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    Re: Watering Bees during Extreme Dry Weather

    UPDATE;
    I have found that the corn cobs work good for a week or 10 days but then they become soaked & begin to sink. I think I will go with the 55 gallon barrel cut in half & use towels or something...
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    Watering Bees during Extreme Dry Weather

    I am in SE Iowa and its been an Extremely hot & dry summer. I use a concrete bird bath near my hives & just put water in it. I have seven hives & 2 bee trees. They drink the three gallon of water in...
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    Re: HELP - Unknown brood problem

    Thank You very much!! I will try these out tomorrow & send some photos. Again THANKS!
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    Re: HELP - Unknown brood problem

    Hello,
    I tried to post a photo but it wouldn't load because it was "too large" can someone tell me how to make the file smaller? I am a 70 year old rookie on some of this computer stuff.
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    Re: HELP - Unknown brood problem

    I don't mean to be rude but if you think I have bees & don't know that honey can crystallize, I don't know what to tell you! All that I am saying is that in the midwest; I have never seen honey do...
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    Re: HELP - Unknown brood problem

    Hello,
    I have something like that and its not brood, it is honey that granulated I guess. I took my pocket knife & took some out & tasted it. It is sugar. I will post a photo. I never fed any sugar...
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    Queen Excluder or honey excluder

    I am new to beekeeping. Last year I bought one package & caught 3 swarms so I wintered 4 hives. I built insulated enclosures for my bee hives & they all made it thru the Cold Iowa winter. This Spring...
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    Re: Cold Hardy Bees

    I have noticed this & I just started a year ago. I purchased a 3# Package from Dadant and then caught 3 more wild swarms. The package that I bought are very docile. I can work them with a couple...
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    Re: Moving Bee location In the Winter

    Thanks for the reply I appreciate your help!
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    Moving Bee location In the Winter

    I would like to know if anyone has experiance in moving hives when it is too cold for them to fly, say 30 degrees or less. I bought a package last spring & then caught 3 more wild swarms in the...
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    Re: New From Keokuk Iowa

    Thanks!!
    How long have you been keeping Bees? What do you do to prepare your hives for winter? I looked at some of mine yesterday ( it was over 40), there are quite a few dead bees at the entrance...
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    New From Keokuk Iowa

    Hello,
    I am from South Eastern Iowa. I Just started in Bees last Spring with a package from Dadant. I caught 3 more swarms this year so I have 4 hives. One swarm that I caught late in the summer is...
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