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    Re: Ethical feeding for non beekeeper question

    Point taken. Good advice. Thanks Michael. I am in the process of babying some Vitex inside that I have raised from seed. I am working hard to do my part. Vitex has a tough time this far north...
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    Re: Ethical feeding for non beekeeper question

    All of you bring excellent points. I very much appreciate your thoughts and opinions. I simply wanted to have a respectful conversation. Thank you to everyone for their input without being...
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    Re: Ethical feeding for non beekeeper question

    Very true JW. That could be an issue if there were a beekeeper nearby thinking that their bees had found a huge nectar source near their hives. I've caught my bees scrounging around the soda can...
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    Ethical feeding for non beekeeper question

    Just had a thought. Tell me what you think...

    If someone wanted to stimulate the honey bee population in their area without actually keeping bees or setting up hives, what if they just set up a...
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    Re: New Queen... Old, Queenless Nuc

    Good tips gezellig. I checked several times and yes they attempted queen cells on two different occasions but never finished one. I'm 90% certain there was no queen made and there are certainly no...
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    Re: New Queen... Old, Queenless Nuc

    Thanks. That was sort of my plan when they wouldn't requeen. I added them to an existing hive, but since most of them were old enough to be foragers, they just went back to the nuc location. I was...
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    New Queen... Old, Queenless Nuc

    Last night I attempted a last ditch effort to save a queenless nuc by adding a mated queen I received from a fellow keeper. It's been queenless for over a month. I've added frames of eggs/larva...
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    Re: somthing for newbs. robbing

    As a 3rd year beek, I feel that I'm past the newb stage, but I found myself with a robbing issue just a week ago. It never hurts to refresh yourself on research if you have an issue. Never make a...
  9. Re: Strange Hive... and I'm not really a newbee

    FlowerPlanter, you bring some good points. The honey is quite different and I suppose there could be a very small amount left from last year's honey stores that they possibly moved up into the...
  10. Re: Strange Hive... and I'm not really a newbee

    Yeah, Ravenseye. I am kind of afraid you might have it right. I would use the defense that none of my other hives in the same apiary show any signs of dead bees, but this hive is just different. ...
  11. Strange Hive... and I'm not really a newbee

    I have an odd hive this year. It overwintered very well, and surprised me with an early swarm (didn't see it coming). Since then its had tons of bees and the queen seems pretty good. However, I...
  12. Re: Help with feeding some hives, and not others.

    Thanks Tenbears and RayMarler. You both make very valid points and I appreciate that. I feel like some things have gone a bit weird this year. I got more swarm calls than normal and with all of...
  13. Re: Help with feeding some hives, and not others.

    All great ideas Thershey. I really appreciate the information and photos. I like the idea of the extra hole in the inner cover. Since it's so hot, I have been feeding with only a veil and while...
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    Yeah, I am a sucker for Honey B Healthy. It smells so good that I want to drink it myself. I'm sure that adds to the problem.
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    Hmm. I had forgotten that there are anti-robbing screens available. This may be an option. I was not aware that the queen may be killed during robbing. I will check to see if the hive is queen...
  16. Help with feeding some hives, and not others.

    I am a 3rd year beek. Still learning all the time. Does anyone have any recommendations when feeding certain hives in an apiary which also contains strong hives that do not need to be fed? I...
  17. Re: Confused about queen piping I heard in my hive

    Great thread everyone. JohnG and Tenbears, your advice is concise and the thoughts are conveyed very well. I have actually read back threw them a few times to make sure it soaks in. I am a third...
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    Re: When do you remove mouse guards?

    Alrighty. I will. I'm still concerned about traffic at the entrance though. When do you think it's good to remove the entrance reducer then?
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    When do you remove mouse guards?

    I can't seem to remember the recommended time to remove the mouse guards from my hives. I'm in southern KS and right now our nights are averaging 40 F and days are in the high 60s or low 70s. My...
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    Re: I think I've got a problem..

    I did just find this link to a project in regards to tracking zombees. There is a map of affected areas. You can sign up and post your infestation. This is sort of a crowdsourcing idea to assist...
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    Re: I think I've got a problem..

    hex0rz, these are the same questions I am asking myself. I found a pile of dead bodies under a hive of mine here on south central KS a few days ago. I removed the decapitated bees from the area and...
  22. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    I apologize if I ruffled some feathers with my comments or questions. I have the utmost respect for those of you that have worked hard and manged to run a business keeping bees. I work extremely...
  23. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    I appreciate the advice for sure. I think I will continue to operate on a cash basis if I can. I've heard that the local farmer's markets have been getting checked for tax ID#'s and such. I just...
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    Thank you all very much for your input. I have considered lots of your ideas, but there were some in this thread that I had not considered. I have built some of my own equipment and while it saves...
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    Haraga,

    I have often wondered if you can claim a loss in the honey production business. Do you think this would be feasible for someone wanting to run 5 or 10 hives? I am interested in doing...
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