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  1. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Re: Wisconsin

    they are working the last of the trumpet vine, and knotweed. Goldenrod is blooming but I suspect it is offering little. The girls are sucking down feed like they are starving, and their mood seems...
  2. Thread: Wisconsin

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    Re: Wisconsin

    DRY, DRY, DRY, checked colonies, tons of bees, 1 of 5 could get some honey, left it all on, hated to do it but its time to feed them to save them I fear. I watched them work all summer, dandelions,...
  3. Re: Japanese knotweed flow is definitely on, how long will it last?

    I searched the net trying to figure out what plant my bees are spending all day on. It is Bohemian Knotweed. Literally thousands of honey bees on it, native pollinators of all types from ants to...
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    Re: Bearding in August

    mine have been hanging out too. its the stronger hives, maybe more bees. I moved a hive in the dark like 5:30 this morn and they were out then, probably all night. don't worry
  5. Thread: Penrose equipment

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    Penrose equipment

    No response on the bee forum, maybe a commercial keeper could give me insight on Penrose extracting equipment. Thanks
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    Re: queen cells with good brood...why?

    thanks Edymnion, i was wondering if that may have been the case, the bottom and sides of box were covered with bees and that isnt like holding a frame up in front of you.
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    Re: queen cells with good brood...why?

    possible but seemed to be brood in various stages. how quick can they build and seal a queen cell?? just cause i didn't see her doesn't mean she isn't there. case in point for all to learn..i am no...
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    queen cells with good brood...why?

    i do realize that bees will be bees, but again i have found queen cells, this time about 10, nearly all are capped over. within the hive is a good full frame brood patterns with 5 deep frames both...
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    Penrose equipment?

    Penrose honey processing equipment.....never heard of the name but am new to the game as well. Tried the Internet but found little to nothing..any insight to the quality or what era it came from...
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    Re: Odd Bear Behavior?

    a shock on the nose is the best scenario, if you want to take chance on getting through fur, suit yourself, saw my lab walk through my fence with no shocks, good luck. We fenced entire fields with a...
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    Re: Odd Bear Behavior?

    the bear ate till it was satisfied, knows where a food source is and will someday revisit, I would like to see a ratchet strap that would keep out a determined bear. Put some peanut butter on some...
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    Re: bee package swarmed? at install

    Thanks, Joseph
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    bee package swarmed? at install

    four packages today, I thought it seemed odd when one of the queen cages did not have a single bee clinging on. In the middle of doing another hive there was a swarm building in the air and settled...
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    minimum bee space for frames

    so i cut down my frames for 1 1/4" spacing for narrow frame foundationless, but am concerned because the top bars have only 1/4 inch of space between them. i could put them on a router table and lose...
  15. Re: What fabric should I buy for both quilt and hive cover and how big should I cut i

    I also used landscape cloth. cheap, easy
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    Re: Winter Survival; Northern States

    Had four in fall after harvest, i set off a robbing episode, then had three, one died in winter with some stores left, the two that made it were in homemade warres built of 1 1/4 red cedar. the...
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    Re: Crush and strain honey comb !

    thanks for the tutorial, now I know what to look forward to. is the snaky looking comb normal for your bees? I love to look at the artwork of the bee.
  18. Thread: Why they do that?

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    Re: Why they do that?

    CRP rules state that you must control noxious weeds, mowing them is one of the options.
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    Re: Another Swarm Instead of Move Down

    Deja vu all over again, same thing this afternoon. This morning I went out and moved comb down, on the 2nd year hives I moved two down and the first year hives I move one comb. I was just walking...
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    Re: Another Swarm Instead of Move Down

    One of mine swarmed today, it is disappointing, but it was so cool. I was walking towards my hives and I heard it first from fifty some yards away, then saw them around some trees and then watched...
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    Re: Maple Mead anyone????

    just polished off a glass of "acerglyn", 0% honey, just maple syrup, maple mead has honey in it. just bottled it and have some left overs, it may be green but it is good! but I do look forward to...
  22. Thread: Log Warre

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    Re: Log Warre

    Keefis, I held a beaver by his tail and he chewed it through. seriously though I just happened upon it all rotted out already. the top bars are red cedar. i hear often bees like this hive or that...
  23. Thread: Log Warre

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    Re: Log Warre

    it is warre in style but will have to manage it like a perone hive. i did the top as i did because the quilt box has a built in feeder should i ever need it. if i were to do another i would not build...
  24. Thread: Log Warre

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    Log Warre

    Turned out to be a lot of work but was enjoyable none the less. It"ll have to wait till next spring to get bees though, until then, I think I know where there is another hollow tree.
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    Wisconsin warre attacked by bear

    sneaky bear, sometime between 3 and 5:30 mid afternoon, like 99 degrees out, he should have been in the shade instead. My area has occasional bear sightings and figured I would have to prepare for it...
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