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  1. Thread: SE Michigan

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    Re: SE Michigan

    Welcome! Lots of good information this Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the SEMBA conference at Schoolcraft Community College on Haggerty Rd in Livonia
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome! There are several good bee clubs in the area, as well as good suppliers of package bees, nucs and woodenware.
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    Re: 8 Frame equipment

    I've had hives overwinter in both and 8 and 10 frame equipment. Doesn't seem to make any difference what kind of box they're in, if they've got enough stores.
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    Re: What is the magic number?

    I read this in Grant Gillard's ebook Keeping Honeybees with 25 Hives and thought at the time that idea made a lot of sense. "Limit your expansion to doubling each year." Spend a year or two learning...
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    Re: Cutting Rite-cell?

    RiteCell is simple to cut by hand if you've no other tools. 3-4 cuts with a box cutter w new blade, then snap at the cut like drywall, and you're done. I've done 40 or so this way. Too cold, windy...
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    Re: strapping hives down

    If you will have hives at home, where you can see them or check them frequently, I wouldn't worry about strapping. A brick or rock will do fine. But, if you're like some of us that only have out...
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    Re: What Books for CHRISTMAS ?

    Available on pre-order, with a discount if ordered by Dec. 23.
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I've got sugar cakes drying in my basement, 2 furnaces and a dehumidifier dry 9" cake pans in 2-3 days rock hard. The large aluminum pans took a week and still weren't totally hard. The round cake...
  9. Re: Newbie in Michigan! Interested in taking a class....

    " I'd love to find a beekeepers class near by!! I've found one abt an hour and a half away"

    I assume you're referring to SEMBA's (SouthEast Michigan Beekeeping Association) yearlong beekeeping...
  10. Thread: 4 Failed Hives!?

    by 37 V8
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    Re: 4 Failed Hives!?

    They're young small hive beetles. I've seen them recently in my hives also. They're really quick too. Also, you might get in contact with SEMBA - South East Michigan Beekeeper's Association -they...
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    Re: Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    I'm with risky buzz. I bought 50 budget medium supers on sale a few years ago, and they've held up fine. As risky suggested I use a good primer and good topcoat. I did order more last summer and had...
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    TED talk - John Miller: No bees, no food

    I hadn't seen this posted yet. I apologize if I missed seeing it posted before.

    This should be the link...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfRHrJunQ8M&sns=em

    Great speaker. I'm sorry I missed...
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    Flew home last week to see my restored truck at a car show in Detroit. I came in a day early so I could check on bees in two yards. I knew I was in trouble when I parked, and opened the door on my...
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    J&T beekeepers. Toby is a great guy, you won't be disappointed
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    Re: Michigan beekeepers

    I've heard of similar losses from friends in the Flint, Mi area. Sounds like record numbers of new packages bring ordered there as replacement for dead outs.
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    Re: Good queen rearing book for beginners

    His 'Better Queens' was my last read.
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    Re: Good queen rearing book for beginners

    Thanks CtyAcres and MP for your recommendations. I just inventoried the bee books I brought out to AZ for my winter reading, and I brought Laidlaw's book with me so it's next on my list. I also thank...
  18. Thread: Winter Survival

    by 37 V8
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    Re: Winter Survival

    I was late this year getting the hives winterized, like middle of December. A few hives had moisture in them then... I wrapped and insulated the hives last winter, and the tar paper wrap evidently...
  19. Re: has anyone here done the Penn State online beekeeping 101 course?

    Thanks for fixing the link, back to Ipad texting school for me
  20. Re: has anyone here done the Penn State online beekeeping 101 course?

    I haven't taken the Penn State class, but I highly recommend the B.E.E.S program online with David Tarpy at NC State University

    http://http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/apiculture/bees/

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    Re: Transporting Hives

    Beware of any abrupt changes in temperature. A friend was bringing home a trailer full of hives he split in Fla last winter, and ran into some bad storms coming back north in April. He lost half the...
  22. Thread: 6 frame nucs

    by 37 V8
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    Re: 6 frame nucs

    I've used 5 frame med and deep nucs as well as 8 frame med and deep hives. They all winter fine for me in Michigan. 6 frame nucs would be fine, but you'll either have to make them yourself or get...
  23. Thread: Mannlake

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    Re: Mannlake

    I have ordered ML budget boxes several times. In the last order, I received 2 ends with splits. ML sent 2 new replacements in a few days. Great customer service from ML.
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    Re: Why and How Did You Start Beekeeping?

    After retiring in 2008 (not my idea) I'd been volunteering at a local nature center maintaining a blue bird trail. The nature center had an observation hive and I happened to meet the beekeeper who...
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    Re: Painting the Edges/Lips of Your Boxes

    I use plastic tile spacers as shims between boxes to keep them from sticking together. Also, I've learned that the satin finish oops paints take much longer to fully dry, than a paint with a flat...
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