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    Re: Queen laying in supers

    Thanks I fully understand and will try next year. Thanks. We have had a very poor year in terms of production. I would estimate about 1/3 of previous years. Late spring, cold and rain. When ever we...
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    Re: Queen laying in supers

    JOHNO
    Can you explain again how you cut your frames. Are you saying you just cut 1/2 of the plastic in the frame?
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    Queen laying in supers

    I have never used queen excluders but his year unlike the past 10 years I have queens laying in the supers,. I have done brood at the bottom edge of about 20% of the supers. I use 2 bottom deeps and...
  4. Thread: Bad Year

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    Bad Year

    This is the worst year that we have had in terms of honey yield. I would estimate about 1/3 to 1/2 of the previous 9 year. I actually don't know why but suspect thievery cold and rainy weather here...
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    Re: Goldenrod Coming In

    I also dont see any big gains but I really don't want to any concern is the smell and I don't want it to ruin the honey in lower supers especially since we will have a low yield this year. I will...
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    Goldenrod Coming In

    I have never had our bees bring in Goldenrod but it is now flowing and I am just starting to harvest. I assume they will bring it into the top supers as thats where there is space. Can the smell of...
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    Re: Northern Illinois

    Last night we had a heavy rain, thunder and lighting. The following day my hives exploded with bee aggressively bring in pollen. Several the hives that were marginal and I thought failing came to...
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    Re: Northern Illinois

    I will be doing the same. I heard from a large beekeeper in Wisconsin and he said the bee keepers are reporting similar situations. i will process honey from my supers, let the bees clean them and...
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    Northern Illinois

    I have noticed that my area is about 2 weeks behind previous years and anticipate substantially lesser quantities of honey. Probably won't extract until first week in September. Normally the 3rd...
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    Trating with Oxalic Acid with Supers On

    One of our club members suggested that when mite levels are higher we should treat even though the supers are still on. In my case they will be on a another 3-4 weeks given a slow season. I will not...
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    Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    I live in northern Illinois. Most years I harvest about the 3rd week inAugust, bit this year it looks like it could be a couple of weeks later. Although we have had a very good flow fo the past...
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    An excellent and well thought out response. I would only add that if you don't want to be stung use proper equipment including proper gloves. In10 years I have never been stung through leather gloves...
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    Re: honey flow in chicago

    If you could provide some information about your hive we could possibly give you some information. For eg are you using 10 frames. Do they have comb on them or are they new with no comb? How many...
  14. Thread: WATER FOR BEES

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    Re: WATER FOR BEES

    I use relatively flat plastic pan with sides. I thinkI found them at a garden store and they were used under larger plant vases. I also bought a bag of small rocks thatI placed in them.The rocks need...
  15. Thread: WATER FOR BEES

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    Re: WATER FOR BEES

    I use low plastic type plates with rocks and place them next to the hives on the ground or even on top of the hives.They consume a lot of water however some is lost by evaporation. I have never had...
  16. Thread: Super Timing

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    Super Timing

    I have always waited until my second deep box is about 70-80% filled before placing supers on.I am however not going to be available for a couple of weeks at which time I estimate the supers would...
  17. Re: Partially capped honey in a frame from last year - what to do?

    I have posted several questions regarding this subject. I never have harvested from last years frames. In one form or another I feed back to the bees at the beginning of the year.
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    Re: Long Term Beekeeping Help/Advice

    This advice comes from a 78 year old business man that still runs his business. Bees are fun but every year you will be dependent on mother nature. I suggest you consider getting as much useful...
  19. Thread: Slatted racks

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    Re: Slatted racks

    I have used them on about 15 hives for the past 8 years. This year I have decided not to use them only because its becoming a logistics problem. Just too much equipment especially as the number of...
  20. Thread: Second Deep

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    Re: Second Deep

    I am tooled to pick up the lower heavy brood boxes and place the new box below. So all I could do was place the new box above. I usually just have frames with comb but this year due to readouts I had...
  21. Thread: Second Deep

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    Second Deep

    I use 2 deep brood boxes and then supers on top of them. This year I had many frames of honey left over from dead out hives that did not survive the winter. I used some of them for the first deep box...
  22. Re: more frequent hives checks OK if I don't use smoke?

    On May 6 I introduces 16 NUCS into my hives. I felt the NUCS were low on bees and I have just left them alone. I have not looked inside and next week will inspect each hive. Unless you suspect a...
  23. Thread: New Hives

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    Re: New Hives

    Great Advice for all beekeepers as most of us can not locate all queens. I am older and don't see all. that well so i look for larvae.
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    Re: Thieves hit the Fat Bee Man.

    They obviously knew your location and yard very well. and seems they have some experience. Probably someone you may have known or worked with.
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    Re: Low Population in NUCs

    I meant were low on bees.
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