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    Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I use all 8 frame mediums for production hives. I use 4x4 medium nucs which gives me 8 medium frames that are easily transferred to one 8 frame medium box.
  2. Thread: Combine or not?

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    Combine or not?

    I have 2 hives which are noticeably slower to build up when compared to my other hives. One of these weaker hives was a 3 lb. package. I have used all drawn comb so far this year. This particular...
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    WISCONSIN BEEKEEPERS

    Any beekeepers from Wisconsin please rate this years honey crop. Include your general location.
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    No luck making queens

    My Brother from Idaho asked me to post this. He has been trying to graft queens since spring with no luck at all. So he tried OTS notching with 5 new nucs on Sunday. He looked at them today and...
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    How much should I pay for 300 lbs. of honey

    I helped a friend for two seasons getting him started in bee keeping. This year he has three hives and we are estimating 300 lbs. of honey to harvest. He doesn't have the time to extract due to his...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    U haul rents a nice size truck for cheap if you don't put on any miles. Very handy and no mess after you hose it out.
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    U-haul rents a nice truck for cheap if you don't have many miles. Works great if you can keep the door closed.
  8. Thread: New Quart Jars

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    New Quart Jars

    Is it necessary to sterilize brand new out of the box quart jars prior to filling with honey?
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    Do you sterilize new quart jars

    Please respond with a simple yes or no as to whether or not you sterilize new canning jars prior to filling them with honey. I get to leave the first response. No I do not sterilize new canning...
  10. Thread: Overheated bees

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    Overheated bees

    I bought a couple packages of bees in early April that had been overheated on the trip from Georgia to Wisconsin. I had been assured they would do fine. They were 3 lb. packages that were sold as...
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    Re: Rite Cell question

    I happen to like the smell of rite cell from Mann Lake. it doesn't have much wax on it but the smell is quite strong. Never have seen rite cell anywhere but Mann Lake. It is the only foundation...
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    Package bees on the cheap

    I have four packages to install soon. They are 3 lb. packages. This equals a total of 12 lb. of bees. I usually buy 2 lb. packages. Since I have 12 lbs. of bees can I make up 6 two lb. colonies...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    April 18th Northern Wisconsin two dandelions pushed through the snow in full bloom. Not a bee in sight.
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    Replying to a thread

    If you post a thread and someone gives you some good advice how do you reply to that person only?
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    snow and ice covered hives

    I have some hives that are nearly covered in snow. The bottom entrances are iced up also. Should I take a tool of some sort and break up the ice to give them an opening? I did drill top entrances...
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    Are my Wisconsin bees still kickin

    Any tips on how to tell if bees are alive. It is below zero and of course I can't open up the boxes. I don't hear a sound when I put my ear near entrance holes.
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    Placing hives in an old chicken coop

    I live in northern Wisconsin. I have a friend who started beekeeping this past spring. He had bear problem and lost all three of his hives. On this same land there is an old chicken coop with all...
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    How much to feed in the fall

    As a general rule how much in gallons should you feed a hive in the fall. I left some honey for them. I have been feeding for 3 weeks at about 2 quarts per day. Maybe not quite that much. As I...
  19. Thread: Color of honey

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    Color of honey

    I'm a small time beek in Wisconsin and most of my hives are in the same general area. My honey is golden in color and does not vary much from Spring to fall. It get's a little darker in fall but...
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    Re: Sterilizing new canning jars

    botulism will only live in an anerobic (No air) condition. When canning foods you end up with no air (anerobic) condition which invites botulism. Filling a jar with honey and placing a cap on does...
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    Sterilizing new canning jars

    Is it necessary to boil/sterilize new canning jars ? I know you should for canning but is it necessary for honey?
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    How to avoid soybean insectacide/fungacide

    I have been given two days notice that some soybeans close to my hives are going to be sprayed. I am not sure which insecticide will be sprayed. The beans are flowering(very small flowers) but the...
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    Did they swarm or was it incecticide

    First year beekeeper had a 3 lb. package in April. He used a modified Warre hive style. I wasn't in contact with him much all summer but he told me a couple of times that they were doing good. He...
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    Re: Too Early for Goldenrod?

    I think you have done a good job of explaining what you are smelling. I have always questioned whether the smell of goldenrod is like dirty socks. I would say like you said that it could be...
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    Re: what's best for goldenrod flow

    Here is something no one touched on. Golden rods release of nectar is dependent upon outside temperature. Two years ago we had 80 degree temps in September. The amount of golden rod was about the ...
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