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  1. Re: Some survivors among a lot of dead - condense hive?

    Thanks bkristaane. Good luck to you. I am from Lansing originally. Been in GR for several years now.
  2. Re: Some survivors among a lot of dead - condense hive?

    Got into the weak hive again today and saw the Queen. Red dot and all. The cluster appears to have grown a little and they are either finding nectar or relocating honey stores. There was a hand sized...
  3. Re: Some survivors among a lot of dead - condense hive?

    Thanks everyone for the input and as always Mr B I appreciate the local advice.
  4. Re: Some survivors among a lot of dead - condense hive?

    I opened this hive today and I hope I did the best thing.

    It was completely dead. I thought. I sat the top deep on the ground. It was very heavy with honey. And it was packed with dead bees...
  5. Some survivors among a lot of dead - condense hive?

    Howdy. Finally got a chance to peer inside one of my 2 hives on this 52 degree sunny day. And I am wondering if I should condense and clean up the hive down to one deep to try and save what is left...
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Vs Sugar Water "Bath"

    Hi AR.. I assume you dust through the side screen, shake to loosen mites, and then shake out the residue through the side screen. I know Varrora are small but will they come out through the window...
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Vs Sugar Water "Bath"

    Welcome to Beesource and to keeping bees Richie. Your energy and enthusiasm will get you far.

    I could be reading you wrong but you seem to think that if you can do away with the mites in the...
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    Re: need help....a lil confused

    kaveman.. have fun! Lots of great advice here though you have to sort it out a bit as there are many ideas out there. I am entering my second year with 2 hives that look like they have survived their...
  9. Re: Spring feeding in the north, When and how?

    Woodstock.. here is a good article on making cheap sugar cakes. I fed my bees this this past winter and they ate it up. Lots of other great stuff at this site too.
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  10. Re: Orientation flights today - feed pollen sub?

    Thank you gentlemen. Have a great Spring!
  11. Re: Orientation flights today - feed pollen sub?

    Thanks Mr B!
  12. Re: Orientation flights today - feed pollen sub?

    Also it's hitting 50 degrees by noon tomorrow with a high of 60. But then back down to highs of low 40s for the next week. Should I give them syrup for just a day? 2:1?
  13. Orientation flights today - feed pollen sub?

    I have some MegaBee pollen substitute. Should I give them some? I have given them some plain sugar cake. We are just now transitioning out of regular freezing temps. Finally! And both my first year...
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    Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Welcome NorthernPike. I am in middle Michigan. West side of the state. Lots of learning to be had here. Don't over think things or you'll go nuts. Just ask my wife. Realize that you will get a...
  15. Re: A friend is requesting I remove bees from a tree on his property - help

    Cleo thanks for developing and sharing your system. I look forward to studying it.
  16. Re: A friend is requesting I remove bees from a tree on his property - help

    G3farms thanks for the fantastic response. I really appreciate you taking the time. And I have family in Knoxville and also just outside Maryville. Love it there.
  17. Re: A friend is requesting I remove bees from a tree on his property - help

    Thanks Salty. I read that before posting my questions. Excellent thread. Cleo sure knows his stuff. My questions are a result of reading that thread.
  18. A friend is requesting I remove bees from a tree on his property - help

    A friend has a tree with bees living in it and wants to eliminate them from his property but he is not in a hurry. Last year they were visiting his water gardens next to his house too often for his...
  19. Re: Feeding honey back before its too late... unless it is

    Hi, a follow up to my original post in this thread. I did put the honey back on and the bees seem to be surviving. Even though it is a couple days past the first day of spring, you'd hardly know it...
  20. Re: Please comment on this SBB with oil pan design

    Oh yeah I was going to staple a piece of hardware cloth across the bottom as well to keep the bees out.
    Thanks Rader.
  21. Please comment on this SBB with oil pan design

    I would appreciate constructive critique and suggestions to improve this design for this SBB design. It's not completely original. Just a standard IPM style SBB that is deeper with slats across the...
  22. Re: What is everyone paying for a package this year?

    3 lb package with marked queen/Italians from Georgia... $90
  23. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Colleen I entered data in the spreadsheet in the fall but not since. Where is the link to it?
  24. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Both of first year 10 frame langs are hanging in there. One got a pretty bad bout of dysentery 3 weeks ago but have 3 different days for cleansing flight since then and seem to have come through it. ...
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    Re: I'm so confused

    Brinebee don't stress too much over it. The bees won't care. Make your decision based on your needs as the keeper. Weight of each box being a major consideration. Honey is HEAVY! Michael Bush makes a...
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