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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    Maxant 3100 with motor. Will last forever. You will love it.
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    Re: Cleanning out wet frames but.......

    Peter are you putting the wet super over your inner cover? If so and they still fill, try a empty box over the inner cover then the wet super on top of that.
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    I just had an outside party in my backyard. I have 4 hives that are only about 30 feet away from the tent for seated guests..No problem at all with bees. No stings. I was more worried about wasps or...
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    Re: Ham-fisted beekeeper captures swarm (video)

    Congrats on the swarm capture. You did a great job and provided a good laugh. We have all been there. Good luck.
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    Re: Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Great list Kevin. Thank you. 3 of my 4 hives survived so far, All in double 10 frame deeps. BUT they are all now out of honey. I have been feeding commercial winter patties. My question is can I...
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    Re: First year everything - Can I single?

    Champy,
    Best thing is to read,read, read about beekeeping. Get Beekeeping for Dummies, and Beekeeping Handbook from Amazon. Go to Honey Bee Suite website and read as much as possible on it. That is...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    Just checked. Four of four alive and doing well. Three of the four needed another winter patty. 26 degrees and started snowing out. I do not know how long one winter patty from Mann Lake will last a...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    GWW- I noticed that you do not wrap your hives. That's great that they made it thru last week. -25 here without wind chill. I will be checking on Sunday. Hope all is well. I did notice that they were...
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    Re: Ugly plastic foundation, will they use it?

    Yes they will draw it out. Especially if you put a coat of wax on them.
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    Re: Mann Lake Bee Pro patty storage

    I freeze them too but I separate them into baggies/ wax paper first, otherwise the box becomes one big blob of a patty.
  11. Thread: Bad Year

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    Re: Bad Year

    I agree it was a down year for honey yield. My top deeps are pretty heavy and there is a lot of goldenrod around but it has been so rainy I don't know if they can get to it. Will check the weight and...
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    Re: Northern Illinois

    I extracted yesterday and got about 60lbs from 3 hives. Yes goldenrod is blooming everywhere. The honey looks great but definitely less than other years. I wanted to harvest so I can treat with...
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    Re: Does anyone use thermal cameras?

    One issue is that they do not work if a hive is wrapped in winter which most of ours will be in the North.. It is almost easier to just knock on the side and listen or lift the cover for a quick look...
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    Re: Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    Same for me with all 4 hives. Hives look strong but honey supers are slow to be filled.
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    Re: Northern Illinois Flow

    All four of my hives are working the first super.I was expecting them to be doing better but it seems to be a late flow as you said. Thank you for the weight graph. Please keep it coming. Good luck.
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    Re: Worthwhile blogs or bee-focused sites

    Honey Bee Suite and George Imirie Pink Pages are both good.
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    Re: Add Deep, Medium Super or Both

    I would add the second deep and feed 1:1 syrup. They will draw it out fast for both brood and nector storage. Then add your drawn medium super after 7-8 frames are drawn out. You always need drawn...
  18. Thread: ants

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    Re: ants

    Cinnamon does work well for me. Sprinkle liberally around hive and even on top of inner cover. The bees ignore it. Buy at Costco in bulk.
    Have to re-spread after a rain.
  19. Do you need to feed syrup when you have honey frames?

    I have one overwintered hive and two new packages all hived on drawn comb. I had two deadouts that left me 10-12 large frames of honey that i put into the hives. My question is do you really need to...
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    Re: Feeling pretty disappointed about the bees

    I also checked and 2 of my 3 hives were dead. Feeling bummed out. Had plenty of stores, wrapped in Bee Cozy, and ventilated winter cover.
    Also I treated with OAV. Thought I had all the bases...
  21. Re: any thoughts re: opening/treating a hive in cold weather?

    What is the minimal temp (F) to treat with OAV? It is very cold here now and I couldn't treat last week when it warmed up a little. Have time this weekend but it will be in the teens -low 20's. Thank...
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    Re: Anyone ever get a dead queen in the mail?

    I ordered queen from Kelleys. When it arrived she was dead but the attendants were all alive. Kelleys offered to replace or refund. I took a refund and got local queens that I could pick up. Seems...
  23. Thread: Winter set up

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    Winter set up

    Can I winter a weak hive (single 10 frame broodbox with 3 frames of bees) over a strong hive with a double screen in between? I was planning to put strong hive, then double screen excluder, then...
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    Re: Build up Weak Hive Before Winter

    My question is how many frames of bees do you need in a single 10 frame broodbox to make it through winter? I have one weak hive that has only three frames of bees in a single deep, but a new laying...
  25. Thread: Illinois

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    Re: Illinois

    I had a poor honey crop this year. My second year hive produced one honey super, but my two new package hives did not touch the honey supers. Im feeding all three now and they are taking 2:1 syrup...
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