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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    The simple answer is: start off with a whole bunch of hives and by spring hopefully you'll have some left. LOL.

    Srsly tho, I'll be going into winter with 4 hives this year, the most ever, and I...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    I hear you, I'm facing the same thing now, and I'm noticing they're not all that enthusiastic about building comb right now. But I've put foundationless frames about every 2 or 3 frames in the honey...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    I have come to the conclusion that I am my bees' biggest predator.

    I would like to have 10 hives just so that I can't pester them to death.

    Other than that, I'm thinking foundationless frames...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Harley - Were you going into the brood nest even thru the winter?

    Also, stay out of brood nest. :)
  5. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    But then they'd be homeless.
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    Yeah, I think I'll do that. 3 frames of bees shouldn't cause much trouble anyway.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Harley - have you ever tried Russians? Supposedly they are hardier/more mite resistant.

    I am biased. I had 2 hives, one Russian overwintered fine, the other (Italian) died just like you described...
  8. So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    The only unsuccessful split from a swarmed mother hive with lots of queen cells early in the season.

    I would combine, but the workers have been laying (drone sized cells) and I'm afraid they...
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    "As far as how to fix the problem, a frame of eggs and open brood every week for three weeks should set them right."

    Even in Minnesota in late July?
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    A lot of drones in the hive and brood falling off would signal to me that the hive probably swarmed. As said, leave the queen cells so they can get a new queen.

    Are there any red flags to the...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    I thought about July for extraction - not that I've ever had honey to extract, but one of these days - but it doesn't seem like it would be capped in July and I'd rather deal with finished for sure...
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    Re: Killed my queen by mistake help

    I noticed drone evictions yesterday during inspection too - saw a worker wrestling a drone and then they disappeared airborne.

    I have a queenless split now, and I figured it's too late at this...
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    My first Russian queen was last year from Bob Brachman. That Russian hive made it thru winter when the Italian hive did not. Also it built up so quickly in the spring it swarmed just after I split...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Oh, fine. Then I *will* check my hives today and see if they might need another super, esp. the 2 small new ones. I've been thinking about doing it, but really, they are so all over the plantain it's...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    LOL - too funny. Wonder what she got into.
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Ever notice that beekeepers love weeds?

    Dandelions, clover, plantain, milkweed, goldenrod, aster... etc. etc.

    Don't cut that lawn! It's beautiful just the way it is. :)
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Anyone know what those large leaves are in the lawn, with the tall thin things growing out of them that the bees are all over? I thought maybe it was late stage dandelion or clover, but the google...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Must be an early variety.

    From http://www.ehow.com/info_8372299_goldenrod-bloom.html:

    "It's not unusual for some types to bloom beginning in mid-to-late July, or continue into October."

    I...
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    "Does this mean that it will re-grow if I let it go to seed and only mow it at the end of the yr?"

    Mine lasts pretty much the entire growing season, so I don't think my season is long enough for...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    Statistics or no statistics, I just shy away from chemicals anyway. Figure there's enough exposure to things out there, if I can avoid them, all the better.

    Individual preference.
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    Here's Johnny's buckwheat: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/search.aspx?searchterm=buckwheat&isusersearch=1

    And here's Fedco's buckwheat:...
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    I have read (I think in the Cornell buckwheat pdf) that buckwheat honey, darker and heavier tasting than say clover honey, sells at a premium. To me it's kind of like true maple syrup - not everyone...
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    Re: Brood box full of honey

    You would so quickly extract frames of honey that aren't capped? Or is it capped?

    When I weed out the brood box of honey frames, and I'm not saying I'm all that knowledgeable about it, but I just...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Sure was needed, and I see nothing but sunny skies in the longterm forecast...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    I've never had an issue working with gloves. It may not be quite as nimble as working without, but it gets the job done.
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