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    Re: Getting ready for winter in kansas

    Have you treated for mites? If not that should be a priority.

    I run 2 deeps and make sure the top is full of honey for winter. My hives are feral stock and most are pretty frugal so there is...
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    Re: Kansas

    Goldenrod beginning.

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    Oxalic dribble die off

    I had a hive go queenless/ broodless. Had elevated mite counts so I decided to do a dribble before the new queen got to laying. That was 2 days ago. Today I went out and there was robbing activity in...
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    Thank you. That’s pretty much how I was leaning,...

    Thank you. That’s pretty much how I was leaning, but I guess the amount of work intimidated me. I got through 12 yesterday. I was disappointed in the numbers of bees in many hives. I had 3 hives that...
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    What should my goal be?/Summer chores

    Pretty open ended question here. What should my double deep hives be looking like at this point? Yellow clover is tapering off and white is blooming. A week of 90s is on the way. I’m tempted to go...
  6. Finally figured mine out. There was indeed a very...

    Finally figured mine out. There was indeed a very small virgin running around in there. She was smaller than the workers. I only noticed her after shaking bees off frames into box and observing their...
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    Thanks robber and GG. I’ll give it a shot.

    Thanks robber and GG. I’ll give it a shot.
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    I understand how to get foundation drawn, that...

    I understand how to get foundation drawn, that wasn’t my question. I was asking how a product can go up 41% in cost over a 3 month timespan and not cause concern? And also if anyone has experience...
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    Ugh. The Mann Lake Monopoly

    How is it that I purchased a case of 100 Permadent foundation 3 months ago for $78 and today it is $110? Same with Rite-Cell, frames, and the list goes on and on. Does anyone have experience with...
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    Reintroduce queen after split?

    I removed queens from hives a week ago in order to get queen cells. Queens are currently in nucs. I am looking for opinions on reintroducing the original queens back to hives and giving nucs the...
  11. Thread: Kansas

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    Re: Kansas

    My honey locust was buzzing yesterday.

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    Thanks. I went ahead and gave it a try yesterday....

    Thanks. I went ahead and gave it a try yesterday. I’ve got some boomer hives that could be split any time if I had cells. For me, getting the swarm box (cell starter) stocked was the toughest part....
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    First try grafting-timing in midwest

    I’m anxious to get going on my splits and grafting queens. Never done this before. Do folks time grafting based on the condition of parent hives, climate/flows, other factors? We have drones hatched...
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    Re: Drone pupae as a swarm indicator?

    Thanks. Yes, that makes sense. It's a correlation, not causation.
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    Drone pupae as a swarm indicator?

    Lately, I have come across several sources suggesting that capped or laid drone cells is an early indication that the colony intends to swarm. Almost all of my hives at some point have drone brood...
  16. Re: Sons of Swarm Cam: Outside View and Inside View!

    Interior view. 12:01:44 might be her on bottom of sign. I think she comes in and goes to camera's right, just before that. Watch the bees' reaction. She stays on sign for 10-15 seconds. Could be a...
  17. I advertised early for 5 frame nucs for $165. Had...

    I advertised early for 5 frame nucs for $165. Had 20+ spoken for in 2 days and regretted that I hadn’t asked more. Especially considering the package prices I saw later on...
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    66871 Siberian elms and the bees are on them...

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    Siberian elms and the bees are on them heavy. First pollen coming into hives that I’ve seen.
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    66871 Maples....finally.

    66871 Maples....finally.
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    13 of 13 at the house still flying yesterday. A couple clusters are getting pretty small. This single digit $%#! they have forecasted for the weekend is making me squirm a little. I was hoping to be...
  21. Re: Can Someone Point Me In The Right Direction Before I Lose My Bees?

    This is a pretty confusing one, but I think you were right with your initial post. The virgin queen did not make it back into the hive with the robber screen on. What makes you think it was robbers...
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    Re: Missouri

    catclaw sensitive briar? the leaves move when you touch them. fun, kinda like venus fly trap
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    Re: Kansas

    White clover going now with all the normal wildflowers. The end is soon.
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    I just had a very similar experience. Hive full...

    I just had a very similar experience. Hive full of drone brood. Occasional failed queen cell. Single eggs. I went through hive 4 times and never saw queen. I ended up shaking everything out and...
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    Re: Missouri

    kinda hard to tell from pic. blackberry just started here and has a similar flower.
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