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  1. Anyone know what the average weight of 2:1 syrup ripened in the hive weighs?

    Just as the heading states, Does anyone have a known figure, or a common method used to determine what each gallon of 2:1 syrup will add to each colony in stores weight?
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    If you aren't into feeding other people's bees for them, the ONLY safe way to go is some form of HIVE TOP FEEDER that is enclosed and non-accessable from outside of the hive by bees. This means the...
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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    Phoebee - The flow here is from what I can tell at the moment from ragweed (Jiant) we call horseweed, Japanese Knot, milk weed, and some early goldenrod. Our main goldenrod flow isn't near just yet....
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    Re: 3 out of 4 queens dead

    Back in July i had 10 russian queens shipped to me. All were just fine when the package was opened. Brought them home, put a drop of water on the cage for them to drink, and waited a few hours to...
  5. Re: I am going to need so much advice. Please brace yourselves.

    Sorry to say but your story is a good read, and somewhat humorus at times. :)

    But on a more beekeeping note here i'll tell you a few things you should at this point know.
    1. In a dearth or...
  6. Thread: Stripes

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    Re: Stripes

    You are quite welcome djd.. The strange thing is that I've not found one of my bees on the touch-me-not's around here and there are tons of them.. Got plenty of other forage to keep them busy i...
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    Re: Queen laying question

    X3. Laying workers only show up after about 3 to 4 weeks of being totally queenless. ALL brood will have emerged before laying workers shows up. It is total lack of brood pharamone and lack of...
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    Re: How can you tell you're in a dearth?

    Lots of unemployed bees.. :) They also get cranky when you mess with them.. lol
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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    My bees have never stopped putting larva into the drone frames. lol.. They don't know when to stop apparently either..
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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    I'm still getting my bees to draw comb just fine. They have a natural flow going on, and I'm feeding 2:1 now just to make sure they get the job done. I've got some hives that are great comb...
  11. Re: I Extracted Honey; What should I do with my frames?

    If you've got good strong hives you've nothing to worry about as far as putting them back on for a week to allow them to clean them correctly. If you leave them out in the open it not only can cause...
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    Re: Not taking syrup

    I've a few NUC's out in my yard that weren't taking syrup good as well. Decided to give them a boost of brood from a production colony and now they suck it down just like the rest do. If the hive...
  13. Thread: bear problems

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    Re: bear problems

    When it comes to beekeeping, the only good bear, is a dead one.. :)
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    Re: Preferred nectar sources

    My bees are hitting the Japanese Knotweed hard, as well as what is known as Giant Ragweed.. Oldtimers around here call it Horse Weed though.. Tall Goldenrod is in bloom, however the standard...
  15. Thread: Here she is

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    Re: Here she is

    Had a couple like that this spring.. Didn't last too long.. Got rid of them pretty quick.
  16. Thread: Here she is

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    Re: Here she is

    Pyro - Nice from what I can see! How's her brood pattern?
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    Re: Still hanging around

    You need to give him a reason not to come around anymore.. Up on main they say to bait the electric fence using bacon. Wrap it tight around the fence and tie in a knot so they can't just lick it...
  18. Thread: Stripes

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    Re: Stripes

    I watched a video posted below from youtube that shows exactly how and where they get it. Plant he calls Jewel Weed, i know as touch me not. Here's that video.. ...
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    Re: Nuc plans using 2x12 lumber??

    I'm by far no expert, but I do build my own boxes, feeders, bottom boards, and tops both for 5 Frame NUC's, 8 Frame, and 10 Frame equipment.

    So to answer the question you pose is simply this. ...
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    Re: clover planting

    G - Never have seen one on a crimson here, but there's so many other sources here that may be why. Nice to know though that they will use it.. :)
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    Re: clover planting

    Honeybees don't do too much with the red clovers. The petals are too long and they can't get into them very easy. White dutch, White Sweet, Yellow Sweet, and Alfalfa they do love.
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    Re: Wintering A Nuc ?

    It depends upon how skilled you are at keeping up with your bees and if you want to have them build your queen or you purchase an already laying queen.

    Here's how it breaks down. If you do a...
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    Re: Please Help to Identify My Bees

    Most will say "MUTS". lol.. However i've seen the diff between the Italian and Russian traits, one of which is the stripes on the butt. Italians normally have thin black stripes with heavy thick...
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    According to the info on Michael Bush's website there are always laying workers in the hives, however the pharamones from the open brood acts to keep them in check. Also the other workers that are...
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    Re: Queen less hive all drone brood

    This is the exact method that I used back in the spring when I had a laying worker hive. Took the frames one by one and shook them onto the doorstep of the other hives that were very strong. Worked...
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