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  1. Re: Looking for a source of local-ish bees in MI

    I'm in Ann Arbor, but I'm willing to drive quite a ways (the UP, etc) to lay hands on some michigan or local-ish bees.
  2. Looking for a source of local-ish bees in MI

    Hi all,
    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a source for packaged bees or nucs that are raised somewhere within a day's drive of michigan. I'd be willing to go into canada to get them - apparently...
  3. Re: Most useful thing to do with failing hive?

    I think that's what I'll do. I doubt they are diseased - I'm just fairly certain they're queenless and pretty much always have been. Brushing off the bees and transferring the comb over sounds...
  4. Most useful thing to do with failing hive?

    I've got two hives started from packages this year, one's doing great, tons of bees, lots of honey, looking really strong, the other never really took off, I think they were queenless for a while,...
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    Spotted eggs in my weak hive!

    Installed two packages this spring, one is really booming, the other got off to a slow start, apparently superceeded (saw one small brood cycle, then didn't see any brood for a while). I just...
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    Moving some bees into struggling hive?

    I installed two packages this spring into a pair of top-bars, one hive is doing really great, tons of bees, brood halfway through the hive already. The other hive, not so great. They got off to a...
  7. Re: When is a colony struggling enough that I should step in and help out?

    I'm also concerned that there might not be enough bees in the weaker hive to handle another bar in the brood nest and I'd end up chilling brood or causing other weird stress problems.
  8. Re: When is a colony struggling enough that I should step in and help out?

    I don't think they're honey-bound, I noticed a decent amount of capped honey above the brood areas, but the brood areas themselves seemed clear of honey. There was one honeycomb on a bar past the...
  9. When is a colony struggling enough that I should step in and help out?

    I've got two hives that started right at the beginning of may (3# packages), one of them is really booming, I just inspected today, several bars packed with brood (see picture).

    The other hive...
  10. Re: New hives: pictures, report, questions, queen cells?

    Didn't see the queen, but I wasn't looking very hard for her (and probably wouldn't have found her in either case). I'm probably going to inspect today and see if I can spot any brood, it's been...
  11. New hives: pictures, report, questions, queen cells?

    Installed my 2 packages about 9 days ago, opened everything up for the first time today and things are looking pretty alright I suppose.

    Looked at most of the bars and noticed:
    - Both hives...
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    New hives doing great!

    Hived two packages a week ago in a a pair of top bars, and they seem to be doing great! Building lots of comb (several pieces at least 6 - 8 in. long), very busy on nice days.

    I'll pop the hive...
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    When to pop more corks?

    On the hives I just installed packages into, I have 3 3/4" entrances, two of which are corked up right now. How should I gauge when to open up more entrances? Hive size? Bee activity? Both?
    5829...
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    Re: Getting my first bees soon!

    I started with 8 bars as recommended by http://www.amazon.com/Top-Bar-Beekeeping-Organic-Practices-Honeybee/dp/1603584617
    I'm using his hive design, so I figured his starting size would be...
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    What kind of stand?

    What kind of stand does everyone use?

    I have my hive set up on top of some sawhorses right now, which seems to be fine, but feels a little temporary. I'd like to avoid screwing legs directly onto...
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    Re: What do do with empty packages?

    Sounds good! Thanks
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    Re: Getting my first bees soon!

    Also, I ended up settling on boardman feeder mason jars hung from an extra wide bar right in front of the follower board. I'd really like to have a feeder built into the follower, but I just didn't...
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    Re: Getting my first bees soon!

    Just installed my packages last night! Seems like everything went well, I can peep a nice cluster of bees in each hive. The only spot of weirdness: I left the packages sitting on the ground in...
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    What do do with empty packages?

    Just installed some packages last night (top bar hive). Went out this morning to check on them (it's got windows), looks good, bees appear to be clustered around the queen, etc.

    I left the open...
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    Re: Getting my first bees soon!

    How does everyone feed a package in a top bar? I'm still sorta considering a feeder built into (behind) the follower, but I'd like to get even simpler than that. I was thinking maybe just a...
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    Re: Getting my first bees soon!

    I can't stop thinking about bees.

    Does anyone else have this problem?
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    Re: Getting my first bees soon!

    Very helpful - thanks!
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    Getting my first bees soon!

    Getting my first bees soon (2 packages) and installing them into a couple top-bar hives I built.

    I've been reading lots and I think I'm pretty set, but I just have a couple questions I want to...
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    Dividers in hives with screened bottoms

    I'm about to get to building a pair of top bars for my first hives. I'd like to put screened bottoms in with an oil pan or sticky board, partly to help catch SHB and mites, but mostly so I can look...
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    Re: Hives on the roof?

    I'm in Ann Arbor.

    I think my yard is probably pretty decent in the winter, none of my shade is evergreen so the yard is pretty sunny in the winter, there's plenty of windbreak (if I take them off...
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