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    Re: Feeding naturally

    Thanks for the replies! I have decided not to feed, especially as the unusual weather we are having is sure to jump start the plants soon.

    As for our bee keeping success, we are very new to bees...
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    Feeding naturally

    I am trying to handle my bees as close to naturally as possible. That said, we in the Midwest are having an early warm spell. Our bees are flying like crazy, but there is nothing in bloom yet. I want...
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    Re: Extraction playlist?

    Mbeck, awesome!!! Didn't think of the "spin" angle!!!
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    Re: Extraction playlist?

    Ooooh, Van Morrison. Good call.
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    Extraction playlist?

    So, I'm doing some late extraction today, and I got to thinking: last year,the kids carrying on and helping out was music enough for me. But this year, They are in school, and this is really the...
  6. Re: Coating an old galvanized extractor question

    There are food safe powder coats, but the application is very unique, and most places don't have it or don't work with it. It is usually very expensive. I have an old AI Root galv extractor that I...
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    Re: Big problem, or not?

    I checked the bottom box, she's laying well, as I saw brood in all stages of development. I almost never find the queen during my inspections, so I just look for the brood. There was room for her to...
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    Big problem, or not?

    OK, this is only the second year I've been doing this, so I am still learning.... The issue is this: I have four hives and I am working with medium brood boxes, to make it easier for my wife and...
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    Re: California Honey

    Thanks. My mother in law is convinced honeybees don't live here. I tried to explain to her that they can live just about anywhere plants bloom, but she just doesn't believe me....
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    California Honey

    Anyone know of any Honey producers in or near Lake Tahoe? I'm there on vacation for a few more days, and I haven't been able to find any:scratch:..... Any help would be groovy.
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    Re: Killer Blue Jays?!!

    Great!!!! Now I have to worry about the purple martins, too?!?!?! Kidding... I've decided you are right, what's a couple dozen dead when we are talking about thousands of bees? Just gonna leave well...
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    Re: Killer Blue Jays?!!

    Seems like the consensus is to leave well enough alone. My only concern is that they seem to be focusing solely on the weakest hive. I'm really NOT interested in killing them. Maybe I'll try feeding...
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    Killer Blue Jays?!!

    I have a couple blue jays that have started hanging out in my bee yard. I don't like blue jays to begin with, but now they are killing my bees by the dozens!:waiting: They either swoop out of the...
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    Re: Got a sting - BAD reaction - advice needed!

    SEE AN ALLERGIST!!!! It's less cost-prohibitive than major medical expenses or a funeral. Get an Epi pen and stay suited up.
  15. Re: HoneyDew, What is 2x4?

    2x4 piece of wood.... just something to cover the hole in the inner cover...
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    Setting up, post-fatal winter

    So, here's the deal: I have two hives that failed to winter over here in Michigan. There was plenty of honey left over (I'm estimating 50+ lbs in each hive, about an even split between top and bottom...
  17. Re: The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

    Checked all the suggestions. All were sold out except Kelley's. Have them ordered and awaiting shipment. I would have ordered sooner, but my two hives were still kicking until a couple weeks ago....
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    Re: Cut out in the rain

    How did it work out?
  19. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    I learned a TON! As a first year beekeeper, I read everything I could get my hands on.

    I learned, when you get stung on the arm, DO NOT THROW YOUR HIVE TOOL IN PAIN!!! Almost impaled my foot!
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  20. The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

    I've decided I want to make a little change in my beeyard this year. I'm going to split it in half between Italians and Russians. I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for good quality mail...
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    Cleaning out hives that didn't make it.

    :ws It's been a long winter full of learning mistakes here in Michigan. Unfortunately, both my hives died. It's still pretty cold, and I want to keep from damaging the drawn frames, so I've just left...
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    Re: Checking hives in winter

    My wife just checked out my hives (it's about 40-45 degrees here today). One was out flying. the other wasn't. So she looked in and discovered the entrance reducer was blocked with dead bees. With...
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    Re: Fisher Bee-Quick not working?

    motown... It was almost 80 here today (bay county), clear, and no wind... the top of my fume board got pretty dang toasty....
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    Re: Fisher Bee-Quick not working?

    eqnox. I let the board warm up for about half an hour in the sun, then I sprayed it with the Fisher's. I took the telescoping cover and inner cover off, and put it directly on the super. Left it for...
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    Re: Fisher Bee-Quick not working?

    I'll give it a go again next year... I've got the supers off, but it was not easy... lots of brushing and blowing.....
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