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  1. Re: I'm interested in expanding but not sure how to split

    You missed your window this year I think, I am at nearly the same latitude as you, but over in IL. I did some splits with mated queens on July 17, I think that is about as late as one wants to try...
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    Re: Talk to me about splits

    I just did some late splits myself. In this area about June 15 is the latest one wants to split and let them raise a queen. I purchased some Pol-Line queens from a local producer to make up splits...
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    Re: 1st year makes mistakes

    I think you should ask this in the general bee forum.
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    Re: 1st year makes mistakes

    Welcome! I was in that place too. Got the first bees and just couldn't get enough. Patience and learn from the bees.
    My second year I was in such a hurry I split way too early for the area and it...
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    Re: Drawn comb storage

    Here is what I do. And in hindsight, I put that in the treatment free section, but they asked and that is what I do, perhaps it is a treatment, perhaps not...I don't "treat", but some would say I...
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    Re: Where and how to store drawn comb

    I am in Illinois, about the latitude of St. Louis. I use paramoth drawers. You just stack the boxes with frames inside and add a drawer with moth crystals about every five or so boxes.

    I place a...
  7. Re: Ok, I give up! Which holes are used for which purposes?

    Yep, as stated above. Mine do not have the single slot, just a bit of metal that protrudes to make moving the disc easier. I use the multi slotted one to keep the queen in when catching swarms. ...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I am working on getting all my brood chambers on foundationless, I don't worry so much about foundation in the supers. Unless you are doing cut comb, I don't see the need to go foundationless in the...
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    Re: Newbee questions about my hives

    Your comment about multiple eggs in a cell caught my attention. Have you seen your queen lately?
    You may have a queenless colony that a worker has taken the role of the queen. She would not have...
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    Re: What I found 8 days after a hive split

    Yep, they probably are just now capping the queen cell. Should be something around April 22 before she is laying.
  11. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    3/24/17
    I noticed a pear tree that is starting to bloom out and dandelion in Fayette Cty.
  12. Re: New keepers 1st year plan. Comments? Suggestions?

    Yep, learn first, then do.

    As for the screened bottom, the two that absconded for me were swarms and I had the IPM board in. The first one that left I am almost certain is due to my father...
  13. Re: New keepers 1st year plan. Comments? Suggestions?

    That's why I suggest getting local information. While many aspects of management are similar, they also have a relationship with your local area that may not fit with management ideas in my area. ...
  14. Re: New keepers 1st year plan. Comments? Suggestions?

    Having just made it through my first year, I would recommend that your goal be to get through to next year with live bees. My first year I purchased two local nucs. Last year most beeks I talked to...
  15. Thread: Bee suit question

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    Re: Bee suit question

    This is also my second year of beekeeping, I purchased a ventilated jacket with the fencing stye hood that zips on. I haven't had issues with stings through jeans. I did a cutout with the jacket...
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    Re: Goals for 2017 - What are yours?

    I am starting year number two, with bees that made it through the winter? we had in IL.

    I lost 2 of 3 colonies, one was totally my fault, grr, I left a jar feeder on a little longer than I should...
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    Re: Langstroth frames for a horizontal hive

    I started on such a design last year. Mine is 50" long made of 1 1/2" material. I am planning on using standard langstroth frames(deep). I currently use regular grooved frames with popsicle sticks...
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    Re: Aspiring beekeeper

    Welcome aboard!

    I just started myself, the first couple years is a huge learning curve. I wanted to start with top bar at first too, but found I could achieve my goals with foundationless...
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    Re: When is it too late to do a cutout?

    I did the cutout 9/17/16. It was a pretty big colony with a large number of bees and a good amount of honey, and it took 11 hrs to complete. I couldn't get to the queen because she ran and hid in a...
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    Re: When is it too late to do a cutout?

    Ok, I just finished up building a bee vac to give this a try. (Bushkill style) It is in an old township building that is no longer used, I can pretty much tear the building down and they don't care. ...
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    When is it too late to do a cutout?

    I am in central IL and just got a call to do a cutout.

    Can the colony still make it if I take as much of the stores and brood as possible and put them in a 10 frame hive?
    My initial estimate is...
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    Re: Highs and Lows of the Year?

    This is my first year, so I have many highs and a few lows.

    Highs:

    I got to collect two swarms before the nucs I ordered were ready!
    I want to keep my brood chambers foundationless, so I was...
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    Re: Why is there not a market for drawn comb?

    I agree with FlowerPlanter, then add to that most beekeepers would have some drawn comb from last years honey crop.
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    Re: Moving Two Hives - Suggestions?

    I would duct tape each joint of the hive or use small pieces of wood and run screws into the two hive bodies of the joint before moving so the boxes don't shift and let the bees out. I use a inner...
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    Re: Where is my queen?

    I had a similar experience this year. I inspected the hive and all looked good, brood larva, and all, but didn't see a queen, yet there was no sign of queen cells. 12 days later I opened the hive...
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