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  1. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    kendal, thanks for your insight.
    It sounds like even if I had my entire apiary there I might not check them as often as you deem necessary. Even if you check them once a week, it is still possible...
  2. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    Yes, we have squirrels. I've lived here my whole life and have never seen a chipmunk, but have heard of people who say they have. The hive had two 3/4 - 1 inch square entrances and that is all. ...
  3. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    Kansas can grow nearly any fruit tree except tropical plants like oranges or lemons. Many grow wild and most homes out here have small fruit tree orchards for personal use. Are mice the only thing...
  4. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    I even googled what kind of animal eats hole in a seed like that and came up with nothing.
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  5. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    I actually contemplated the possibility of a swarm. When we put it in, there were not any queen cells that we saw and there was laying queen at that time. There is currently a laying queen, but it...
  6. It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    We went out to check on a hive in the middle of a field that a farmer said we could put there. When we left the hive 3-4 weeks ago, it was a booming box and a half of bees. When we checked on it...
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    Re: Tons of queen cells. Will my plan work?

    Thank you for all the help. They were on wax, so I cut them out. I couldn't find the queen in the hive I was doing all the splits on, so I left a queen cell or two in each 3 frame nuc I made up. ...
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    Tons of queen cells. Will my plan work?

    Okay so I have a hive that is raising about 10 different queen cells. I would like to let them hatch in the hive and then make nucs from them. Can I make a small screen to cover each one and then...
  9. Re: A friend of mine is working up a honey label for me.

    I like it. I don't think the average person will know what a poplar flower looks like. I also agree that the first word was hard to read. I had to take a second and third look.

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    Re: Can bee venom cause a full body ache?

    When my husband took a bunch (too many to count) of stings to his ankle, his body responded like that. It was kind of scary.
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    Re: solvent to clean beeswax

    On the upside you can use the waxed paper towels as smoker fuel. That's what I do.
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    Re: What's your favorite gadget?

    What a great question to start this thread. Lots of great ideas here. I love my frame rest and frame grip. Those two things have definitely saved me lots of squished bees. And it makes going...
  13. Thread: Feeding!

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    Re: Feeding!

    On first year hives, I feed until they have 2 deeps full. When I put on the honey supers, I stop feeding.

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  14. Thread: Michael Bush

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    Re: Michael Bush

    Mr. Bush,
    Just wanted to add my thanks too. I always know when you post on my thread or anyone elses for that matter, it is something that I am going to need to read. I also know it is info that...
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    Poll: Re: Foundationless Success Poll

    Saves a ton of money. I've only had 3-4 that were minimally crossed combed, but one of those was unfixable. I just moved it to the outside waited until it was full of honey, then pulled it, and put...
  16. Re: Got my bees yesterday, but with one big problem.

    UPDATE: I opened them up yesterday to remove the dead queen cage. The frame of eggs I put on had no queen cells started. They had nearly a whole frame of wax drawn with EGGS IN THEM. There is a...
  17. Re: Got my bees yesterday, but with one big problem.

    There were 5-6 dead bees in the queen cage. Yes I did go ahead and put the package of bees along with the dead queen cage in a box with the frame of eggs. There were no bees from the other hive on...
  18. Got my bees yesterday, but with one big problem.

    I got my bees in the mail yesterday. They looked great, hardly any dead, but when I got to the queen package everyone in there was dead. The company is sending a new one. They are shipping it...
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    Re: Mann Lake Free Shipping Is ENDING SOON

    Yep I bought 175 frames from another company and including shipping I paid $50 less. Shop around.
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    Re: Frames from Western Bee Supply

    I ordered about 200 of them. I've put together half. One of them was warped pretty bad. They are SUPER cheap, by cheap I mean they cost half of what everyone else is charging. I'm very happy...
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    Re: foundationless and wiring the frames?

    Awesome!! That is exactly what I was looking for....and pictures to boot! Thank you all sooooo much for your help. This site is so helpful! Guess I better get busy wiring all those frames I put...
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    foundationless and wiring the frames?

    I have been mostly foundationless with a couple of sheets of small cell to get them off to a straight start. Previously I have been cutting and crushing to get my honey, which is nice because my...
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    Re: Bee hive mostly empty of honey....HELP!

    Okay. I'm going to set up the bee escape "dummy hive" separately. I'll put food in there obviously, which should also attract the other hive to it. Especially since they still can't get in the...
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    Re: Bee hive mostly empty of honey....HELP! UPDATE:

    UPDATE and another question: All right they are all shut up and I have been topping off their feed. The catch is it has been two days and the hive is still covered by bees trying to get in. I...
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    Re: Bee hive mostly empty of honey....HELP!

    UPDATE: They are being attacked by another hive. It doesn't seem to be my other hive that is after them, so it must be a wild hive. Maybe they have been being robbed out and that is why they are...
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