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  1. Thread: Snow day!

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    Re: Snow day!

    On a day like that he probably didn't need a smoker! ;-)
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    Re: Buying Supplies

    We buy honeystix here:

    http://www.originalhoneystix.com/
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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    We've had Russian hybrids from Walter T. Kelley for the past 5 years or so and they do tend to be more aggressive than the Italians, but not too bad. They tend to build up slower in the Spring as...
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    Re: northern beekeepers nectar flow

    We're just west of Grand Rapids. I don't ever remember a Spring quite like this one. Most of our colonies (double deeps) are jammed full of bees and brood. We have dandelions and fruit blooming and...
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    Re: Junk Yard Dog Bees ,, Man ! what to do?

    I'd suggest you do what the lady in this CNN news video did with her mean bees:

    http://www.cnn.com/video/standard.html#/video/us/2012/03/28/dnt-khou-farmer-guard-bees.khou?iref=allsearch

    Sell...
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    Re: Talk about a close one

    We're seeing more beetles in our colonies as well. This is the third year we've had them at all, but in the prior years it was well into the season before we saw them at all. I suspect the mites got...
  7. Thread: Drones

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    Re: Drones

    We've got drones here, brood and a few hatched. I've never seen anything like this spring before. It's March and our colonies look like it's May!
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    Re: Russian spring buildup

    We have some of the Russian Hybrids from Kelleys as well. Our queens are laying, but they definitely take off a lot slower than the Italians we have. I would think if your colonies are queen right...
  9. Re: 2012 Michigan Beekeepers Conference Kellogg Center

    We enjoyed the conference very much. Jim Tew definitely has a great sense of humor! I've posted a more detailed article summarizing the talks I attended (along with some photos) on our website:
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    Re: Very cool Vidieo

    Very interesting equipment. Those wire clips on the covers are ingenious, and a lot easier to deal with then 10 pounds of old bricks!
  11. Re: would like suggestions on books about organic or chemical free beekeeping etc

    Check out Ross Conrad's book entitled "Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture".
  12. Re: Why don't field bees from swarms return to the original hive?

    I would heartily second bison's suggestion. Seeley's book is one of the most interesting bee books I've read to-date, and will no doubt become a classic. It's a very informative read on the topic...
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    Re: Powered sugar with corn starch?

    It certainly would make sense to refrain from dusting the honey supers themselves, but it seems that the jury is still out on whether or not the brood chambers can be dusted and the honey supers...
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    Re: winter prep in Michigan

    We successfully winter in 2 deeps here in Hudsonville, Michigan. Along with making sure the top super is heavy with honey your hives will also have to have low mite loads right now in order to...
  15. Re: "The Beekeeper's Lament" by Hannah Nordhaus

    I read the book and found it to be an interesting glimpse into the life of a commercial beekeeper, though I suspect the Millers are fairly unique in the world of commercial beekeeping. I mean, how...
  16. Michigan Beekeeper's Association page on Facebook

    The Michigan Beekeeper's Association (http://www.michiganbees.org/) recently established a page on Facebook. Be sure to visit and "Like" the page if you happen to be a Facebooking beekeeper from...
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    Our Walter T. Kelley factory tour

    Last year my family spent our Spring Break down south. On our return to Michigan we stopped by the Walter T. Kelley Company (our preferred beekeeping supplier) to pick up some equipment and to tour...
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    Re: Lost all my hives! :-(

    Hello Jay,

    I don't remember exactly when we got our first Russian hybrids, I think it's been around 5 years now. They build up slower in the Spring than the Italians, but generally winter quite...
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    Re: IPM bottom boards, anyone use them ?

    Seems like opinions are all over the map on whether or not to leave the inserts in or out during the winter. Last year we moved our bees onto screened bottoms for the first time. This winter we...
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    Re: Lost all my hives! :-(

    We're in Hudsonville, MI and our bees did quite well this past winter. So far we are 10 for 10 which is better than expected. We normally see some over-wintering losses and haven't been this...
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    Re: do you have a Facebook bee page ???

    Here is ours:

    http://www.facebook.com/hudsonvillehoney
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    Associated Press article this morning

    FYI - http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gLcEJ2u2muP2NWdQP7-m3JxSxWQAD9EKRMRG2
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