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  1. Thread: organic beeswax

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    Re: organic beeswax

    Thanks guys,
    That was pretty much what I figured and I am glad I am not too off base with my claims. Kind of makes me want to call the guy out. Like I said I think much of what he was telling...
  2. Thread: organic beeswax

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    organic beeswax

    I have a question to ask everyone,

    Can someone claim to have organic beeswax? To me organic means no chemical treatments used in or around your farm. If we can't control where our bees roam and...
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    Re: Feeding cell building colonies.

    the light syrup prompts them to build comb better. the higher volume requires them to put it somewhere so they build comb to store it. the one to one mixture is closer to real nectar.
  4. Re: What happens to the comb once the brood hatches?

    Chances of getting two supers off your first year hive is unlikely, especially the way the year started so slow. With crops so far behind the nectar flow is later. You are right that the bottom two...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    I wouldn't worry too much at this point. By the looks of the eggs they are at the bottom of the cell, laying workers tend to lay them on the sides. New queens will sometime be over zealous and lay...
  6. Thread: What luck!

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    What luck!

    I was mowing the lawn yesterday and noticed a clump of bees on the back of a hive that I pulled the queen on because we found a couple queen cells started. I stopped motioned to the wife to come...
  7. anyone with brood frames for sale in mid michigan?

    Does anyone around the mid-michigan area sell or know someone who sells frames of brood? Trying to rebuild after tough winter and need frames of brood and bees, I have queens ordered but would like...
  8. Thread: Mosquito control

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    Re: Mosquito control

    Ask what pesticide they use, some are worse then others. One of the guys that used to spray our yard was a beekeeper and he used a different type of fog for around bees. Either type wait until...
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    queen cell in michigan

    Hello all,
    Last Thursday I got a call to remove bees from a tree that I guy I know cut down. I tried salvaging as much of the comb as possible, and it seemed there were not too many dead bees so I...
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    Re: Michael Palmer nuc plans.

    There is a divided nuc with a feeder in the middle at this website, check it out and see if it is what you are looking for.

    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/Plans.html
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    Re: When is SPring flow and swarm season?

    Look up your flow on NASA's hive scale site. Swarming season would be usually right around primary flow, but bee's sometimes don't follow the usual.

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  12. Re: Building Frames in advance with bees wax foundation

    Are you asking because of wax moths? If you are, wax moths will not bother your foundation, especially if left where light can get to them. I have mine hanging from the rafters of my basement.
  13. Thread: protein patties

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    protein patties

    I was planning on making up a few protein patties this weekend. I was going to use yeast in my recipe. All the recipes I see call for brewers yeast and it has to be deactivated. Can I just use...
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    Re: Mann lake vs dadant frames

    Quality is the same, but the size is a little different. I have Mann Lake medium plastic foundation and dadant medium frames. Foundation is a touch bigger. Not much of a deal I just buzz it off on...
  15. Thread: R. H. Shumway's

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    Re: R. H. Shumway's

    I bought seeds from them last year. Neat catalog, but a little overpriced. Some of the seeds we bought had a very low germination percentage.
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    Re: New piece of equipment

    When my wife and I first started we didn't have a single piece of protective gear. One day while inspecting I got stung on the very tip of my ear. It hurt, but I shook it off and continued. Couple...
  17. Thread: Price of Honey?

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    Re: Price of Honey?

    I am raising my prices this year. Qts. will be $15, and pints will be $8. I just get the cheapest canning jars I can, usually golden harvest at Dollar General. My price is a little above what bee...
  18. Thread: Russell Apiaries

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    Re: Queens from Russel apiaries

    I am too on the not happy list. I know I will be ganged up by supporters but if I can help make someone elses decision to order easier I will do it. I ordered my queens last december for early may...
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    Re: Winter Wrapping Bee Hive

    I just use tar paper as well, like michael palmer said, it isn't so much for the r value as it is a wind break and black that allows the hive to gain temperature. One roll will do quite a few hives...
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    Re: How is Michigan's honey crop looking

    About the same here, I have been debating about feeding. Plan to open hives this weekend to see how bad things are. Nucs I made up look horrible, even though I have been feeding them, just not...
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    How is Michigan's honey crop looking

    Hello Fellow Michiganders,
    How is everyone's honey crop looking so far. I live in the thumb and we are seeing a bad drought and honey crop not looking so good this year. Popped the tops on a...
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    Re: Do queen ovaries shrink when shipped?

    According to the supplier the queens are pulled on the day they are shipped after they have assured good mating. So I would think that they would have been mated for some time and not banked.
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    Do queen ovaries shrink when shipped?

    Hello all,
    I recently received a queens that i ordered so time ago, but have a few questions. I ordered mated queens, the queens took about 2 days to get to my house. I installed them in nucs...
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    Re: Mikes bees and honey ????

    I bought a couple of queens from him two years ago. One never really amounted to much, but the other one went gang busters, it was my strongest hive last year. I have one of her daughters this year...
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    Re: What's the Point of a Laying Worker?

    Did you pay for this hive? If you did I would get my money back. If there are no workers they will not raise a queen, even is there is brood in there (there is nothing to take care of the brood). ...
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