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  1. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    lol. I knew exactly what you meant. The "I" is right next to the "O". I have chubby sausage fingers and hit wrong keys all the time.
  2. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Good point! It isn't a terribly invasive procedure. Advice taken. Thanks!
  3. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I will be adding the homasote as insulation next break in weather. Any tips? Or just cut it to the dimensions of the underside of the telescoping cover? Do I also cut a hole in it to line up with...
  4. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Yes I keep mine notch down all year round as well. I don't usually have moisture problems since I started adding shims between covers (popsicle sticks or flat washers). But I think I am going to...
  5. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Soooo, how many people just read the subject line of my post and responded? Just curious:scratch:
  6. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I now understand that. But you can say that to us newbies until you are blue in the face. Newbies such as myself tend to get very anxious. My post wasn't really intended to solve any problems,...
  7. are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I can't help but notice how many newbies post anxiously this time of year. Myself included, especially last winter (my first). The main concern as of late is dead bees just behind reducers, and if...
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    Re: When do bears attack?

    Never drop your guard. Here in the north east, bears are known to come out of hibernation when weather turns mild. I often see bear prints in the snow. Keep electric fences plugged in and...
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    Re: Step by step tips on extracting

    I extracted honey for the first time this year. My wood burning stove made things a lot easier. After I spun the honey, I set the spinner in the room that the wood burner is in. After all the...
  10. Re: are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    Hey clyde,
    thanks for checking in. I guess the only reason I was reluctant to rely on the notched inner cover is because I never really see bees coming and going through there (perhaps because they...
  11. Re: are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    thank you all for your responses and thank you Vance for the follow up.

    todd
  12. Re: are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    i have never had bees propolize the gap that the shims create. and by never , I mean in the whole 2 years I have been beekeeping.:D
  13. Re: are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    I like this suggestion the best. Where do you feel the best placement is for the new entrance? I am running double deeps. Which deep and where on that deep?

    Thanks for your advice
  14. are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    I got those guards that have the row of 3/8 inch holes and the sliding solid piece that expands to 8 or 10 frame rigs. They fasten to the hive via screws.

    I went out yesterday to clear my...
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    Why not try both out? I started with both to see which I like best. I do think they draw the wax out faster, however, I still use plastic in honey supers because it seems they can handle a spinner...
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    Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started with 1 as well. It was also my major regret. It ended up ok but with a lot of unnecessary stress. It is not so much for comparison purposes, but more for resource purposes. Do yourself...
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    Re: 2 part question about supers.

    So it seems my only concern with leaving supers on is it may get used as a brood chamber. That would be the least of my worries and really just more of an inconvenience. I have one hive that is...
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    Re: 2 part question about supers.

    I was confused by the info I got about over wintering with supers. I didn't understand what the difference was between the bees finding a full super or a pile of sugar on newspaper. They found the...
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    2 part question about supers.

    I am getting different information on my first query. I keep hearing people say, in reference to taking honey, to leave enough for the bees. Yet, I am also hearing that you should not leave supers...
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    Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    I misspoke, I didn't mean leave on the hive. I meant stored away in the freezer as an emergency surplus. But I also never considered how my wife would feel about having 50 frames of honey in the...
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    Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    I did not use an excluder. My intention was not to harvest honey this year, but try to leave one super per hive as emergency stores. One hive was a late bloomer so no super on that one, but why I...
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    Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    I believe they will cluster in the deeps. Stores on outer frames and the top part of brood frames. If stores were meant to be in the supers, than they would have to break cluster and travel too far...
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    Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    Thank you all for your responses so far. I combined all the heavy frames from both supers and made 1 super that is pretty full. I would guess about 80 percent. I put that super back on and put the...
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    Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    What would I do with the supers once pulled? I consolidated all the really full frames from both mediums into 1 medium. What if I put the 1 really full medium back on and feed like crazy?
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    zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    I have a hive with 2 deeps but no honey stores. There are 2 supers with stores on top. I have 2 other hives with 1 med. Apiece on top. Those hives have only 1 deep with stores. Are the mediums...
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