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  1. Thread: How Many Bees

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    Re: How Many Bees

    One problem is there is no "standard" five frame nuc. Population will vary depending on how strong the supplier made them up, how long they've been established before sale, and so on. But according...
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    Re: Is suffocation a likely issue

    sqkcrk is right. I have had hives completely buried in snow and they were just fine. Snow is a good insulator. The funny thing was when I got around to digging them out on a warmer day and lifted the...
  3. Re: Combining extra packages into existing hives?

    A better plan would be to install the extra package in a regular hive or a nuc, even if you don't want that many colonies. There's often not 100 percent success with packages and in short time you...
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    Re: powder sugar dusting

    Randy Oliver has a good discussion on powder sugar dusting for Varroa management, did a practical study of methods. At http://scientificbeekeeping.com/
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    Re: Pollen at this time of the year???????

    My bees have bringing in pollen on each 50+ day, including yesterday an orange pollen, and this is about six weeks after the first killing frost. They're gleaning it somewhere.
  6. Thread: Bee escapes

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    Re: Bee escapes

    I've used the little Porter escapes, cone-escape boards and the triangle boards and have had by far the best success with the triangle boards. This year I took another idea from Michael Bush's site...
  7. Thread: Wisconsin Laws

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    Re: Wisconsin Laws

    FindlayBee has posted the correct link to the Wisconsin statutes and this is indeed law in Wisconsin. I checked with the legislative reference bureau. (The senate version -- SB 419 -- of this failed,...
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    Re: Starting with foundationless frames

    The one thing I would add is make sure your hive is level side-to-side. Bees will build foundation exactly vertically and if your frames lean the comb will not follow the frames to the bottom.
  9. Thread: Pollen and honey

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    Re: Pollen and honey

    It's been my experience that bees store pollen up when they want to expand the brood nest up and/or raise drones; otherwise I've never had a problem with pollen in the honey supers. So I would check...
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    closing hives for the day

    The landowner at one of my locations plans to replace a pasture fence near the hives this summer. I have about a dozen hives there, the closest row being about 30 feet from the fence. He will be...
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    Re: Small scale honey extraction

    All you need at a minimum is a knife to cut the comb from the frame, kitchen collander, some cheese cloth and kettles. Crush the comb and let the honey drip/strain through the cheese cloth in the...
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    Re: first pollination contract

    Justin, good luck on the pollination; hope it leads where you want it to for your business. That was enterprising of you to help the other operator to get bees and recover from your winter losses....
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    Re: Edible Honeysuckle

    The Hive and the Honey Bee lists it as both a nectar and pollen producer.
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    Re: What to do with cutout drone brood?

    You can add it to your compost.
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    Re: can i multiple super?

    Yes, you can put several on at once. Better to give the bees more room than to miss part of the crop, and if there's a good flow they will use the extra space when bringing in the nectar, which will...
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    Re: VERY aggressive colony

    After re-reading this thread, I agree with Ben Brewcat in the need to shut down the colony immediately if they are anywhere close to access by public or where anyone could conceivably happen by.
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    Re: VERY aggressive colony

    I used Michael Bush's method last year to divide and conquer a highly defensive colony -- not as bas as yours but one of the worst I've dealt with and it worked very well. I'd recommend you read his...
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    Re: Requeening Question

    IMO the safest way is as Marc suggests, making a split with the new queen and then after she is laying, kill the old queen and do a newspaper recombine. The next best safest is to leave the cork in...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2010

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    Re: Top 4 beekeeping books

    I'd put The Hive and the Honey Bee in the top four somewhere, after a good basic book like Hive Management by Richard Bonney and/or Backyard Beekeeper by Flottum. Rounding out the top four, add one...
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    Re: Moldy Honey Supers

    You can spread them out in the sun on a nice dry day; the light and heat will dry out and kill the mold (Turn the frames over after a while). Then when you put the supers on hives, bees will finish...
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    Re: Wisconsin beekeepers - would love your opinions

    This link goes to an analysis of a higher ed bill.
  23. Re: Understanding the practice of no queen excluder.

    [QUOTE=mrspock;507544]Is this just a warre practice, or can this be done with Langstoth?
    >Can definitely be done with Langstroth.

    On the other hand, I've heard that people do get brood in...
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    Re: Queen introduction and failure rate

    I don't think Flottum is talking about packages when advocating a five day wait to pull the cork in a queen cage. No reason for that. In fact I've had good luck direct releasing the queen when...
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    Re: Does using all mediums hurt brood production?

    Michael, the interchangeability sounds good. Do you make an effort to keep frames that held brood separate from honey frames? In other words, do some of last year's brood frames end up in this year's...
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