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  1. Thread: Nosema cures?

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    Re: Nosema cures?

    Drlonzo the bees were out around the second week of January. Way to cold before then. There was a lot of dead bees but also a lot of bee poop in the snow. Which by the amount of poop there was a...
  2. Thread: Nosema cures?

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    Nosema cures?

    If there is a natural way of dealing with Nosema this winter I would love to hear it. My honeybees have left dark poop all over the outside of the hive. Even as I was watching them through the...
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    Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    Started with 2 hives this past spring. One for my grandson Jonathan 5 and I for granddaughter 2. Jonathan says he's a better beekeeper than me because he's only been stung once. (Tried to pet a...
  4. Thread: Bee quandry

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    Dear Enjambres. I do have my beehive with 2 inch foam on all 4 side and bungied together. I have windows in the back of my hive and so I cut the back foam in such a way that I can slide out half a...
  5. Thread: Bee quandry

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    FlowerPlanter you are so fortunate to have space in your garage for your hives. We have a 1 car garage and it's tight even for me to pull our car in. Absolutely no room for a hive. Monie ordered...
  6. Thread: Bee quandry

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    Really appreciate all the advice. I tend to agree that they may have Nosema. Have already started reading up on preventative measures for next winter. My guess there was no more than 5,000 bees to...
  7. Thread: Bee quandry

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    Re: Bee quandry

    Just checked with my bee supplier on his website and he is still taking orders so I will be ordering another 3 pound Carnoilan bees. Decided on them instead of Italians because of our cold winters. ...
  8. Thread: Bee quandry

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    Bee quandry

    Decided to check on my hive. It's 0 degrees with chilling wind and light snow. Had snow last week 3 inches. On top of that snow there was way to many dead bees I couldn't begin to guess how many. ...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    2014 first year beekeeping. Started with 2 hives. Hive 1 didn't thrive like hive 2. Slowly saw less and less honeybees. Was told to leave them be if there was a problem the bees would fix it. ...
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    I think it is a smart idea but am concerned how they will take cleansing flights with the entrance closed.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    I've noticed in pictures I've seen that some beekeepers are using Styrofoam between hives for extra insulation. My question being, can I use Styrofoam around all 4 side of my only hive? Wisconsin...
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    Re: upper entrance question

    Here's a question for you. I made a reduced upper entrance for my bees on a beautiful 58 degree day and bees were flying. They got curious and for awhile they were allowed in through the upper...
  13. Thread: All Hallows' Eve

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    Re: All Hallows' Eve

    Here in Wisconsin it was windy and 38 degrees. Normally get just under 400 kids in two hours. Today under 300. We're on a long and traveled road. People parking up and down our street to trick or...
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    Re: upper entrance question

    Thank you Enjambres I would love to see a pictures of how you did your upper entrance. Love to see people being creative. Thinking I will jimmy rig something like what Hogback is doing and make some...
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    Re: upper entrance question

    Thanks for the photo Hogback. Brilliant idea having the entrance under the overhang! Not sure if I will wrap. Keep hearing about moisture being a problem. Any thoughts to that? Really enjoyed...
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    upper entrance question

    I have figured a way to create a small upper entrance for my bees for winter. It would be directly under my quilt box and right by the bee food. Would that be to cold for the bees while they are...
  17. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    I remember my brother telling me his hive was attacked by yellow jackets last year. He sat by his hive for hours killing yellow jackets with a fly swatter wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts! lol ...
  18. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    What I found worked for me with the yellow jackets and I rarely see them any more. Took a liter pop cut the top off about 1/3 way down and flip the top so it is inside the bottle pointing down. ...
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    Re: New Member from Wisconsin

    I'm also from Walworth County. Just a hop skip and a jump from the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn Wi. I also have one have and plan to up it to two next spring. Welcome. You can get a lot...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    Thank you all for your input. The idea of the cluster not being directly in line with the cold drafts is something I had thought previously but I wasn't aware that they didn't have to keep the whole...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    Thank you Teabag. Thursday will be in the low 60's for us. Last of the nice days so I will remove the bottom box then. I believe it will be a little more cozy for them with two boxes and because...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    I also have 3 boxes on my Warre hive. The bottom one has comb but not a lot of honey. Should I take off the bottom box and save it for next spring? Top 2 boxes are full. Also I have an old...
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    Re: It Was Like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Bees"

    WOW! That would have been totally crazy being in among bees that were bum rushing you! When you grabbed a leaf blower I would have grabbed my camera! I would love to have seen all the commotion...
  24. Thread: TF until today

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    Re: TF until today

    Knew my hive was loaded with mites in July. Did the powder sugar once a week for 6 weeks as suggested by a beekeeper on her website. Didn't do a lot for getting rid of the mites but did make them...
  25. Re: Why the heck does my bee look charred by a fire?

    Johnnie I agree the mites need dealt with. Did the powdered sugar on the bees but after a few weeks it didn't seem to make a lot of difference only made the bees agitated and mean. Did a lot of...
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