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    Re: no bee's what to do.

    Thank you guys for helping. All hives have lots of honey at the top of frames or complete honey frames capped. I also saw pollen on some frames in a couple of the hives. Once I realized they were...
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    Re: no bee's what to do.

    I had 6 total hives. Three were strong 2nd year and two were from Aug tearouts and one was a Sept small swarm. The Three weak hives may have just froze to death. I took the telescopeing and inner...
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    no bee's what to do.

    I lost all my bee's I suspect to mites as I did not treat. Three weeks ago 3 out of 6 hives were flying but it was to cold to check nonflyers. My question is what to do with all my frames that have...
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    Re: hazelnut bushes

    I read the flower is very small and I knew the catskin was the pollinator by wind for the flower but wasn't sure if there was enough pollin for the bees to utilize. I am planting for the deer, cover...
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    hazelnut bushes

    Does anyone know how much bees utilize hazelnut catskins or flowers. I am planting 100 bushes this spring. Thanks,
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    Re: mite control

    Thanks everybody, I'll look into checkmite for application instructions.
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    Re: mite control

    So my next question would be has Coumaphos ever been used on bees for mite control? Anyone know? As a stand alone ingredient or as a part of a control substance.
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    Re: mite control

    This beekeeper has 50 -60 hives it looked like to me and has been in business for quite awhile I guess. I think I'll take this product to a chemical recycle place and get rid of it. 3rd year, 6...
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    mite control

    I asked a bee keeper what to use for mite control and he said I could use a product called Prozap Zipcide Dust made by Chem-Tech, ltd. Des Moines, IA as it had same/simular active ingredient as other...
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    Re: okay added second brood deep today.

    Polarbee, what you did seems ok if frames 2 & 8 were starting to be drawn. Then like Mike Haney said then put your foundation frames in slots 2 & 9 with drawn comb on the outside. Don't take brood...
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    Re: dry camp sugar and dead bee's?

    I have not checked for varroa mites. One of these hives is half of a walk away split, the other is the parent hive. So one of these had the brood cycle interupted. The queen was raised, mated and...
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    Re: dry camp sugar and dead bee's?

    I am at a complete loss as what could have happened. There has been no robbing and way to many dead bee's for that. The sugar was just left over from earlier cold weather and I didn't think it...
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    dry camp sugar and dead bee's?

    About April 1st I put 5 lbs of sugar on top of each inner cover of 2 hives. They ate about half and then slowed eating it as the weather warmed and things started to bloom. When you open the hives...
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    Re: bought some hives, need some advise

    DLMKA, I asked same question and was told 48 hrs = queen cells. 12 days = vigin queen. 26 days = laying queen.
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    Re: Question from a new beekeeper.

    bbeeker, I would wait until they draw another 1 1/2 or two frames before adding another box. When 7-8 frames are drawn you can move the outside two frames in a space and they will draw those. YES...
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    Re: even split questions

    Flowerplanter, Mr. Bush would know better than I but I would think if after a week if you don't see queen cells being built you should give them a frame with eggs at that point and not wait a whole...
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    Re: even split questions

    Thank you very much Michael, I appreciate the help and thanks for your website.
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    Re: Souper foundationless

    I'm no expert but, in my experiance about half the time my bee's would over draw (make it wider than it should be) the existing comb and under draw the foundationless frame. Even with guides in the...
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    No when I had 2 packages of Italians my first year, until late fall then yes. Now, YES all the time since catching small dark wild bee swarms. I have 2 hives of these and they are mean!
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    even split questions

    I split a 3 deep hive. The bottom 2 deeps had open and capped brood in each. The top deep had honey and pollen, no brood. I could not find the queen and could not see any eggs, it was cloudy and...
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    Re: Bee packages

    There may some closer but here are two. Groebs Farms, Onstead MI. 517-467-2065 Or Dadant Albion, Mi 877-932-3268.
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    Re: Honey 3 weeks in freezer

    Squarepeg sounds like a good idea. wondering if my fan could handle the weight. I'm sure i could rig something. Thanks,
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    Re: Honey 3 weeks in freezer

    I would assume you can stand supers on edge and use a box fan set on low without any problems? I'm pretty sure all frames were capped completely but i'll check that. This is my 2nd full year of...
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    Re: Honey 3 weeks in freezer

    Thanks for the thoughts. I did put the whole supers in garbage bags before they went into the freezer. The frames were fully capped. I'm going to get them extracted soon. Thanks again.
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    Honey 3 weeks in freezer

    I have stored two 10 frame supers in the freezer for 3 weeks waiting to get access to an extractor. Will this storage time/procedure affect the moisture content of my honey? Are there any drawbacks...
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