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    They'll figure it out. However, if you are a...

    They'll figure it out.
    However, if you are a controlling type of person, and you feel it necessary to bend the bees to your will concerning entrances, you could block the upper entrance.🙂
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    Sticky: JW, you inspired me to fire up a stogie and watch...

    JW, you inspired me to fire up a stogie and watch the bees bring in pollen! I haven't been smoking lately. Good fun.

    Checked 10 hives today. Most are between good and booming.
    One has a failed...
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    Sorry to hear that, BDT. I hope you can get them...

    Sorry to hear that, BDT. I hope you can get them through to spring.

    Checked 10 hives today. Most are doing well. One was a little weak so I gave them a couple frames of capped brood. Should...
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    Here in Louisville drones are just starting to...

    Here in Louisville drones are just starting to hatch. Not flying yet but there are a few in the hives.
    Dandelions will be blooming soon, drones will be orienting and it will be time to get the...
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    I usually wait until the last half of April. ...

    I usually wait until the last half of April.
    But if you have drones flying you could give it a try.
  6. Personally I wouldn't mess with it. I'd shake...

    Personally I wouldn't mess with it.
    I'd shake them out and be done with them.

    However, if you want to play around and see what they do, try adding a frame of open brood (with eggs) and bees...
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    Yup. And we'll get one in May too. Usually the...

    Yup.
    And we'll get one in May too. Usually the day after I make up nucs with queen cells. Every year.
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    Checked my furthest outyard today. All are...

    Checked my furthest outyard today. All are healthy.
    22 for 22 this year.
    Gave them a quick treatment. I'll check the inserts for a mite count.
    If needed I'll give them a round of oav.
    Send...
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    I also use OAV exclusively. The only time I lost...

    I also use OAV exclusively. The only time I lost bees to mites was the winter I used a heatgun vaporizer. Now I have a johno's easyvap. Works like a champ.
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    I agree with JWP. Do a split. Also, I find it...

    I agree with JWP.
    Do a split.
    Also, I find it very helpful to have a nuc or two. You can use the nuc to replace a queen that fails or to add brood to a hive. They come in really handy.
    ...
  11. To get through winter a few things are necessary....

    To get through winter a few things are necessary.

    1. Kill the mites. At no time can you afford to let the mites build up.
    I use OAV.

    2. Vigorous queen. Not necessarily a first year queen, ...
  12. If you have a situation with yellow jackets again...

    If you have a situation with yellow jackets again try covering the inner cover hole with window screen.
    In the old days beeks would drill a 3/4 inch hole in the upper brood box. Reduce the...
  13. Little John is right. Learn to keep your bees...

    Little John is right.
    Learn to keep your bees alive through winter before you go off on tangents.
    Basics first.
  14. You've gotten some good answers to your question...

    You've gotten some good answers to your question about why this hive died.
    Now it might be time to go over a plan to keep your bees alive next winter.

    One thing that jumped out at me is you...
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    Bees bringing in pollen today. Looks good.

    Bees bringing in pollen today. Looks good.
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    Hi everybody! Shinbone, sorry about your heavy...

    Hi everybody!
    Shinbone, sorry about your heavy losses.
    Same thing happened last winter when I thought I was being clever and bought a Lega heat gun vaporizer. Piece of junk!

    This year is...
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    I'm in Louisville. I have 2 hives in my...

    I'm in Louisville.
    I have 2 hives in my backyard and a couple out yards.
    As MSL said, the flows are very different. My backyard hives get a crop of honey early, the others are 4 to 5 weeks...
  18. What's wrong with people? Last week 30 hives...

    What's wrong with people?
    Last week 30 hives were stolen in Northglenn Colorado.

    Could it be that this is the downside of all the publicity bees have been getting the last few years?
  19. I'm curious why so many say to expect the bees to...

    I'm curious why so many say to expect the bees to die .
    I would say rather, Kill the mites, make sure they have plenty of stores, and expect them to be alive and well in spring.

    I took up...
  20. Thread: Ebay Extractors?

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    When you see the bumper sticker that says: "Of...

    When you see the bumper sticker that says:
    "Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most " think of me. 🙂
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    I bought one of these a few years ago. 99 bucks....

    I bought one of these a few years ago. 99 bucks.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Goplus-2-Frame-Stainless-Steel-Honey-Extractor-Manual-Beekeeping-Equipment-/351475935190

    Works great. We run about 2...
  22. Take the extractor to the bees. You'll be fine. ...

    Take the extractor to the bees. You'll be fine. No need to heat the frames. Just don't wait until cold weather.
    Honey does not separate into its component parts at room temperature.
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    We get nice crops of comb honey. You basically...

    We get nice crops of comb honey.
    You basically need 3 things:
    1. A strong ambitious hive.
    2. A good honey flow. If the nectar is coming slow and steady, go for extracted.
    3. Timing. I usually...
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    That's pretty cold, Vance. Here in the Denver...

    That's pretty cold, Vance.
    Here in the Denver area we had 70 degrees yesterday and it was 13 this morning.
    Tomorrow will be 60's.
    How the bees manage to deal with all that is beyond me.
  25. No. If you have killed the mites and your hives...

    No.
    If you have killed the mites and your hives are pretty heavy (top brood box full of honey) you should not even need to wrap them.
    I see you are in central Indiana, zone 6.

    I'm in zone 5....
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