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    Re: NC Newb Gets Going...

    Welcome to beekeeping! Just a bit of past experience. I fed a couple of new packages and couldn't believe how much syrup they were taking. I figured they would take as much as they would need and...
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    Re: Treatment free question

    Agree with Rader sidetrack. That is an hold hive that has been found by swarms over the years.
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    Re: Two Hives dead but still a lot of Honey

    You could extract some of it. this would give you empty frames of drawn comb along with frames of honey. Then fill your hive with a mix of the empty and filled comb. With these two things any new...
  4. Re: Can I use a division feeder in an empty deep on top of a full deep?

    sounds like a good plan. you might dribble a little syrup on the inner cover and dawn the side of the feeder to get the girls interested. just keep an eye out for burr comb in that upper deep. ...
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    Re: Swarm season in Cleveland, OH area

    I am in Cleveland heights and I concur with Bluesky, it seems like mid May through June
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    How are you feeding it back to the bees?
  7. Re: starting 3lb packages with frames of capped syrup/honey

    Thanks Peter. Any need to scrape the cappings to get the bees interested?
  8. starting 3lb packages with frames of capped syrup/honey

    I will be starting 3lb packages in the next few weeks. I had a problem with backfilling while I was feeding the bees last year and as a result i have several deep frames with a capped mixture of...
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    Re: Don't think split is working.

    the idea is to do the split during the day when the foragers are out doing there thing (warm temps, pollen and nectar are around). this way it is mostly the nurse bees left in the hive. if you need...
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    Re: Don't think split is working.

    the nurse bees will stay with the brood. any of the foragers that you moved in the split may return to the original hive. from what i have seen posted here part of the trick is to get a lot of...
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    Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!

    try amazon. an amazon prime membership is still only $80 and they carry mann lake products. thats a years worth of two day delivery plus all the other perks
  12. Re: Is it possible to temporarily house a swarm in 2 supers?

    you could move the medium frames into a deep body and let the bees draw comb from the bottoms of the frames. Its a little fragile but I did it in a pinch a couple of years ago. the following spring...
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    Re: Hello from Central Missouri please read.

    i have to say i think that a good hive does get use to people being around. my lawn mower is not a problem for the bees any more. we have people over and play croquet within a few feet of my hives...
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    Re: Bees clumping on outside of hive in rain storm

    they are on a smoke break..... but really just cooling off
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    Re: Best bee food supplement

    i have been using honey bee healthy. gets the girls interested.they are taking a quart a day.
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    Re: First honey harvest

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    just a note. if you have had no rain in the past couple of weeks that can put the girls in a bad mood
  17. Thread: Outsmarted!!

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    Re: Outsmarted!!

    ok, that is not only clever, but very funny!
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    Re: honey bound problems/solutions

    I had a problem with the bees back filling the brood chamber also. The state apiary inspector suggested doing just that. move a few frames of the nectar up and rebuild the center of the brood...
  19. Thread: Queen is gone!

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    Re: Queen is gone!

    introducing a new queen is cheap insurance. worst case a couple of queens fight it out.
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    Re: Many dead bees in package

    i just cut the entrance reducer to allow for the feeder. then i just use both pieces of the reducer for winter. works fine
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    Re: The good and the bad about package bees

    mr.beeman thats funny
  22. Thread: Varroa mites

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    Re: Varroa mites

    once your hive gets going you can open a little drone brood. the mights like it best. the mites will look like tan spots on the larve
  23. Re: First inspection - flunked - drone cells look like what?

    looks like capped worker brood to me. if the queen just layed more eggs they can be hard to see because of thier small size. give it 3 or 4 days and check for larve. if you see the uncapped larve...
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    Re: Coating Plasticell: Looking for New Ideas

    i started using pierco prewaxed frames last year. i gave them a quick spray of sugar syrup and the bees drew them out with no problems. in my opinion the extra wax isn't needed.
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    Re: Honey B healthy???

    Hi, used hbh last fall when for fall feedings. the bees did seem to take the feed better. That being said, there are some people that say the natural oils throw off the balance of the hive. ...
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