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    caught small swarm, queen missing?

    2nd year beekeeper, I caught one swarm last year (my own) and I finally got to catch a swarm that did not belong to me!

    Last week, July 6th, I got a call about a swarm. I arrived about 6pm. It...
  2. Re: Swarm cells on several frames, how to split the hive?

    Same thing happened to me on June 7th. I had 2 frames with queen cells on them. I looked, and looked, and looked for the queen but could not find her so, I took the frames with capped queen cells...
  3. Thread: Skunks

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    Re: Skunks

    Please don't try the coke/fly bait thing. That is very non-selective, extremely poisonous/deadly to whatever/whomever drinks it and let's not mention illegal.

    Yes, trapping works 24 hours a day,...
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    Re: Skunks snakes and deer

    Or just enjoy some yogurt and leave the empty containers laying around your hive:
    ...
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    Re: Skunks snakes and deer

    Not to be disagreeable but I do not like poisoning animals because you are never really sure which animal will take the poison and your best intensions can quickly become a crime (most likely it...
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    Re: Swarm cells, what to do next?

    Thanks.

    Beeing new to paying so much attention to bees and what's in bloom, I think the major nectar source for my bees is alfalfa and clover. If it wasnt raining and cold we'd be cutting it for...
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    Swarm cells, what to do next?

    I thought I'd post this now before I find this to get some opinions so I can act accordingly if I do find them.

    2nd year beekeeper, I overwintered 2 out of 3 hives. One hive has room in the brood...
  8. please explain multiple swarms from one hive

    I thought when a hive swarms, the old queen leaves the hive and takes a bunch of field bees with her to start a new hive. Leaving behind multiple swarm cells and the nurse bees in the old hive. The...
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    Re: Galvanized Honey Extractor

    One of the state apiary inspectors told me that it is illegal in WI to sell honey that comes in contact with galvanized equipment. I'm sure you can do the research yourself to verify. Honey is...
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    Re: Wisconsin weather is frustrating

    What? Someone in Wisconsin complaining about the weather? How 'bout dem doze Packers? Gosh I love em!

    Today is going to be an awesome, sunny, warm day with little wind. I'll do my hive checks...
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    Re: How do they look?

    9 undrawn frames in a 10 frame brood chamber seems like you would get a lot or burr comb. I'd like to know how that goes for you.

    It looks like they are drawing comb, good brood pattern, lots of...
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    Re: Lemongrass oil

    I get mine at a local natural/organic food store:
    http://www.outpost.coop/
  13. Thread: Mannlake

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    Re: Mannlake

    I placed an order earlier this year and they suggested I wait to have my thin wax foundation shipped until it was a little warmer (near-zero temps at the time) as it might be brittle and break from...
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    Re: Overwintered a queenless hive - now what?

    I decided this hive was not worth saving. A new #3 package of bees expected to arrive from GA next week so with snow on the ground and freezing temperatures today, I opened this hive and shook the...
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    Re: ventilated inner cover questions

    I made 4 of these vented covers per plans from Honey Run Apiaries this weekend. Very labor intensive drilling 14 angled, 1" vent holes in each cover but it was raining/snowing here so I had nothing...
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    Re: color-changing hives

    The mountains turn blue on the Coors can and the thermometer turns blue on the Busch Light can when its cold.

    Could we build a color changing hive out of empty beer cans?
  17. Re: Should I put a ventilation notch in my inner cover?

    I would. Not imperative to do it right now. Maybe after a future hive inspection, replace the outer cover and take the inner over to your work bench, cut the notch and then put it back on the...
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    +1 for ACE Hardware. They stock it, at least the one I visited. It was at the back service counter where they cut keys and window screens. I just bought a few feet there last week. About $4/ft...
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    Re: Overwintered a queenless hive - now what?

    If I combine, I'd be introducing a drone laying worker or unferilized queen into a hive that is queenright. I must have someone laying drones in that failing hive otherwise I would not have so many...
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    Overwintered a queenless hive - now what?

    2nd year bee keeper. Overwintered 3 hives in my backyard. On the 1st inspection of the year a few weeks ago, 2 hives were strong with lots of bees, little honey, some brood. I gave them pollen...
  21. Re: Michigan beekeepers - tough winter losses even for Larry Connor

    Location: S.E. Wisconsin
    I started beekeeping last year. New equipment, 2 3lb packes of Italians from CA. Installed packages May 1. By July I had 2 deeps and 2 honey supers on each hive. July...
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    Re: ventilated inner cover questions

    The reason that I thought this is from my limited experieince with my hive top feeders from Mann Lake where the bees built comb in the area that violated bee space:...
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    Re: Air Staple Gun for Foundation Frames

    I bought this one a few weeks ago at Harbor Freight for $19 on sale:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-gauge-1-4-quarter-inch-crown-air-stapler-97521.html
    it also can be used for brad nails.

    Watch...
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    ventilated inner cover questions

    I'm building a few new hives for this year and am working my way now to the top of the hive.

    First off, I overwintered 3 hives that I started from packages last spring. I live in Wisconsin where...
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    telescopic cover top material

    I've been building my own hive equipment this winter and have the inner and telescopic covers left to make. I'm only making a few hives. I do not have the tools to bend/shape steel for the...
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