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    Re: candy boards

    I wonder if a board could be used for the bottom so you could pump food in through the front holes in winter to keep the supply going?? If you affixed a tube in the center so the bees had access from...
  2. Getting near harvest time and almost no honey!

    Its been a strange year for my bees and now I am not sure what to do with them.

    Hive 1:
    I started with one strong existing hive that I took 4 gallons of honey from last fall and they made it...
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    Re: Bear fence on trailer?

    What about welcome mats? Plywood big enough with drywall screws or nails in it laid out to prevent the bears from walking up to your trailers? At least they are mobile.
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    Re: Moving hives in the yard

    Great insight, guys, thank you!

    Another question, won't the "summer bees" all die soon anyway and make way for the "winter bees" which don't know where the hell they are anyway?

    Of course,...
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    Re: Dumb waiter

    I wouldn't mind seeing a few pics of your set up if you don't mind...I don't have many bears in Detroit, but I was thinking of my garage roof to free up yard space.

    Thanks.
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    Moving hives in the yard

    I'd like to move my one hive about 30 feet from where it is now. Can I wait until the snow flies and just move it without worrying about whether my girls will be lost when they fly next? Won't they...
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    Re: Winter Wrapping Bee Hive

    So you use the insulation to absorb the moisture rather than conserve the heat? Won't the moisture evaporate through the vent hole in the inner cover to the outside?
  8. Re: Nucs to Full Colonies - What's Your Ratio?

    As a Noob to this entire process, please forgive my ignorance here.

    You are using your full hives to create nuc, I assume, thereby weakening your full size hive or at least stunting their growth,...
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    Re: Winter Wrapping Bee Hive

    It seems based on these replies that the bees can handle darn near any temperature provided they have enough food. Is that correct?

    Last winter, which was very mild for Detroit, my first year bees...
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    Re: Ventilated bait hive

    This is a great question I would like answered too...I am pretty sure my hive swarmed this spring but I had no idea it ever happened until it was too late. Can I set up a new hive a short distance...
  11. Re: do u find a truck cap useful or a hindrance?

    I've had about 7 Suburbans...they work for me!
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    Frame Storage over winter.

    Will this work to keep the moths at bay? These are in the second floor of my unheated garage. How much space do I need between frames to keep the moths out? All of these except 10 frames are brand...
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    Re: Happy Birthday

    Chuck Norris is not hung like a horse...horses are hung like Chuck Norris. :D
  14. Re: Coevolution of Honey Bees and Varroa Mites: A New Paper

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I think this is a fantastic thread with many, many insightful and intelligent questions and responses and I thank you for all that I have learned so far.

    Here is my...
  15. Re: Got an email from new customer this morning - did trap-out this afternoon

    JClark, I'm with you...there has to be more to this trick than meets the eye.

    Clearly the bees are being drawn out of the nest and the screen cone provides a way out, but not a way back in.

    I...
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    Re: more questions about storing frames

    So you think that simply freezing the frames, whether they have comb or just wax foundation for a short time makes the moths stay away? And the bees don't care later?
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    Re: more questions about storing frames

    Thanks!
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    Re: more questions about storing frames

    The foundation I have is beeswax but obviously there are no cells, just the flat foundation. Is there enough there to invite the moths or do they need cells to breed and hatch?
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    Re: more questions about storing frames

    Any tips for storing brand new frames with was foundation? All my full supers on on my hive, but I just bought a new hive to use in the spring.

    So the tip for storing used, previously full but...
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    Re: Bees vs Cornfields

    I have a similar question about corn as we have some property in central Michigan where I would like to put some hives when I grow up. There is a corn field just a few hundred yards away. From what I...
  21. Good afternoon from Detroit, MI - long read!! :)

    Hello,

    I am a noob to this forum and a relative noob to bee keeping as well. I started in the spring of '11 with a new hive and a package of bees and a queen. A friend, Bernie, from my church has...
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