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    Re: Best Type of Clover for HoneyBees

    my bees really tear up the Alsike clover.
    It's like the big brother of Dutch clover that lives in your yard.
    and its also in the same family as Ladino clover.
    All produce a VERY clear thick honey...
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    Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

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    ..Couldn't find the queen in this hive for a year , untill today,

    I've heard that tiger stripes are hybreds but I'm dumbfounded...
    This one survived -40F this winter with only a piece of...
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    Re: 2018 VSH Queens for sale

    Are you booked up for May?

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: "Rotten" New Doc-U-Series on Netflix

    I agree with 8N. This episode strengthens my honey sales to my customers with my honey....
    Use the good news.
    use the bad news.
    Makes my customers wonder why/how can the big box stores sell honey...
  5. Thread: 2 frame nucs

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    Re: 2 frame nucs

    I agree with"cuttingedge" they work great. I made one this summer to put in a frame with a swarm cell from a strong hive. In no time it was busting with bees and full of brood, which is its biggest...
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    Re: Catching robber bees and making them your own.

    Got up to 19 above today, JW, but yesterday morning it was -7F . Which is why I'll be in your area Christmas time :)
    I've got a daughter in the Louisa Va.area and another near Releigh, Nc. So warm...
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    Re: Catching robber bees and making them your own.

    Got up to 19 above today, JW, but yesterday morning it was -7F . Which is why I'll be in your area Christmas time :)
    I've got a daughter in the Louisa Va.area and another near Releigh, Nc. So warm...
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    Re: Catching robber bees and making them your own.

    Well I hope you have written your neighbor out a check for the multiple drones that mated with your "ethical" virgin queens ,which caused them to die ,while you profit from his genetic pool..
    I...
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    Re: Catching robber bees and making them your own.

    I wouldn't bat an eye about the ethics of robber bees, because 3/4ths of them would be mine anyway :}
    And here is a little bit of practical application of the robbing of robber bees ;]
    ...
  10. Re: are bees "chewing" off some of the entrance reducer cleat?!

    I have been having trouble with skunks lately.
    They will claw at the entrance and eat the bees as they come out of the hole...
    I was using 3/4 inch pieces of Styrofoam for entrance reducers, and...
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    Re: Question about a quilt box

    Hello Cookie, I also live in an extreme winter area ( area 2or3 I forget) and we annually see temps to -40F and sometimes colder. I have used quilt boxs on all my outside hives for several years and...
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    Re: Any One else still seeing drones?

    I havn't seen clouds of drones hanging arround the entrance yet but I did see one hive draging out drone larve... :o....Time is short here....but yes, 2 or 3 more weeks of drones would make me happy...
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    Re: Too late to Add Another Deep?

    Sugar is cheap insurance.. I just threw away my extra sugar bricks from this spring....I'll make more for 2018...The only danger of syrup now is that they dont get it consentrated by winter and there...
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    Re: Bees bridging frames

    I wouild feed the bees. This time of year the wax makers are doing their job and will stabilize the frames with brace comb..If you feed them they will fill the comb with feed for winter and it all...
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    Re: Too late to Add Another Deep?

    I think shallows/meds would bee better. If the frames were drawn better yet. Worst case scenario is that they do nothing to it and when fall/winter sets in for real you puil off the empty and its...
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    Re: Any One else still seeing drones?

    LOL----yes....if the queen is bread she will come home with a dead drone hand-cuffed to her in the evening----LOL---BUT DONT CALL THE COPS ;/

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Any One else still seeing drones?

    Lots of DRONES... Made sone splits last week, hoping for a couple more weeks of them....Nite time temps ocasssionally in the thirtties here ,,,,Its going to be close :)

    ==McBee7==
  18. Thread: Golden rod ?

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    Re: Golden rod ?

    have had the early version of GR for a couple of weeks here....The bees seem to have another source of necter for now....We have flirted with the 30s here a couple of times...maybe the bees will hit...
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    Re: Looking for more Saskatraz info

    I bought 5 packages with 4 extra queens from ML in minnesota this spring and gave the extra queens about 1# of bees in a nuc box. At about 2 weeks I gave the extra queens a frame of emerging brood...
  20. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    Well I re-grafted today.
    The new grafts are definitely smaller and less meaty, -- but they still taste good ;)
    They had drawn out 2 of the 10 celle I grafted earlier (the meaty ones) and the 2 were...
  21. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    I'll take a look at them tomarrow....
    Thanks for the advice ALL, and it sounds like even though they might build them out, they could still be duds--just because--Thanks for the extra info on that...
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    Re: Keeping Bees in Northwest Minnesota

    Welcome to BS Grounded.
    I'm in north-central MN. And am trying to overwinter bees here. I've been having mixed success in that regard, but I haven't bought bees in 4 years untill this spring. My...
  23. Thread: Management Help

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    Re: Management Help

    3 weeks ago I thought I had a bunch of burned out overwintered queens and I went ahead and ordered 5 packages and 4 queens to try to patch up the hives I have and maybe expand or at least use brood...
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    WOW--Maybe I'll have to take it down a notch. I'll check them in 3 days and see what's going on with them and maybe I'll have to do it again. Thanks for the input wwfoste.

    ==McBee7==
  25. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    Made my first attempt at grafting today....;)
    This morning I made what I'll call a "grafting pulpit" kind of a slanted box that can sit on a table or tailgate or whatever, it has an edge to keep the...
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