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  1. Re: Upper Michigan, when to take honey supers off?

    Alright, sounds good, they come off next week then. Thanks for the help
  2. Re: Upper Michigan, when to take honey supers off?

    Is there any harm in letting them go till end of September? Or is that not good for the bees? This is only our second year, and last year we had issues with the queen so we never did get our super...
  3. Upper Michigan, when to take honey supers off?

    Anyone in the U.P. can you tell me when you take your honey supers off?
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    Re: should I add super?

    It was a mix Spencer, but there is more than half of it that is drawn now, closer to 3/4 I'd say even. Going to take another look this Saturday and if it looks like I need it I'll add a super then,...
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    should I add super?

    We took a look on saturday and the honey super had 4 frames with nectar nearly full in them, some of it was capped but most was not, the other 6 frames were being worked on. the bees have been going...
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    How do you know?

    How do you know if there is a good nectar flow going on? I have looked for info on my area (Upper Michigan) and all I get is generalities, is there some way for me to know for certain? Thank you
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    Re: Any harm in extracting

    I'm not pulling out any from the brood boxes, just out of the honey super, I'm assuming they'll have enough honey stores in the brood boxes for the winter, along with what I feed them?
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    Re: Any harm in extracting

    I only have the one super with drawn comb, and that is on 4 or 5 of of the frames only , wondering if I extract them if I should put them back right where they came out of should I checker board them...
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    Any harm in extracting

    I have about 4 shallow frames full and capped right now, I was wondering if it would hurt anything to extract this now? I have a few sales waiting the bees. Also, I was thinking that rather than...
  10. Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    Yep, you guys called it, burr comb on the bottom of the frames, well, I tried it, removed it and learned. drilled a hole under handle area on honey super instead. Hope I didnt wast too much of their...
  11. spacer between honey super and brood box?

    So, we just put a 3/4 inch spacer on 3 1/2 sides between the honey super and the brood box, with the queen excluder still on the brood box. Anyone see a problem with this? We felt it would improve...
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    brood in the honey super

    Ok, so I know the question of queen excluders has ben hashed and rehashed here, and I don't really want to get into that. But lets say your not using one, and you end up with brood in your honey...
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    Re: Emptly Honey Super?

    yea, the two brood boxes are full of honey and now brood again. I will leave the super on then and see what happens. Thanks for your reply.
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    Emptly Honey Super?

    So, this is our first year with a hive, we started with empty undrawn frames in the brood boxes, and now we have drawn frames in nearly all of our frames in the two brood boxes. Our hive has been...
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    Moving the outside frames?

    I have two brood boxes on my hive, and one honey super, the bottom brood box has frames 1 and 10 not drawn out, and the 2nd box has 1,2,9,10 not drawn out. should I move these frames to the center...
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    Re: I think we may have troubles??

    there seems to me to be a lot of nectar in the hive. not all of it capped honey yet. there is still a couple frames not drawn out yet, 1 and 10 on the first brood box, and 1,2,9, and 10 on the second...
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    Re: I think we may have troubles??

    It looks looks like at least one was clawed open, it has the cap hanging there yet, like the "lid" was pushed off
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    I think we may have troubles??

    Ok, so here we are, just checked the hive, we have capped brood, no eggs, no larva. some of capped cells are drone cells, we also have several queen cells, towards the bottom of the frame, some in...
  19. Thread: Wax Flakes??

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    Wax Flakes??

    We have our hive sitting on a piece of papermill felt, its red in color. Anyhow, it makes it easy to see that there are quite a few wax flakes just outside the hive. I did a search on this site, but...
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    Re: When the weather outside is frightful?

    Nope, bees dont like Bruins.

    So, if they build comb, then on blustery days, the comb should boom. I was surprised at how quickly they built it already.
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    When the weather outside is frightful?

    So today its not as nice as it has been since we installed our package of bees. Its not raining, but its chillier and more windy. I notice not near as much activity outside the hive. It got me to...
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    foundation and no foundation?

    Can you put a super on with frames with foundation and then the next super not have foundation? So that you can get comb honey too?
  23. Re: First inspection and I have a few questions

    Well, when we went into the hive, I noticed that the foundation wasnt snapped into the frame right, and it was sticking out on one side. I had left it thinking I shouldnt mess with it, but the more I...
  24. First inspection and I have a few questions

    Ok, so we inspected the hive for the first time, found the queen, she has been released just fine. A lot more come made than I had figured on. probably 6 of the 10 frames had comb started on them....
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    I hadnt thought of that Albatross, that is good info, thank you. Thanks to everyone who responded.
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