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    Powdered Sugar Mite Count

    What are the acceptable mite count numbers for Aug. and Sept. in the Midwest (Indiana). I plan on doing some powdered sugar shake testing this weekend and would like to know what numbers are...
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    My wife and I were given an abandoned hive this spring. When we got it home and opened it up we discovered it had about as many SHB's as bee's. We to the plastic coreboard stuff (it looks like...
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    Re: Uncapping question

    I take it down even with the frame that way that frame can be used anywhere in the hive and not just back out on the end.
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    Honey crystalized

    I was extracting a few days ago and the extractor got way out of balance. I checked everything over and all looked ok so I tried it again. The results were the same, the extractor tried to walk...
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    Honey production

    How many pounds of honey per producing hives do you average? By producing hives I mean hives I have set up for producing honey.
  6. Thread: Honey Prices

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    Re: Honey Prices

    I called and our local store does not have that magazine on their shelves.
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    Honey Prices

    How much are you selling clover or wildflower honey per Lb ? I live in the Midwest and I am curious what the local prices are and how much I should sell for to be competitive.
    Thanks
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    Bee Away, Bee Dun...

    Have any of ever used any of the products that are intended to get the bees out of the supers for extracting? Does it work? What brand have you tried that works best? I am wanting to see if will...
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    Last house on the left

    Yesterday I observed something that I thought was pretty interesting. At the bee yard at my house I have ten hives in a row. Yesterday I caught a swarm and decided I would put this one at my house...
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    observation hive glass spacing

    I am getting ready to build an observation hive. It will be 2 deep frames wide and 4 frames tall. For those of you that have built observation hive two frames wide, can you tell me what the ideal...
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    I use numbered cattle ear tags. They are basically indestructible and they can be held on with a 1" drywall screw. I attaché mine to the back of the hive and record all info for that hive number in a...
  12. Thread: SHB Traps

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    SHB Traps

    What do you think is the best beetle trap? Why?
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    Re: Drones with yellow eyes....

    Fusion what would make you think they don't fly? Drones congregate in the air when it is queen mating season.
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    Maple tree pollen and nectar

    We know that in many areas the Red Maple is one of the first pollen producers that our bees can take advantage of. What about nectar, does the Maple tree bloom provide any or enough nectar for bees...
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    Re: Do you destroy these types of structures

    I leave them. They are a good way for the bees to cross into the box above. Not only that they are going to rebuild it.
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    Re: Why I think top entrances are a bad idea

    Last year I had a hive that I put a four inch bottom opening and a four inch top opening. Although I didn't actually count the bees I would say the top had twice as many bees going in and out as the...
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    Re: After winter frames of bees

    Wow Beetastic that is a big increase in 2 weeks. What area are you in?
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    Re: Plastic Honey Bears and Jars

    Heat the water to about 140deg. Put something so the bears cant come into contact with the bottom of the pan, because it will be much hotter than 140 deg. Put the bears in until the honey is all...
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    After winter frames of bees

    I am curious about how many frames of bees you have on your inspections this time of year. I popped the lids up on my hives last weekend just long enough to see if I had bees. It was cold enough out...
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    Re: Rapid Expansion

    Dave I hope you have better luck this year.
  21. Thread: Nuc boxes

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    Re: Nuc boxes

    I have looked over several designs and I agree the Coates look like a good design. Thanks for the input!
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    Nuc boxes

    I have 10 plywood nuc boxes but am going to build several more. I would like to see plans or links to plans for your favorite plywood nuc boxes.
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    Re: Rapid Expansion

    Michael I had guessed doing the splits on memorial day weekend. Based on my distance south of you I would think that would be about right?
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    Re: Rapid Expansion

    Normally the bees are pulling pollen from red maples around March 18th. However I think Michael Bush is sending a lot of his cold weather on down this way. By looking at the long range weather...
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    Rapid Expansion

    I currently have 15 hives but I would like to expand to around 75 very quickly. I will be putting out swarm traps and putting my name on many swarm removal list. However as many of you know you cant...
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