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  1. Re: Advice needed about sideliner extraction room

    Then contact some local beeks who have set up a honey houses and ask to see theirs. Ask them what they would do differently if they were starting over.
  2. Re: My experience with Purdue Ankle Biters

    While I've only had one colony with a queen directly from Purdue, all my colonies are headed by Indiana queens, all of whom at one time or another had some lineage from Purdue, although it may have...
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    Re: What exactly does a drone do?

    James Tew has a presentation he does on unappreciated drones:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/0g2lbkakk29k8or/The+Unloved+Drone.pdf
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    Re: colony numbers

    You may have to do some digging through the yearly reports, but here are USDA NASS reports dating back to the 70's:
    http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1191
  5. Re: My experience with Purdue Ankle Biters

    Keep in mind that queens being sold as "Purdue" bees may be several generations removed. As a research institution, Purdue does not sell queens, but does work with the Heartland Honey Bee Breeders...
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    Re: honey in first year?

    Borrow one. Many local clubs have extractors that members may borrow.
    Or borrow one from nearby beek, who may charge a fee (honey and/or cappings)
    Or have someone extract for you - usually a fee in...
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    Re: Requeen failure

    With three capped queen cells, I would have passed on buying queens.
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    Re: Requeen or not

    I would only re-queen if the bad behavior was persistent. It's not unusual for a colony to be cranky from time to time.

    Further, what you're describing as "fairly nasty" many other beeks would...
  9. Re: My experience with Purdue Ankle Biters

    I was part of an experiment Purdue did a couple summers ago: each participant was given two marked queens (different colors) and not told which was the Purdue queen and which was the 'commerical'...
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    Re: African Bees Options

    According to Florida's Best Management Practices you should re-queen.
    http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/24007/486792/bmp_ehb.doc
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    Re: Getting second deep drawn

    If it looks like they've stalled on drawing out comb, I'd feed until they finished the 2nd deep.

    Then, depending on how their stores look after the fall flow - you may need to feed prior to winter.
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    Re: Comb Honey

    Depends on whether there's a nectar flow on. I've had bees draw comb & fill a super in about a week when there was a strong flow on.
  13. Re: I assume I need another frame of eggs for a queenless hive?

    Yes. I've had the same experience of adding frames of eggs/larva and they don't make a queen. No clue why.
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    Re: Another Feeding Question

    I'd use the Boardman feeders instead of open feeding.
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    Re: Feeding Bees

    That's a different question than the OP.
    For new colonies with no drawn comb, I generally feed until they have drawn comb on 2 deeps (or whatever they're going to need to overwinter).
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    Re: Feeding Bees

    Spring, summer or fall, I only feed if they are low on stores and there's little or no nectar flow.
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    Re: pollen comb instead of patties?

    My experience is that bees tend to ignore 'old' frames of pollen. Several times I've taken pollen frames from winter deadouts and put them in active colonies, and they never seem to get used.
    Others...
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    Re: Feeding with honey super on

    I don't feed if I have honey supers on, otherwise you'll have stored sugar water instead of honey.
  19. Re: What would you do....on inspection situation

    Ditto. Bees climb up, sweat rolls down. If it's going up - squish it.

    I have had bees get under my veil. Walk away from the hive - remove veil & bee, then return to work.
  20. Re: Want to research before starting out.

    Get connected with a local club. As others have mentioned, find mentors and nearby beeks whom you can learn from:
    http://www.floridabeekeepers.org/LocalAssociations.html

    The Ohio State link...
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    Re: Feeding questions?

    Feed bees when the don't have sufficient stores. I don't feed with honey supers on, and I don't harvest honey just to turn around and feed. But some beeks do, figuring that honey is $8 pound and...
  22. Re: 3rd brood box or time to add supers?

    Are your brood boxes mediums or deeps? For cold winters, most beeks use 3 mediums or 2 deeps.



    Not necessary. I look for a good laying pattern, brood in all stages - just enough to be sure the...
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    Re: When to start Fall Feeding

    Fall feeding should be the exception, not the rule.
    It's necessary only if they don't have enough stores going into winter.
    Here in Indiana, once the asters ,golden rod and sumac are done...
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    Re: hive ventilation

    I use twigs about the width of a pencil and put them on the edge of the inner cover.
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    Re: 2016 HAS Meals?

    In past years meals have always been in the school cafeteria, which are far better than when I went to college! For the HAS events I've attended, the cafeterias are more like food courts, with a nice...
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