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  1. Little helpers preparing for the season

    Thought I would share some pics of our 4 children helping assemble new honey supers for the year. The kids assembled and tacked everything together nicely. Their ages are 12, 9, 8 and 5.


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  2. Re: Suspected emergency queen(s) in late January

    Please forgive my noobie comment, but those look like drone cells to me. Queen cells typically run perpendicular to the comb. What am I missing?
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    Splits 2 miles away

    As mentioned before, this is my 2nd year. Since all my hives survived the winter (knock on wood so far! 😁), I'll be doing my first splits. I've done much reading about splits, and I often see...
  4. Screened bottom boards or no screened bottom board

    I've heard that screened bottom board hives are more prone to being robbed. Can anyone attest to this?
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    No treatment with VHS queens???

    Greetings,

    Ive got a local gentlemen that runs a small commercial apiary (50 to 100 hives) as a mentor. He said that he no longer does mite treatment, since he got his genetics where he wants...
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    Bicolor Lespedeza honey?

    A close friend of mine is interested in having a few hives on his property. He's an avid hunter, to the point that he plants habitat for the wildlife. On about a 4 acre plot of land, he's planted...
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    Re: Advice on splits please

    My goal is to sell honey this year, but at the same time, expand the number of hives I have to 15. Should i split a strong hive 4 or 5 times and let the others focus on honey production?
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    Advice on splits please

    This year will be my 2nd full year of bee keeping. So far, all 5 of my hives are still alive. I confirmed this last week when the temp spiked to 54. Their numbers were very good and they still had...
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    Re: Silly novice question

    Great points!

    I'm running double 10 frame deeps. Condition, I would say is good. I've treated with OVA twice this year to minimize mite issues. SHB have beeng a Non issue all year. However,...
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    Silly novice question

    As I prepare for my first end of season winterizing. I've stumbled across a silly question.

    Ive got honey supers that are only partially filled. What do I do with the frames of uncapped honey?...
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    Thoughts on using Fondant

    I'm running 5 hives this year (all first year). All my hives are now hovering between 30 and 60lbs of honey stores. Our goldenrod bloom is winding down. Keepers in my area recommend 70lbs+ of honey...
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    Re: Golden rod ?

    Music to my ears! Same here in southern Indiana!
  13. Re: Does robbing matter in your own apiary?

    Since its starting to get cool here. I just ordered a few mouse guards to put on. Would that do the trick?
  14. Re: Does robbing matter in your own apiary?

    Very good information folks. Much appreciated! I'm glad I asked.
  15. Does robbing matter in your own apiary?

    I'm currently running 5 hives in the bee yard. I'm always hearing concerns about robber bees. To the best of my knowledge, none of my neighbors have bees. So when robbing is gong on its most likely...
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    Re: Secret to hive beetle treatment

    You answer intrigues me. Can you elaborate on your answer? Why/How would migratory tops and full sun help? Much appreciated!

    Thanks
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    Secret to hive beetle treatment

    Has anyone herd that Swiffers (unscented) have provern to be very effective against SHB? I got this from FatBeeman on youtube. He says he changes them about 2 weeks. Apparently when the SHB walks...
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    Re: Golden rod ?

    Mine too. But are they getting nectar or just eating the pollen?
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    Re: Golden rod ?

    I'm seeing the exact same observations in south central Indiana.
  20. Re: Wife and daughters getting stung... Long hair the trigger?

    Haha! Yes, most certainly! ;-)
  21. Re: Wife and daughters getting stung... Long hair the trigger?

    Good question, my wife is a dark brunette. My daughter is dishwater blonde. Both being stung. Also, yes, once they start getting buzzed, they do swat at them. That is a mistake in their part.
  22. Re: Wife and daughters getting stung... Long hair the trigger?

    Well, the strange part is, whenever my wife pulls her hair back into a pony tail, she doesn't get harassed. It's only when the hair is loose and flowing. It's a very bizarre situation.
  23. Re: Wife and daughters getting stung... Long hair the trigger?

    Ha... I can't answer that. I know the girls use a different shampoo than what my wife uses. Wife and I use the same kind. Gender neutral. ��
  24. Wife and daughters getting stung... Long hair the trigger?

    Looking for some help folks.

    Over the past few weeks, my wife and daughters have been getting stung whenever they go on their morning or afternoon walks. Oddly, they always get stung in the back...
  25. Ideal hive weight for southern Indiana Winter

    As my mind begins to shift toward winter preparations, I've heard a few folks talking about making sure their hives we're weighing enough to survive the winter.

    I'm running 5 hives. Each hives...
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