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    Re: Central Indiana Raising Bees

    Hello and Welcome!

    There are a couple of local beekeeping clubs over your way - good way to find mentors and get connected to nearby beekeepers:...
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    Re: brood in super

    Workers will eliminate the new queen.


    If the split is mostly nurse bees, they will stay with the brood. No need to block the entrance. I was unclear reading your description of the split -are...
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    Re: Hi from Indiana

    Hello and Welcome!

    You may be interested in getting involved with a local beekeeping club - good way to connect with nearby beekeepers. I think the nearest one to you would be the Bedford...
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    Re: Installing nuc in a deadout.

    If there's 40 lb of honey, I wouldn't feed anything else.
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    Re: Shaded hive location advice please

    While full sun is recommended as optimal, many of us don't have optimal locations. I live in the woods and my bees are in shade most of the day. Yes, they would probably be busier and produce more...
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    Re: Beekeeping Books

    Lots of good suggestions here. I'll add a new one, Bee-Sentials, a Field Guild by Lawrence Connor. It's more of a reference book for beginners than a "how to". If you like pictures, you'll love this.
  7. Re: art student researching CCD in KC, MO

    You might try contacting a nearby beekeeping club:
    Kansas City beekeepers:
    http://www.midwesternbeekeepers.org/

    Northeast Kansas beekeepers:
    http://www.nekba.org/
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    Re: When to Feed New Package?

    I wouldn't. If I'm using packages to re-fill deadouts, and there are frames of honey, I don't feed.
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    Re: What type of extractor?

    First, if it’s important to you - Maxant, Dadant, and I believe, Kelley, are American made.

    Second, you’ll want to know the gauge of the stainless steel. Smaller numbers mean thicker metal. Look...
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    Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    The books say a few hundred yards - quarter mile. I say put them where it's convenient. Mine are within 20-30 yards of my hives.
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    Re: "supered" 2 weeks ago

    Bees draw out comb when they feel they need to, and won't otherwise. Although you see things blooming, unless there is a flow on and the bees feel they need more space, they won't draw. It could be...
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    Re: Bee Supplement

    There should be plenty of pollen available by now without you having to supplement, in addition to the fact that small hive beetles love pollen patties.
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    Re: Throwing out Drones

    Did you have a cold snap? Sometimes in spring when they are building up a change in weather can cause them to put on the brakes. Pollen suddenly isn't available and drones are expendable.
  14. Re: Strong hive with ? Queen cell Question

    As JRG13 said, bees often make queen cups. If there's nothing in it - no worries.
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    Re: preparing to swarm

    That's generally true, but not always true. It's also generally true that if they are going to swarm, you'll see several swarm cells, not just one (or two). Location of the queen cell is just one...
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    Re: What smoker to buy

    For a smoker, I'd recommend one with a shield/guard. For hive tools, get more than one. I always carry at least two, a standard one, and a Maxant (also known as an Australian).
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    Re: Treating new bee packages

    While I'd agree mites are everywhere, I'm not sure there's a "general consensus" that packages are "loaded" with mites. Many packaged bees are treated prior to shipment.
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    Re: bees near a winery?

    We have a member of our local club who keeps bees at the winery where he works. He's never reported any problems/issues, but, bees are attracted to sugars. I could imagine that if there was a dearth...
  19. Re: I need bees to pollinate my fields...And I know nothing.

    Here is some info on pollination contracts and a sample contract:
    https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Pollination_Contract.pdf
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    Re: Protective suite

    For my first several years, I just wore jeans, an old white shirt and a veil. Eventually got an UltraBreeze jacket/hood combo, which is much cooler to wear in hot weather.
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    Re: Elkhart Indiana beeks?

    Make sure your friend gets involved with the Michiana Beekeepers - excellent club with many great beekeepers:...
  22. Re: Will they use Year old frames of pollen?

    My bees tend to ignore old frames of pollen. If you have a big tub, you can soak the frames which usually loosens the pollen enough so that a few sharp raps will get most of it out without having to...
  23. Re: Moving bees across state lines texas to oregon

    While there probably won't be anyone at the border checking your load, you may want to check the beekepeing laws in Oregon. Here in Indiana, a permit is required from the Apiary Inspector prior to...
  24. Re: What to do with nosema affected woodenware

    While this is a perfectly reasonable response, I'll simply add that if it were me, I'd re-use the equipment unless it was really fouled up, showing signs of extensive dysentery. Randy Oliver has done...
  25. Re: Making presentation on bees for sons 3rd grade. Help!

    You may find some useful info here:
    http://www.honey.com/tools-tips-and-resources/the-honey-files-teachers-guide

    Perhaps some powerpoint slides you can use here:...
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