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    Re: Overwintering options? "Indoors?"

    Bugmeister: Most people here suffered at least some loss. I was in line to pick up packages this spring and a fellow beekeeper told me that she lost 9 of 10 this past winter. I know some people...
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    Overwintering options? "Indoors?"

    After losing all my hives to the coldest winter Michigan has had in 30 years I'm 4 hives strong again but I'm worried about this coming winter. Word on the street is this year's will be as bad or...
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    Re: Split for an observation hive?

    If I try the split and they fail to produce a queen or she fails to mate I can always just re-combine them before winter without any harm done correct?
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    Re: Split for an observation hive?

    So with that in mind would you try it this late?
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    Re: Split for an observation hive?

    The thought was to get a nuc established yet this fall in the Ulster (if wise)to do some talks at my daughter's school before winter hits. I was planning to winter it indoors with exterior access...
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    Split for an observation hive?

    I have an Ulster Hive I'd like to populate still this season via a split to keep through the winter. How late can I take some brood/eggs and still give them enough time to raise a queen? My plan is...
  7. Re: Seeded a new package with drone comb - whoops. Now what?

    Thank you for all the advice guys. I really appreciate it. Would it be advisable to add some capped brood from a stronger hive into this one?
  8. Seeded a new package with drone comb - whoops. Now what?

    In early May I started two new packages and seeded them both with some comb from a deadout (foundationless long hive.) I wasn't paying attention and apparently one of the two received a great deal of...
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    These feces a problem?

    I was sorting through some hive bodies today and found this hive. It is a TBH that was queenless, went laying worker and eventually got robbed out last year while I was on vacation. I happened to...
  10. Re: Is this a "swarm" now or will it be soon?

    Nice!

    My best option is simply to put a trap nearby I am guessing? How close should it be placed?
  11. Is this a "swarm" now or will it be soon?

    Bees have been clustered outside like this for the last two days on a known feral bee colony. The weather has been cloudy and cool (high 60's) with rain for the entire time so I am assuming this...
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    Re: Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    Thanks everyone. I moved hives on Friday and left a spare swarm box behind. Only about 50 or so bees returned back to the old location so they made the trip to the new yard (again) on Sunday. ...
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    Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    I need to move some hives in the next day or two less than 2 miles. It seems the current line of thinking from reading on the forum is that as long as you put an obstruction in front of the hive...
  14. Re: Queens are released in foundationless...when to fix comb?

    Well I fixed the combs the best I could last week with the limited weather conditions. There was only one spot I couldn't get to without disturbing what I presumed was the cluster around the queen. ...
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    Re: Metal Honey Press Source?

    Guess I didn't realize they were in that price point. Just used to the crush method I suppose. I'll look around and see what I can find.
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    Metal Honey Press Source?

    Instead of just doing crush and strain I would like to use one of those metal fruit presses I've seen around on a few forums for harvesting honey. Most of the pricing I can find online is about $250...
  17. Re: Queens are released in foundationless...when to fix comb?

    I think I've browsed that one a bit but I'll take another look. I guess I should have been more specific with my question. Does the need to fix the comb now outweigh the risk of irritating the hive...
  18. Re: Queens are released in foundationless...when to fix comb?

    Do I run the risk of them absconding if I'm in there too much before they have brood to help keep them?
  19. Queens are released in foundationless...when to fix comb?

    My two new packages have freed their queens. I assume they got out on Thursday. I rubberbanded some comb from a dead out into both of them to help them get started but some of it could have either...
  20. Re: Day 3 since package install - overcast today - check/pull the queen cage anyways?

    Peeked in quickly during a break in the rain and neither one was completely released but they were close. I'll probably give it until Saturday or Sunday and check again. I'm sure I'll have some...
  21. Day 3 since package install - overcast today - check/pull the queen cage anyways?

    I installed two packages Saturday night and I still need to retrieve the queen cages. Today is day 3 but we have had a mix of rain and sun all day in the low 70's. It is currently not raining but...
  22. Alternate drawn comb with empty frames?

    I'm installing two packages this afternoon into some long langs with foundationless frames. I have some drawn comb from a dead out I'm going to seed them with. Should I alternate drawn comb with...
  23. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    So I melted the bottom deep down for the wax and this stuff is black. Like motor oil black. When I passed the first batch through the the strainer it could have been 10w30. I'm guessing this is...
  24. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    Yup. No signs of anything recent but plenty of leafs and sticks stashed in the bottom box =).
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    Any particular odor I should watch for?
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