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    Re: Combine Hives?

    If you combine a laying worker hive with a queen right hive there is always the possibility that the laying worker will kill the reining queen. Which is probably why you were unable to re-queen the...
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    Re: harvesting bucwheat seeds

    Use a combine with a fine seed head.
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    Re: Comb outside the trap!

    It really does not matter what causes it. bees do it. In fact I had the same thing happen to me just a few weeks ago. I almost thought you hijacked my pic (LOL) see this post.
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    Re: No activity split hive after 2 days

    If the split was left in the same yard as the parent hive, it is likely that all the foragers (field bees) returned to the parent hive. Even with re-orientation techniques a majority return home out...
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    Re: Splits from a cutout

    I would not do more than a 50/50 split from a cut out. You never really know how well the bees will adapt to the cut out. A large mass of bees can wind up a modest single after all is said and done....
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    Re: Cemetary void removal pics

    I think they burry people in walls in Michigan, particularly the Detroit area!
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    Re: Moving Honey Frames?

    although some may advise you to move frames up to encourage the bees up, this is not always necessary, or even the best thing to do.

    Not being in Connecticut this year it is difficult to be...
  8. Thread: Mead Recipes

    by Tenbears
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    Re: Mead Recipes

    That is what potassium sorbate is for.
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    Re: Not sure if I should split

    I would just keep supers on the hive, remove the capped supers before the golden rod flow, and extract, then put them back on. The bees will refill them with goldenrod honey. Winter is coming, if the...
  10. Re: IPM Mite count & beekeeping activity that could SKEW results

    Right, but it will not skew the results in favor of the mites.
  11. Re: Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides

    hum, The bumble bee equivalent of a pot smoker.
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    If 50,000 volts won't detour them what makes you think 110 will. Giving them honey will not stop them either, most of the time they prefer the brood. I was walking a wood lot with a gent as I...
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    Re: Hello from West Michigan

    Welcome. This certainly is the place to pick up tips.
  14. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    Yes. that corrugated plastic will be a great place for Small Hive Beetles to hide unmolested by the bees. Contact the supplier tell them you ordered a solid bottom board, and want to exchange. Their...
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    Funny how those who grew up and live in a suburban environment romanticize all their lives being farmers. While those who grew up on farms, enduring 16 to 18 hour work days. No sick days, no...
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    Ever heard of someone placing a dead queen in a trap? Why? Because her pheromones remain with her corpse for a considerable time. Leaving her corpse in the hive may be what is keeping the bees from...
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    Re: Is this a reasonable approach?

    If there is any kind of a flow going it would be rare for the queen to shut down completely. so the fact there are no eggs or brood would seem to indicate the absence of a queen. Certainly you would...
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    Re: New from WI, but my hive died :(

    Welcome.
    Two weeks would be pretty quick to have a hive die out from a queen loss. it sounds as though something else is involved
  19. Re: Are they drinking the neighbors' Kool-Aid?

    Not understanding the proper times and reasons to feed syrup to your bees does not mean feeding is bad. proper feeding can improve your hive strength, build up, and drawn comb amount. doing so when...
  20. Thread: need advice

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    Re: need advice

    As Andrew said more information is necessary to truly make a proper diagnosis. However there are many plausible situations, a number of which do not mean you have trouble. when in doubt the best...
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    Re: Honey flow advice and prep for winter

    Three mediums generally will weigh around the 140 mark completely full. I believe you will find 4 more than you will need to winter. But certainly there is nothing wrong with erring on the side of...
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    your problem is you destroyed the "supercedure cells" and it sounds as though you kept "going through the deeps" and doing so every 10 days. in bee terms that equates to listening to someone say...
  23. Re: Bee Bee tree seedlings and seeds for sale.

    last time you had these for sale I asked this but never got an answer. What is the age of the tre in picture #5, how many years does it take for them to mature?
  24. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    OK you win! you know all.


    Nosema apis


    Scientific classification

    Kingdom: Fungi
    Phylum: Microsporidia
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    Re: Dead carcasses outside hive??

    "The bee world is harsh." Yes it is! My girlfriend thinks it is the funniest thing in the world that the girls toss the drones out to starve or freeze before winter.

    Yes, I am looking!
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