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  1. Re: Package bees in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Iowa

    I think the suppliers in Wisconsin are pretty good. I was thinking about using Dadant next year, I've liked everyone I meet at their store and they are used pretty widely in Wisconsin from what I...
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    Again, it goes back to the fact that I needed to do more inspections. For a good while the pattern and everything else were doing fine, but because they were the most successful (relative) of my...
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    Hm.. good to know. Next time i need to spend more time in inspection
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    I think It was a matter of timing. I did so many things that encourage robbing behavior all at the same time. I've used apple cider vinegar in the past and haven't had an issue, i may experiment...
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    Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    As a beginner, I've read many things about people extracting honey and leaving the bees to clean up the mess, I've also NOT read about how that is a bad idea. Well, I learned that last year when...
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    Thinking about requeening a hive

    Hello,

    Second year keeper. I had 3 hives last year and now I have 8. I have been fortunate to have extremely docile bees and I only smoke very lightly if at all. This year I had ordered 4...
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    Swarmed Hive- When does it recover?

    One of my hives swarmed, I caught the swarm and they are doing pretty well. However, in the hive the swarm originated from, it's been a week and I haven't seen any egg laying. I'm not completely...
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    Re: What does swarming look like?

    Don't worry, they are all sitting snug as bugs in their new hive. I have the feeder on them now. Last years swarm in Milwaukee was early july as well and they still haven't fully recovered, but...
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    What does swarming look like?

    Thought the beginners would like to see this. First time seeing a swarm myself. Sorry if I turned the camera around half way though, I didn't realize it would turn out that way
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  10. Thread: Dearth

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    Dearth

    I've heard the word often times but I don't know when I am in it. If there is a drought I can understand, but well...I don't know. Do people look at their frames and say "oh, we are in dearth" or...
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    Re: What am I looking at

    I'm not sure of the cause, but I think they might be overdoing it for the water drink. I think they may be intentionally plugging up the entrance for brood temp? I'm having trouble adding the newest...
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    What am I looking at

    Its only 59 degrees and its been raining all day. Its still ever so slightly raining. I thought maybe rain was getting in and they are blocking it? Or they were attacked by something today? ...
  13. Thread: lang vs warre

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    Re: lang vs warre

    I guess the simplest way to put it is...Lang is convenient for beekeepers and Warre is convenient for bees...or so the theory goes. This was really helpful when I was looking at them
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    so...basically.....they figured out how to cram new genetics into bees using...cassettes? What does that even mean though? Could anything helpful actually be inserted?
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    Bee Plants for beginners

    I don't see myself becoming a serious gardener but I find myself more and more curious about what the bees are bringing back into their hives. If you would like a laugh, it wasn't until last year...
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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    Thanks for the excellent resource. Not to add noise to this, but last week in Wisconsin I noticed my 2nd year hives bringing in a pale yellow pollen so our season must be just about to start up.
  17. Thread: Horizontal

    by Gus979
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    Horizontal

    I could use some help. I am going into my second year and am still fascinated by honey bees. I plan on expanding my hives from 3 to 7. My brother who also finds them interesting but won't admit he...
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    Re: All is Lost..........

    Schedule a time in the fall for your state inspector to come in. They might have a different keeping practices than you, but they have seen so many hives that they will know what needs to be done. ...
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    How big a problem are mice in the winter?

    I'm eyeballing the mound of dead bees behind my mouse guard and wondering if I should take it down. Maybe just temporarily while temps are temporarily high 30s, low 40s in Milwaukee. I'm worried...
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    Re: installing a package (newbee)

    In my limited opinion, spray

    Maybe someone who knows what they are doing doesn't have to spray...last year was my first install and I wanted to be natural and nice to the bees by not spraying. ...
  21. Re: What is everybody charging for package bees this year

    Ask your local bee club if they are getting a package deal. I got 2 packages this year from the club near me for $65 each for a 2 lb if memory serves, and I ordered in January...not november.
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    Gorilla Aluminum Work Platform

    Thought it would be a good idea to create another thread for this as the other one was from last year and people might dismiss it. Libhart on the last post found this. I just bought it at home...
  23. Thread: Consolidation

    by Gus979
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    Consolidation

    Hello all

    For anyone who was paying attention to all me on my claims i only harvested 50 1 lbs jars of honey this year. Way less than I was expecting, but i learned more about reading how the...
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    Re: 8 frame vs. 10 frame in Midwest?

    As a hobbyist? I think 8 is the way to go. This is my first year and it is kind of annoying seeing my bees build up everything except for the two outermost frames. I went 10 frame thinking I...
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    Re: What's going on with Ultra Breeze?

    My top half suit is also great. Sleeve tightness is lacking but I haven't put myself in a situation where that would be a problem
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