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    Our 5 hives now on their second year, produced...

    Our 5 hives now on their second year, produced over 800# this year, over 160# per hive and we left plenty for them to over winter. I would not have thought we would have such a good year, it just...
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    My dad kept bees for 72 years before he died from...

    My dad kept bees for 72 years before he died from cancer. He was stung alot, he never wore gloves and only short sleeve shirts. Never complained about arthritis.

    Stephen
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    We picked up the packages from Buckeye Bee in mid...

    We picked up the packages from Buckeye Bee in mid April. We bought 10 packages, but in 3 of them the queens died or were killed shortly after installing them in the hives.

    We combined the...
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    With the strange spring we had here in S.E....

    With the strange spring we had here in S.E. Michigan, I did not expect our all new packages to do much.

    What SURPRISE we got!

    We checked on the hives the 3rd week in July and decided to wait...
  5. Thread: workload

    by USAviator
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    Dr. Rodriguez Our colonies are now getting...

    Dr. Rodriguez

    Our colonies are now getting fairly strong. We have been waiting until now since they were all new packages this spring.

    We mixed up the recipe you provided and soaked up the...
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    Denise, we have been out of town and did not see...

    Denise, we have been out of town and did not see your posting.
    Our Carns, if that is what they really are, are very gentle and easy to manage. We use smoke mainly to get them out of the way when...
  7. Thread: hive carrier

    by USAviator
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    As I stated earlier, I made my own out of...

    As I stated earlier, I made my own out of chromemoly tubing. I just measured the dimensions I needed and welded it up. Works great!

    Cost? About $10 materials.

    Stephen
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    I made a 2 person carrier with 4130 chromemoly...

    I made a 2 person carrier with 4130 chromemoly steel tubing I had left over from my airplane project. I TIG welded it together and it works fine. I will post a pic if I can.

    Stephen -in Michigan
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    We have found that the "Beekeeping for Dummies"...

    We have found that the "Beekeeping for Dummies" book is very good.

    Stephen -in Michigan
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    We have a hive in our back yard this year, and I...

    We have a hive in our back yard this year, and I am concerned about the city fogging for mosquitos this year. They usually wait until dark to do this, we hope that the bees will not be effected by...
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    We picked up our 11 packages also, but the queens...

    We picked up our 11 packages also, but the queens were in cages with the packages. They had been together for 4 days. When we hived them on that same day, we left the queens to be released when...
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    I remember many years ago my uncle telling me...

    I remember many years ago my uncle telling me that he forgot to put his veil on and one bee went in his ear. He held his nose and blew, like when you equalize the pressure from altitude change, and...
  13. Thanks for sharing the pic! We had just put our...

    Thanks for sharing the pic! We had just put our 11 packages in their new homes 4 days ago and decided we better see what was going on. They had started doing what you had in your pic, I'm glad we...
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    I was bidding on a Burgess propane fogger awhile...

    I was bidding on a Burgess propane fogger awhile back. It went for something like $60, plus shipping. Give me break! I went to my True Value hardware and bought the same one for $52.

    I have...
  15. Thread: hives

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    We had 10 going into the winter, we lost 9 of...

    We had 10 going into the winter, we lost 9 of them as of this month. The 1 left are Italians.

    We are picking up 10 new packages of Carns in April. We have enough equipment to do 20 colonies, so...
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    Hi all! I am new to this forum. Even though I...

    Hi all! I am new to this forum. Even though I have been around bees all my life, my wife and I officially became bee keepers last year after my father passed away and left us with his bees.
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