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  1. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Ian Steplers wife already did it.
    She is good at grafting.
    They run single deeps with deeps as supers.
    Study them.
    It's so easy their way of keeping bees.
    I tried it on a couple hives.
    With slight modification I adopted their ways with success.
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    Michael Palmer influenced me first.
    They're a lot alike
     
  2. SEKhunter

    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Well Mann lake came through, 25 pounds of wired medium foundation delivered today. I ordered from dadant and it’s supposed to be here tomorrow. Wife is not happy with me right now
     
  3. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    The investment years are tough. We spent around $5k/year for 4 years and then the honey sales started paying for all my supplies plus duck hunting too. Its amazing.
    The Lord provides .
     
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    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Just like when I have to purchase new tools. The first 5 or so years of on my own carpentry was trying. Buts it pays off, heck I have a festool track saw and enough track to rip 12 feet
     
  5. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    When we had shb really bad these birds imprinted on my backyard. We think they love shb or something. They hunt the grass around bee hives HARD daily.
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    Theres another bird called a flicker that shows up and eats the hell out of my bees. It's part of the game.
    Bee eater birds.
     
  6. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Elite Refuge Member

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    I just got home from the duck lake. Poor day to work hives as was blowing 25. I did get into them though. 4 really strong hives and one so so. I added supers hope I’m not too late. There was lots of honey in the brood boxes.
     
  7. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    If you can rob one brood frame or two from the strong ones and swap with empties from the weak one would help.


    Another option is to shake bees in front of the weakling. Nurse bees walk in and get accepted because of their age. Check for queen. A few frames worth of nurse bees helps.

    Third option. Swap hive locations
     
  8. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Elite Refuge Member

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    I also got several wads of propolis on my wallet from sticking the hive tool in my hip pocket. I have been accused of being tight before but now I can’t hardly get my wallet out!!
     
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  9. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Elite Refuge Member

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    Betty, have you put supers on yet?
     
  10. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    No. The dandelions are just beginning to think about maybe starting to bloom. Maybe by May first.
    Won't be long.

    The thing is I keep bees.
    The honey just sort of happens.
     
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