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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hi Russ
    Sorry, i wasn't real clear on how place box #2 of foundation normally.

    Once we get into the season and things are rolling along, I seldom go into the actual brood nest area of a...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I have the best luck with boxes directly above a brood nest both with and without an excluder. I generally have no problems using excluders on drawn comb for honey production but my observation...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hey Litsinger--
    There has to be something going on early in the year that limits the comb drawing desire (at least for me). I tried it again this past spring out of necessity. Took bees into 40...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    1) New comb = powerhouse colonies and strong flows understanding that the price paid was a decreased crop. Put one box of foundation on everything you own OR dedicate a handful of hives to drawing...
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    Re: Apivar / mite issue

    Really bees are not hard to keep alive.

    Unfortunately we don't know any details about what you started with other than a package. If we knew what type of mite load you had with that package...
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    Never used a styrofoam hive but have used formic way back to the days when only had to deal with tracheal mites. Formic is a pretty consistent killer of grass in front of hives regardless of how...
  7. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Often that style of bee is really good at drawing out comb. You can never have too much comb lol I'm surprised they didnt make a good honey crop. Generally that is what they have been selected...
  8. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    GregV--just reading thru stuff and catching up lately. been on vacation and busy pulling off the honey crop but thinking ahead to winter now. I'll add my two cents that queen quality relative...
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    these just sound to be like a colony exhibiting partial genes from a pretty typical style italian/commercial bee. relatively calm. tons of brood. heavy mite load issues compounded with large...
  10. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    What's my best option to get the pollen into loose dust overwinter? Normally if there happens to be excess in super (normally super that ended up with brood in it for whatever reason) I scrape it...
  11. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Do you folks notice significant differences in outcomes based on hive orientation? I run roughly half on bottom boards and half on pallets. Virtually no rhyme or reason to direction they face,...
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    Re: Bees won’t draw comb in super

    if you are drawing comb, i'd suggest only adding one super at time. but in the end, it takes a huge population of appropriate age bees and big nectar flow to truly draw comb. no backfilled brood...
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    Re: Bees staying home

    Been rough for sure. One of the trickiest my family has seen in many decades
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    Re: Bees staying home

    fixed it for ya :)
  15. Re: Single deep hive or 5 over 5 for winter??

    THANKS! In the vast majority of cases i expect my nucs to have built to two deeps by winter but that's not always a reasonable expectation. We've had pretty good luck with singles over the years...
  16. Sticky: Re: SW Michigan Horizontal Hives - Sans Treatments

    Surprised you havent had more activity. My dad usually has 3-4 traps around for entertainment. He did have a little swarm move into one this past weekend just before he took them down for year. ...
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    Re: Cold summer

    We should be seeing basswood in abundance any day. Whether we get sun for it is another story. And I know mine arent really up to making a huge crop on it given how hard had to knock them back to...
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    Re: Cold summer

    i havent seen any yet and it seems pretty wide spread. havent heard of any large operation around here with the signs of a crop on them yet. in fact most seem to be writing it off and...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    the brood breaks can be very common but its a function of genetics. its at the core of environmental regulation. some colonies don't respond (to either changes in pollen or nectar availability) at...
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    Re: cast swarming?

    potential to send out numerous small swarms with virgins. assume its primarily driven by genetics as see some family lines that tend to do it frequently while others not so much.
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    just get yourself some queen cells from more local bees and go ahead and requeen those early swarms
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    You catch anything yet Nick? My dad said there were a few swarms popping up over the last weekend
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Just some thoughts on EFB. Havent seen it in ages but I've got years of experience with it from way back. It is quite common in migratory bees in pollination but on big strong commerical colonies...
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    Re: BEE COLONIES - 100% WILD SURVIVOR STOCK

    Most folks will be happy for you to install. In fact many nuc suppliers I know only make them right into customers box so that customers dont have to transfer etc.

    However, not sure how many...
  25. Sticky: Re: SW Michigan Horizontal Hives - Sans Treatments

    If i get over that way some day I'll let you know and show you where there are a couple of bee trees down along the river, assuming they are still standing. in the old days you could drive back in...
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