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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Healthy bees = high populations of very hungry bees, especially the italians who will brood all winter, and make you very proud by giving you lots of babies and high populations--but at a cost--the...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Did they have stores?
    If the population was more than in past years, maybe they boomed their way through all the stores....Just a thought.....More info needed....

    ==McBee7==
  3. Thread: smoker fuel

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    Re: smoker fuel

    I second SWM and use a roll of corrigated cardboard in the bottom just to keep the pellets burning, I also second Brad Bee's comments on pine needles (and I'm a yankee lol)They smell like diesel fuel...
  4. Re: Small scale extraction set up? Up to 20 hives..

    Here is my extractor and last years power unit :)

    http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/McBee7/IMG_20140815_163404921_zpsyizptww8.jpg
    And sometimes you just want to leave it in the comb...
    ...
  5. Re: Small scale extraction set up? Up to 20 hives..

    Howdy Mike,
    Last year I had 8 hives +/- of some nasty no good do nothing package bees, that taught me how to be patient and and not expect to much,,,(sorry about that--just some poision left from...
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    Re: Starting 7 new pkg's

    Sorry ,,just posted in the wrong thread,,,New computer, faster than I am.lol...

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Double nuc under shared super

    Wow-I hadn't considered this before,,,,seems like a lot of queen for just 4 frames...lol..or should I say 2 queens for 8 frames....If it swarms, they could probably carry their own box into the trees...
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    Re: Double nuc under shared super

    ?--Are these 4 over 4, then the QE?-- Or are they talking just 4 frames each with a QE?--
    I read the article and will be trying it this year also :)
    One double box for brood, and one double box for...
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    Re: DUBBLE STACK NUCS

    I have been considering this myself Trimman...
    I intend to try 5 over 5 then a queen excluder to limit her travel upward, and then the super,,,there are some who use a 10 frame single deep with a...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Moved the last 6 hives out of the shed today. Had to work fast to get them onto my truck and haul them to "Hay Henge" Before they finished orientation flights.......
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Congratulations Dan! They made it :) And they look great....I've put some sugar and pollen on mine untill something starts blooming and it wont take long with the temps that are forcast for...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    HA, HA,,,,Thanks beepro for keepin it real... :) I promise I wont count any chickens untill maybe May 1,,,,yeah May Day,,,deal :)

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I had the same problem today B84...lol...The shed is good at keeping out old man winter but not so much for spring...Outside temp today was near 50 and the next 2 weeks look to be the same/ with...
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    I was just sifting through some of your data,,,And I would like to buy 10 queens from group F center hive, in your Hudson apiary :) Do you have any input about that group or is there anything...
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    Very nice Adrian, and you have a very broad base of information...When I can, I will be weighing my 5 over 5s also, but mine are slightly different from your weights as we use different hive...
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    Re: how to calculate honey weight

    This is kind of a standard in my parts..
    5 gallons = 60 pounds
    you can figure out the other volumes/weights from there.
    At least this is where I start..:)

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: First cleansing flight

    Welcome to BeeSource Mn Beekeeper...
    My girls were in flight also today, and it was a glorous mess....lol..It has been a long cold winter that has just about run its course :) FYI my wife and I...
  18. Thread: Farming

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    Re: Farming

    I think you can get a more informed answer to your question if you check out the CCD/Neonic forum on this site. I have no ax to grind with either side but there a lot of profesional chemist type...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    I had 7 hives outside this year and they were extremely light comming into winter, so I knew I would have to baby sit them and feed sugar bricks for several months..2 starved out early and 1 latter...
  20. Thread: Broodless hive

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    Re: Broodless hive

    A couple of things happening here IMHO. One -is there are eggs being laid and if it was a laying worker you would have more than one egg per cell and, they would be in groups and not standing up in...
  21. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    Vance, there seems to be 2 schools of thought, as far as what to do with the top of the hive, and I watch all your threads with intrest...One school says seal up the top to keep All the heat in, and...
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    Re: Publications on nucs

    Welcome to bee source Druish00.
    I'm not aware of a book dedicated to only nucs but it is often a side note management option presented in some writtings...That being said there are many great...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Thanks for the input Adrian, and I'm thinking that maybe by the end of the month, when I can't control the highs in the shed, it will be "The Time" to set them out....As far as taking off the side of...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Ian, or anyone else that has overwintered indoor,,,could you give some hints/clues as to when to move them outside? This part seems to be fairly tricky,,, to soon and they might get hung up on...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    These 5/5 and 5/5/5 Nucs were what I would consider heavy, entering the wintering shed, and I expect some will have plenty of honey left as they enter spring. some preliminary numbers say that they...
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