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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Another dry and hot week. Temp highs ranging from 80 to 93 (daytime) and nighttime lows from 64 to 73. Two thunderstorms passed through for rain. YTD rain is 15.53" and we have 0.65" of rain for the...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I currently have broodminder scales (http://broodminder.com/#BroodMinder-W) on all of my hives but one. They connect to an app on my phone when I am in the apiary. They record/store hive weight...
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    Re: Massachusetts

    Goldenrod
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    Quincy MA
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Not that I know of.... From my experience the smell is pretty specific to goldenrod.... I know some goldenrod is starting to bloom where I am but I have yet to see bees on it....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Hi Terrence! I'll be adding ripe queen cells from a local breeder.... I have nucs that we recently built with Purdue Ankle Biters so am thinking that these will be Carniolian... While a bit late...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Very dry week. Temp highs ranging from 73 to 93 (daytime) and nighttime lows from 59 to 73. No measurable rain. YTD rain is 15.32" and we have 0.44" of rain for the month (July).

    Bees are working...
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    Re: My experience with Purdue Ankle Biters

    While I can't contribute much yet I'll be watching your thread since I recently added two nucs of Purdue Ankle Biters to my apiary... Right now they are in my Nuc yard and I haven't seen any signs...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Thanks Cam! Good to know!
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    Re: Bright Orange Pollen - what plant?

    Awesome chart!
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Thanks! Will have to keep an eye on it and see what it does and if any bees take an interest.....;- )
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    Re: Data for a Machine Learning Project

    Hi Emily,
    I would recommend that you contact Rich Morris (Rich@broodminder.com). He recently introduced a hive scale that saves and downloads (Bluetooth) hour by hour readings.... In addition he...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Loosestrife! 26517

    Early Goldenrod 26518

    This one is interesting.... Am thinking this might be a different variety from the usual blooms I see in the fall... In the fall these are bee magnets...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    On the walk today saw bees on the following:

    Privet 26511
    Milkweed 26512
    Thistle 26513
    Lavendar 26514
    Loosestrife (Argh only 5 pics per post!)

    Looks like the girls are taking advantage of...
  14. Re: $4 Screened bottom boards, super easy, super fast, super effective...

    Very cool design! Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: OAV with a heat gun

    I made mine using a water meter housing and copper pipe but it takes forever to reach temperature.... Am thinking the design has too much metal acting as a heat sink.... Am trying to come up with a...
  16. Re: Am I the only one who doesn't have capped honey in July?

    As you mentioned I think the main factor is the lack of rain.... Down here we have been pretty lucky to have had enough rain to keep the party going for a while at least....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Pretty solid patches in Needham but not much elsewhere.... Saw some on my walk this morning near where I work in Foxboro covered with bees....
  18. Thread: Shim for OAV

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    Re: Shim for OAV

    Slatted racks work for me as well..... Some scorching but no chance of setting the hive on fire....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    No problem..... That is part of the reason I started posting pictures in the "Post your Bloom Dates" > Massachusetts subforum (and also some here).... I thought that plus what can easily be found...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    A good productive week. A couple of good soaking rains to help keep the flow going.... Temp highs ranging from 77 to 87 (daytime) and nighttime lows from 60 to 70. Measurable rain on 2 days. YTD...
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    Re: Swarm control, have we been doing it wrong?

    Thanks! I was able to find it in the archives so will give it a read.... Much appreciated! nectar-management-101/
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    Re: Oxalic/glycerin on cellulose mite treatment

    Solid not corrugated.... The cardboard I heard recommended and I used in my test batch were the cardboard shims used for drywall.... ...
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    Re: Oxalic/glycerin on cellulose mite treatment

    Basically cardboard.....
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    Re: Swarm control, have we been doing it wrong?

    I've been reading Walt's articles but wasn't aware he had written a book. Where can I get a copy?
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    Re: Basswood

    It just started blooming here in Massachusetts....
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