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  1. Thread: BroodMinder

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    Re: BroodMinder

    I received mine yesterday. I was very impressed by the packaging. Nicely done graphics and a well done “quick start” guide. On top of that, a nice thank you signature from Rich!

    The devices...
  2. Thread: BroodMinder

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    Re: BroodMinder

    I posted a comment to your site. I've done a lot of playing around with Arduino with a variety of different setups and challenges too.
  3. Thread: BroodMinder

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    Re: BroodMinder

    My thinking is with monitoring devices like this you aren't looking for a complete sensor reading of the entire hive. I would think that seeing TRENDS is important. For example, if I put one of...
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    Re: BroodMinder

    I was thinking about this question and I have some thoughts on how it might help you to overwinter.
    1) If you know the humidity level then wouldn't you know if the hive needed more ventilation or...
  5. Thread: BroodMinder

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    Re: BroodMinder

    True. I don't know that it would help you overwinter but you would be able to tell if your bees were still alive without opening the hive which would be nice. And I suppose the humidity reading...
  6. Thread: BroodMinder

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    BroodMinder

    I came across this device the other day and I'm very intrigued. I've played around with numerous Arduino setups of my own design but this thing seems very straight forward and hands-off. Anyone...
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    Re: Sting Reaction

    Yeah, I'm aware that there are many factors that you may be unaware of that may cause the bees to be more defensive at various times. I'm just saying that so far in my experience, I get stung when I...
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    Re: Sting Reaction

    Thank you all for your testimony. My intention from posting this wasn't to get medical advice. I just wanted to hear from other people how they reacted when they were found to have severe...
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    Sting Reaction

    So I've had bees for four years now and have only been stung twice up until this year. Did my first cutout this year and was stung twice (barely getting past my nitrile gloves) and I've never had...
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    Re: How to secure tar paper

    I think you could wrap a bungee cord around to hold it in place. Maybe even staple it in place. I have some heavy duty winter wraps that I'm going to try installing a velcro strip onto in order to...
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    Re: Arduino Bee Projects?

    Glad to hear people are wrestling with the same things I am! I wanted to measure temp, humidity and hive weight but decided I needed to start simple so I stuck with just temp and humidity for now. ...
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    Re: How is my hive doing?

    I think the bees will take care of everything just fine on their own. If the top is filled, they will move down as needed.
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    Re: In the middle of a hard Michigan winter

    Nice! I live about 2 miles from Hammond, over toward the airport.

    I ended up planting quite a garden for the bees, not to mention my regular vegetable garden. Planted Borage for the first time...
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    Re: In the middle of a hard Michigan winter

    I have a candy board on and I guess I can hope that I'm not seeing wax cappings because they are already up in the candy board!! I've already put in an order for a nuc and a package so I'll be ready...
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    Re: In the middle of a hard Michigan winter

    My bees took a massive cleansing flight in between Christmas and New Year. It has been flippin' cold on this side of the Michigan ever since. No response from knocking on the hive and (even worse)...
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    Re: Hive entrances clogged with cadavers

    The bees aren't going to break cluster to go down and clear out the dead if it is cold out. Nothing wrong with scooping out the dead and saving the bees some work. Although they would probably do...
  17. Re: Frames / Plastic Foundation - Beginner question

    If you want plastic and you want small cell, you may want to consider Honey Super Cell frames. They are not cheap though.
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    Re: Where do I put my hive(s)

    I have a similar area to yours and I ended up creating a small garden that I placed my hives in. A few butterfly bushes or other taller flowering plants and you can't see the hive anymore.
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    Re: Goldenrod in full bloom

    Here in Michigan the Goldenrod has been in bloom for a while now.
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    Re: Split Question

    I'm sure I'll find out the hard way =)
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    Split Question

    I plan on splitting a hive and letting them raise their own queen and I'm wondering, since they will be queenless for a few weeks, if they are going to turn really pissy? Currently they are very...
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    Re: Weed Control

    I found this the other day and I plan on trying it

    http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2011/06/got-weeds-use-vinegar-not-roundup/
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    Re: First time Checking . . .

    Yes, flat, bright, white, usually along the top of a brood frame is honey. Slightly darker, slightly domed, in the "center" area of a brood frame is worker brood. Bulging, domed and usually along...
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    Re: First time Checking . . .

    I see some pretty young larvae in your photos. They are easier to spot than the eggs. As Mister Bush mentioned, there a plenty of eggs in the third photo if you zoom in and look. Maybe you didn't...
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    Re: In need of good book for beginner

    Michael Bush's book/website is very good. Also, I thought "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping" was good.
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