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    Re: Hello from Hartland, Michigan

    Where are you at in Hartland? I'm in Highland. How many hives do you have?
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    Queen failing April 28 package.

    Checked on one of my packages and noticed capped queen cell. Found queen and she is really small with not very consistent brood pattern. Should I let nature take its course or buy a queen?
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    cleaning winter deadouts

    I'm just getting around to cleaning my winter deadouts. By now some of the dead bees are rotting in the cells, really stinks. How well do I have to clean these up, or will new hives, packages clean...
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    Re: wrapping with burlap?

    I have an upper entrance and put a quilt box on top to catch extra moisture. The rot started between the boxes, were one box rests on the other. I agree burlap is a bad idea. I looked at a video...
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    Re: wrapping with burlap?

    Help brake the wind and maybe provide a little insulation. Last year I wrapped with roofing paper and noticed excess moisture seemed to make my boxes rot.
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    wrapping with burlap?

    Any one ever wrap their hives with a couple of layers of burlap?
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    Moving bees experienced advise needed

    I moved a couple of hives 3 miles away for a friend, 2 days later I moved the hives back to his house in a new location, 300 ft away from original spot. The friend just called because 100 or so bees...
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    How much honey are you getting in Michigan?

    I have 1 hive that has put up 180 lbs. of honey (supers only). It's an overwintered hive with a new queen. It must have at least 100,000 workers and is really calm. I torn it down on a cloudy day,...
  9. Removing bees out of honey supers(large scale)?

    What product or method do you commercial guys use to remove bees out of your supers when you pull honey? Or what is the most effective way to move bees out quickly?
  10. Thread: Queens

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    Re: Queens

    With the good weather were getting in Michigan this year 200lbs. is well within reach of my Georgian Italian queens.
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    Re: UPS/Pidgeon Mountain dead bees

    I have never had a problem with UPS. I don't know if you have a bad driver but your problems seem unusual.
  12. Thread: Will it swarm?

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    Re: Will it swarm?

    psfred do you think the swarm had a virgin or mated queen?
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    Re: UPS/Pidgeon Mountain dead bees

    How could UPS destroy shipment? They must have been in the back of a hot truck too long is my only guess. If that were the case someone did not communicate the temp sensitive nature of the...
  14. Thread: Will it swarm?

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    Re: Will it swarm?

    Right after I posted I got a call from the owner of the bee yard with the hive in question. You guest it, it must have swarmed right after I left at 6:30 pm. On a low branch easy pickens. The...
  15. Thread: Will it swarm?

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    Will it swarm?

    I removed the queen from a hive with multiple swarm cells a week ago. What are the chances that it will swarm?
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    Gestation period for queens

    How long after queen cell is capped will she emerge? I put a couple of capped cells in a queenless hive.
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    Re: Swarming in Michigan?

    Went thru 2 overwintered hives at my second yard, pulled queens and notched the one. The other one had capped swarm cells the other did not. Timing is everything I guess.
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    Swarming in Michigan?

    Any signs of swarming in Michigan yet? I removed the queen and notched one of my hives yesterday. After I put the queen in a deep back on top of the of the original hive, separated by screening. I...
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    Putting a nuc on top of overwintered hive

    I have a 1 brood frame nuc with 4 other frames some with honey, pollen and open comb. I dropped a queen in there but I'm thinking there isn't enough bees in there to do all the hive chores. I'm not...
  20. Re: loud hum when installing queen into nuc/spilt

    about 20 hours
  21. loud hum when installing queen into nuc/spilt

    I'm worried about a queen install I did. I pulled I frame of brood with nurse bees with honey and open comb yesterday to make a nuc. I check again to make sure I didn't take the queen. But the...
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    Shaded hive location advice please

    A friend of mine will be keeping his first year hives in a shaded or partial shaded wooded location. Can anyone give me their experience with shaded locations?
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    Re: Bees running behind

    Who's your supplier? What state are the bees from?
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    Started with 18 in the fall. Checked them about 6 weeks ago and was down to 9. I had the same experience as jmji. Small clusters that couldn't move around for food.
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    Any brood in Michigan?

    Checked one of my hives for brood. This is a 3 deep setup. Found the queen in the top box, but there wasn't much brood. Alot of young bees present. Are these young bees my winter bees or should...
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