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    Re: How long of a broodless period after MAQS

    Creed,

    I used MAQS last year and did a follow up inspection 10 days later. The queens were laying again at the time of that inspection. Granted, they may have been laying sooner, but I didn't...
  2. Thread: Sweet Clover

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    Re: Sweet Clover

    Farm Service, aka FS.
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I use Google Drive with both my smart phone and my laptop. I typically use the laptop to create the notes and add pictures and use the phone for review. I always have my phone with me, so it's...
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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    I put out two swarms traps about 8 weeks ago and have seen no activity in or around them.
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    Re: Hardest part of the first year?

    Coming to the realization that I had to be proactive in dealing with varroa mites.
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    Re: Newbee from Illinois Levi's Bees

    Glad to have you, Levi. I'm just a few miles from you in O'Fallon.

    The St. Clair Beekeepers Association has their February meeting in Edwardsville. http://www.stclairbees.com/
    Feel free to join...
  7. Thread: Biggest mistake ?

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    Re: Biggest mistake ?

    Not having a routine for varroa sampling. I already have the planned sampling dates written on my 2014 calendar.
  8. Re: Are AI or A1 Root honey extractors still being made?

    It's my understanding that the A. I. Root company is no longer in business, but manufactured quality prodcts when they were. Manual extractors are fairly simple devices and if the unit is in working...
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    Re: Weak hive late season

    jesseakc, my hives are just a bit south of yours. Until recently they have been drawing on their stored food supplies due to a lack of blooming plants. That may explain why the honey is gone. My...
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    Re: Various aged eggs and larva

    Fantastic photo!
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    Re: A Whole Lot to See in this Photo (mostly bad)

    Hmmm...but the frame of brood came from a strong, vigorous hive and I have not seen any signs of Varroa in the that hive. I wouldn't expect the frame of donated capped brood to have much, if any,...
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    Re: A Whole Lot to See in this Photo (mostly bad)

    I don't have much invested in this colony except for a little time at a buddies house to remove the bees. I'm going to use this one as a test case. Ordering the Mite Away Quick Strips today.

    I...
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    A Whole Lot to See in this Photo (mostly bad)

    A cut out in late-June yielded a small number of bees, maybe 1 lb., and the queen. Their build up was poor so a frame of capped brood was added to the nuc on August 3 to help them out. I pulled the...
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    Re: What to plant in field?

    sqkcrk, this particular food plot is only about 3/4 of an acre. I put the hives there because this plot has numerous trees on three sides, including locust, oak, maple, plus there is a small pond...
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    Re: What to plant in field?

    My hives are located in one of our deer food plots. The food plots are planted with turnips and white clover. Both the deer and the bees love these items. The yellow turnip blooms provide a...
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    Re: Hello from Illinois!

    Go Salukis! Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: New guy from Illinois

    Glad to have another Illinoisian on here. Welcome.
  18. Thread: Doing the dishes

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    Re: Doing the dishes

    Bottled a little over a gallon from the 3 frames. It was helpful to do a "prototype" run. I learned what works well, what needs to be improved, and gained a little confidence along the way. I also...
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    Doing the dishes

    Did my first extract of 3 frames today. I made the mess and the girls are doing the cleanup. Love it!

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    Re: Need Help... are my bees being robbed??!!

    jmombo, thank you for sharing that video. I have never seen a "pre-swarm" before. An amazing site! It must have been shocking to walk to your garden and seeing the bees behave this way.
  21. Thread: Green Drone Frames

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    Re: Green Drone Frames

    Bolter, do you put the green boards in any certain position? Do you like them in the lower or the upper hive body?
  22. Thread: Green Drone Frames

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    Re: Green Drone Frames

    So, if I can reliably retrieve the green frames after the drone are capped at day 10 and before they emerge on day 24 then the green frames serve a purpose. If I fail to get them out within this...
  23. Thread: Green Drone Frames

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    Green Drone Frames

    I plan on experimenting with the green drone frames in an effort to interrupt the Varroa mite development cycle. Have you found it best to use them in the outer frame positions or somewhere else? In...
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