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  1. Re: What would you do with clusters at top of hives?

    I would leave it be, and continue to add sugar. When there is pollen coming in and its warm enough to feed sugar syrup, or there is nectar coming in, I would reverse broodnest(if you are using...
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    What were Heddons and Hutchinson's thoughts on why mediums winter better. I searched but couldn't find it.
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    Re: How would you have responded?

    I've dealt with shaking 25# of bees into big screened boxes. I don't think you'd want any more than that. If you knock the cluster off the top of the box into a pile of bees on the bottom they can...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Mine went in with smaller clusters than I like, but the ones I've been able to tap on are still alive. I put on pollen patties a couple weeks ago, so maybe they'll get to make use out of them next...
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives

    This is a very interesting situation. Keep us us posted Tilopa, and maybe add some pictures? Best of luck!
  6. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I think you can endorse a product without endorsing the company. If the product is terrible and doesn't do what Michael Bush describes, yes I think it could affect his reputation. If the Flow Hive...
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    Re: Keeping Snow off of Buried Hives

    I shoveled MORE snow onto mine!
  8. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    They sent him the product. He tried it out, liked it, and said something good about it. I don't see how this will affect Michael at all.
  9. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I see nothing on indiegogo that says its for a discount. However, here's an article that explains the legal obligations(or lack thereof) for creators using crowd funders like Kick starter and...
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    Re: Better Genetics

    That depends. Are you trying to breed for your management style of producing nucs, or for people who are trying to produce a honey crop with a large hive? If the production hive and nuc comes through...
  11. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Yep, start a Honey Utilities Company. Turn a valve and pump honey straight from the hive to your subscribers!
  12. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    The crowd funding is already over $225,000 in just a few min...
  13. Re: FWIW - dealing with those pesky follower bees!

    Anyone tried one of these?

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    Re: Improving genetics

    If you know they have weak genetics, I think it would be best to requeen them.
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    Re: Wind Chill - Cover or not?

    We got some snow before the real cold got here, so I decided to pack it up against some of my hives for insulation. The double nucs were tricky because I didn't want to cover the entrances, and I...
  16. Re: Spring feeding; different sugar water solutions?

    The bees will build comb as long as they need it. The trick is not to feed so much they backfill the broodnest.
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    "Eligible extreme cold means, for honeybee colony losses, the temperature must be 14 degrees Fahrenheit or less for at least 7 consecutive days during the program year in which the loss is claimed."...
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    Re: Taking Old Queens

    I think there are many respected beekeepers that say queens are just coming into their prime in their 2nd or even 3rd year. I suppose it depends on how well raised and mated they are.
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    Re: How much to charge for drone brood?

    Just scratch the cells and put them in the extractor :)
  20. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    "Just add HFCS!"

    Kidding. I wish them the best. I remember reading a really old ABJ or Gleanings article about something like this.
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    Packages near Springfield, IL?

    Had a beginner call me looking for package bees. Our club has a some packages left, but we are about 4 hours away and I wanted to find someone closer to them. They are fairly close to the...
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    Re: Does anyone in the north use 3 deeps ??

    I made up a lot of nucs last year, but I have single deeps, double deeps, two story nucs and, three story nucs wintering. Let them build up into whatever they build up into, use a uniformed size of...
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    Re: Bees and burr comb

    I don't its the queen. What type of frames and foundation do you use? Where did you get your boxes?
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    Re: Missouri early buildup timing

    I'm not sure that I would ever feed syrup thinner than 1:1. Some may disagree, I don't know...
  25. Re: Have I made a mistake by switching boxes this early?

    I think you'll be okay, as long as they don't go through their honey stores before they start bringing nectar in. That isn't very cold to me, haha.
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