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  1. Feed Honey or syrup to new package install?

    I am installing bees into a deep with drawn out frames. To feed them I have some honey in frames, some dark liquid honey I don't care for or I can make syrup. What's best?

    I could put a couple...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    Should I install the bees in the bottom deep then just put the deep full of honey on top? Or should i wait for them to build up so they can defend it first? And/or share the frames of honey across a...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    Thanks all for your replies. I'll take the hive.
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    Would you take this free hive?

    I was offered a hive from a guy that installed it as a brand new hive last year from a package. He tells me it did great over the summer. Lots of bees anyways. So the hive was a dead out this Spring...
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    Does brood comb honey taste different?

    I have some medium frames of dry dark comb that were previously brood comb. If I put those in supers this year will it affect the taste of the honey at all?
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    Re: Summer honey harvest in Michigan?

    I'm in Grand Rapids NonTyp. Last year, my 2nd year keeping, was my first harvest. I took the honey the first week of August and left the rest for the bees. This Spring the bees still had honey left...
  7. 2 Deeps and Super - Brood Nest in the Super - Bad?

    I left a super partially full of honey on my 2 deeps over the winter. The bees ate most of the honey and built the brood chamber in the super with some of it going down in to the top deep. I hate to...
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    Re: Ready to swarm???

    Thanks W. So if I have some time here, I do want to split this hive. If I time it right maybe I can take the queen and put her into a nuc with some frames and take it to my other bee yard and let...
  9. Thread: Bee Sleep

    by frankthomas
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    Re: Bee Sleep

    Really interesting.
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    Ready to swarm???

    I have a hive (2 deeps and a medium from over winter) a lot of bees in it and 3 queen cells hanging from the bottom of the frames. QCs are still open. Is this hive preparing to swarm? How much time...
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    Lots of drone brood

    I've got about a medium frames worth of capped drone brood. Is that normal for Spring?
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    Varroa already?

    I opened an over wintered hive for the first time last week and accidentally tore open some brood comb. I looked closely and and saw a few larvae with mites on them. I watched one walk around on a...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    Yep I got on the site just a little later and ordered a jacket. Should have it Monday and just ordered it Friday. Good customer service.
  14. Re: Help Deciding between Warre and Langstroth

    Welcome to Beesource from a fellow Michigan beek. My opinion is to just go with Langstroth. It is the standard for many reasons and I think you will get better support and possibly have better...
  15. Over wintered hive mess. Clean up advice

    Today I opened for the first time this season an over wintered hive. Looks like I should have opened it earlier but Michigan has had a pretty slow starting Spring. I'll list what I found and I would...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    Thanks Pants!
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    Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    I just went to ultrabreezesuits.com and a screen comes up and says "This account suspended". Is that the right web address?
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    Re: hived my first two packages today

    Congratulations Mariah. Welcome to this forum and beekeeping.
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    Re: Local flow begins?

    Great post Grozzie2!
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    Re: Local flow begins?

    Exactly Ruthie.
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    Local flow begins?

    My third year in bees and I still don't know when flows are on and off. I should know these things.

    I've read that in my area of West Michigan it is relative to Apple trees blossoming. When is...
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    Re: How to attract bees to water source

    Make it funky. This is just something I've read but according to it bees often prefer funky, mossy still water to clean water. The reason possibly is that bees can easily get caught by water tension...
  23. Re: Feed honey from dead out to live hive???

    I sent a brood comb sample with a few of the cells that I showed in the pic above to Beltsville and just got the report back... No disease found. Whew! Well I've got a couple good home for 2 packages...
  24. Thread: Nosema ?

    by frankthomas
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    Re: Nosema ?

    Actually Tonysea, ask 10 beekeepers their opinion and you'll get 12 different opinions because by the time all 10 have voiced theirs, the first two will have changed their minds. lol
  25. Re: Feed honey from dead out to live hive???

    Well judging from my inspection and these pics, it's looking like AFB to me. Agree advisors? Not all cells had this brown gook but enough did. Also it was not ropey but it was as you see it. Brown...
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