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    Cut Comb Honey: Issue with Wax Foundation

    I've tried the Ross Rounds the past couple of years and I have hit or miss luck. Seems like the key is getting your hive close to swarm mode and don't use excluders. This seems to be working this...
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    Re: pollen harvesting

    The Mann lake traps seal up nice. The bees learned how to use them in an hour or two. The collection area seemed to get all the pollen in the drawer. My sundance one seems to miss the drawer quite...
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    Re: pollen harvesting

    I've been trapping for three years now. I have 2 sun dance bottom traps and 2 from Mann lake. I am getting better results from Mann lake. We trap 2 weeks on then move them to another hive. We...
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    Re: narrow down hive for winter ?

    You are right this is a big hole in your box and going in to winter with our temps will be a challenge for these bees. I don't know how many hives you have but maybe you can steal some frames from...
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    Re: Wisconsin

    Use a dehumidifier for your supers that are uncapped to get the moisture content below 18.6. If its one or two supers just bring them in to a small room and leave the honey in the frames and run for...
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    Re: Where can I find gallon feeder jars?

    I use one gallon feeder pails. Fill them full, put them directly on top of your inner cover hole and cover with two empty supers or one empty deep. You can buy them all ready to go for 5.00 or make...
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    Re: Uncapped Honey Question

    I use a dehumidifier when I harvest uncapped honey. I leave the frames in the super. I then make a temporary enclosure out of 2x4 in plastic. I put the supers inside that with the dehumidifier. I...
  8. Re: For Denton TX area Beekeepers for weather, pollen, nectar conditions to winter

    Great information. Thanks this is very helpful. I will have to check with my friend to find out about the Golden Rod flow. Looks like moving them back around end of March may be a better choice...
  9. For Denton TX area Beekeepers for weather, pollen, nectar conditions to winter

    I've got a friend that's offered up his land for me to place my bee's in the winter. I'm trying to understand/learn what type of weather, pollen flow and nectar flow we will experience so I can time...
  10. Re: What Perentage of Varroa Mite Investation should one begin to treat a hive?

    I've done the jar method for years and also works great. I like gadgets ;-)
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    Re: Unexpected swarm......what happened?

    14 days for a queen cell to hatch. Usually 7 - 10 from that before you will see eggs again.
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    Love it, works great.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    2 swarms July 9th. 1 Swarm July 14th. Harris MN
  14. Re: Paper combine swarm w/laying worker colony?

    I've done the shake method and it works pretty good. I take the hive 100 yards away shake all the bees. All the workers will return and the laying worker won't know how to get back to the hive. I...
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    Re: bees not drawing comb since nuc installed

    Never to late to requeen.
  16. Re: What Perentage of Varroa Mite Investation should one begin to treat a hive?

    10% or greater. Go to University of MN sites and they can show you how to test. I spent the money and bought the Gizmo from Walter T Kelley to test just because it's simple and quick and I can do...
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    Trapping for Pollen

    This is my third year doing pollen and have a few questions for those doing it.

    My Current approach.
    I have 16 hives in my one bee yard. I have a total of 4 traps. 2 are from Mann Lake and 2...
  18. How does one get on a truck heading to CA or TX in the Fall for entering

    I'm a small time bee keeper. 30 hives this year at some point plan to be at 100 but don't think I will go higher than that. I'm about 60 miles north of Minneapolis. I'm looking to have my bees...
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    New Queen Breeder Question

    This is my second year raising queens which is why I ask this question.

    I followed a program taught by the university of MN for doing my queen rearing. This year I felt I was successfull since I...
  20. Re: Combining strong queenless hive with a nuc

    I've never used this method on a queenless hive. I take all the frames out of the nuc and put right in the hive.
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    Re: Sundance Pollen Trap Issue

    Just talked to them. Sounds like the holes are big enough for drones to escape but to small for workers dragging the dead bees out.
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    Sundance Pollen Trap Issue

    I've got two Sundance Pollen Traps that go on the bottom. From the most part I think they are working fine. Collecting 6 - 8 oz a day for the past week.

    Issue 1. The bee escapses keep getting...
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    Re: New Beekeeper Over Wintering In Singles

    Use a double screen between hives. 3/4 inch frame with screen on both sides, 1/8 inch or smAller screen size.
  24. Re: Over-winter: ideas for moisture wicking: ceiling tile or wood shavings

    I use Bild-Rite. You can buy it at Home-Depot, Lowes, Menards. I have about 20 hives so it's cheaper buying the 4 x 8 sheets and cutting them for all my hives. Many of the Bee Keepers in my area...
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    Re: New Beekeeper Over Wintering In Singles

    I'm in MN and what I typically do is use a double screened board on top of a strong two deep colony. Put the entrance hole to the back of the two deep. The heat from below hive will help your top...
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