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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Dandelions Finally. Bees 3 weeks behind. Will be doing some splits on strong hives this week. Rain again for 3 days again. Honey frames added to weaker hives.
  2. Thread: Iowa

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    Re: Iowa

    Finally dandelion bloom. Apricots done. Plums blooming. Cherries just starting. 5-9-18 Winnesheik county. 52101 Bees 3 weeks behind last year.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Thunderstorms and rain the last 3 days. 6 1/4 inches. Rivers and creeks over their banks. My hives high enough. Weather should be better for bee work next few days. Were brooding up good last...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    78 degrees - Finally. Put some excess honey frames on a couple of hives that are short. First dandelions on south side of buildings. Lots of pollen coming in. Did see one hive with a few drone...
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    Re: Best deep frame feeder out there ??

    People are confusing - Frame Feeder with a top feeder - big difference. Mann Lake's frame feeders don't drowned bees. They go along the side of the box not down the center.
  6. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    20- 8 ft. deck boards from a torn down deck at a new yard I'll be using. Good shape yet. Going to use them for hive stands. Yard on the edge of 300 acres of pollinator CRP. The owner even said he'd...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Finally!!!! 60 degrees. Only the second day this year bees are flying! Reversed some of the boxes, spent the day marking queens. One got away but only flew down to the ground in front of me. Got...
  8. Re: harvesting queen cells from plastic foundation

    Nancy- You're absolutely right. Notching just puts the cells on the frames where you want them(not along the bottom) and the cells stand out off of plastic foundation a little farther if you would...
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    Re: MattDavey's technique

    Nancy- I do about the same thing trying to keep the brood nest open with Lauri's partial piece of foundation method. I always seem to get a tremendous amount of drone comb drawn on those frames. I've...
  10. Re: 8 frame medium hive package installation question

    I use all 8 frame med.s. Put the next box on just as you would a 10 frame deep or any other size box. Make sure you put the next box on before she runs out of room to lay. Make sure she doesn't...
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    Re: How long do you keep a swarm sealed up?

    Terminology between Northern beekeepers and Southern beekeepers sometimes gets confusing. The word swarm means different things to different people. The word swarm to me means something you catch in...
  12. Re: isolating the queen in a booming hive - just looking for any possible drawbacks

    She will have to move that new Nuc with the Old queen to the far end of her current yard and put the New Nucs in the spot of the old original hive. Everything evens out nicely. She will also have to...
  13. Re: harvesting queen cells from plastic foundation

    Once you get a little experience with notching you can actually notch just one cell at a time and you won't get the cluster effect that you get with using the whole width of the tool. One cell with...
  14. Re: isolating the queen in a booming hive - just looking for any possible drawbacks

    Putting them into Nucs works too. Check that they've hatched in a week. Give at least another week to start laying. Feed some and protect from robbing. A couple frames of bees if you put them in...
  15. Re: isolating the queen in a booming hive - just looking for any possible drawbacks

    You don't have to move the nuc you made out of the original queen out of the original yard if you didn't give her an excessive amount of brood to cover. You're right. You don't have to do any...
  16. Re: isolating the queen in a booming hive - just looking for any possible drawbacks

    Burns 375- Apparently your notching skills are sorely lacking or maybe you just really didn't want to try very hard for one reason or another. Yes it's easier to notch on newly drawn comb vs. old...
  17. Re: isolating the queen in a booming hive - just looking for any possible drawbacks

    Ok Thank-you. What you want to do is get your deadout equipment ready to except a strong Nuc . The best way to divide this hive up is to find the queen- I know- I know -Get some help if you need...
  18. Re: isolating the queen in a booming hive - just looking for any possible drawbacks

    You say you want to make a bunch if queens from a booming hive. Why? What are going to do with them? Make Nucs? Make a couple of strong singles? Sell the queens? How you make them really depends...
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    Re: city ordinace

    One of the things Iowa has done is just pass a bill exempting the state and municipalities from liabilities for claims involving honeybees on public property. This will be a real boost for cities to...
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    Re: Hive strength and one is testy

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Checkerboarding Assistance

    I know this flies in the face of people who use completely open large broodnest hives but if you're going to take the time to continually manipulate frames why not run as single brood box. Put...
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    Re: Selling last Season's Honey

    A lot of beekeepers promote their crystalized honey as their " Premium Honey " . Once your customers get used to it that's all they want. Long term promo- but worth it.;)
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    Re: Moving bees in the cold

    Might be a great day to move them especially if it's over 2 miles away. Put the swarm trap in the place the new hive is going to be. then when it warms up they'll be all set to put in the new box. If...
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    Re: top feeder/pollen patty

    Take a small portion of the patty-smash it flat- put it on top of the frames in the top box. Use wax paper if you want to. Most of the time they don't need the whole thing anyway.
  25. Re: I admit it, I feel like shooting the messenger these days (weatherman)

    Anywhere from 3 to 20 in of snow through the upper Midwest. We're a month behind and getting farther. Maybe next week?????
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