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  1. Thread: Spring Queens

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    Spring Queens

    Does anyone know who if anyone has queens available yet? I am in Iowa and am not having much luck finding queens yet.
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    aronia berries and honeybee pollination

    Does anyone have any information on honeybees and pollination of aronia berries?
  3. Re: I want to transfer a super from one hive to the other. Could it pose any problem

    I personally would have extracted before I had 6 supers on. I don't like lifting full ones that high.
  4. Re: Question on "tipping" to remove bees from super.

    most of my hives are at remote locations so multiple trips in one day will not work. I use my shop vacor a leaf blower. Shake the super and about 70% fall out the bottom. I then stand super on side...
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    Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    I grew up learning from my father who I can not remember seeing him in a veil for years. We were adding supers one day and per normal he was in his bib overalls and no gloves, veil, he did have a...
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    Re: USDA certified organic honey: real or fraud?

    Does the honey board or national beekeepers assn do anything in favor of us anymore? Honey board was at our state fair bragging about Souix Bee Honey which is the worlds largest importer of honey...
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    Re: requeening question

    Package queens rarely have any bees in the cage as the package itself is tending to the queen. The queen you just got has more workers to tend to her while in transit.
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    Re: Placing hives on others property

    The bees will not bother the cattle one bit. I have 9 hives in a cattle pasture and the cattle bother the bees WAY more than the bees bother the cattle. You will want some sort of fence around the...
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    Re: storing partially filled supers

    I place my supers after extracting them between the top and inner cover and the bees will "dry" the supers. After a couple days the super are absolutly bone dry and ready to store. Putting them...
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    Re: Should I start feeding?

    If you would rather use the honey in the super as feed rather than harvest it just place the super ontop of the inner cover with a lid ontop of the super. The bees will move the honey from the super...
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    Re: Questions regarding my hives

    I do not blow it in and I do not pull any frames. I use a board very smilar to a medication board. What mine is is the bottom piece I cut off a medium super to make a shallow for comb honey. What you...
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    Re: Taping up top cover?

    I feed this same way with one added feature. I cut 4 pieces of 3/4 insulation board and line the sides of the super on the feeder. You would be amazed at the difference of the sugar water temp with...
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    Re: How dark of comb would you use in a supper?

    I rotate 2 frames a year. In early spring when the cluster is still small I pull 2 frames out and add 2 new ones. In the fall I make sure the 2 frames due to be rotated are in the top box and the...
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    Re: What might be happening?

    One sure way to tell is look in the brood chamber and see if you have any open queen cells. With what information we have it sounds to me like this is the hive that swarmed. The old queen left with...
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    Re: Questions on supercedence cells ?

    The nasty bees is also a sign of a queenless hive.
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    Re: Questions regarding my hives

    You will find many different thoughts. ideas, and feelings in reguard to powered sugar. I myself use powdered sugar and have alot of success with it. I use screened bottom boards. In the spring I...
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    Re: is this normal?

    The flow is more than likely the issue here. I kept bees in CO Springs for a few years and you are nearing the end of the floe there. Rather than adding a super you would probably be better off...
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    Re: did i make mistake?

    No you are on track. As long as you have enough time for them to fill the 2nd super you will be fine. Placing the empty super under the full one actually increases your harvest some.
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    Re: Omaha NE beekeeping

    I am about 25 miles north of Omaha. I am not real familiar with any Beekeepers here in Omaha. I myself have had to adapt the last couple of years to beekeeping here rather than south TX where I...
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    Re: Iowa Harvet Question

    Thanx Bob. This weekend is when I had planned it. I robbed today and started extracting tonight. Deffinatly thinking of upgrading extractors. hehe. I had a really nice harvest this year. how did...
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    Iowa Harvet Question

    I am in my third year beekeeping in Iowa. The first year I waited to late to harvest and last year i was to early. I am quite familiar with west texas blooming and harvest times. Here in corn and...
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    Re: caught a swarm and have no eggs

    From my ex[eriences swarm queens take a few days longer to go to laying. Remeber she stopped layin and "slimmed down" for flight. Now she has to "plump" back up. I agree it is cutting it close on a...
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    Re: Melting and Refining Wax;

    We use the crock pot for candle wax. I use a T shirt or cheesecloth and line the pot with it and just let excess hang over edges. I then fill the pot with about 1/2 inch of water. I then pack as mch...
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    Re: Queenright Colony Completely Broodless

    I had 2 this summer that were queens I ordered and made splits with. They laid like gang busters for about 3 weeks and then stopped. I can only attribute it to a borely bred queen. I have talked to a...
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    Re: Do i have to move a nuc to dif. location?

    many times I have placed the swarm nuc where the old hive was and move the old hive over a few feet.Doing this some of the old hive field bees return to the nuc and help build it up. If the old hive...
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