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  1. Thread: Rookie from WI

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    Re: Rookie from WI

    I put my hives right next to my garden when I started. I wouldn't do that again. The waggle dance works on increments of 100' so not much traffic in my garden. Plus when the summer dearth hits the...
  2. Re: Any Maryland beekeepers nectar flow ? How do you know?

    I use Pollen.com now. They don't list everything that blooms but they can give you a general idea for your area.
  3. Thread: cut-out help

    by jbraun
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    Re: cut-out help

    There are lots less bees in any hive in the spring. So you won't have near the amount of angry bees early. Just get your new hive ready to go whatever style you choose to use. Take your comfort...
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    Re: Spraying for Ticks/Lawn Ferilizer

    I saw something on facebook that said opossums eat lots of ticks. If that's to rural for you I tuck my pant legs into my socks when the ticks and chiggers are bad and then I only have to look on the...
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    Re: Rehoming a hive 100 miles.

    Can you bring some screen to replace the inner cover if it has one. I use screen stapled across the front entrance to keep the bees inside while I transport. I have #8 but window screen is OK as...
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    Re: First time build

    After making all of my boxes for the last 4 years I've run into all of the problems with poor construction. The bees don't seem to care as they stay warm and dry. Last year I ran into a make your...
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    Re: trying foundationless frames

    kbar1973, I believe you chose the correct action by alternating your foundation frames with foundationless frames. Last year I used all foundationless supers above my deep brood nest. Almost every...
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    Re: Foundation and honey

    Last year I tried to go all foundationless in my supers. It was a mistake to put all of the empty frames in a box. If you want the bees to stay on one frame at a time they need to have a reference...
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    Re: Record your surroundings

    I started to do that last year also and I'm continuing this year as well. I noticed that the older commercial grower in our club always knew what was blooming when. It seems to help me as well.
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  10. Thread: Weed control

    by jbraun
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    Re: Weed control

    I just researched that also. Posts off of google said it would kill upper vegetation only, no roots. Chances are the plants you want to kill will regrow. Plus you need to be concerned with the pH...
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    Re: Some folks heads are going to explode.

    Please note in the last paragraph who are the sponsors of this definitive report.
  12. Re: what about setting the hive over a "moat" to keep ants out?

    Tanglefoot for trees works well to keep ants out of trees. It should work well for some configurations of hive stands.
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    Re: How much brood and when?

    I'm going to use Walt Wright's method of checkerboarding the honey dome above the broodnest for swarm control the year. I just applied my honey supers and I need to open the side of the broodnest to...
  14. Re: How Much Capped Syrup is Enough? Spring Inspection.

    When you talk about checkerboarding are you referring to the brood nest or the honey/syrup above the brood ala Walt Wright? If you are talking about the brood nest I agree with you about it being to...
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    Re: dark capped honey frame ??

    Lots of honey is dark. The bees will utilize it as they see fit. No need to uncap their work.
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    Re: Eggs, some larva, no capped brood

    Some hives are slower than others. Not much you can do about that.
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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    Marigolds just popped open today here. I got into my hives and reversed the ones that needed it. Hope you guys get into yours soon.
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    I have 7 hives that all made it through the winter. 5 of those were requeened last spring due to 1 hive about to swarm. This year I'm using Walt Wright's checkerboarding method to keep swarming...
  19. Re: when is it safe to remove feral hive from tree

    I just set up a trap out in an old church in my town. I'm going to wait 1-2 weeks before I cone it. TWC thinks it might be 10 days before good weather hits here. Pollen.com has my area in high...
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    Re: Weatherproof / Writable Hive Tags

    I started this thread last year 10-16-2014. It's about Ready Date Calendars. Check it out.
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    Re: 3rd year hive cleaning

    I'm a third year beekeeper too. When I go into the hives in the spring I take an extra box with me and scrape each frame and transfer it to it's new box. When it's full I scrape the frame rest and...
  22. Re: What is considered "enough" for spring stores?

    Ambassador, Since you have honey frames on hand you can feed them back as already mentioned. Just be careful not to break up the broodnest when you insert them into your hives. If it's just a few...
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    Re: I'm Officially a Beekeeper!

    Glad you got those hives. I use sugar to supplement honey during late winter when the colony has brood to keep warm and will not move around much to reach stores. Pollen.com says you should be in...
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    Re: Advice please on timing of starting grafts

    He probably used this site.http://www.thebeeyard.org/queen-rearing-calendar/
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    Re: adding supers, did i do this right?

    Breaking up the solid overhead honey helps make the colony think that they don't have sufficient stores to commit to swarming. So no swarm.
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