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  1. clean up of foundation after old comb removal

    I had some pretty dark old comb on many frames. Just curious how folks clean up the foundation after scraping off the comb or is that as far as the cleaning proceeds! Thought about using a...
  2. opinions on pigeon mountain trading company honey extractors?

    Hi Everyone,
    Curious if anyone has purchased a honey extractor from pigeon mountain trading company. Prices seem very reasonable (to the point where I want to make sure they are good quality). If...
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    How to introduce a package in the cold?

    I'm in Wisconsin where it's in the 30's and 40's for the rest of this week and not much warmer next week. I expect to be getting a call possibly this weekend letting me know my packages have...
  4. Thread: Robbing

    by mixofsam
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    Robbing

    I noticed late last fall I had 4 hives that seemed to be in a robbing freenzy. I reduced entrances and things seemed to have settled down. I'm not sure how long it had been going on, but when I...
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    frozen bees back at it

    Hello,
    Does anyone here know much about the tolerance of bees to freezing? I cracked a few of my weak hives this past weekend (concerned about food supply) and of course had a few bees fly out to...
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    intoducing virgin queens to the hive

    Hello,
    I'm thinking about ordering some virgin queens this spring for a few of my hives (which will be queenless). Is there anything different about how virgin queens are introduced versus mated...
  7. bee hive in fallen tree---how to remove and install in new hive?

    Hi Everyone,
    One of my friends neighbors had a tree fall over last night. Apparently it has honey bees livining in it. I have 5 frames of drawn out comb plus frames of foundation I can use for a...
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    Re: ripe queen cell install

    Thanks johng.
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    ripe queen cell install

    Hello,
    I'm going to pick up a ripe queen cell tomorrow evening and install into a hive that has a queen but she is not laying on Saturday. If I pinch the queen and install the queen cell at the...
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    Re: Looking for book on swarm traps

    A great book about swarms (not really about making swarm traps although it provides the optimal dimensions of the box and entrance) is called Honeybee Democracy by Tom Seeley. I made a few traps...
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    winterizing nucs

    Hi Everyone,
    I have 5 nucs (each five frames) I started this summer. Not that winter is around the corner, but I've been wondering what is the best way to winterize nucs. I'm in Wisconsin (where...
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    combining hives

    Hello,
    I'm planning on using the newspaper method to combine a weak hive with a hive that has a laying worker. Do you think this is an acceptable method to use for this issue?
    Thanks,
    Chris
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    moving hives into open shed

    Hello,
    My hives are in an area that gets very windy. The last few winters I have put up windbocks (plywood) around the hives. I do have a large open shed where I could move the hives.

    1: Is...
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    Will bee clean up wax moth mess?

    Hi Everyone,
    I discovered about 10 frames that I had stored in my basment have wax moths. I caught it early enough where the the worst damage is on one frame that has probably 50% covered with the...
  15. Re: med frames of honey I want bees to put in the brood boxes

    Hi PCM,
    I believe I read it here a year or 2 ago. No published data as far as I know.
    Chris
  16. med frames of honey I want bees to put in the brood boxes

    Hi All,
    I have extra medium frames of honey that I was hoping the bees would move down to the deep frames of the 2-brood boxes in prep for winter. I tried putting an empty deep box (no frames) on...
  17. Thread: HopGaurd

    by mixofsam
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    HopGaurd

    Hi Everyone,
    Just curious what people think about using HopGaurd for varroa mites.
    Thanks,
    Chris
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    Re: medium honey supers and winter

    Hi Adrian,
    I have 2 deeps (brood boxes) then the medium honey supers. I actually have another hive that has a deep honey super that is all capped (with 2 deep brood boxes).
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    medium honey supers and winter

    Hi Everyone,
    I've pulled my share of the honey for this year and still have multiple med. supers that are full and capped. I thought I would save this for the bees to use this winter. Do I just...
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    "Northern" queen bee production

    Hi Everyone,
    Is artificial insemination used much for queen production? Theorectically, could I collect drone sperm this summer and freeze it (like farmers do for bulls) and when March rolls around...
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    Wisconsin weather is frustrating

    I don't know about anyone else here in Wisconsin, but the cold, windy and lack of 2 days in a row of sunshine is beggining to frustrate me! Not sure how the bees feel about it. We are suppose to...
  22. Is there any significance for different colored wax used for capping honey vs. brood?

    Hi Everyone,
    Just curious why bee's produce 2 different colored waxes. The nice white cappings for honey and then the brown wax for brood. Any thoughts on this appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Chris
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    Creating a 2 queen hive

    I was inspecting one of my more prolific hives yesterday and initially thought I had 2 queens. Saw the queen on frame 2 then less than a minute later saw a queen 4 frames from that one. I ended up...
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    Lack of brillance amazes me!

    Don't wear a black fleece/fuzzy jacket and not smoke your hive (I was being lazy). Just wanted to peek in to make sure the queens were released in each hive. They thought I was some kind of furry...
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    sugar and honey...temp acceptance

    I wonder why bees will not readily take sugar water when the temp is below 50 (at least this seems to be what I have seen), but will consume honey at the same temperature. I'm a little worried about...
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