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  1. Re: When to remove the ent reducer, ventilation, etc.

    Thanks for the info.

    Indy, I'll check my hives again re: drones/swarming/splitting - I just wanted to get an idea of when other people are doing things.

    Besides, my main question is really...
  2. When to remove the ent reducer, ventilation, etc.

    Hey all,

    My hives are still set up for winter (entrance reducer is in, I have the monitoring tray above the screened bottom board to reduce winter winds, the winter stores are still on, the inner...
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    Time needed to build honey comb?

    Hey folks,

    My 2 hives were nicely built up a couple of weeks ago, so decided to add honey supers. On one 2-deep hive, I put the queen in the bottom deep broodnest, added an queen excluder, then...
  4. Re: frame of different brood above queen excluder?

    Thanks for the advice.

    I went with fish stix and AR Beekeeper's advice for my two hives (frame of honey above the excluder; keep the queen in the bottom deep).

    Checked for the first time...
  5. Re: frame of different brood above queen excluder?

    I think it's a pretty strong hive. I started with a 4 frame nuc. They have now built up the 2nd deep 80% with brood, etc., so I figure now is the time to give them more more in the form of a honey...
  6. frame of different brood above queen excluder?

    Hey all,

    (Hopefully) This will be my first harvest. I was planning on putting in a frame of brood in the super above the queen excluder to encourage movement into the med super. However, I'm...
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    Re: 2 Queens, now 1. Requeen?

    I should mention that I'm getting a couple of nucs this week so another option would be to combine one of the nucs with this weak hive. Is this a better option?
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    2 Queens, now 1. Requeen?

    Hey folks,

    I did my initial post-winter inspection a few weeks ago of my 1 and only hive. Found bees, capped honey and some stored pollen (yeah!), very little brood and no eggs (boo!), and 2...
  9. Re: Reduce Hive Body Numbers for wax moth protection?

    Thanks - good to know.

    Hopefully, brood production will kick into high gear - once the queesn figure themselves out - and produce enough workers to ward off the moths once they start flying.
    ...
  10. Reduce Hive Body Numbers for wax moth protection?

    Hey all,

    I overwintered with 1 deep and 2 mediums. Did my spring inspection last week and realized that I had lost a lot of bees overwinter (one medium still has alot of honey in it, so...
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    Re: 1st Winter set up advice

    I thought about just putting in the wooden entrance reducer (reduces the entrance to ~3"), but I also read that the mice can chew through this.

    I realize that there are a lot of options and one...
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    Re: 1st Winter set up advice

    Thanks for the info.

    As for the hive entrance, I've been trying to figure out the mouse guard thing from other posts. I had originally thought of putting 1/4" screen across the entrance, but...
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    1st Winter set up advice

    Hey all,

    I'm getting ready to put the bees to bed for my first winter and would like some advice, if you can spare.

    1. Hive Entrance: I'm planning on using the bottom board to create the 3/8"...
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    Mesh Mouse Guard and Drones

    I'm planning on putting in my 1/4" hardward cloth for winter, but was wondering if I need to wait until the drones are all out? (seems as though the bees would then have to fight with the drones AND...
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    Re: What to do with an "extra" queen?

    I was thinking about setting up a nuc even though I really don't know anything about going about that, but my hive has ~1/2 frame of brood, so not enough to split out.

    In fact, I'm thinking I...
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    Re: What to do with an "extra" queen?

    Ha ha.

    It's too late to send or eat - I accidently killed her.

    I added a couple of drops of 2:1 syrup to the queen cage - they ate it up. I added a little more.

    Apparently, "a little more"...
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    Re: mouse guard question

    Quick follow up question:

    Don't I have to wait until the drones are kicked out before I install the 1/4" hardware cloth? Or doesn't that matter?

    I checked the hive yesterday and there are...
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    What to do with an "extra" queen?

    Hey all,

    To start: I'm a newbie near Grand Rapids, MI

    Short story: I inspected a couple of weeks ago - lots of honey and pollen but no brood and a couple of queen cells (or what I thought...
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    Re: Is it too late?

    Thanks for the info.

    Any thoughts on feeding a pollen substitute?
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    Re: Is it too late?

    Oh yeah, I did notice a few uncapped queen cells too. I'll destroy those asap
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    Re: Is it too late?

    Hey Beewell,

    I have the same problem. I have a deep and 2 mediums - all filled with zillions of bees. The mediums are filled with honey, but the deep is pretty much empty - a little honey or...
  22. Thread: Newbie in MI

    by GVSUBee
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    Newbie in MI

    Hey folks,

    When I was 6, I got on the wrong camp bus - the Girl Scout camp bus - that took us to an apiary. It must be where my love of bees (and girls) started.

    Fast forward a few decades and...
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