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    Cleaning Honey Buckets

    What does everyone use for cleaning their honey buckets before use. I generally just use hot water and dish soap and then rinse several time and dry. I go to such a great extent to sanitize my jars,...
  2. Re: Flow in Northern Illinois, Chicago suburbs

    I am in northern Illinois and everything blooming. Just noticed the wild roses opened yesterday. I have a strong flow going. I have about 2 supers that are filled with nectar and some are capped or...
  3. Thread: New Queens

    by Plannerwgp
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    New Queens

    I received some new queens and placed them in queenless hives. The hives have large bee populations but no brood or eggs. Can the hive survive without brood or should I take some frames from another...
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    Re: Mann Lake Alert

    I placed an order about 4 days ago and just received a notice it is arriving today.
    Very satisfied.
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    Thought I would add a final comment to my saga. I do not believe the hives were robbed as I have gone through most of them and the comb on the frames was not harmed. I did note I lost about 3 queens...
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    Re: Preparing honey bottles

    I agree. Ironic, my wife purchased face masks from Walgreens this week and when I opened the box they were made in China.
  7. Re: What’s your favorite way to requeen with mated queen?

    Its a matter of timing but in most instances including next week I add new queens when the old one has swarmed or is dead. I use a push in cage. I test first by laying the cage on top of the frames...
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    Re: Preparing honey bottles

    I always wash my jars and I just noticed they are from China as are most other jars. They come in a dozen in cardboard boxes marked made in China. I no longer want this stuff in my home so I am...
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    Re: Preparing honey bottles

    I do glass and use the dishwasher. Something about plastic that concerns me.
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    Re: Under Supering

    I would first check your deep as one deep with the excluder as this setup can easily be the basis for swarming. Next I place the empty super on top, predominately because lifting the lower heavier...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    Final update I Have gone thru12 colonies today. Have a couple that are struggling but the others seem to be doing ok. The supers are filled with nectar and a few are already capped which is very...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    The concept of colony usurpation is very interesting My most recent inspection late in the day had 2 hives with less invasion. It seems like they are slowing down but from my inspection several days...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    Greg,
    You may be correct as I did not see any damage to the frames in the hives or what I would see as loss of nectar. It is possible that was a swarm from my hives but I see no evidence of that...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    Greg
    I initially thought you are correct and it is not robbing. Check the post I sent above yours and I explain what I found yesterday. In the later part of the afternoon I went to my yard and saw...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    I haves t checked all of my hives as most were robbed over the past several days. Some robbing a lesser rate on a couple of hives today. I was surprised to find all hives were loaded with bees and I...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    Michael
    You are absolutely correct especially when you have many hives. Have about 12-15. The robbing I have noticed in my previous 11 years of bee keeping happens in the fall so what I experienced...
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    Re: Recommendation on Robbing

    Yes it is very sad and I will check tomorrow but I am certain they are lost. I will try to preserve a few if possible. I have never seen anything like this in 10 years. I am now 80 years old and...
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    Recommendation on Robbing

    I was at the bee yard when I notice one hive being robbed. I had a robbing screen and it worked. However within minutes 5 other hives were being robbed . I used entrance reducers and plugged holes...
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    Re: Hive Split without a new queen

    Greg
    I am interested in preserving the hive that has or will soon swarm. It has numerous swarm cells, replacement cells and one open swarm cell with still a good bee population. I am interested in...
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    Re: Hive Split without a new queen

    Since I won't have th new queen for about 5 days should I wait to split?
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    Hive Split without a new queen

    I noticed today one of my hives has many swarm cells and one was open. Although it is late I am going to do what I call a walk away split leaving the bottom box with hopefully a new returning queen....
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    Re: Color of Capped Brood

    Thanks for the thoughts. I have been a beekeeper for 10 years and always had lighter colored capped brood.
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    Color of Capped Brood

    I have always had a light color for capped brood. This year almost all of the brood is darker and somewhat rusty colored, Forgive me for not being specific but I am color blind. I am seeing good...
  24. Thread: New queen

    by Plannerwgp
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    Re: New queen

    Ask for anew queen. They dont guarantee them but its worth asking. I have not had this happen even with queens I ordered from California. I usually check them in 3 days and then release if...
  25. Thread: New queen

    by Plannerwgp
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    Re: New queen

    Without more specific information there are obviously number of things that could have happened. First I would contact the person where you purchased the queen and ask for replacement. Although every...
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