stealing honey in the fall.
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    Re: Sealant for hive top feeder

    When I build mine I use Gorilla Glue in all the joints. It expands and fills any loose fitting joints. I than put three coats of urethane finish on. I have not had any leaks yet. Also ditch the...
  9. Re: Fence tester odd occasional POP, bright flashes with pulse. What's happening?

    If your tester is the kind were you attach a ground clip to the fence post and touch the probe to the wire you can get odd readings depending on how well the ground clip contacts the post or how well...
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    Re: Escape Board Questions

    Honey supers also may contain a fare share of newer bees that have never left the hive. They might not know how to get back to the hive if you separate the boxes?
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    Re: Balls of bees in feeder

    I have the same basic type of feeder but have not noticed that behavior in mine.

    Keep feeding.
  12. Re: Burr comb inside top feeder - need advice on removal

    If it were mine I would wait and see if they continue to build comb. Sometimes they build a little and stop. You will only be feeding for some weeks so you can clean it out when your done feeding.
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  13. Re: Electric fence where ground rod is not possible

    The ground rod does not need to be next to the fence. Pound it in were ever you can and run a wire over to it.
  14. Re: Went through hive and cleaned up excessive comb--bees acting a little strange

    All the scraping on the frames would put the bees in a defensive mode.
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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    looks like squirrel damage to me.
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    Re: Hello everyone

    Welcome to the forum Adam.

    John
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    Re: 1st hive inspection (lite)

    GHEN Do you currently have both your supers on the hive? Normally you would start with one and add the second when seven to eight of the ten frames were drawn.

    John
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    Re: Pollen in a brand new hive?

    Yes Kate. They start packing it into half built cells if they have to. They waste no time.
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    Re: New MN Beeks...

    Nice looking bees Aegis. Welcome
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    Learner I should have added. You probably should wait until most of the comb is drawn out in the first box if this is a new hive.
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    Just move the frame with the bees on it. They will not abandon the brood.
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    In other words don't worry to much about the bridge comb. It is not harmful unless they are joining boxes together. The comb that is to thick you will need to trim. If there is brood in it move it to...
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    Re: Day 7 hive inspection

    There should be plenty of pollen sources this time of the year for the bees to collect pollen from. In your next inspection please make sure your queen is laying and that you have brood in various...
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    Re: Population unbalanced

    beegum no two hives are alike. Keep an eye on them in the coming weeks and if one is building slowly than you may have to take action. Otherwise it is normal to have more activity at one hive.

    John
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    Re: New beekeeper from Minnesota

    Sounds like your doing well Don. Welcome to bee keeping and the forum.

    John
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