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  1. Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    One more thing about Maxant: their hand-powered extractors are very-easily converted to powered. So if initial cost is an issue, you can buy the hand-powered now, and convert to powered in a year or...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    I don't have weeds in my yard - I have bee forage!
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    Re: Timing the split

    If you want to make splits and make honey, read Michael Bush's write up on cut down splits. He explains it more clearly than I could:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
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    Re: What To Do

    I'd say it's too early here in Indiana to be rearranging frames & boxes. I'd wait a few more weeks until temperatures are bit more stable.

    Willows and maples are usually the early pollen sources....
  5. 2015 Indiana State Beekeepers Spring Meeting

    The Indiana State Beekeepers will be meeting this Saturday, March 21st, at Ivy Tech in Marion.

    Guest speaker is Michele Colopy from the Pollinator Stewardship Council.

    Details, directions,...
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    Re: Establishing Nucs in the Same Yard

    This is what I do:
    1) In the donor hive, pull out the frames you want to put in nuc: brood (capped & uncapped), honey & pollen. Replace with new frames.
    2) Take the frames you pulled and shake off...
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    Re: Dead Hive- Reuse or Not

    Yes, okay to re-use. Knock of as many of the dead bees as you can, the new bees will get the rest. Likewise, they'll clean up any mold on the frames.
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    Re: Ok to smoke 'em when it's cold?

    Certainly. Open it up, puff or two of smoke to clear a space, pop on the sugar block and you're done in probably under 30 seconds.

    Are you going to the State Beekeepers Spring meeting next...
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    Re: Treating Package w/OA Dribble

    Agree with Shinbone.
    Also, many package producers treat prior to shipment. My experience with packages is that mites usually don't become an issue until Year 2.
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    Re: Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshows?

    I've been to a few Heartland conferences and enjoyed them very much:
    http://www.heartlandbees.org/

    The Tri-County Workshop in Wooster, Ohio usually has around 1000 attendees and is very fun:...
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    Re: Help newbie select suits

    I have an UltraBreeze jacket, but for many years prior just wore jeans, old white shirt and a veil.
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    Re: Finally Getting Started - Indiana

    Too early for re-hiving. I'd wait til early April. And, if they're that mean, wait until you have a replacement queen - no point in having to deal with them more than necessary!
  13. Re: What Advice Would You Give to Someone That is Open Feeding Honey From Unknown Sou

    I would be surprised if there are any states which have laws governing what to feed bees.
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    Re: Hello from Indiana

    Hello and Welcome!

    What part of Indiana are you in? I recommend getting involved with a local club. Clubs are great places to find mentors and get connected to nearby beekeepers. Here's a list of...
  15. Re: Newbie question: Late winter / early spring management

    I'm surprised you've been in your hives at all considering how cold it's been. Dry sugar on the inner cover is the easiest method for late winter emergency feeding. A few puffs of smoke and the bees...
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    Re: When to super?

    I super when I see dandelions begin to bloom.
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    Re: Total Newb question.

    Sounds much like my area, and my bees produce delicious honey: dark and full-bodied, mostly from Tulip Poplar.
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    Re: Finally Getting Started - Indiana

    What I would do: In the spring, once we get past freezing temps at night, and before the population explodes, I'd pick a nice day and tear into the old hive. Use a prybar, hammer & chisel, whatever...
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    Re: Finally Getting Started - Indiana

    Hello and Welcome!

    The State Beekeepers are having their Spring Meeting up your way, March 21st in Marion. Might want to check it out. More info here:
    http://www.hoosierbuzz.com/wordpress1/
  20. Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started with one colony.
    Get involved with a local club. While having two colonies provides resources that may increase the chances of survival - as scorpianmain noted - nearby club members may...
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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    Certainly not as big of a problem as it is in southern climes, but SHB is definitely alive and well in Indiana. Last winter was the coldest in at least 40 years, and this summer many Indiana beeks...
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    Re: Queen Life Cycle/Swarm Cycle

    Agree with FlowerPlanter: the bees aren't watching the calendar. The will usually swarm after queen cells are capped, but before the first virgin emerges, which, as you noted, is window of 8-9 days....
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    Re: Walk-away split question

    You need enough nurse bees to cover the frames. What I do instead of shake nurse bees is this:
    1) Pull the frames of eggs/brood from the donor hive and shake off all the bees. Replace with empty...
  24. Oct 25th Indiana State Beekeepers Mtg

    The Indiana State Beekeepers Associate will hold its Fall Conference Oct 25th in Franklin, IN.

    Guest speaker is Judge Dan O'Hanlon from West Virgina, speaking on "Breeding Queens in the...
  25. Re: Winter entrance, open or close it down?

    I believe you need to protect against mice regardless. Many beeks use hardware cloth over the entrances year 'round and don't worry about closing it up for winter.
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