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    Thanks for the replies!

    Thanks for the replies!
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    Outdoor Super Storage?

    In his book The Backyard Beekeeper, Kim Flottum suggests storing supers on a simple rack outdoors. The rack has a roof to protect the supers from rain, but no walls. The idea is to store the supers...
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    I started four packages on PF-120 frames this...

    I started four packages on PF-120 frames this last spring and they drew them all out perfectly. It's not a silver bullet, but it sure seems to help.
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    But if we split this late to prevent swarming...

    But if we split this late to prevent swarming don't we just end up with two or three hives that won't be able to overwinter? Or would you split to prevent the swarm and then combine?
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    Yeah, I guess I learned that lesson the hard way....

    Yeah, I guess I learned that lesson the hard way. But I am glad this happened, since I got to watch the whole swarming process. I think I just learned a whole lot more about bees. I'm sad about...
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    14 August Swarm?! In Minnesota?!

    My home hive just swarmed. Argh! What the heck are they doing swarming this late?!

    Oh, well. In four years, this is the first swarm I have had. I always manage them carefully in the spring and...
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    I have noticed this year that my country apiary...

    I have noticed this year that my country apiary is doing <i>much</i> better than my suburban apiary. I have always wondered if this is generally true, or unique to my location.
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    I am not far from you geographically. This late...

    I am not far from you geographically. This late cold weather also has me worried about my bees.

    I don't think the next few days will be a good time, weather-wise, to crack open the hives. If you...
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    Mediums and Northern Winters

    I have been overwintering my bees, with some success, in three deep brood chambers. However, I have recently become convinced of the benefits, as advocated by Michael Bush, of using all medium...
  11. I did the exact same thing a few weeks ago in my...

    I did the exact same thing a few weeks ago in my observation hive. I used the observation hive queen to re-queen one of my regular hives, and watched the observation hive raise their own queen. It...
  12. Thread: Caffeine buzz?

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    Caffeine buzz?

    Throughout the winter, I spread my used coffee grounds in the blueberry patch in my yard. A couple of weeks ago, before I noticed any pollen coming in, I saw dozens of bees walking through the...
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