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    Re: New Illinois Beek

    Welcome to Bee Source...

    Lakewood IL, Shelby Co. here
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    Re: Hi From Illinois

    Hello and welcome to the forum. Best place you could bee.
  3. Re: Our First Swarm of 2010 (central illinois, shelby county)

    I sprayed them with 1:1 sugar syrup and then cut the tree off with a Bow Saw.
    As I slowly lowered the tree down, I set it on top of a big rubbermaid container
    and tapped it a couple of times and...
  4. Our First Swarm of 2010 (central illinois, shelby county)

    Here are a few pictures I took this evening (04/20/2010) of our first swarm of the year.

    Had a feeling my #1 hive was getting ready to swarm when I opened it up on Sunday and found
    comb attached...
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    Re: When to place honey supers in Central IL?

    Thank you for the replies. I'll try to make sure this year I'm a little earlier than the past. I know now that I was a little too late getting them on and missed the flow. So far I've always made...
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    When to place honey supers in Central IL?

    This year will be our third season of keeping bees and I have yet to get my timing down as to when is the proper time to place honey supers onto the hives in the spring. I figure this may sound like...
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    Re: Bring Out Your Dead...

    We have lost 4 out of 7 so far. Lost the four right around the time we had the below zero temps a few weeks ago.
    Coming into winter I didn't think the hives that we lost would make it anyway.
    They...
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    Re: Swarm this evening

    Didn't have a hive body ready yet. Hopefully they will be okay till the weekend in the nuc box. This morning they were almost all in the nuc though.
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    Swarm this evening

    We have been keeping honeybees now for two years now and this was the first time I was able to get a swarm that wasn't my own. I got a calll around 6:30 p.m. this evening from a very excited lady...
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    Hello and welcome. Shelby County here.

    Hello and welcome. Shelby County here.
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    We use the pine chips from wally-world mixed with...

    We use the pine chips from wally-world mixed with pine needles and the sawdust we saved when we made our hives. Smolders really good and easy to light
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    We ordered our bees again this year through Long...

    We ordered our bees again this year through Long Lane Honeybee Farms and had very good looking packages. There was hardly a handfull of dead bees total in the five 3lb. packages we had ordered. They...
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    Installed our package bees on 05/01/09

    Our bees showed up early Friday morning and everything went rather smoothly. Had installed 4 of the 5 three pound packages before I finally got stung.
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    First Pollen of 2009

    When we were in our hives today filling the top feeders and adding pollen patties, we noticed the bees have already starting to bring in pollen from somewhere....
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    We decided that we are going to make up ten more...

    We decided that we are going to make up ten more honey supers this next weekend with some of the boards we had left over. That should give me at least four supers on each hive. The stand worked out...
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    Thanks, for the compliment. I think the hardest...

    Thanks, for the compliment. I think the hardest part we had was dovetailing all of the joints on the boxes. We were really happy with how everything turned out.
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    Expanding our Beeyard

    Thought I'd try my hand at woodworking again. Been a few years since I made anything. My dad and I have spent the winter as woodworkers and the final results turned out pretty good. Now the wait till...
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    Dadant Hamilton, IL

    Yesterday (11/14) my wife and I made a trip up to the Dadant location in Hamilton, IL.
    This was how I decided to celebrate my 45th birthday. I had decided I was going to buy
    myself everything I...
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    Great replies...Still debating on making the...

    Great replies...Still debating on making the frames though. I know if we build all the frames we need it would take us forever to get them done. Yesterday we got all of our boards cut to length to...
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    I think we are going to give it a try. I got it...

    I think we are going to give it a try. I got it extracted just a little bit ago and we ended up with 46.2 lbs. out of two shallow supers.
    I never thought about Goldenrod Allergies, my wife has been...
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    Building Frames

    What is the best size of lumber to use when making your own frames?

    We started beekeeping this year, starting out with two hives and now
    in the planning stages of increasing to ten hives next...
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    beemandan, I totally agree with you about...

    beemandan, I totally agree with you about goldenrod honey being very distinctive and strong. I do know one thing, it sure does have it's own definite smell.
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    Thank you very much for your replies... I've...

    Thank you very much for your replies...
    I've decided that I don't really care for the taste of Goldenrod honey
    (kinda like lickin' my socks after a good 12 hour shift):)
    Wife didn't care for it...
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    My Honey stinks...

    I have a newbie question about how honey smells,
    and I don't want to sound like an idiot asking,but here I go.

    We have two hives that we set up back in May of this year and
    both have done...
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    This is our first year in Beekeeping starting out...

    This is our first year in Beekeeping starting out back the beginning of May with two hives and installing package bees in both. As of today we have two Deep Hive Bodies on each of the hives that are...
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