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    Re: When to stop feeding syrup before winter?

    Our first frost is usually around Oct 15 but there's usually some warm days after that. I usually try to have my feeding done by then.

    If you've been feeding all summer it's highly unlikely your...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    I have bees North,South and west of Jack. I rarely see a bee on golden rod and my hives never have that dirty sock smell that we hear about.

    But as you say, since I've gotten bees I learned the...
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    Re: too late to requeen?

    When talking bees one should always clarify with, it could, maybe, it's possible, might not etc. :)
  4. Thread: Nuc advise

    by Wolfer
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    Re: Nuc advise

    To each his own but I usually put them into a ten frame deep and go from there.

    I believe you've found what a lot of us have found. Home grown queens born after the summer solstice are...
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    Re: too late to requeen?

    I'm not in your area so take accordingly. Our first frost is around Oct 15. I've had queens born the first week of Sept that overwintered just fine.
    My personal cutoff for building nucs is around...
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    Re: 2nd year bee keeper w/1st nuc

    I let nature take its course but to each his own.
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    Re: Sugar lump robbing stopper?

    It works for me any time I need it. This year I've had enough maintenance flows to keep robbing at bay. Otherwise when in a dearth I put 10 lbs of damp sugar on a piece of plywood in the back yard...
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    Re: EXTRACTING FOUNDATIONLESS and WIRELESS FRAMES

    I had a few blowouts with my homemade two frame extractor mainly due to my cordless drill spinning it too fast.
    I lined the face of the basket with chicken wire and pretty much fixed my problem....
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    Re: finding random large queen cells

    Russian bees will often keep a queen in reserve. Just before she's born they will tear it down and start a new one.
    As said I would leave them be.
  10. Thread: YES!!!!

    by Wolfer
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    Re: YES!!!!

    Being 58 years old and having the eyesight of a 58 yr old I often have trouble seeing eggs.
    What works for me is a small LED flashlight. I've tried the mag light but it didn't work as well.
    The LED...
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    Re: Barely any honey in hive

    There can be several reasons they don't have much honey. I wouldent worry about that too much. I would feed a little to help them out.

    In times of dearth whe I feared robbing I open feed in the...
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    Re: How long for new queen to start laying?

    I use the bee yard calendar a lot but before I found it I always figured on seeing eggs 30 days from when I started the nuc or gave them a frame of eggs. I've seen it take 34 days but it's rare. 26...
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    Re: What to do with old frames full of honey?

    Here SHB would have taken it over and there wouldent be an issue. The honey is probably good but I probably set it out and let the bees rob it out.
  14. Re: Warped/bowed inner covers, masonite or plywood?

    Yep, same here.
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    Re: How do you know?

    When I see new white wax being built then I know there is some sort of flow on. Mainly I look to see if there's a lot more nectar stored than there was the last time I was in the hive.

    My main...
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    Re: ejecting workers with deformed wing virus

    My bees have always ejected old bees with damaged wings. You can't work you don't eat.
    It's pretty sad to watch. The old bee will just be scratching and clawing to stay in the hive. When they throw...
  17. Re: Warped/bowed inner covers, masonite or plywood?

    I've built some inner covers out of luan with a 2" hole in the center. One of them warped down until it was touching the frames.

    I put 4 small screws near the center with the heads sticking down...
  18. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    I would rate the chances for success at very good.
  19. Thread: Open feeding

    by Wolfer
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    Re: Open feeding

    It's far enough. I don't know how close is too close. I know I set some frames out a few feet away and lost a couple hives in that life's lesson.

    My house is around 200 yards from most of the...
  20. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    I'm in southwest MO. First frost around Oct 15. I start nucs every year around Aug 1 and let them raise their own queen. Here is my method.

    I start the nuc with 5 frames of mixed brood with good...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    A couple years or more ago I lost a couple hives to SHB. In desperation I bought an IPK beetle trap from green beehives. It worked so well I now have them on all my hives.
    As long as I keep the oil...
  22. Re: Ragweed: Is it or is it not a good resource for bees?

    I have a lot of ragweed. My experience has been the same as Flower planter.
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    Re: Sugar Water Recipe

    I dump a 4 lb bag in a milk jug and fill it with hot tap water until its about 3 quarts full. Let it set overnight and it will mix up pretty good.
    When using 10 lb bags I dump approx half into two...
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    Re: Lost a hive, looking back..

    I've killed lots of hives but I try to learn something from every one I lose. I love making nucs so it's never a real problem.

    I believe I've learned more from hives I've lost than I have from the...
  25. Re: Planting 1 1/2 acres of Yellow Sweet clover. Cost approx 150.00. Is it worth it

    Lot of sweet clover on the road sides in my area but not much in flying distance of my bees. I've planted some the last two years but didn't get a real good stand.

    The bees do work it hard though....
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