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  1. Thread: Hive Alive

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    Re: Hive Alive

    Yep...pollen started coming in here on Sunday .....not sure where from....possibly Maple trees.
  2. Re: When to remove entrance reducer with variable temps

    What entrance reducer?
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    -25F yesterday...it's far from over. Another month and a half.
  4. Thread: Moving splits

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    Re: Moving splits

    hmmm....I've moved splits home for a few days and then back with little issue..... Bees don't have that kind of elephant memory....they orient to a new location and forget about the old location if...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    It would add weight and expense which would defeat the reason for using it. The developers thought about the keeper and the profit margin and forgot about the bug in the box when designing. ...
  6. Thread: Hive Alive

    by KevinWI
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    Re: Hive Alive

    I don't think bees have a concern with the cold as long as there is a cluster and there is food directly above them...short stints of cold are no issue....but prolonged and they can run out of food...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Here's another way...stop using plastic frames.....I worked commercial beekeeping for a bit....we had both plastic and wooden frames. ....Plastic frames were the devil in separating boxes...wooden ...
  8. Thread: Hive Alive

    by KevinWI
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    Hive Alive

    Always encouraged to see signs of life during an extreme cold snap. Always get a week of this in February.....

    On another note, anyone that tells you Tung oil works great to treat a hive box,
    is...
  9. Re: Question about snow cover in relation to hive entrance

    i remember you telling that story in one of your Honey Show lectures.....I remember snowfalls like that back in the 70's...or maybe I was just shorter? :)
  10. Re: Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

    I have two apiaries.....from what I see (Central WI) it's fairly accurate.....floral crop map is about right....
  11. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    Cracks me up....people buy nucs all the time that come with old frames the beekeeper is culling out, but refuse to buy used equipment for fears.....use your best judgement...there is no hard and...
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    LOL.....my comment was about extracting mouse urine laden honey for human consumption....I didn't comment on why there are no bees.....to little information to offer an opinion on that.
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    I'd be more thinking of mouse urine contamination than OA.
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    Poll: Re: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    I reitterate my original comment to the person with which I was having the discussion. ALL BEEKEEPING IS LOCAL.....it's a great lesson to new and experienced beekeepers alike.
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    Poll: Re: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    That's ok...only two people voted so far and neither one live in the upper midwest....I made the poll public so I can weed out the people who don't live in the Upper midwest.
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    Poll: Re: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    Just an FYI...

    Upper Midwest means PA, OH,MI, IN, IL, IA, MN, WI, SD, ND, MT, NE.......I'd also throw Canada in here as we have similar winters.

    It's not new england, East coast, West coast...
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    Poll: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    I'm having a discussion with a Southern beekeeper who is adamant that it's good to feed bees pollen sub all through winter.
    My argument was that while that may work in the Southern states, that's...
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    Re: EZ Vap Silicone caps

    JohnO hooked me up....I got 9 caps in the mail...for a dozen total.....now I can fly thru the apiary.
  19. Re: Monitoring Hive Temp and Humidity during the winter here in Ohio

    With a candy board, they survived. The hive was weak in numbers come spring and took awhile to recover. I requeened in June and they made a bit of honey.
  20. Re: Monitoring Hive Temp and Humidity during the winter here in Ohio

    last year on a 10 below zero day, I used my digital BBQ thermometer. I recorded the in box temp. 90F

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIx_Y1gXZWg&list=PLyrhneUsj1qkM1Ih45kMpagK53rVC7WNq
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    Introducing a laying queen does work...they will not harm her....but on a few occasions I noted they let her lay for awhile and then created supercedure cells....they did this when I combined the...
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    Re: Jumpsuit and jacket for ocassional use?

    probably doesn't help you at all, but I never understood the need for a jumpsuit.....jacket/veil, yes...but loose jeans are all you need...worked commercial all summer with 2400 hives and remember...
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    Re: EZ Vap Silicone caps

    Get well.
    Being in an enclosed capsule with 200 other people for 10 hours is a recipe for catching a bug.
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    Re: Queen Cell incubator

    Thanks...If I go that route, I'll get the egg incubators from Fleet farm which are the same for about $46.
    I'm looking for a dorm refrigerator design type like the one I posted.
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    Re: EZ Vap Silicone caps

    Thanks.
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