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    Re: How to keep honeybees alive and thriving.

    Kamon

    It seems the monologue from an old dirty harry movie would fit here:
    "A man has got to know his limitations".
    Cheers
    gww
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    Re: How to keep honeybees alive and thriving.

    Hey kamon, keep up the good work. Make sure to carry all your queen cells in your pockets if you run low on excitement.:) I am a month and thankfully 291 hives behind you. Of course my biceps are...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ

    Not to belabor the point (or beat a dead horse) but this is why it makes very much sense for my kind of bee keeping to eventually end up with what river does (with out the queen excluder, or...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ

    Call me a baby but I find harvest stressful. This year I took my last honey from hives that still had 4 boxes on in early sept. I usually get some bees killed during harvest due to stirring...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    ar1
    My first two years, I put sugar on whether they needed it or not. I was given several hundred pounds of sugar. However, I keep bees for what they can give me and not what I can give them. I...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ


    I am not speaking for riverderwent but think that he does not go though his hives to see what they have or weigh them. I believe he works by the box and just takes it for granted that if...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ

    I did not supplement this year but this years flows also seemed different. We had good rain all year and I was surprised when I looked in the few I had looked at and they had honey full in...
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    Re: What are the bees gleaning from chicken feed?

    They might just be workers needing work and so go for the stuff that is closest to what they need. Both sawdust and chicken food would also have some sugar content though I would think they would...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ
    This year has been different in that we have had more days, so far, that the bees can actually leave the hive. I have not had the bees searching me personally seeing if I might be good to eat...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ

    Like you, I have some that do not hang out at the entrance like others do. So far, If I put my ear to them and flick the hive with my finger, I get a small hum from all of them.
    I guess my...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ
    I chatted with some guys who say they have bees working maples and there are some dandelions.

    My only real swarmy year was one that got warm early and so I had swarms about two weeks from...
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    Re: Bees gathering chicken feed

    I am in no way a expert bee keeper. My opinion for myself is that if I were to start feeding, I would have to keep feeding until natural stuff was a available and that would put me into the position...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    bernhard


    This does bring up an interesting thinking point on cause and effect. I read one study that said that it did not seem that the mite did as well in unhealthy colony's where bees fat...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    nc
    Check chicken feeders or other type feed. The last few days that were warmer, I saw bees in the feed. Just a thing to add to look at.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Danial
    It was great to hear from you. Hope all is well. I could not have made it this far with out you.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    This is how I store my hives. It seems like no matter how much space I get for storage, it never stays empty enough to use. I built a 50 by 20 pole barn two or so years ago and though I have some...
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    Sticky: Re: My journey towards treatment free

    Cool on the saw mill. Mine is home made but believe me when I say that I understand the effort of processing trees to boards.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    novice
    You should put your location on you post and we would know your coldness. This is a suggestion and not a criticism. Thanks for the comments. I have seen guys that make open racks to store...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    jw
    squarepeg leaves his supers on the hives for the bees to care for and I think it works well for him. I looked today and the four that I have in the freezer still look fine. I only kept the...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Russ

    Long as I don't mess around and starve them early spring. Very first year of not feeding and this is another thing I am just wanting to know and as you can see, I am not above being mistake...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    msl
    How true.
    Hope you are well.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Debbee
    Thanks for the sad face. I thought I would try it cause it was so close to the frost date and I had had single combs in empty boxes never touched for years. This comb all packed together...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    AR1

    Was that your really late queen hive? I am still curious of how that one might do.
    Good luck
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Russ
    No pollen since our first frost that I have noticed but I also have not been watching the hives hardly at all. It was almost 70 degrees today and so I couldn't resist. The bees were not...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Ok
    The few post back where I had a dead out and was going to brave it and see if the comb might survive till spring in place turned out to be a mistake. The wax moth have destroyed the three...
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