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    Re: Reducing supers

    Why not leave a super on and feed more? Unless you have to extract and have to have the honey - leave it for the bees and pull any excluder if you run one. Then feed and they can store more and you...
  2. Re: how to prep hive for winter with very little honey

    Boardman feeders with half gallon jars with 2 to 1 syrup until cold - then sugar patties. I like the jars on boardmans so I can know how much syrup each is taking every day.
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    Re: Missouri

    Yesterday morning my bees were up early and working my pumpkin patch heavy - near every flower had bees in it. I have 5 rows of pumpkins about a hundred yards long all grown together now and my bees...
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    Re: Missouri

    GWW - Your other photo looks like sensitive brier - with the light purplish red flowers. It kind of has a rough almost thorny stem - good old prairie plant.
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    Re: Missouri

    GWW -

    Your top photo definitely looks like a mint to me as well. I picked some last week and brought it in. Bee balm or wild bergamot is in full bloom currently. Compass plant, gray headed...
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    Re: Missouri

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Northern_American_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees

    This link provides a good source of available nectar sources throughout the year. Not sure if I have shared...
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    Re: Missouri

    I noticed a bunch more honeysuckle blooming along the roads. Yellow sweet clover is blooming good in the fields now around me. Catalpa trees still have large blooms on them.
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    Re: getting bees to work plastic

    I am using Acorn triple waxed. They pull out the brood frames pretty well. Slower on the medium honey supers.
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    Re: Missouri

    GWW -

    I hand stripped a bunch of yellow sweet clover as well last year and seeded it into my pasture as well. I saw a single plant. I think this plant acts as a bi-ennial and I know it will...
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    Re: Missouri

    GWW - I have thornless blackberries and they are just coming onto bloom good. But, the wild ones are wrapping it up in the woods now. There are many natives starting to bloom, iris, ox-eye daisy,...
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    Re: Missouri

    Hop clover is starting, bees are really starting to work the white small dutch clover well. Catalpa trees are blooming I noticed this morning as well as small blue iris in road ditches. First short...
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    Re: Am I going to screw this up?

    No - I just saw this thread and it is not that easy. If you are queenless and have no larvae under 3 days old - they will not raise a new queen if you split it. There HAS to be eggs or very young...
  13. Re: Introducing a nuc (with queen) to a queenless hive

    Larry -

    I reread your thread - do you have a queen right nuc or a nuc you are making with queen cells? I do not consider a nuc queen right until I see new eggs from a queen be it a newly hatched...
  14. Re: Introducing a nuc (with queen) to a queenless hive

    I should add - I have noticed with my bees they get pissy once they go queenless and combining with a good laying queen right nuc will generally fix some of this as well. If I get a hot hive - I...
  15. Re: Introducing a nuc (with queen) to a queenless hive

    I have done two in the last week. My nucs were queen right with a new laying queen. I placed my nuc box with another empty one on bottom, put a window screen over them both and put my full...
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    Re: Beginning Beekeeping Treatment Free

    Ok - now I will throw another wrench in the mix. MDA splitter or OTS method of queen rearing talks about specifically splitting after June for the purpose of rearing nucs, giving brood breaks for...
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    Re: Missouri

    yellow rocket is likely the plant that looks like mustard. My dandies are about over as well with most gone to seed. Purple phlox is blooming in the road ditches. I did notice bush honeysuckle and...
  18. Re: How can I determine which hive(s) in a 10 colony apiary is the source aggressive

    I don't think its rocket science - work all 10 hives the same day and you should likely notice the ones flying up and smacking your veil and being persistent at it.......some hives remain calm,...
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    Re: Missouri

    swarm 8 last night 5/6 - large swarm about 30' high. I ended up "fishing" them out of the tree. I utilized a 50' section of parachute cord and tied a rock on one end. I put about 20' in a loose...
  20. Re: should I add a frame of larvae to a tiny hived swarm?

    2 deep frames of bees can take off quick if fed. I would guess most packages started at a 3# package are no more than 2 good frames of bees. They generally have no drawn frames or stores. I...
  21. Re: should I add a frame of larvae to a tiny hived swarm?

    I anchor every swarm with a frame of brood - helps build number faster, gives them focus, and opens up the other hive I pull it from.
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    Re: Missouri

    another swarm last night over my lagoon - 7th one in 8 days - I guess everyone should not split like me - seems it induced swarming.....I am out of inner covers and frames - went from 6 hives split...
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    Re: Missouri

    oxalis, phlox, yellow rocket, redbuds all over blooming, still good dandelions, yard apples, cherry still blooming and lilacs - I supered two hives yesterday as they had started packing nectar in...
  24. What is the best ventilated bee jacket?

    Ok, I have committed and almost at 20 hives. Have a cheap pull over single layer cotton jacket and want to get the best ventilated multi layer jacket now - what is it? Ultra-breeze? Or is there...
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    Re: Planting trees and shrubs

    redbuds are another the MDC has that are nice to add around edges of understory
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