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    Re: mice out in winter?

    Put your bee suit on and break the hive down and get the mouse out! By spring you will have neither comb or bees! Do it quickly. Put it back together and put on a mouse guard.
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Telescoping covers are expensive and heavy and make the use of an inner cover or some sort of plastic to keep the bees from gluing the top cover down hard. Migratory covers are cheap to make and...
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    Re: Bees in top of hive

    Personally I wouldnt put protein patties on until it is time for spring buildup in your area. Bees vary in where they spend the winter. Some hives stay down low and it seems more end up ckustered...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    You might try 15 drops of oil of wintergreen and 10 drops of spearmint oil and Two drops of lemon grass oil to 2 gallons of 1:1 syrup. Feed it for one brood cycle only when supers are not on. That...
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    Re: Mono-floral pollen

    Try putting this inthe commercial area. You might find someone there. Little pollen collected is monofloral. You would have to do some serious sorting. The closest to a predominantly ag pollen i...
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    Re: Double Deep One Empty

    A deep box leaves quite a lot of empty space above. I would take the deep off and put a feeder rim on and some MC sugar if they are light. Hope your bees are wintering well.
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    Re: unbelievable CL find with pics

    If the plastic frames are drawn, there is no downside in them at all. If you draw them them during a good flow tightly together, they will get drawn as well as any. Some fresh wax painted on always...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    Like all of life it is timing. When I get a swarm call in August they are almost always wasps anyway. They just do not have time to do much in my area. July is little better. Now the May swarm is...
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    Re: cross wire or pinning deeps

    I use the pins to make the foundation flat across the frame. Wiring would do the same thing, Wired is indeed stronger.
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    Re: To wrap or not?

    If you wrap be sure to put some insulation such as Styrofoam on top so the cover is not the coldest point of the hive. If that happens all the condensation will freeze there and them melt and run...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    What temperature range can you vaporize the hives? My bees are wrapped. THANKS.
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    Re: to split or not to split

    That is a leading set of questions. If you want to split and get a crop, you start by feeding them pollen patties and make sure the colony goes into winter super strong. Then about February or late...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    Sounds like your bees got robbed out. They probably weren't as strong as they looked and the inspection made them smell like free honey. That is my guess at this distance. The mites were causing a...
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    Re: Suggested Youtube channels???

    Any good you tube videos or threads on using cell protectors? Do the various cell protectors just fit over your ripe cell to keep it from being damaged? Are they open at the bottom to allow virgin...
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    Re: 3/8" x 1 1/2" Resin Coated Staples

    I haven't looked but try graingers
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    Re: signs of nosema?

    Up here we don't eat that yeller snow! If it is ouside it is great. Not a sign of a problem.
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    In the interest of full disclosure, I lied like a politician. Would you believe we accused a friend of taking such good care of his hogs that they had tuxedoes.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I urge you to consider using zip lock bags on the top bars and the use of a 2 1/2" feeder rim to house them. No bees drown if you are competent and seal the baggie properly and the hives are...
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    Re: Question about winter/spring build up

    If you are trying to max things out, I would be feeding good protein supplement in a couple weeks and making sure they have plenty of carbohydrates which can be honey or the other white sugar. Then...
  20. Re: can fondant alone sustain the colony all winter?

    The bees can live off it nicely until they need protein to start raising brood which in your southern location should not be far into January. When do you start seeing pollen coming in at your...
  21. Re: Newbie, Chance to Buy Out Local Man with 2 Hives. Questions.

    The two hives, are they in double deeps or what? Since one does not know what condition the equipment is in or what shaped the bees are in (mite count) it is hard to put a fair valuation on things....
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    That is the neatest thing I have seen since my buddy had tuxedoes on all his hogs for the New Years. I'm glad that everyone at your place is celebrating the blessed event. You made my day!
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    That was pretty inconclusive but an entrance about two bees wide and high in the winter is all they need. Unless the bees are hanging out bearding, they probably have enough entrance.
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    Re: bee yard location?

    You can most usually be a guest on someones place for a gift of honey. The commercial guys here give thirty pounds in jars but I have kept bees on places where they did not want anything. That...
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    Re: what kind of bee diseases is this

    Treat for mites is a best thing to do.
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