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    Re: 1st hive inspection (lite)

    GHEN Do you currently have both your supers on the hive? Normally you would start with one and add the second when seven to eight of the ten frames were drawn.

    John
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    Re: Pollen in a brand new hive?

    Yes Kate. They start packing it into half built cells if they have to. They waste no time.
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    Re: New MN Beeks...

    Nice looking bees Aegis. Welcome
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    Learner I should have added. You probably should wait until most of the comb is drawn out in the first box if this is a new hive.
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    Just move the frame with the bees on it. They will not abandon the brood.
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    Re: Burr Comb & Frame Spacing

    In other words don't worry to much about the bridge comb. It is not harmful unless they are joining boxes together. The comb that is to thick you will need to trim. If there is brood in it move it to...
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    Re: Day 7 hive inspection

    There should be plenty of pollen sources this time of the year for the bees to collect pollen from. In your next inspection please make sure your queen is laying and that you have brood in various...
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    Re: Population unbalanced

    beegum no two hives are alike. Keep an eye on them in the coming weeks and if one is building slowly than you may have to take action. Otherwise it is normal to have more activity at one hive.

    John
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    Re: New beekeeper from Minnesota

    Sounds like your doing well Don. Welcome to bee keeping and the forum.

    John
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    Re: NewBee from Texas

    Enjoy your bees and welcome to the site.
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    Re: new packages coming in the am

    Do you have marshmallows to replace the cork plugs in the queen cages?
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    Re: brand new beekeeper in Wisconsin

    Pull up a chair and watch the girls do there thing. Not all the action is inside the hive.

    John
  13. Thread: LemonDrop

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    Re: LemonDrop

    Welcome LemonDrop. I insulate my hives as well but a mite free healthy colony is required. Too many mites and insulation will not save them.
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    Re: Foundation pics

    They will be fine. Don't be afraid to use them.
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    Re: Hi from Minnesota

    Welcome Demslander. Hope the fruit trees and dandelions start blooming soon!
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    Re: Hello from Interior Alaska

    Santa bring you some hives and bees? Sorry Jim. I couldn't help myself. Welcome to the forum.

    John
  17. Thread: Hi from Ohio

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    Re: Hi from Ohio

    Welcome to bee keeping." The best suggestion" Ask a lot of questions and keep reading the forum.

    John
  18. Re: Cleaning up my first dead hive, why is the comb like this?

    I agree. The first two pictures look like mouse damage. Were you running a mouse guard.

    John
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    Re: Rookie from WI

    If he is concerned he can always wear a vial and long sleeves. when tilling. I mow past mine with few problems! I use foundation so I can't give to much advise but even with foundation you have to...
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    Re: Bee raft, Titanic or kitchen trivet?

    should work ok. I had floats in a miller style feeder made from 3/16' pine stripes. I had some drowning issues. I replaced these floats with ones made of 1/4' plywood sealed with urethane. I have not...
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    Re: Aspiring beek in northern MN

    Welcome and enjoy.

    John
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    Re: Hello From New London, MN

    Welcome to the site Kerry.

    John
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    Re: Frigid forecast for 1/5/14

    Good for you Stella. I threw a couple of old wool blankets over my hives that already have a foam cover on them.

    Be careful sticking your ear against the side of the hive. At 30 degrees below zero...
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    Re: Baby it's cold outside!!

    snl

    You missed it this year. Here in Minnesota they usually hold the Polar Bear Plunge on the first of the year.

    Rader

    They use chain saws to cut holes in a frozen lake to make a hole big...
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    Re: Too Late to Wrap for Winter

    They call it shared body heat I think?
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