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    Re: Nosema contaminated equipment

    Thoroughly scrape boxes and frames, render the heavily soiled wax. Then subject the equipment to acetic acid fumigation and freezing temps - should take care of the problem for both types of nosema
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    Re: Table saw recommendations

    I have the contractor version of sawstop. With a nice blade, It is more than adequate for my beekeeping related woodwork.
    It is more expensive but frankly I cannot afford to lose one of my...
  3. Thread: Hive entrance

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    Re: Hive entrance

    I saw the same thing today. I was going to reduce the entrance and they had completely propolized it shut except for 1 bee space
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    Re: Fall swarms in Michigan

    I am in your area and just finished mating some queens. Still plenty of drones
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    Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I successfully over wintered 12 of 15 nucs last winter they are my most prolific hives this year for both bees and honey!
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    Re: trying foundationless frames

    I have seen them draw out a whole frames of drone comb during swarm season. I will just move those out to the sides for honey storage
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    Re: trying foundationless frames

    I will move the drone frames out to the side or above the cluster. They tend to then fill them with honey later in the season
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    Lost 2 of 10 nucs and 2 of 14 full size colonies. Very cold and long winter. Several wouldn't have made it except I added extra boxes of honey and/or sugar bricks
    Even with all that confinement only...
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    Re: What staple gun do you have?

    Been using the harbor freight stapler for a few years with a good Quality staple from menards or lowes. Works great and was only $18
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    Re: foundationless frames

    Run the strips the whole length as mr bush suggested. They will curve the end otherwise
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    Re: Bees in MI bringing in pollen today

    Yes looks like they were bringing in cream and pale yellow pollen, very exciting! They were working crocus and snowdrops in my yard, and I saw red maples in bloom
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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    We have a lot of henbit here in sw michigan. The bees work it for the bright orange red pollen.
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    Re: At a loss...I just don't understand

    Also not to far away. I may have a few locally mated queens and over wintered nucs later this spring.
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    Also after visiting Kelleys I am not surprised about the delay in orders. Didn't seem very organized and the shop was smaller than I expected
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    I put in a big order with man lake and had everything in about 3 business days. Have always been extremely pleased with there customer service
  16. Thread: Table Saw

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    Re: Table Saw

    Saws top contractor saw is a very good saw and I still have all my fingers. Intact fingers are super important for my day job! Even the most skilled woodworkers (which I am not) will likely make a...
  17. Re: Fact or not; Colony needs open cells to cluster.

    Well this is an interesting question I was just discussing with another beekeeper. So when I have seen this happen I will add an empty super to the bottom of the stack and the bees will actually...
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    Very instructive and useful data. Qualitatively my observations on honey usage by nucs are similar to yours, except I use a stack of 3 or 4 - 5 frame medium boxes
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    Re: First cleansing flight

    Our first cleansing flights since dec 26 this weekend in sw michigan!

    Couldn't have come at a better time! Added sugar and honey to all my colonies
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Have 14 of 16 full size colonies and 8 of 10 medium nucs still going!

    1 loss to dysentery and 3 other were all starve outs

    Lots of honey used in the last 3 weeks here as it was been so cold!
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    Re: Noble Apiaries LLC

    Two years ago I ordered 6 packages from noble apiaries/honey 4 all and they were delivered on time and with an incredibly sturdy and well,protected shipping crate-like arrangement. When I need...
  22. Re: Stethoscope to hear the bee cluster in Winter?

    I use a littmann cardiology II that you can hear the bees slightest movements when properly positioned. Pretty expensive not one I would buy for hobby use. As others have said make sure you have the...
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    Re: Crystallized honey for mead?

    Just use warm water to dissolve the crystallized honey. It works great for mead!
  24. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    I forgot to mention in my post the total hive weight should be well over 100 lbs and I routinely use 4 mediums to winter in (I use all mediums) and I use quilt boxes with top entrances. No issues...
  25. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    I routinely leave a full super on top of 3 medium brood chamber here in michigan. This should give me at least 50-60 lbs of just honey in the top 2 boxes. If they don't use it then great, I just...
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