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  1. Thread: extracting

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    Re: extracting

    Two deeps and a medium for winter is all you need to hold a winter population, the hives may be full of bees right now with all those supers on them, but by winter their populations are naturally...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Yep, about 200 MPH is about what you need. CFM is actually more important than MPH, at first thought you would think that it would be the other way around, but it isn't.
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I've done a few different things, hand brushed each frame off (way too much work when you're running lots of hives), used a cheap leaf blower which worked ok, but could never seem to get the last 25...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Just have to make sure that the flow is still going strong when you do this, or you'll end up with more bees (robbers) in the supers than when you started.
  5. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    Interesting that you had a reaction like that after all those years with bees. I never have felt faint or confused when I get lots of stings at once, but I guess it's still possible it could happen...
  6. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    I have had bees for over 35 years on and off, and I still have not built up a complete immunity from stings with no reactions. Normally, I will only swell very slightly from stings, but if I get a...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    48138 Southeast Michigan
    July 7, 2015

    Basswood about done. Still some yellow sweet clover, lots of white sweet clover, white lawn clover going good with the timely rains. Canadian thistle...
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    Re: When to take down traps in Indiana.

    Here in southeast Michigan the bees were swarming pretty good about two weeks ago, but it has dropped off almost completely lately, now that the flow is has peaked.
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    Re: which one do you perfer and why

    I have settled on wood frames with plastic foundation. When I first used plastic I bought waxed Rite Cell, I could hardly get the bees to draw it even on a heavy flow when used for honey supers. I...
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    Re: Extraction during flow

    If you want to get foundation drawn, don't give them the option of storing nectar in empty comb, even if the box of foundation is below the empty comb. They will bypass the foundation, especially if...
  11. Thread: Price of beeswax

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    Re: Price of beeswax

    Pure beeswax on ebay goes for anywhere between $6-10/lb. from what I'm seeing, and that doesn't include shipping. Get as much for your wax as you can while still being competitively priced. There are...
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    Re: Wax production and summer solstice...

    As long as the main flow is in the upswing, they will draw wax foundation if they need the room to store nectar. I find it harder to get them to draw plastic unless the flow is extremely heavy. In my...
  13. Thread: tylan shelf life.

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    Re: tylan shelf life.

    There are those who burn everything, those who burn the frames and scorch the boxes, those who shake the infected hive out on new foundation in clean equipment, and those who treat. All can claim...
  14. Thread: tylan shelf life.

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    Re: tylan shelf life.

    I don't know the shelf life either, should be an expiration date just like anything else does. Freezing it seems like it would prolong its useful life, but 3-4 years may be stretching it. I know that...
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    Re: 1:1 or 1:2 Sugar water for new package?

    They draw comb and feed brood just fine on 2:1 anytime you need to feed. If the bees feel they need to thin it down they'll gather water to do so. Feeding different ratios of sugar to water for...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Southeast Michigan (south of Detroit) 48138
    First pollen coming in yesterday, probably Maples and some other tree sources, also a little crocus and daffodil.
    4/1/2015
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    Re: Ok to smoke 'em when it's cold?

    Another way you can do it to prevent crushing the bees is to put down a few narrow shims of wood, for example, 1/2" wide and about 3/8" thick, perpendicular to the frames, and lay the sugar blocks on...
  18. Re: what to do with dead hive while waiting for package bees

    Anytime you feed package bees syrup or even combs of honey in a yard where there are already existing hives or there are hives in the vicinity, I would definitely reduce the entrance down to about an...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Shipping

    There are a few things I get from Brushy Mountain regularly because nobody else carries them, but, the thing that really bugs me is how when you order online, they never give you an exact shipping...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    True, you have to compare apples with apples. Both of Allen's buildings, the ones with the bees,and the ones without, would have to be constructed exactly alike and in very similar settings in order...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I'm still waiting to hear the answer to this one too.
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    Re: Questions re: dwindling hive

    Shrinking hive populations at this time of year is normal, to a certain extent. I have many hives that were in one deep and five medium boxes high just a couple months ago that are now occupying just...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Dave, the bees going into the cells headfirst is how they normally winter, the cluster condenses into a tight area between the combs and in them. Dead headfirst is surely a sign of starvation, but...
  24. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    The best defense against yellow jackets is to reduce the entrance to about 1 1/2" wide and 3/8" high on weaker colonies, the strong colonies you can probably go with a little larger entrance if you...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Technically yes, but MB always points out that he doesn't use excluders, and whatever the bees and queen happen to use a box for, is what he looks at it as. If the queen lays in it, its a brood box,...
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