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  1. Re: Two Hives Dead - cold & moisture and an open minded dialogue needed for heat

    I'm sorry but teens is not cold! Where I live teens is a warm winter day; we just had a few days of -30F!
    Mites, mites, mites. If you are only treating in August and you live in a place where...
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    Re: Bee Escape Not Working

    If there is brood in the upper boxes the nurse bees will NOT leave. It should be quite simple to see if there is brood present. If there is you are either going to nèd to sacrifice this brood or...
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    Re: Is a Warre Hive right for me?

    Why? Because the lighter weight allows building the boxes with a simple lap joint rather than a very complicated and not-so-reliable finger joint. Because the roughly "square" internal dimensions...
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    Re: Is a Warre Hive right for me?

    I run mostly Warré hives and far prefer them to Langs as I find them much, much easier to handle. A Warré box stuffed full of honey weighs 35 lbs and I can lift that all day long; a medium Lang...
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    If you want to have constant problems with...

    If you want to have constant problems with spiders, ants, wasps, and other insects, then go ahead and put holes there. The organic materials are there to absorb the moisture and in the middle of our...
  6. Thread: Brood problem

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    EFB is a big problem this year in this area. Is...

    EFB is a big problem this year in this area. Is the brood pattern real "spotty"? Does it have a lot of open ,missing brood? Is the dead brood kind of "snotty" or "ropy"?
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    I run a number of Warré hives and one Lang; I...

    I run a number of Warré hives and one Lang; I much prefer the Warré hives as I find them much, much easier to handle due to the smaller size and much less weight. A full box of honey weighed 35 lbs...
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    I hate to tell you this but I virtually always...

    I hate to tell you this but I virtually always wear shorts and flip-flops when working my hives...

    You don't mention if you are using frames or top bars, but as you mention "the book" I am going...
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    Can I ask why you insist to nadir? The only time...

    Can I ask why you insist to nadir? The only time I will nadir is first thing in the spring, the rest of the time I super; it is far, far easier and worker bees seem to prefer to go up rather than...
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    I do run mostly Warré hives and can make some...

    I do run mostly Warré hives and can make some comments.
    First off, are you running with top bars? I find that this is probably not the best thing for a beginner. There are a lot of things that...
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    Re: Overwintering in three boxes

    I always overwinter in three boxes and (knock on wood) have had quite good overwintering success with only very rarely losing any hives over winter. I have a 6 foot tall fence as a windbreak about 3...
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    1:1 will simulate nectar coming in which is why...

    1:1 will simulate nectar coming in which is why you feed this in the spring, it stimulates brood rearing; in fall you MUST feed 2:1 or higher as #1 it is easier for them to convert to honey and #2 it...
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    Re: Double nuc quick strip dose

    I run mostly Warré hives but to me the principle is the same as the area of the hive is less than an 8- or 10-frame Lang. Rather than putting in 1 full-size strip I cut a strip in half and place in...
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    Re: How to remove bees from frames

    FWIW, a goose or turkey wing feather (a primary feather, to be exact) allows you to "scoop" the bees rather than brush them, which I agree really pisses them off (brushing them, that is). The...
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    Re: Moisture Content

    Stick the boxes in a closet with a dehumidifier for a week. That will drop it down a ways.
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    Re: Farmers Market Setup

    Well, how did it go?
    I sold again this past Saturday and although attendance was down, at most 100 shoppers total, I personally did quite well as everybody bought big stuff - sold all my comb honey,...
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    Re: Couple quick questions on supers

    "I've got 3 supers full of capped honey and added more supers last night. They still have to be drawn out though so not expecting much from them."
    Why not extract the honey now and put (at least...
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    Re: Online honey sales

    I would strongly stress to check the local laws. Here in Wisconsin we are also considered under Cottage Law which means I must produce and bottle and sell the honey myself - I have to hand it to...
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    Re: The top 20 bee plants

    Wild raspberry. Holy cow, do the bees like that. They will completely ignore the basswood (American Linden) when the raspberries are blooming, and basswood is normally a big producer around here....
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    Re: Farmers Market Setup

    From 20 to 30. If I have an average sale of $8.00 you can do the math - between $160 and $240 per day. Not bad for a dinky market with 10-12 booths total. It's not a lot but it sure helps with what...
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    Re: When do bees stop trying to swarm?

    I'm located not that far from you (NW Wisconsin) and a couple of years ago I had a swarm the last week of September. So it can happen for sure; you know yourself I think that goldenrod is just...
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    Re: Farmers Market Setup

    I sell at a very small local farmer's market a couple of times per month. It is a very interesting experience (I should add I sell quite a lot of honey, it is well worth the time for me). I meet a...
  23. Re: Will bees move and build down into added boxes?

    The Warre hive people most generally believe in nading (add box or boxes below, undersupering so to speak) rather than supering. My experience is that this only works right away in the spring and...
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    Re: Sugar Syrup Question

    If you want the bees to pull comb then you need to feed at a rapid rate rather than a slow rate. You just don't want to feed so much that they backfill and stop the queen from having open space to...
  25. Thread: Quilt boards

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    Re: Quilt boards

    I have a number of Warrés and one Lang and run quilt boxes on all hives; I use an old painter's tarp and then staple a piece of #8 hardware cloth on the bottom with 3-4 inches of wood shavings. I...
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