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    How much clean up?

    My hive died out this winter (starved.) I'm getting ready for my new package and was wondering how extensive the clean up has to be. There are many bees head first in the cells, do they all have to...
  2. Thread: Feeding Honey

    by solong
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    Feeding Honey

    I have a hive from last years package. I fed them all summer/fall and their numbers are pretty stong. However, I don't believe they have enough stores to make it through our long winter. I was...
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    Re: Unexpected behavior

    There have been some blue jays around the hive. Maybe they are bothering the bees. I added some hardware cloth over the top enterance just in case it is a mouse.
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    Re: Unexpected behavior

    I don't think it's a predator. The hive is on the roof of my wood shed and there are not tracks in the snow. I was wondering how they act when their queen dies, could that be the problem?
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    Unexpected behavior

    This is my first time trying to overwinter bees. I have a strong hive from a package last spring. They do not have enough stores for the winter (I believe) so last week I went out and gave them a...
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    Re: Prepping for Winter?

    Does anyone remove a frame or two to allow the cluster to be bigger? It seems like the larger space would allow for a tighter cluster.
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    Re: You know your wife loves you when...

    I have been gone moose hunting for a week and my wife fed the bees. She is afraid of heights but climbed the ladder onto the wood shed where the hive is. All the while dodging a brown bear with two...
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    Re: let it rain, rain...

    We set a record with 31 straight days of rain. My bees have been cooped up most of the summer which equals no honey.
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    Re: no honey in hives?

    I'm having the exact same problem. We have had a terrible summer (if that's what you want to call it.) When the sun does come out, they fly like crazy but they have been cooped up inside most of...
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    Re: They won't draw the Foundationless?

    I tried intermingling foundation and foundationless. I moved up one frame of brood from the bottom and I had one frame with bare foundation which I put in. The brood hatched and the other frame was...
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    Re: They won't draw the Foundationless?

    I inspected last night and both frames with foundation were drawn in the second deep, one had uncapped honey and one had nothing in the cells. The only thing I had on hand is a honey super so I...
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    Re: They won't draw the Foundationless?

    I'll try alternating it, when I moved the brood up, I put undrawn foundation right next to it. Thanks.
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    Re: They won't draw the Foundationless?

    From what I can tell, we have a fairly continuous flow all summer consisting of wildflowers and the fireweed is bloomed everywhere. On nice days, they have been extremely active coming and going.
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    They won't draw the Foundationless?

    Hi, since this is my first year, I thought I would experiment a little and see what works in my area. My package drew the first deep with plastic foundation just fine. When I added the second deep,...
  15. Thread: What Is

    by solong
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    Re: What Is

    I started this year in South Central Alaska but Iv'e been in contact with several people in the Fairbanks area. Keep in mind these two areas have drastically different climates. Like everything...
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    Re: Overwintering/bee biology question

    I was planning on feeding solid sugar on newspaper. I learned the hard way this spring. I tryed using a frame feeder and lost a package due to starvation. I switched to a top feeder and the second...
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    Re: Overwintering/bee biology question

    Thanks guys, I'm going to give it a try. I don't mind feeding all winter if need be. I'm not going to take anything from them this year. I have kept the hive wrapped all summer and will leave it...
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    Overwintering/bee biology question

    Hi, I'm making plans to overwinter my first year hive. My area does not get too severe of a winter, most of the upper mid-west has harsher winters. The problem, is the length of our winter. We get...
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    Re: top entrance measurement

    Will switching to a top entrance help them draw comb on my second deep? It seems that getting more bees up in that box will only help.
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    Re: To feed or not to feed?

    There seems to be two schools of thought on the subject of overwintering in Alaska. I'm going to give it a try since I already have the hive insulated. I'll put it in my wood shed and since I go...
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    Re: To feed or not to feed?

    There is a lot of traffic coming and going and many returning bees look heavy and land short of the run way. The first deep is loaded with capped brood but they have not started drawing the comb on...
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    To feed or not to feed?

    This is a first year hive with a 3#package. I'm still waiting for them to draw the comb on the second deep. I've been feeding because I hear it helps them draw comb. On the other hand, I watched...
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    Re: Help ID capped comb please.

    Well, from those responses it sounds like more brood is on the way. I guess I'm just being impatient. Thanks.
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    Help ID capped comb please.

    Hi, I have a standard lang. hive new this year. I'm new so I didn't have any drawn comb. I got a 3# package from Koehen and hived on May 13th. The number of bees has increased dramatically but...
  25. Thread: GM Alfalfa

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    Re: GM Alfalfa

    I have to agree with Pablo, the closer to natural the better for me. However, it's true that we could not feed ourselvess without the yield provided by modified plants. But no one is mentioning the...
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