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    Re: Do drones feed larvae?

    To answer your question....drones do nothing for the good of the hive. Their only purpose is to mate a virgin queen.....and eat, eat, eat.
  2. Re: Why don't feral bees have to follow the rules?

    Rear that queen!
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    Re: When do you take hive wraps off?

    I won't make the same mistake that I made last year. I took my wraps off on April 1st thinking that we were completely out of the woods. Turns out that the Northeast had a cold spell that lasted...
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    Re: How long does 1:1 sugar water last

    If you've fed your bees, check them in a couple of days. Chances are your feeders will be bone dry and you can add the rest. I've fed double deep 8 frm hives 2 gallons of 1:1 to come back 3 days...
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    Re: Hello from Jim Thorpe Pa!

    Welcome from Stroudsburg, PA.
  6. Re: How to winter hives with honey in colder climates?

    I go with 1 and 2. We are coming out of a harsher than normal winter this year. I just supplement feed if necessary.
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    Re: 7 5/8 supers

    The only place that I know of that even deals with 7 5/8 anymore is Mann Lake. The founder of Mann Lake told me it was from the old width cuts of lumber.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I started beekeeping in Spring 2012 with all frames with foundation. Last year, I replaced about 1/4 of my frames with foundationless. I'll continue this until I am totally foundationless in my...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    Of 10 hives and 1 nuc, I lost 1 hive that was weak going into winter and my nuc starved. The other 9 hives are very strong.
  10. Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    $3.99 for the bucket and $1.99 for the lid at Lowe's. Just bought one last week. Found it in the paint section. They are white and stamped "Food Grade" on them.
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    Re: Total loss

    Anyone who has ever experienced bear damage will tell you that bears smash everything. Your frames would be neatly in your hive bodies like that. They would have crushed your frames, eaten all of...
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    Re: Marking queens with colors

    Mann Lake has a Queen Marking Tube for $6.25. Makes marking queens a lot easier. Make sure that the paint is dry on your queen and that you puff smoke around her as you reintroduce her to the hive...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I was able to check on the hives last Tuesday (61 degrees F) and Friday (49 degree F). They had devoured the fondant that I put in back February. Of the 10 hives and 1 nuc that I went into Winter...
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    Re: Where's spring?!

    Great pics, Bernhard. I was able to pop open the hives this past weekend with the reprieve of 50 degrees F. They still had a little fondant left from the 60 degree F weekend that we had back in...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    http://bit.ly/1dLFlb1
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Lots of weather activity in the past week here in the Poconos. We had 20 inches of snow on Thursday into Friday and then another 6 today. I was able to check the few hives that are located at my...
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    Re: Why do you keep bees?

    My Great Uncle kept bees when I was a little kid. I have memories of going to his house and seeing the hives out next to his huge garden. I remember his home-made solar wax melter sitting next to...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I went out and checked on the hives earlier this week before the snow arrived. We got a one-two punch on Monday and Wednesday here in the Poconos with 8 inches of the white stuff on Monday and then...
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    Re: Another week of minus temps.

    I popped the lids a few weeks ago when we hit 60F. They were all strong. Lots of bees. I did have one dead-out. This particular hive was weak going into winter.
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    Re: Second year questions

    Even without drawn comb, I haven't had a problem with them populating two deeps by the end of the summer. You just have to feed them all summer long.
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    Re: Hive checks

    I see you guys talking back and forth about these "cookies". Sounds messy and very time consuming. The fondant seems so much easier. As I said before, I bought a 50-pound block and cut it up...
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    Re: Hive checks

    Andrew....I did fall feeding with 2:1 syrup, but will take advantage of anytime that I can open my hives without doing damage to the bees to add more feed. I'd rather they have too much than too...
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    Re: Hive checks

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    8 ft cedar posts = $7.49 each from Tractor Supply
    16 ft x 50 in cattle fence = $26.99? from Tractor Supply (I used 3 for this 16x8 fence)
    spool of 1/4 mile fence...
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    Re: Spider in with the bees

    Very common to see spiders. I usually have them under the outer rim of the telescoping covers. I had a problem with earwigs (pincer bugs) this year. Surprisingly, I didn't see many ants.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I checked on the hives yesterday. We had record high temps in NE Pennsylvania in the low 60s. This was a great opportunity to do an assessment. I added fondant packs. I was able to buy a 50-pound...
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