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  1. Re: I'd've been better off doing NOTHING from day one

    Makes my heart sink to hear of your losses... I lost one colony early this spring due to the girls deciding to swarm (which I didn't catch) 2 days after the queen was released. Tried requeening...
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    Re: Drought to continue . . . .

    Till Halloween??! Great. Everyone says we here in west central Iowa are in the "garden spot", but it doesn't look like much of a garden to me. The nectar is flowing at a minimum. As a first year...
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    Re: What size to expand to next year?

    Great question Paladin!:thumbsup: I have been pondering that myself as a first year beekeeper as well. I started with 5 colonies this year. Lost one that basically swarmed from the package I...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention: too late?

    On the topic of swarms, I recently had a colony swarm. I did manage to catch it and install it in another hive. My question is: what should I do about the sealed queen cells left behind??? I have...
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    Re: What o You Use to Uncap

    A bread knife works without heating it?? Sounds good to me with my little 5 hive operation in its first year! While we are on the topic of honey extraction, does anyone have any recomendations as to...
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    Re: % of honey for local

    I'm new to this, but I can tell I wouldn't mix a drop with any honey I harvest myself. I don't want to sell to people one time, I want to sell to them EVERY time they want good, real honey. But...
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    Re: Swarm Cells or Backups?

    MrHappy, this is my first year too, and besides what I can glean from the information here, I too have a mountain of books digested in my brain. I recently read that in order to be a perfect...
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    Re: Swarm Cells or Backups?

    Hollow pumpkins is a great way to describe what I saw! I am going through them today as my week inspection time has come again. I have read that a person can split a hive like the one I've been...
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    Re: Swarm Cells or Backups?

    They are hanging down from the bottom of a frame. They are not extremely elongated and do not have any eggs or royal jelly that I can see. Do they sometimes just make them just to have? BTW, this...
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    Swarm Cells or Backups?

    I recently opened one of my hives to find it ready for a super as 8 out of ten frames of new foundation had been drawn out and were being used. A few days later I took another peek to see how it is...
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    Re: what happens if you super to soon?

    I have been reading quite a lot here concerning when to super for honey. I'm a new Beekeeper, the advice is GREAT! I'm from west central Iowa and am choosing to wait for 80% full in the second Brood...
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    Re: Gap between super and brood box

    As far as the gap goes, my question is do I leave comb built on top of my frames or scrape it off?? The bees have been making comb on top of the bars on my frames which have been sticking the top...
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    Laying Worker

    Ant advice on installing a new queen in a hive that swarmed?? I had a colony swarm about a week after installing it on new foundation. One frame had been drawn out at my 2 week inspection and a...
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    Re: When do I pull the feeders?

    Thank you all so much for your advice. Yesterday I discovered I have chalkbrood in two of my five hives. New bees are present and the queen is laying a good pattern. I guess all I can do now is...
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    When do I pull the feeders?

    This is my first year beekeeping. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time, and remained so, due to the fact that the startup costs were too much for me. Well, this year I managed to scrape up...
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