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    Re: 'Marmelade bee' nest layout

    These bees are really fascinating. I enjoyed the youtube, gracias. J
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    Re: Caught Swarm - Nuc or Full box?

    How many seams are they filling? Not enough swarm experience to offer an opinion, but just how big the swarm is will help others. J
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    Re: HELP! Very Lethargic Package

    Sounds like you are back in the game. When I started out 4 yrs ago, I had issues too and people from this site like JW got me set straight. It is a long, long learning experience and most will say...
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    Re: HELP! Very Lethargic Package

    I agree, Uof G is an excellent resource. J
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    Re: Supercedure or Emergency Cell

    Generally speaking, that's where they make supercedure or emergency cells. But they always make them and rarely use them. Next time, look inside. If it has royal jelly (white milky substance) or...
  6. Thread: Possible Mites?

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    Re: Possible Mites?

    Whatever that is, it is a giant compared to mites. Maybe an aphid of some sort? J
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    Re: New colony and Formic-Pro

    Sugar roll will work fine as long as you follow the proper procedure. Try Meghan Milbrath's method: https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/beekeepers/varroa-mite-monitoring1/
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    Re: another OSBN question in Cincinnati

    Karen: Are they working the OSBN frames? When did you put them in? I am also doing that technique also but I was late getting them in, but they have been drawing them out. They have not been drawing...
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    Re: Location Feedback

    And you're off! Your hive stand sure looks sturdy, but I agree you need to get it off those jacks. One bump and the hive will fall off which is not something you want to happen. Trust me on this one....
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    Re: New colony and Formic-Pro

    Hi Bob. I am sure you have mites, but do you have enough to worry about? The only way to know, especially if you are new, is to do a mite wash. If necessary, both formic and OAV are good treatments...
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    Re: 'Marmelade bee' nest layout

    Must be very challenging to tend those bees. Yes, more please! J
  12. Thread: Dysentery?

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    Re: Dysentery?

    There could be a number of causes, some serious and some not. It was wise to discontinue feeding as that itself could be the issue. If you have a flow, I would discontinue feeding for several days...
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    Re: Queen Dead On Arrival

    It is not unheard of to have a package with 2 queens and your observations seem to confirm that. It is too soon for laying workers, so if you see eggs, I bet you have a queen and are on your way....
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    Re: Entrance reducer moving

    A skunk could fit. Notice any chewed bees, scratch marks or scat around? J
  15. Thread: Syrup Feeder

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    Re: Syrup Feeder

    innovative! J
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    Re: Bee parts on hive

    Some type of bird I would guess. J
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    Re: Drone foundation for mites

    I use them, but can't say I like using them. You MUST stick to your schedule and remove them on time. They do help keep the mite population down in the Spring until I treat in late Fall. Best way to...
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    Re: first swarm today

    I am still struggling in preventing swarms and it happens to experienced beekeepers. I agree, it it by far the most challenging aspect of beekeeping. I would suggest you try cutting the foundation to...
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    Re: What do you feed your bees?

    Randy Oliver did a study and found that there was virtually no difference between 2:1 and 1:1 in drawing comb. They don't take 2:1 as fast, but it equals out in calories. Since 2:1 takes a long time...
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    Re: JUST A LITTLE PLUG FOR BETTERBEE

    I have only used Betterbee, mainly because they are an hour away. But I can say that as an amateur woodworker, their woodenware impresses me. I started with the 7/8th boxes which are very high...
  21. Re: Neighbor contesting our beekeeping permit - advice for the upcoming hearing?

    Jesse, reaching out to gain support is a good move. Maybe there is an attorney beekeeper in the area? The history of the ordinance supports your side and you should raise it at the hearing. It was...
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    I agree Titus. When there was an upsurge in beekeeping, some town somewhere drafted an ordinance and other municipalities just copied it without putting much thought into it. I think that is what...
  23. Re: Neighbor contesting our beekeeping permit - advice for the upcoming hearing?

    In my opinion, the ordinance is unconstitutional. It is vague, arbitrary and capricious. There are no standards at all. Even if you meet all of the requirements in Section 2, your permit may be...
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    Re: Hello again! Door County, WI

    Welcome back Jessie and welcome Sam. Congrats on your marriage. Marriage and beekeeping have a few things in common. Mistakes will be made, there are lots of things to learn, and it's a great...
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    Re: Boardman Feeders which aren't ...

    Thanks for posting that LJ. Interesting. J
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