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    Less than perfect homemade bee boxes

    I make all of my own boxes. They include 8 frame mediums and 4 frame nucs. Some of them don't fit together perfectly and there are small cracks. Anything large enough for a bee to get through gets...
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    Age of brood for queen cells

    There is much discussion on here about using too old of brood to make queen cells. I am wondering if there is such a thing as using too young of brood for making queen cells. I pulled two frames of...
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    Sugar water for overwintering

    When I first started beekeeping I was told to take most of the honey off and replace it with sugar water for overwintering. This was something you did if you wanted to make money. So I have been...
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    Re: 10 for 10 in Michigan

    What part of this thread mentions any loss at all for treaters?
  5. Thread: Never requeen

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    Never requeen

    Do the commercial beekeepers re queen their hives or do they just let nature take its course? I met a rather successful commercial beekeeper who has never re queened a hive in like 35 years. I know...
  6. Thread: hive placement

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    Re: hive placement

    I have never seen a recommendation to put hives in shade. I have seen many recommendations to put them in full sun. Despite this I started out with mine in a woods and then started cutting down...
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    Re: How many amp hrs for oa vaporizer needed?

    I know exactly what battery you are talking about. It's so much lighter than a car battery. It works fine for 2 hives and on the 3d hive it died for me. Had it fully charged.
  8. Which mite treatment kills mites in brood cells?

    There is much discussion about OA not being effective on mites within the brood cells. My question is which if any mite treatments do kill mites within brood cells. If the answer is none then why...
  9. Thread: Flavored Honey

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    Flavored Honey

    What's the deal with flavored honey? I have seen vendors selling nothing but flavored honey at farmer's markets. Any information on this would be appreciated. Is this artificially flavored? What...
  10. Thread: Raw Honey

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    Raw Honey

    How is raw honey processed? I have many requests for honey that is dirty. The dirtier the better. I don't heat any of my honey unless it is granulized. Just wondering how to strain it as I am sure...
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    Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I use all 8 frame mediums for production hives. I use 4x4 medium nucs which gives me 8 medium frames that are easily transferred to one 8 frame medium box.
  12. Thread: Combine or not?

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    Combine or not?

    I have 2 hives which are noticeably slower to build up when compared to my other hives. One of these weaker hives was a 3 lb. package. I have used all drawn comb so far this year. This particular...
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    WISCONSIN BEEKEEPERS

    Any beekeepers from Wisconsin please rate this years honey crop. Include your general location.
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    No luck making queens

    My Brother from Idaho asked me to post this. He has been trying to graft queens since spring with no luck at all. So he tried OTS notching with 5 new nucs on Sunday. He looked at them today and...
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    How much should I pay for 300 lbs. of honey

    I helped a friend for two seasons getting him started in bee keeping. This year he has three hives and we are estimating 300 lbs. of honey to harvest. He doesn't have the time to extract due to his...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    U haul rents a nice size truck for cheap if you don't put on any miles. Very handy and no mess after you hose it out.
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    U-haul rents a nice truck for cheap if you don't have many miles. Works great if you can keep the door closed.
  18. Thread: New Quart Jars

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    New Quart Jars

    Is it necessary to sterilize brand new out of the box quart jars prior to filling with honey?
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    Do you sterilize new quart jars

    Please respond with a simple yes or no as to whether or not you sterilize new canning jars prior to filling them with honey. I get to leave the first response. No I do not sterilize new canning...
  20. Thread: Overheated bees

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    Overheated bees

    I bought a couple packages of bees in early April that had been overheated on the trip from Georgia to Wisconsin. I had been assured they would do fine. They were 3 lb. packages that were sold as...
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    Re: Rite Cell question

    I happen to like the smell of rite cell from Mann Lake. it doesn't have much wax on it but the smell is quite strong. Never have seen rite cell anywhere but Mann Lake. It is the only foundation...
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    Package bees on the cheap

    I have four packages to install soon. They are 3 lb. packages. This equals a total of 12 lb. of bees. I usually buy 2 lb. packages. Since I have 12 lbs. of bees can I make up 6 two lb. colonies...
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    Replying to a thread

    If you post a thread and someone gives you some good advice how do you reply to that person only?
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    snow and ice covered hives

    I have some hives that are nearly covered in snow. The bottom entrances are iced up also. Should I take a tool of some sort and break up the ice to give them an opening? I did drill top entrances...
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    Are my Wisconsin bees still kickin

    Any tips on how to tell if bees are alive. It is below zero and of course I can't open up the boxes. I don't hear a sound when I put my ear near entrance holes.
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