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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    Keep it coming.. Good stuff. My goal is to have for them to live in. I cant do free range. Moving it around would be great, but not mandatory. Ill keep in mind the tray. That sounds like excellent...
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    Didnt know about that site. thanks.
  3. Thread: morels

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    Re: morels

    One thing to note here. In order to properly ID some wild mushrooms, the entire "root" system is needed. For Morels, it should be OK to leave that in the ground as advised above. While gathering...
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    Chicken Coop recommendations???

    I am looking for a chicken coop but those I am reviewing from tractor supply dont give me warm fuzzies. Planning to get 3 or 4 at the most Rhode ISland Red (heritage variety with black tail feathers...
  5. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Y I think maples are popped some places ny and close in others. Same for willow. I was wondering about skunk cabbage. Seems that should be going now. I saw some deep orange-ish pollen coming in...
  6. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Good point about notch on top. IN this case, I dont think it would have mattered though. But.. Ill tuck that point away. I guess I thought the live bees did spring cleaning and took out dead bodies...
  7. Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    I finally had a good weather window and time to open my two living hives. What an awful site inside. One hive had so many dead bees piled it couldnt use the landing board and front door area. They...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    I am targeting first weekend in May for my splits. Or if the weather is good, last weekend in April. I think this is pushing it though, based on what others in my area have told me.

    FYI - I saw...
  9. Thread: Stinky deadout

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    Re: Stinky deadout

    Postmortem report for both hives. One was a split that was weak going into winter. I figured this one would not make it but I left good stores. This one had a ton of dead bees on the bottom board...
  10. Thread: Stinky deadout

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    Re: Stinky deadout

    Good questions to which I don't have good answers. I have not looked at them since December sadly. So when they died is anyone guess. I did not have the top cover off. I did not feed anything during...
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    Re: Feeding in 35 degree weather

    Good ideas. I'm going to wait a few hours and hope the sun comes ups. I left five mediums on the one and four on the other. I will explore with the hive tool and see what is there. Great ideas....
  12. Thread: Stinky deadout

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    Stinky deadout

    I lost two hives this winter and opened them up yesterday to see what was what inside. I found frames with water in them. Literally I put the frame on its side, shook and it rained. Several frames...
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    Feeding in 35 degree weather

    I finally made it to my hives this weekend and two dead outs and two alive.. I only popped the top real quick and saw and heard buzzing. Tomorrow is not above freezing really but I want to feed in...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Shenzhen (China)

    Google translate works good enough for the most part. Just cut and paste from we-chat. One word of advice.. if you get hives, dont leave them where someone can get to them. Someone will figure a way...
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    Last flying weather

    According to accuweather.com, the last day above freezing at my hives was Jan. 29th. 35 degrees. Not sure that even counts. Before that was 41 on Jan 18th. I am going to guess they flew that day....
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    Re: Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    Forcast has changed. Now its supposed to be something like 5 with real feel -4 about the time I need to check my hives tomorrow AM. I think I will pass on anything to do with my bees this time...
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    Re: Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    Hmmm. I am hoping that all my hives are heavy, alive, and healthy. That is most likely not the case as deadouts happen. My hives, except one, were strong or very strong going into the winter. I...
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    Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    Its come to that time of the winter when I will be near my girls. Problem is temp will be high 15 and low 11!!!! I am planning to remove top cover and have a quick peak to see if they are still...
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    Re: Strange crystalized honey

    You know I bet this is what happened. It does make sense. Is it OK to feed back or not really?
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    Strange crystalized honey

    All of my honey has crystalized at various rates and I finally wanted to reconstitute it. One jar struck me as very odd. The top about half was liquid, very watery, not at all thick. The bottom...
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    Re: What the heck is the problem?

    OP: you said you have interesting pics? Can you post them? Check for small white blobs on frames. That would be varroa poop. I had a hive crash in Nov a bunch of years ago due to varroa. I shook the...
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    Re: hives on someone else's property?

    Once he gets started, has enough equipment, and customers buying his honey, are you going to get the boot from his land? Are you expected to Mentor him, check and care for his hives until he comes up...
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    Re: How cold is too cold?

    "... Opening the lid will do no harm at cold temperatures if you put the feed in and close it back up."

    I actually wondered about this. My bees propolize the daylights out of the lid and inner...
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    Crystallized honey for mead?

    I'm planning to make 5 gallons of mead today. Most of my honey is crystallized now though. Do I need to re hydrate it first or dump it in and go? Also.. For sweet mead, use of regular cooking yeast...
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    Re: My neighbour's bees have it in for me...

    What does everyone think about growing something to block the flight path? Bamboo grows quick, is fairly thick, and grows tall. I wonder if that may do the trick?
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