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    Re: As the Crow flies

    The keeper has thousands of hives spread all over the area. He keeps 40 in each yard.
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    As the Crow flies

    One mile a commercial keep has 40 hives to the east. How much pressure is that putting on my nine hives?:scratch:
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    Re: What would you do?

    I would do the splits. I had a hive swarm on me Wednesday. I caught the swarm now I'm taking a peak today to see if I can split the hive.
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    Re: To late to split?

    Agree! This year I split in April and what a mistake that was.
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    Re: How to feed a swarm

    I started with a 3# package and a 4 frame nuc 3 years ago and haven't purchased a single bee since nock on wood.33710
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    Re: How to feed a swarm

    It was solid advice in Minnesota. If you catch a swarm in June its possible we can see our first frost in early September. We winter colonies in at the least 2 deeps here. June they are already a...
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    Re: How to feed a swarm

    I just caught a basketball sized swarm today and put them in a box with new foundation. feeders on top with 1to1 water & cane sugar. A 95 year old keep that won national and global awards for his...
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    Re: Any drones in over wintered hives yet?

    Yes they came in the package.
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    Re: Any drones in over wintered hives yet?

    Not in Ottertail Minnesota yet. I should see some on the frame tops in a week or so. As soon as I see them I do my walk away splits. Last year did my splits on the 25th.
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    Re: After what temps is it okay to swap deeps?

    I just reversed mine in central Minnesota.
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    Re: varroa question. NEED HELP

    Look at the Hop guard 2 strips. The mite away strips can be tuff on queens.
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    Re: Pro-Sweet Question

    Hackensack would be one heck of a drive for you. The only thing I feed when needed is ML pollen patties and cane sugar.
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    Re: To early for split??

    Ottertail Minnesota. Went into my hive yesterday and zero drones on the top of the frames. Should be seeing them in a week or so.
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    Re: Super Duper large Colonies

    Mcbee7 Fall of 2015 I went into winter with two colonies that were housed in 2 deeps and a medium both 10 frame. Both hives came out of winter very strong. Spring of 2016 I split them in two. One...
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    Re: Ventilation question

    I lost a hive over winter this year in Northwest Minnesota because I didn't have enough top ventilation. Make sure your hives rip your arm out of its socket when you lift them checking weights and...
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    Re: Super Duper large Colonies

    Thank you for the info.
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    Re: Super Duper large Colonies

    Where should I add a third brood box if needed?
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    Re: After Pesticide Loss?

    Did you try calling the state ag or the bee pollination defense fund? The state dnr should test bees for free if its a suspected pesticide kill.
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    Super Duper large Colonies

    How do some of you folks get there without splitting? I split my hives last year and still had one swarm.
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    Re: Top entrance with quilt boxes

    Me Too on the insulation under the top cover.
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    Re: Top entrance with quilt boxes

    I have a feeder rim below the quilt boxes with a entrance hole and my inner top lids on top of the quilt boxes.
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    Re: Overnite bee die off

    I had a contact kill when soybeans were sprayed with warhog. Found many dead like you described in front of the hives. Mine were still wet from spray. Did you save your dead bees? Next time contact...
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    Re: Goldenrod is a junk food for bees

    True.Because of soil depletion nutritional values are much lower in foods today compared to 50 years ago. What one apple did for you years ago now takes two.
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    Re: Goldenrod is a junk food for bees

    I hope all goes well for you and everyone else on this forum. Good Luck!
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    Re: Goldenrod is a junk food for bees

    Populations in Alaska and Canada are down some 40%. Islands that stood on the Alaskan coastline for thousands of years are being wiped of the face of the earth. village houses being swept away. Yep...
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