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  1. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Caught a swarm on my front porch, came into a bait hive by the front door. Exciting.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yep, it's nearly January weather! Not below zero here yet but in the single digits once or twice. I got sugar on my hives and put insulation in the top box. See if this works better. Can't work worse...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    First, I'm not a particularly successful beekeeper. Last year was a disaster. One survived winter very weak, and the swarms I caught both quickly developed wrinkled wings and heavy mite loads. Mite...
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    Re: a honeycomb i left for now

    The main worry is did the queen survive all the events. If she did and she got into the box with the other bees you might be fine. If not, the question is did young eggs or larvae survive so the...
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    Re: Interested in beekeeping outside of Germany

    Hi and welcome. Beekeepers from around the world here. Lot of people use designs other than Langstroth.
  6. Thread: Is my Yard OK?

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    Re: Is my Yard OK?

    I also live in an Illinois subdivision, with lots of corn and soybeans nearby. It's fine. It helps if there is some variety, woods and creeks, pastures. Corn is worthless for bees, but soybeans can...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    That's the plan. More worried about poor pollen stocks for the winter bee production over the last two months. Without Fall pollen they will be weak bees. I made sure they got sugar, but did not give...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have two nucs I am seeing if will make it in 5-frame deeps. They both seem healthy, no signs of mites or disease, but it's been very poor foraging weather so I wonder how well-fed their winter bees...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    A news report on GregV's (and my) area's current weather. Early, record early snow amounts. This has been an odd year.
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    One of Seeley's papers on bee genetics says that low levels of African genetics are now in the feral bee populations he studies.
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    I have been reading a lot of papers recently where studies were done with bees that had survived without treatment for years. They transported some of these hives to other regions and found they died...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    One might almost suspect that rules for beekeeping are local. I'll take a quick peek on a calm January day. No more.
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    Butt joints and screws, Titebond 2. Only on year 4, but no signs at all of weakening, no flex or wobble. I seal the end grain with glue too, then paint. It's working so far.
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    I use a lot of oak leaves and also fireplace ash. Potatoes seem to do fine.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    55-60 degrees? In January? Where did this guy live? Lucky here to get a single day above freezing around here. Maybe in March, or a rare late February.
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    First frost 10/11/19. I'm about an hour west of Chicago. Tomatoes got nipped and melons done for.
    This date is a little later than average but not out of the norm.
  17. Re: Zantac in global recall over 'unacceptable' levels of potential carcinogen

    Don't buy food or drugs made in communist China.
    The problem is that the selling companies, the one's whose name is on the box, go to great lengths to obscure where their drugs are made. I tried to...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Sugar and a splash of vinegar. That's all.
    All the bugs here this year are extra-hungry since they are not able to forage much. I put the sugar on so early because the hives are packed with bees who...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    The title of this thread is Treatment-free Bungling. Well, learned another lesson this week. Do not feed sugar cakes this early in the Fall. I put them on and immediately the scavengers came flying....
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    Re: Move bustling nuc to deep for winter?

    That is my plan for my new nucs. This will be the first time I try wintering in nucs. I'll put a second nuc on top with sugar and insulation. Sadly, honey collection has been minimal this year so I...
  21. Thread: Wintering a Nuc

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    Re: Wintering a Nuc

    Even up here in Illinois bees will sometimes swarm in the late Fall. If the nuc is packed now and has lots of brood you could easily get a swarm. At least put another nuc on top to give them some...
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    I garden, but not in rows. Pretty much everything is left to go to seed and I spread the topsoil around in the Fall. In the spring the main job is pulling out all the extra veggies that are too...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    And today saw a worker dragging a struggling drone away. Poor little guy. Funny though, that hive has a patch of drone comb about 4X4 inches capped. Do workers destroy the drone larvae too in Fall or...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I confirmed a queen yesterday for the hive that had queen cells on Sept. 11. A little surprised since the weather has been endless rain this last month, but she must have snuck in a flight sometime....
  25. Thread: swarm trap

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    Re: swarm trap

    I've had no trouble with painted wood. They attached combs right on the painted roof.
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