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  1. Re: Indoor wintering in northern climates on a commercial scale

    I would wonder how you could go for that long without a cleansing flight. I'm in Iowa and having a warm day or two in January or February is helpful. I cant see putting them inside from November...
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    Re: Plan for regression?

    I had two nucs that went to small cell this summer without any regression at all.

    Last fall I purchased some PF-105 Plastic Frames with 4.9 cell size from Mann Lake. I wanted to try small cell...
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    Re: Thoughts on used extractors.

    I bought a used Dadant Ranger extractor a couple years ago and I'm happy with it. It was about half the price of a new one. I would personally go with stainless steel as you are dealing with a food...
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    Re: virgin hatched day 14

    I would probably guess that larvae was a little older than the others. But, you are dealing with nature, so things can always be unpredictable. I'm moving some cells tomorrow which would be day 12....
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    Re: Is treatment free possible for a newbie

    Don't let anyone ever tell you that keeping bees treatment free is hard or impossible. Yes, hives will die. Hives will die no matter what you do to them.

    I am on my 4th year and haven't put a...
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    Adding bees/brood to nuc

    I recently found an overwintered nuc that I thought lost it's queen actually is still alive. Population is very low, and I wanted to boost it with a frame of brood and bees from another hive.

    Can...
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    Re: 2 clusters at top of hives

    There have been other discussions about this recently. I had one of my hives spend the whole winter with the cluster visible from the upper entrance. They made it through the winter fine.

    If...
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    Re: Bees in top box, not normal?

    I had a hive last year where I could see bees at the top entrance all winter. Made it just fine.
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    Re: Thinking about getting Bees Again...

    I just got back into it a couple years ago after a loooong hiatus. Things are a lot more challenging than they used to be but it's still worth it.

    Personally, I would shy away from used...
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    Re: Top Entrances and Dead Bee Build-up

    If you have a top entrance, the dead buildup on the bottom becomes less of an issue. If they bottom entrance gets blocked, they can always go out the top
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    Re: Bees are in the top

    I had a hive last year (closed BB) that seemed to cluster the whole winter in the top. Made it through just fine. But, there was a mold in the bottom deep due to moisture. This year I'm keeping...
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    Re: miter saw

    Add me to the Dewalt 12 inch slider fan list.
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    Re: Hive spacing

    It looks like the correct answer is....whatever works for you! I have two yards, one where they are spaced a few feet apart, the other is a few inches apart. I actually prefer more space between.
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    Re: Commercial or Economy Hive Bodies?

    I usually go commercial. No big issues.

    I tried a few economy/budget once. It seemed like they were just barely good to sell. I had to struggle to assemble them and decided it wasn't worth the...
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    Re: Using fishing line in foundation

    I havent tried it myself yet, there are people using fishing line in a foundationless frame

    http://mudsongs.org/natural-foundationless-comb/
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    Population level of winter nucs

    I started some nucs in July and they are doing great...probably too great. I've been removing brood regularly.

    I'm planning on overwintering them as 4 frame deeps. Based on other postings I...
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    Re: Dead opossum?

    I found this back in March

    http://sweetacres.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/imag0132.jpg?w=300&h=225

    It was alive and appeared to be stuck. It took quite a bit of prodding and pushing to get it...
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    Moving hive, then moving back

    I'm planning on making some splits from hives at my home yard.

    I have an outyard to put them on to keep them from going back to their original hive. But, it's 45 minutes away. Too far to keep my...
  19. Re: What are "upper entrances" for and do we need them?

    I have upper entrances via a ventilated inner cover. They hardly use the lower entrance any more.
  20. What's the best 6/3 powered extractor for the money?

    Looking at the 6/3 frame size.
    Figuring legs and any accessories needed to do both deeps and mediums

    Maxtant is about $790
    Dadant $860
    Mann Lake $660

    If you have one, do you like it? If you...
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    Re: Dadant economy grade woodenware

    I've gotten Dadant commercial boxes and been happy with them. I did try economy from another supplier and all I can say is you get what you pay for. The quality of the wood wasnt so much the issue...
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    Re: Michigan Meat out day.

    With a 14%+ unemployment rate, shouldn't the Governor be encouraging the use and consumption of products in her state?

    It should be an Eat Michigan Meat Day.
  23. Re: The right way to put a super on the ground?

    I buy cheap ($10 a pair) plastic saw horses that I leave in the bee yard all year long. With a couple 2x4s across them they are just the right size to hold 2 supers. You could tack on an additional...
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    Raising cells in a nuc

    I'm going to try grafting and raising a few queen cells this year. Because I only need to wind up with 4 or 5 cells, can I start and finish them in a nuc? Manipulating and dedicating a whole hive...
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    Thanks for the offer, but it's about a 300 mile drive for me
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