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  1. Re: This year too successful...didn't expect that one!

    Thank you for your advice, so far everything I am reading seems to make perfect sense to try. I have realized that sometimes you can "do everything right" and still lose bees and I understand that, I...
  2. This year too successful...didn't expect that one!

    Hello everyone,
    I am going into my third year of beekeeping and have really learned a ton. Like many others, I suffered heavy losses over last winter and lost 6 of my 8 hives. When I inspected both...
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    Re: Swarm in Lansing Michigan

    Sure looks like it's going to be an interesting year indeed!
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    Swarm in Lansing Michigan

    Got first swarm in Lansing, MI on 5/12/14 and another on 5/14/14. One was from the entrance way to a restaurant and another moved into a cut out area I did. Please feel free to check them out on...
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    Re: You people are outa your minds!

    Welcome to the family Ink,
    The bee fever sets in quickly and you will find yourself thinking about bees more and more all the time.
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    Re: failing queen

    Combining with a solid nuc would likely be your quickest fix, I agree with pinching the old queen and doing away with the current queen cup. The bees are resilient and should take care of the details.
  7. Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    I am running both types of hives and am using this experience to learn both systems. Each system has its own unique challenges and I am learning tons. My experience would lead me to believe that if...
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    Re: Why and How Did You Start Beekeeping?

    I started three years ago after returning from working for two years out on the Alaskan tundra in a town called Bethel. After I returned I wondered "So, what's the next adventure?" I have always been...
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    Re: Swarms Present in Jackson, MI

    Got two more and am in the process of my first trap out from a HUGE old oak that a branch broke off from and exposed the entire hive of bees. Looks like they have been there forever. I covered the...
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    Re: Swarms Present in Jackson, MI

    :banana:Here is yet another swarm in Jackson, MI however they don't seem to have the whole swarm catcher idea figured out. I will to first thing in the morning and see if they are still there and...
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    Swarms Present in Jackson, MI

    It appears swarm season has began in Jackson, MI. I caught one and arrived on a call just after they left today. Another local beekeeper got a swarm last week and I have several swarm catchers...
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    Re: General swarm dates

    Thank you John,
    I'll reread this a couple more times, I just added a 2nd deep a few days ago and didn't see any queen cells yet, but lots of brood, eggs and pollen of just about every imaginable...
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    General swarm dates

    Looking for general swarm dates in southern lower Michigan. Have my swarm catchers built and need to know when to hang them out. Thanks for any info or tips.
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    Re: New Bee Guardian Jackson, Mi

    Thank you for the warm welcome's. I am eager to learn lots of information from this site!
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    New Bee Guardian Jackson, Mi

    This is my first year with bees, just returned home after working in Bush Alaska for the last two years. Am 42 years old and a licensed masters social worker. My goal is healthy bees over honey...
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