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    Re: How cold is too cold?

    Wow, thank you for such a thorough answer! This is my first winter so I'm just happy they survived this long. As for a shim, I don't have one, can I use an empty super instead?

    Next Wednesday is...
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    How cold is too cold?

    I just checked on my hive today for the first time since December (the weather wasn't cooperating) and I saw three bees flying about. It was sunny and about 34 degrees. I'm happy to report the cedar...
  3. Thread: Ordering Bees

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    Ordering Bees

    I just purchased the equipment I need for a second hive today, I already have one and have wrapped it up for winter. The problem is I don't think it's going to make it through the winter because they...
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    Re: Not Sure What To Do

    I'm using wax foundation. I thought I would have fewer problems with wax than plastic. But I did see a little capped honey today and some nectar. When I went in yesterday it was a little cloudy, so...
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    Not Sure What To Do

    I just got into my hive for my first inspection today after releasing my queen. It's been about a week and a half since I released her, and I would have been in sooner, but we've had some cold rainy...
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    Re: Am I missing anything?

    Thanks for you help. If I use starter strips, what kind of frames would I use? Would I need a wedge top or a groove top?
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    Am I missing anything?

    I'm still planning on getting bees next year, so I figure I have all of this year to get ready. I've signed up for some classes, read a few books, and figured out where I'm going to put them. Now I'm...
  8. Thread: Hello from PA

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    Re: Hello from PA

    Thanks for inviting me, but I won't be able to attend any meetings at least for the moment. I have classes Thursday nights and I don't know what the summer will bring with regards to my work...
  9. Thread: Hello from PA

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    Re: Hello from PA

    Also, there are lots of black walnut trees on the property with a field corn field across the street. There are lots of day lilies too along with forsythia and flowering weeds throughout the summer....
  10. Thread: Hello from PA

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    Hello from PA

    Hello everybody. I've never kept bees before and am planning on starting next year. I don't know anyone who has ever kept bees before so I know pretty much nothing about them. I've watched a few...
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    Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    I haven't started beekeeping yet, but I am going to do it. I've signed up for two different classes, one at the local community college in May and another at an agricultural school in July, but I...
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