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    Honey Extractor - 6-10 hives

    Hello!!! We are in the market for purchasing a quality extractor. It seems to me that Mann Lake is more geared for large operations, so we are left with Dadant and Bushy Mountain.

    Does anyone...
  2. Re: Bee Hive Ventilator - who has one or uses them? I'm considering building one to

    It looks like the exact same product.

    Matt - you bring up a valid point.

    I'm going to look into screen inner covers so that it helps with cooling the hive. Last night they...
  3. Re: Bee Hive Ventilator - who has one or uses them? I'm considering building one to

    on or hives we already have the top propped to give a top entrance along with a screen bottom board. I may go with a screen to board, but I agree that the gizmo is too expensive for$120. I'll...
  4. Bee Hive Ventilator - who has one or uses them? I'm considering building one to try

    Okay so I came across this today because I am concerned with the delay with capping honey from one hive. We have two hives and we have extracted 69 lbs from one hive and the second hive is...
  5. Re: Bees congregating at entrance, even when it's cool

    We just pulled our entrance reducers last weekend, due to advice from our mentor. Both hives have screen bottoms, and we've propped the top cover to allow for a top exit. I just checked on both...
  6. Re: Natural alternative to weed control - is it okay to use around hives??

    The same for me. I have several thistles that are nitorious for growing through the barrier. Also when is the best time to work infront of the hive to remove weeds? I manage the area that is 6-7...
  7. Re: Natural alternative to weed control - is it okay to use around hives??

    allnighter - thats the recipie, but it doesn't list two amounts of salt. the third line was for dish soap or clove oil. So back to the main question, is this safe to use around the hives? does...
  8. Natural alternative to weed control - is it okay to use around hives??

    So I saw this on FB and it is a homemade liquid week killer that includes a gallon of white vinegar, salt and some dish soap. The directions are fairly straight forward and you add the mixture to a...
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    Re: How to tell when a main flow happens?

    Thanks everyone! I appreciate the responses, and it makes sense that the terminology of "main flow" is more for a second or established hive. Would one associate main flows with a particular honey...
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    Re: How to tell when a main flow happens?

    I havent figured out how to post pictures, but they are drawing out the comb pretty good in the first medium super, but its hard to judge the machine gun activity. Ghere seems to be periods of each...
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    How to tell when a main flow happens?

    New Beek here, and we have two hives. How do you determine when a main flow is happening? It seems that there are a lot of things in bloom, but I don't know how to tell.

    Each hive uses the 3/8 x...
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    Re: Three questions from inspection on Sunday

    I'm also a first year beek, and I had the exact same questions after my latests inspection this past Sunday. We have two deeps and one medium super on each hive. Both Hives are starting to build...
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    Re: What is your bees' favorite flower?

    Shane- is the thistle purple glob, or the common pain in the finger variety? I plant mostly natural prairie and I am constantly trying to pick and rid myself of the tuber and deep root common...
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    Re: What is your bees' favorite flower?

    I see my bees on the marigolds, lilac, wild phlox, creeping charlie and dandilions. I've planted foxglove, lavendar, petunias, tickseed, veronica, sage, catmint, clematis, and a host of other...
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    Nectar Flow, zone 5, Illinois

    anyone in my area know if we are under a nectar flow? seems to me that the fruit trees are done, and the pines are mid-bloom. thanks noob question!
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    Re: Another Noob Question -

    Thanks! I will be doing another inspection on Friday, so I will keep a look out.
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    Another Noob Question -

    So tonight while in the garden, I was planting lavender about 24" away, because I read on a state ran website that they are an essential oil plant that helps with natural v. mite control. when I...
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    Re: Entrance reducer.

    One of the members in our local club never changes the entrance size from the smallest setting. He has 11 hives this year. His point is that Bees in nature use a small hole for colonies...
  19. Re: pulling my hair out over these big black ants!

    would cedar mulch help? I heard our read somewhere that ants don't like it.
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    Peaceful Night - unusual behavior?

    Since we installed our two hives, I find myself checking on them daily. Most of time I am home by evening (6-7), but tonight I got home after 9. I use a flash light to ...
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    Re: No bees from Watertown Dadant??

    We also ordered from Dadant in Watertown. Fortunately we received our two packages on April 15th. Unfortunately it was when Chicago had the week of cold rainy weather. We ...
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    Re: Hatching queens...

    My friend is also trying this. He assumes that the new queen will emerge in a few days. I'm curious as to how you are going to mate her?
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    Re: New beekeeper with lots of questions

    I thought that it was not recommended to mix wood with plastic frames, it might cause confusion or nonacceptance to one or the other types. As for if the comb is true, it appeared to be in the first...
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    New beekeeper with lots of questions

    We have two hives that we installed packages during less than ideal weather. My friend gave us two honey filled frames and two drawn frames to give them a leg up to prevent freezing. The frames...
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    New Apiary in IL!

    Greetings Everyone! My name is Michelle, this is our first year and we have two hives. The packages were installed about a month ago, both queens were released and we completed ...
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