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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    I think that was the issue here too. The hives to smell like goldenrod, but there certainly isn't a whole lot happening.
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    Re: A down side to beekeeping.

    Do any Fords in the area look the same way?
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    My money would be on a dog or some other smaller animal trying to get a chipmonk or something that ran up into your gutter.
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    At least one of mine has, been staying out for a bit on the others though. Just a few eggs and young larva. It's my first year, but it seems really early to me. But we had a few nights in the 30s...
  5. Thread: WWOOFING

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    Re: WWOOFING

    Why the fancy name for volunteering?
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    I haven't seen any evidence of a flow this fall. The bees are barely even leaving the hive. Some of a whole bunch of them sitting around and others just have a very few coming and going. Plenty of...
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    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    Is there any disadvantage to putting the sugar on late in the fall vs. in the middle of winter? I started feeding my hives yesterday (all first year hives) and I'm planning on putting sugar bricks...
  8. Thread: 20 ACRES

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    Re: 20 ACRES

    Pretty far away to help your bees two miles away. Unless she was talking bees in general.
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    Re: Bee removal question

    That would probably get you a bunch of old bees, but the queen, nurse bees, and all the brood will still be "buzzing away" in the hive.
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    Does syrup ratio really matter?

    I've got a single deep that was a small swarm hived in early June. They have filled the deep up and I've been feeding them a bit and getting them to draw a medium super above because there was...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    "Partridge pea is considered an important honey plant, often occurring where few other honey plants are found. Nectar is not available in the flowers of showy partridge pea but is produced by small...
  12. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    Fixed it for ya. You forgot a part.
  13. Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    This happened in a hive of ours that appears to have swarmed in the middle to late part of August. When we saw queen cells we pulled out and came back looking for eggs when the calendar said to. I...
  14. Re: Question: If bees are fanning at the entrance...

    Seems like there are a few pretty much always fanning at the entrance here. It's been a very cool summer, but recently the heat and humidity has come up some and they seem to fan more when that's...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    I have a swarm that we captured in June. It was small 1.5-2 pounds of bees probably. I put a quart baggie with 1:1 in it when we hived them, and they built up an 11 frame deep 95%. Lots of brood,...
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    Re: Drone cells at the end of August

    Our hives have tons of drones in them still and haven't seen any kicking out yet. On of our hives appears to have swarmed towards the end of August and they should have been mating a queen this week...
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    Re: Favorite Youtube Personalities

    That was hilarious. Cameraman was great. I like how he clawed out the cork with his razor sharp crow bill tool, tipped the queen cage over, dumped about 1/3 of the bees into the hive, and then...
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    Re: queen balling DURING late season swarm?

    Could they have swarmed with a couple of virgins and they're dispatching one? The swarms I caught this year where I saw the queen she was basically free moving just kind of wandering around on top...
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    Re: too much bearding?

    How is that hive's population compared to the other two?
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    Same thing here, quite a bit is blooming and pollen has stopped rolling in in almost every hive. Our biggest hive (by bee numbers) has thousands of bees just sitting on it presumably because they...
  21. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    Our sweet clover was going very well for what seemed like months. Then the rain just flat out stopped for about a month and it all went to seed. We finally got some more rain the past week or so,...
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    Re: 3 out of 4 queens dead

    I'm not saying the post office is perfect, but we have a queen supplier with two locations one that is about 90 miles away and the other closer to 200. I have used each through the post office this...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I have follower boards rigged up with jars (entrance feeder type set up, just in the back of the hive). Baggie feeders are much simpler and terribly easy to put into the hive. Fill the back up,...
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    How can you tell you're in a dearth?

    When the front looks like this.
    http://s25.postimg.org/ymxdus3en/IMG_20140827_181209_004_1.jpg
  25. Re: workers tossing dead greyish bees out of hive - sign of starvation or??

    I have had a few bees just like that in all of my hives this year. In one swarm I caught about 30%+ of the bees died in that same manor. I never really got much of an answer and assumed pesticides...
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