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    Re: new personal best!

    Mbeck, yes I admit I'm a stickbow shooter. Use a longbow for hunting, leagues, 3d shoots. in my hand, it's the ultimate weapon for me.
    As far as more hives...last summer I jumped in with a guy near...
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    new personal best!

    Just finished extracting my 2 hives, and ended up with a 260.5# average for a total of 521#. This is by far the best year I've had in my 10 yrs of being a beek. I have our drought to thank for it...
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    Re: Preschool class materials

    I do this every spring in the school I teach at and the kids love it. For your age group, remember VISUAL is more important than explaining. Get as many pictures as you can and it helps to have them...
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    Re: How much air flow is to much

    Happy, on all my hives, I've cut 2 extra 3" holes on the inner cover and screened the holes. When it gets hot here in northern Mn(so over 85 degrees) I also install above the inner cover a mini box...
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    Re: Adding Supers

    I like to wait until 6 or 7 frames are filled with brood before putting 2nd deep on, and same goes for putting honey supers on. Can't imagine there's a whole lot of nectar out and about at this time,...
  6. Re: what are thoughts about inserting boxes in middle of stack rather than supering?

    I bottomed supered one time, they ended up moving honey down into the empty(which really p-d me off). But I've had luck in preventing swarms by gut shooting. Separate the 2 deeps and place an empty...
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    Re: Question about installing package...

    I like to keep mine in until night time temps stay above 50 degrees here in northern MN. But I've also over wintered hives without them in, so either way you'll be fine. Good luck
  8. Re: New to here and have some questions regarding excluders and brood chambers

    Terrance, queen excluders are not a required piece of equipment in beekeeping. Probably half of beeks use them, other half don't. Lots of discussion on topic if you use the search mode. I'm assuming...
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    Re: Winter Solstice

    Grant, I've heard the saying for years, and usually it's true, but so far this winter,in my neck of the woods just south of canadian border, it's been unusually warm. Have no snow here at all, temps...
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    Re: Bear country

    We're in bear country here in northern MN, so we use them in all our yards. If you have the option of tapping into an existing electric fence, go for it, it'll save you a couple hundred bucks on a...
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    Re: Beeyard/cattle

    We have a number of "yards" with cattle around. They've never been a problem, but we do put an electric fence around, but it's mainly for bears. Our setup would be 4.5' steel posts(no need for wood...
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    Re: 100 hives

    In my neck of the woods, we shoot for 70#-100# per hive.
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    Re: Doing a join with a queenless hive

    take the hive with no queen/eggs/etc and carry it 50 feet away and shake out all the bees and put the empty box on top of hive with a queen(if it needs a second deep) or take the box back home with...
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    Re: Will this stop bears?

    Your set up would have little or no chance of keeping a bear out of your hives in my opinion. They'd bend the stakes over without much effort. Best to use a solar fencer if possible. Good luck PP
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    Re: Next winter!

    I'm just south of the Canadian border in northern Minnesota, and those of us here that overwinter(which is a small number of Beeks), generally do fine with using only 2 deeps. When I have lost hives...
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    Re: Supering question...

    If you use a queen excluder(aka "honey excluder"), due to the wire spacing, the queen will not be able to go thru it cause she's to big, and will stay below the excluder.
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    Re: Can't install my package today

    I've been in same situation due to snow before. I brought hive into garage, put in feeder/syrup, and screened the entrance to keep them in, and then dumped package in. I had them like this for 3 days...
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    Re: Moisture reduction

    I use to have same problem, but have switched a few things and now have had 100% success overwintering here in far northern Minn past several years. I now go into winter with both top/bottom...
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    Re: kill off your bees/colony

    Up here in our area of northern MN, most people I know kill off their bees instead of overwintering. I've done the same in past and will do again this year. easieat method I've used is to take a shop...
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    Re: winterization

    Having spent several winters near Fairbanks, other than daylight hours, not much different from winters here in northern minnesota, so you should be able to keep them outdoors if you wanted. I go 2...
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    Re: Prepping for Winter?

    Been successful overwintering in Bemidji(200 miles north) the past few winters. My "moisture" board consists of old fashion "buffalo board" cut to size put under outer cover. I also put a 3/16th inch...
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    Re: How far north do you get wax moths?

    have them here in Northern Minnesota next to canadian border. PP
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    Re: Do you always reverse?

    Thanks for the comments all and here's what I ended up doing. I split the 2 strong hives into 4 hives. Took 4 frames brood from each for splits. . Also took out a few frames of honey and replaced...
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    Re: full brood, help

    If your deep is full or close to full, it's time to put on a 2nd deep for the queen to lay in and give some more space in the hive. Regarding the honey super, you didn't mention if the frames are...
  25. Re: What are "upper entrances" for and do we need them?

    You do not need upper entrances in your hive for it to be successful. Some do it to provide a closer entrance to honey supers, to deter predators(skunks,etc), to keep snow from blocking lower...
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