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    Re: honeybee Christmas gifts

    I got a bee skep.
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Merry Christmas to all.
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    Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started off with one colony because of finances. I also had some used equipment from a trusted local beek. So I put out swarm traps, the "free bees" helped with my second.
  4. Thread: 9 frame spacers

    by skosma
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    I don't like them(got them in purchased colonies). I like to slide the frames around to make room to work. My bees seem to glue the frames down more with the spacers. Next spring I'm going back to...
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I have been keeping a hive log book since the beginning. I have found it helpful in keeping track of all that the hive happenings. Now that my daughter is starting out she has a reference point for...
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    Re: Hello from West Michigan

    Welcome to the site
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    Re: 2014 VSH queens for sale

    Sent an email.
  8. Thread: from the U.P

    by skosma
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    Re: from the U.P

    I'm not a Yooper, but I'm from the thumb. Welcome to the site.
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    Re: swarm takes over nuc?

    I checked the nuc just before dark, and they now have about 4 frames of bees. This nuc was on life support from my other colonies until their new queen started laying. If this is a swarm they have...
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    Re: Brood between frames

    You could rubber band the loose brood into a frame and put it between to drawn frames.. The bees will attach it to the frame, chew the rubber band off, and you will save some brood. I made the same...
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    swarm takes over nuc?

    I have a very weak (1 1/2 frames) nuc that had a marked queen (went queenless) installed 2 days ago. Today the nuc has bees fighting on the ground and and my marked queen(carniolan) is bring balled....
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    Re: Hi, from Austin City Limits

    Welcome from Michigan
  13. Re: Hello from a Califorina New"Bee" and. P.S. What type of Bee's do I have?

    Welcome to the forum. I'm only starting my second year keeping bees. I would say your bees are Italians. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in. Also cool video.
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    Re: Sending QMP strips with package bees.

    I'd pay the extra Nick to have the "back up " queen
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    Re: We now have a name:)

    Congrats on your farm naming!
  16. Re: aggressive racoon, or fox?, climbs 12 feet, flips heavy lids, eats comb, trap set

    That is raccoon, we trap with large marshmallows.
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    100% I had six strong hives starting out the winter. 3 starved out with plenty of stores by the end of 2013. The remaining 3 hive died out within the last 2 weeks. This has been the coldest winter I...
  18. Re: What kind of honey did the bees make this year?

    Clover and alfalfa
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    Re: Biggest mistake ?

    My biggest mistake was starting out with one hive.
  20. Thread: Shop accident!

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    Re: Shop accident!

    Glad to hear you didn't lose a finger.
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    I lost 4 out of six. All treated for mites. All had good stores. I hope the remaining 2 survive :)
  22. Thread: Merry Christmas

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    Re: Season's Greatings

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  23. Re: First year failure, long time listener. (Questions and comments)

    I have 6 hives on a farm thats basically organic-all natural. I'm surrounded by big farms and crop farms who use harse chemicals. I think if the bees have plenty of forage near the hive they are less...
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    Re: Greetings from Livonia, Michigan.

    Greetings from the tip of the thumb.
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    Re: Which suppliers carry solid bottom bars ?

    Mann lake
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