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  1. Re: Supercedure cells everywhere... Need Advice Please

    Andrew so far I think I am the only person dealing with these darn Brown Tail Moths.... While those tent Caterpillars are terrible I would take them in trade for these other ones. The skin rash they...
  2. Re: Supercedure cells everywhere... Need Advice Please

    Hi Oldtimer:

    It's true my bees so not say "hey guys" ever :) I appreciate your post and wondered if you could provide clarification on a couple of points.

    "Hives intending to swarm will allow...
  3. Re: Supercedure cells everywhere... Need Advice Please

    Hi Andrew

    Thanks for the input. This is what I have always believed. Yesterday I did split the colony into 4. I could have done more as I had more Queen cells but I ran out of equipment. Today I...
  4. Re: Supercedure cells everywhere... Need Advice Please

    Hi Sakhoney
    I have never been clear on the difference between Swarm and Supersedure cells if indeed there is any. But I do agree with the newer wax theory. Yes I similarly place hives when splitting...
  5. Supercedure cells everywhere... Need Advice Please

    Hi

    Marcy from Coastal Brunswick Maine here. Today while going through one of my colonies I noticed more supersedure cells than I have ever seen in my 11 years or so of beekeeping. It was raining...
  6. Coastal Maine: Brown tail moths all over my hives

    Hello Coastal Maine Bee Keeps

    I live in Brunswick where we commonly have Brown Tail Moths. These moths in their caterpillar phase molt up to 6 times I understand and each time they molt they drop...
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    How do I feed pollen to my bees???

    Hello

    I bought some bee pollen and am wondering if I can just sprinkle this on the inner cover? Is there some advantage to making a patty and if so how do I make one? It seems counter productive...
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    Where can I purchase bee pollen?

    Hello:

    I am in Southern Maine in case anyone can recommend a local source that would be great. If not does anyone have a recommendation on where to order? Brushy Mountain has it for $18 per pound...
  9. Re: Late Season Feeding?/Brunswick Maine Bee Keep

    Thank you for your reply and input. I have never heard a recommendation that included vinegar and am curious what property the vinegar offers. I believe folks say to stop feeding this syrup this late...
  10. Re: Late Season Feeding?/Brunswick Maine Bee Keep

    Hi Again

    So sorry for the delay in response. If I can help in any way just let me know. As to your feeling overwhelmed well there is a good reason for this. IT IS OVER WHELMING... Bee Keeping...
  11. Re: Late Season Feeding?/Brunswick Maine Bee Keep

    Hello Cookie

    I posted this awhile ago and it just did not seem to generate much interest. I am on my 9th year of bee keeping here in Brunswick and I am happy to share all my experience and help in...
  12. Late Season Feeding?/Brunswick Maine Bee Keep

    Hello Bee Keeps

    I have been feeding my naturally kept colonies for about a month and a half. I did switch last to heavier syrup and two colonies are still light. I am wondering if there are...
  13. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Thank you Andrew...

    I was headed in this direction but as it has been years since I fed Syrup it is really nice t have the confirmation.

    Best Marcy

    PS just not a good honey year for me....
  14. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Hello deknow,

    Strong means... box was about full when I put the second box on which was some time ago as in June. So two things I think occurred.. one they never pulled out the rest of the frames...
  15. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Hi Barry

    Thank you for your input. These were packaged bees installed mid May. I fed them syrup till they did not wish to take more of it. Sounds like your swarm has done well. These took a while...
  16. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Hello JW

    ...and thank you for your response. Brood looks fine and yes I think I need to try to build them up if I can before cold weather. I do have some small cell wax foundation which I think I...
  17. Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Dear Bee Keeps

    I started a new colony this spring of natural small cell package bees. They as many first year bees are doing well. I started the colony on small cell plastic frames, 10 Frame...
  18. Re: Overwintering One Nuc-Suggestions needed

    Oh yes and thank you.... I have seen this Power Point presentation before and it is excellent. I am looking for more information about over wintering a single nuc box or a single ten frame deep.
  19. Re: Overwintering One Nuc-Suggestions needed

    Thanks for your response I will look to Mike Palmer.
  20. Overwintering One Nuc-Suggestions needed

    Hello

    Maine bee keep here. I have never overwintered Nucs but did intend to do so this coming winter. I nicely set up 2 nucs to hold over for winter. Both were in a divided 10 frame box. One just...
  21. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Michael

    Thank you. As always your answers are straight forward. I am wondering a few things. I have never used a bottom board to feed. I do not have a top entrance hole although I am thinking I...
  22. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Hello Andrew:

    As always excellent information. And yes I should have said right off the bat I have not used chemicals in my hives for years and do not advocate doing so. I try hard to be treatment...
  23. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Hi Andrew

    Great to hear form you! I always appreciate your input. Is it your feeling that it is best to use OA instead? and if so why?

    I hope your bees faired well over the winter Andrew. I am...
  24. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Thank you for the input about OA vs. FMGO. I have never used either but do think I will have a heavier mite load this spring as I had some robbing drifting from a laying worker hive that had tons of...
  25. HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Hello

    Marcy from Maine here reporting in. I am so excited. Once again all my colonies made it through winter and this was CRAZY winter here in Maine. No winter losses and so I continue with my...
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