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  1. Thread: Winter reserves

    by jbraun
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    Re: Winter reserves

    I usually shoot for 60 lbs. For me that's a double deep. Last year I had one that only made it to a single deep and still made it. I guess overkill is better than to little.
  2. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    enj

    Since no one has replied yet I'll say what I was thinking. The order you described is what we see during the spring and summer. I was under the impression that the bees would move the honey...
  3. Re: Goldenrod blooming in Central to West Michigan

    Central Missouri it's starting here. I also saw the Sumac changing colors.
  4. Thread: robin hooding?

    by jbraun
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    Re: robin hooding?

    mpgreer

    I choose to steal from my strong and gave to my weak. That seemed to work out poorly for me. The weak ones never seemed to catch up. I decided to stop that.

    Is your small one to...
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    Re: Need some pointers

    kenr.

    You've more experience than I have and I have similar problems. Getting them bulked up for the flow has eluded me so far. After watching Michael Palmers videos this year it seems to me...
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    Re: Close up a hive during backyard party?

    I just want to chime in on my experience with soda cans and honey bees. On the 4th of July in my small town the trash cans are full of both honey bees and yellow jackets. They both seem to like the...
  7. Re: I need to move a hive about 50'. i need to know how.

    I used MB method but didn't have much success with only a branch. I had an extra top with me and leaned it in front of the porch. All of the bees had to go to either end to fly in and out. I took...
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    Re: Bees Drowning in frame feeder!

    Honey Bee Healthy.
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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    Danial Y,

    What kind of population pressure do you have in that yard? Do you have full colonies as well as the nucs there? Are you feeding your nucs or is there still a flow on when they...
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    I don't think you offended any one. You just made us think of younger days!
  11. Thread: 4 frame nucs

    by jbraun
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    Re: 4 frame nucs

    I'm building double divided 10 frame nucs. The bottoms just have a 3/4" divider with an extra 3/8" piece on the tops to fill in the gap at the top. The tops are deep boxes at 8 1/8" wide. They sit...
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    Re: Comb in between frames

    You can rubber band it to the inside of an empty frame, no foundation. Masking tape works well also. Secure it in at lest 3 places. If it doesn't reach from the top to the bottom, use the bottom...
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    Re: what kind of flower is this?

    This is Liatris spicata or Blazing Star. It's a North American native to eastern and central states. The bees seem to like it as much as we do.
  14. Thread: Mating Nuc

    by jbraun
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    Mating Nuc

    I'm planning on starting grafting and queen rearing next season. I've a couple of questions regarding personal preference and filling in gaps in my understanding. I'm located in Mid Missouri.

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    Game Plan Change

    This year I started out with 4 hives. I split them in May and ended with 8. I thought that with splitting that early I would be able to harvest honey in July. No luck there. I think my problem...
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    Re: need to move and requeen a hot hive

    doug
    Like beepro said splitting to nucs now may be your best bet. Our bee club is having it's talk Monday on splitting your hives now before the fall. I helped a fellow beek split a HUGE colony 2...
  17. Thread: All mean now

    by jbraun
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    Re: All mean now

    shannon,
    Oops, I meant to say I've been splitting from the same 2 hives I bought as nucs in 2012. What do people who have English as a second language do?
  18. Thread: All mean now

    by jbraun
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    All mean now

    I'm up to 8 hives this year. I've been letting them split themselves for the last 2 years. This year I kept the splits at my home. I just took them away and moved them to a friends 3 miles away.
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    Re: Maintaining Genetic Diversity

    I live in a town of 400 in Mid Missouri. Only 1 other bee keeper in town. But I know of 4 feral hives here in town. I went after a hive that was damaged in our last big wind storm 4 miles south of...
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    Re: Carniolan in North Carolina

    Lex,
    Swarming is not a problem. Swarming is something the colony does to reproduce.

    The problem is bee keepers don't like bees to swarm as it reduces the work force to bring in honey. As a...
  21. Re: I definitely understand now why the hive stands work side to side, not front to b

    I use 2 blocks with 2 4x4x8 set on top. That gives me space for 4 hives on each stand. The bottom of the hives is about 10" off the ground. The blocks may need to be shimmed to level the 4x4's. I...
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    Re: Bee Tree Disaster

    I haven't looked at them this morning. I was just at the yard early and I didn't see any activity. It was about 6am and the other hives nearby had barely gotten out to fly. I'll check them out...
  23. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    I'm at the same stage as you. I was thinking along the same lines as you today. I was going to start a post asking some of the things that you asked.

    Thanks for starting this post.

    Good...
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    Bee Tree Disaster

    We had a pretty strong storm come through Mid-Missouri last night. I got a call from someone close who had major damage to a big oak close to his house. The top of the tree broke at the cavity...
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    Re: 10 frame hive split

    I just posted a question to see if I could split a 7 frame hive. I'm glad that I saw this last reply from MB. Now I've got a better idea of the strength of the hives I should split.
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