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    Re: New from Champaign, Il

    Look up your local Bee Club and join them. Lots of information and knowledge to be shared in meetings. Also this site is filled with a lot of wisdom you'll see, and very helpful people. You're just...
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    Re: New from Champaign, Il

    Welcome to this site and to the world of beekeeping!
    I'm just one year in and love it! You're a few hours North and East of me.
  3. Pollen forecast from the Weather Channel - site

    I don't know if this has been posted, but I found it pretty informative. Just put in your zip.

    http://www.weather.com/health/pollen/forecast/62305
  4. Re: What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    Love those!! Very creative!!
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    Re: I thought I'd seen it all......

    Gotta keep your ass covered. What if Donkey has to … y'know … ?
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    Re: water spray vs smoker

    What kind of fungi are you talking about?
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    Re: When will bees break cluster?

    I guessed a possum. That's better than a Polecat.
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    Re: When will bees break cluster?

    Thank you both. That's why I ask the questions to gain the knowledge. Thanks for sharing.
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    When will bees break cluster?

    Does it take consecutive nights of 45 + temps? Or just a few warm days?
    Any rule of thumb which can be used for reference? On the warm days when they do fly, do they go back into cluster formation...
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    Re: Bring out your dead?

    Thanks Beeman. I cleaned out quite a few, and left some. They're avoiding the SBB and front entrance completely. It looks pretty nasty down there.
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    Bring out your dead?

    Finally, hit a day that might make it to 50. The girls are flying. I have top and bottom entrances, which in one hive they are using it exclusively and not the bottom entrance at all. I pried out...
  12. Re: What to do with deadout and stores found?

    Is this my queen here on the bottom?
    I'm not too good at picking them out on a frame or otherwise.

    http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m601/maxgrafixx/queenmaybe.jpg
  13. What to do with deadout and stores found?

    I've posted about our loss of two colonies on other threads. I said I'd do an inspection on a Carniolan hive and take photos, I've done that now and will include some of them. As a first year beek,...
  14. Thread: Winter Losses

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    Re: Winter Losses

    Really sorry to hear of all you losses. First year beek. We lost two of our five colonies, one a log hive, the other thriving 4 weeks ago - all dead. Brutal winter.
    I'm not giving up though. We fell...
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    Re: Next move for single deep, tiny colony?

    That's a good thought. Makes sense.
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    Re: Next move for single deep, tiny colony?

    Wags - I will inspect this weekend and take the hive apart and plan to photograph what I find. Going into winter they were pretty well off, seemed to falter a bit, and then built back up strong. I...
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    Re: Next move for single deep, tiny colony?

    Same situation here with a single deep colony. The winter has been brutal and long. These girls were flying today, cleansing and cleaning. They do have a partial sugar cake, I don't know what other...
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    Re: Hello from Missouri

    Hello and welcome.
    I'm over in Quincy, IL. so only a couple hours from Milan. This is a great site for sure.
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    Re: The height of your hive boxes

    Within the last few days we've had temps in single digits, below zero, and then to 20's, then back to zero. Along with that the wind gusts have been up to 35mph and above. Dangerous when mixed with...
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    Re: The height of your hive boxes

    Thanks for all of the responses and great information!
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    Re: The height of your hive boxes

    Thanks. Well maybe some day we'll have that issue to deal with. That's hard to imagine that many supers stacked on.
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    The height of your hive boxes

    Still first year beek. Late last fall we picked up a colony which was under the eaves of a cabin. We transferred them to a complete hive box, with their comb and as many as we could get. At last...
  23. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    The Michael Bush site has a section devoted to feeding. This newspaper method is discussed and has photos.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm
  24. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    What sort of insulation board are you using that is moisture/mildew resistant? What is the MOC?

    I have the notch in the frame of the inner cover at about .5" (half inch) 2 bees width.
    I have...
  25. Re: Did I do this right? - Winterization West Central IL

    Well I wish I could answer that with absolute conviction, but I can't. I don't know. As I stated previously, I have two of my boxes with NO Notch on them (the inner cover) but I am going to change...
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