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  1. Thread: spring unite?

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    Re: spring unite?

    Hilreal,
    No drones yet. That would be great if if there were. it was 62 here when I checked. I'm giving them a week. Next week is going to be warm. By the way TCW are always welcome :-)
    Bill S
  2. Thread: spring unite?

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    Re: spring unite?

    They have lots of honey and pollen.
  3. Thread: spring unite?

    by BillS
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    spring unite?

    I have two hives that came through winter with plenty of stores and bees but appear queenless. They have no brood when my other hives have brood, and they act queenless. They were bouncing off my...
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    Very light "honey"

    My brother went to Alaska and brought me back some honey. It was a nice thought. Having said that, it was water white and had almost no taste at all. I think it was sugar water "honey". But that is...
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    Re: Help - Fermentation Odor coming from hive

    NJ,
    I am on Long Island by you. Goldenrod is in full swing now. You get what you want from a smell. I think it smells like a mix of molasses and butterscotch. I can smell it a long way from my...
  6. Re: how to clean / de-mold styrofoam hive top feeder??

    Gary,
    I have several of these and I like them a lot. I clean them with a bleach - dish soap mix I make my self. An ounce or two of each mixed with water in a spray bottle. Spray it on, let it soak...
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    bee eating birds!

    I was out by one of my hive stands this morning and got to watch a flock of Purple Martins flying back and forth threw the flight line of the bees. They are obviously eating bees!. I read that the...
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    Re: wood glue - yes or no?

    In wood working the thought is that the nails are only to hold the wood until the glue dries. I glue and nail and the only reason I throw a frame out is its old, not loose. I am also a dinosaur, but...
  9. Thread: Swarm after dark

    by BillS
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    Re: Swarm after dark

    Congrats on your capture! I collected one swarm after dark. I was afraid they would leave the next day and I could not get back. The capture was easy. Right after I hived them as I was patting myself...
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    Re: Converting Deep Hive to Medium

    Your going the wrong way. You can't drive them. You have to think more in terms of what the bees want to do, not forcing them to do what you want them to do. They want to work upwards, not be forced...
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    Re: Converting Deep Hive to Medium

    I may be a crazy Yankee but, I would just wait till next spring and put the mediums on top. They will work their way up. Just keep putting mediums on top and you should be able to pull the empty deep...
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    Re: Is it too late to split a strong hive?

    ZoeRod,

    If hive #2 is actively raising a queen they will consider them selves queen right and reject the cell (tear it down). If you have an extra cell you can try it. If they take it you did a...
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    Re: Is it too late to split a strong hive?

    ZoeRod,

    I'm in Jamesport, not far from you. It sounds like your #1 hive is going to swarm. Depending on what equipment you have around, and how big the colony is you could break #1 up into two or...
  14. Thread: Ticked off bees

    by BillS
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    Re: Ticked off bees

    Well, it's been a couple of days and they have calmed down. I washed my jacket and gloves, and if nothing else my wife is less cross :-)

    Cheers
    Bill S
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    Re: Starter Strips in Wedge Bar Frames

    Tbonekel,

    When I want a foundationless frame pulled I nail the wedge in place on its end, no starter strip. It gives them a guide to work with. Don't over think the bee space thing. I only do this...
  16. Thread: Ticked off bees

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    Re: Ticked off bees

    Gord,

    I did just that, and today when I put the wet supers back on no one even gave me a glance. I guess time and soap cures all.

    Bill S
  17. Thread: Ticked off bees

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    Re: Ticked off bees

    We have a lot of privet in bloom and they love that so we are not in a dearth. I worked them at 8:00 in the morning hoping to beat the heat, and most of them were still home. That probably didn't...
  18. Thread: Ticked off bees

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    Re: Ticked off bees

    I did all that. I do that, work from the side, try to pick nice weather, try to work when there is nectar coming in ect, ect. These girls are POed! I took off the super this AM. Most of them were...
  19. Thread: Ticked off bees

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    Ticked off bees

    Well I really ticked off my biggest hive. Yesterday I pulled a few frames for a nuke and put an escape board on. They got pretty POed. I used plenty of smoke, but they really went off, bees boiling...
  20. Thread: mini nuc

    by BillS
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    Re: mini nuc

    You also have to make sure you give them eggs and very young brood.

    BillS
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    Re: What have I started....robbing death match?

    I also had a major robbing situation from leaking feed. The robber screen did not seem to help. I moved the nuc at night, and put a leafy branch in front of the entrance. I read the leafy branch...
  22. Thread: Robbing

    by BillS
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    Re: Robbing

    I also had a major robbing going on in a new nuc. First I reduced the opening to a 3/4" hole. No help at all. I tried putting a robbing screen on after it got dark to no avail, every one just went...
  23. Re: Is there a trick to removing the entrance reducer?

    grindMark,

    Are you using a solid bottom board? If you are you will find they get pretty grungy by spring. You need to get the bottom box off and scrape the bottom board clean. This is part of my...
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    Re: Stung through a bee-suit

    I saw that show,and I wouldn't be caught dead in a get up like that :-). That said, loose fitting is the best. I have found they can sting through just about anything if it is tight against your...
  25. Thread: Bee sting Salves

    by BillS
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    Re: Bee sting Salves

    Cut an onion in half and put the cut side on the sting (after removing the stinger of course). This is an old family remedy. I have found it works well. You can call this an old wives if you want,...
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