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Offline lee

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« on: May 08, 2005, 04:11:03 PM »
when is a good time to take them out

Offline SherryL

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2005, 04:28:39 PM »
Lee, have your bees drawn out all of the wax foundations yet?

Also, exactly where in MI are you?

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2005, 05:25:32 PM »
I would keep feeding till they wont take it anymore. bye :D
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2005, 06:22:46 PM »
i live in newport,michigan thats in monroe county

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2005, 06:37:08 PM »
I think Ryan's pretty much right on.  

I see you're in the very SE corner of the LP, probably very similar weather/ temps. to what we're having here in far NE IL.  You're right off of Lake Erie, we're right off of Lake Michigan.

Our danelions are blooming, yours probably are too.  I would say if you notice the bees aren't taking as much (or maybe very little at all) of the sugar water it's OK to take it off.  If they're still sucking it down, let them, leave it on.  As long as you don't have honey supers on, you're fine.

If all (or nearly all) of the wax foundations in the brood boxes are drawn out, they really have a good start.  If only half or less of the foundations are drawn, you might want to leave the feeder on for another week, check the frames then and decide whether to keep on or take off at that time.

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005, 07:21:30 PM »
yes it has been cold here . the weather is waring up . they have comb on about 4 frams and they are bring alot of pollen in. i did not know if it was time to take the feeder out now. this is my frist time to have bees. and thanks :D