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  1. Re: amazingly stoopid mistake; so, can I kiss my honey super's harvest adieu?!

    Mark the super, leave it for winter feed, if you are worried. You dribbled box 1 and box 2 this is box 4 correct?? once you realized , why did you put it back on. Left off it would be untreated...
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    Re: Building (non-standard) plywood bodies

    +1 David. I build a lot of stuff mostly cheap wood, mostly non standard. Most answers did not answer the OP question.

    One can use darn near any kind of wood Pallets, Plywood used barn boards...
  3. Re: Any alternatives to Kelley F style foundationless frames?

    Thanks for the tip Coal Reaper I'll Give them a try
    GG
  4. Re: Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    Just curious Robert why did you settle on Medium+deep+medium? did you want the large deeper comb in the center for the winter time? or is it simple height? or placement of the seems to transition...
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    Re: Beekeeping in garage attic?

    Ok so IMO very doable, I would lean toward NUCs with holes out the South end. 2 inch PVC 12 inches into the attic, would likely work.

    Do consider the following:
    Smoker in the Attic , breathing ,...
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    Re: Northern Indiana

    Right,, the swarms know, Look in the swarm capture by state for last year when the big pick up was.
    For me here in Mich, when the dandelions turn to white fuzz you can mate queens, When the bloom...
  7. Re: beekeeping 101 question- opening hives- and package bee question

    welcome, answers again inline.
    GG
  8. Re: What date should I have my bees arrive?

    Hi G, I am also in Michigan, I have a couple packages arriving early April 16th 17th time frame. I do have some comb and frames of honey to bridge the bees till the blooms start.
    Ship time wise it...
  9. Re: beekeeping 101 question- opening hives- and package bee question

    Answers in line, these would be my opinions and not gospel good luck
    GG
  10. Re: 4/4/4 overwintering nucs...?best way to overwinter bees

    COAL R I would take the opposite side of this "discussion" the configuration is exactly one of the determinant factors for these wintering effects. Setting it aside is illogical.
    the narrow tall...
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    Re: Honey Storage / fermentation

    Robert thats the spirit "rare partially fermented honey with hints of pick a flavor" "Special reserve" if it tastes ok it is likely fine, I have found some older stuff melted it and used...
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    Re: Best Laid Plans

    John, So buy the cheapest packages you can find, set them on some comb if you have it. In July ring up your favorite queen producer or if you make your own make 2 for each package. Split and...
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    Re: dead out analysis

    Tmac,, good news the frames and comb, it looks good, yes if they had no honey left, they likely starved out. What did the hives weight in the fall? A large cluster can consume a lot of store...
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    Re: Frames are stuck--hard

    Are there bees still in the hive? as it warms the propolis will get softer.
    with out bees if mine are tight I do not pull from the top I push from the bottom. either levering or use of a small...
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    Re: Swarm questions

    the swarm could have split if it had several Queens. Massive activity is a good thing you may have captured some of the swarm.
    if the limb at 15 feet has open area beneath it. one could place a...
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    Re: Swarm questions

    ok so these are opinions as in 5 keepers will give you 5 different answers.
    If they are visiting the trap then there is a chance they go in there, "most of the time" they "emerge" Am 10ish till 12...
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    Re: Proper way to switch hive stands?

    for what it is worth, I would not crack my hive open in the spring like it is now, below 55 degrees. So if you can set it aside blocked with #8 Hardware cloth fix the spot and move back then that...
  18. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    If you are looking for opinions , mine would be leave the insulation on as long as you can.
    the cool nights can chill the brood. they currently are "used to the insulation" by removing it you are...
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    Re: UPS Lost my bees

    Have you called the USPS that services your area? Often I order Queens or bees and they do not come to my door. my mail carrier is Allergic, and "can" just say no. your bees then are at the USPS...
  20. Thread: Hive Alive

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    Re: Hive Alive

    Hi Jerry, rather that OTS I enjoy PWS Playing With Swarming. I take the hive I wish to split and reduce it a bit ,if there is lots of space left. Add a super of dead out honey so they have a good...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    cool one more to be able to split
    GG
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    shinbone, I had some similar winters. with wide ranging temp swings, what do you do for insulation? I have been trying different things, it is perhaps ancidonal but the better insulated hives do...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    Good luck b1rd, trial by fire is the best way to progress, in the moment it may not feel like it. the math for the queen is, eggs hatch in 3 days, the bees can make a queen from 2-3 day old...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    If you end up missing the Queen and the field bees go back, the cutout you have should make a queen. then go back in 2 weeks and do the same thing again, be less bees and less comb, so likely easier...
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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    Frank, By fall the sugar will be back on the shelves, IMO. May need to leave a bit more honey this year if the sugar is not there. Maybe look into restaurant providers, here that would be Gordon...
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