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  1. Re: First and Last year since no one can play nice

    Just because you can do something does not always mean that you should. I understand your desire to have bees, we all have that. I understand the pain of having to get rid of them as well. I cannot...
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    Re: The Sardinian honey bee...

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    Re: Can Someone ID this worm?

    OK, Thank You!
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    Can Someone ID this worm?

    Found these in the bottom of a Nuc that got robbed out, there were in the debris on the bottom only. Small brown eggs? a small and skinny white grub, and then the larger inch long grubs. I had some...
  5. Re: Community Question: Is your operation strictly beekeeping?

    I do three things, bees, maple syrup, and truck farm/orchard. I think they all compliment each other, though I am just getting started. The maple syrup is early and gets me out walking in the woods...
  6. Re: Hello form Wisconsin soon to be from The UP Michigan

    Welcome. Where in the UP are you going to land?
  7. Re: How many full honey bars going into a Montana winter?

    Weigh one of your honey bars, and maybe a few bars with just a honey band, use that as a rough calculation for the total weight of honey in your hive. Check with other local beeks to see what they...
  8. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Around here, northeast WI, we use liquid smoke as an attractant scent over bear baits. I would not take the chance of encouraging a bear to visit my hives, just due to a little smoke. It may work in...
  9. Re: bees mixed with honey to be crushed and stained

    I just pick them out with a tweezers, if they live they go outside, if they do not live, they go in the trash. I have been stung by a dead bee, and one that I tried to pull out of a pool of honey...
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    Re: Finished a 12 frame deep OB Hive.

    Time will tell, should be pretty interesting either way! Nice work!
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    Swarm timing vs queen sliming down

    How long before a swarm leaves the hive does the queen stop laying in order to slim down to fly? I have a hive that I though had swarmed, just from the reduced bearding. I went through it today and...
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    Re: To feed or not to feed?

    Jim, backfilling the brood nest is a reference to the condition where they store so much nectar/syrup that the queen has no place to lay. This condition can lead to swarming and limited cluster space...
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    Re: To feed or not to feed?

    My first thought is that you have fed too much, but with only 15 combs and if there is no flow on, you may need to keep feeding. I am not familiar with your seasons so take that with a grain of salt....
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    Re: Greetings from Sardinia...

    Very nice!!!! Good luck with the bees! We may have to work out a trade for some Muirto! LOL
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    Re: Greetings from Sardinia...

    Off and on from 2001 to 2007. Was never stationed there, just did a lot of fly away teams to there for work, and pulled in for port calls on my last sub before retiring. I always have said, "that if...
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    Re: Greetings from Sardinia...

    I am jealous, I spent a lot of time on Sardinia with the Navy. Great place, great people, I would think it would also be a good place to keep bees! Good luck!
  17. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    Some people like to be bothered!
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    Re: Changing honey bar locations

    Seems like a lot of extra work to me, but I look at it this way. If they start at the entrance in the fall, they move away from the entrance throughout the winter. They are getting farther away as...
  19. Re: A few hard learned lessons to pass to the new beeks

    I am glad that I can learn through the exploits of others! Great read!
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    True if you live in a SHB area, I do not. I have not figured out yet if I can use silicone in the hive, or if I do, Can the bees remove it?
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I thought about doing that, but in the end it was easier to just fit them next to each other. The bees quickly propolize the gap and all is good. :)
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    Why could you not make a split with some combs that were not fully drawn out? They should have been able to fit?
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I agree, I spend a lot of time picking through 1 x 12's to find decent ones to work with. At this point, I have enough hives built that that is what I am going to stick with. I used Bush's plans for...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    As your side boards get narrower, your top bars have to get longer to maintain an equivalent volume inside the hive, and/or you have to make the bottom board wider.
    Wider and shallower combs may be...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I believe that Les Crowder and Sam Comfort both use 1 x 10's for their TBHs
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