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    Re: would like to start home beekeeping

    LOL. SC, you probably ended your post just before I did.

    Phil
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    Re: would like to start home beekeeping

    Get on YOUTUBE and watch (and marvel) at JP the Beeman. He is probably the best at removing honey bee colonies from structures (I don't recommend going protectionless, as he normally does).
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    You need to go in real quick to make sure the mice are OUT. A near windless day is better. Then staple on 1/4 in square wire mesh (the openings are large enough for even drones to get in).
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    Re: Bees in top of hive

    All colonies behave differently. I have 5 colonies; about a month ago all but one had a lot of outside activity, a warmer day following a cool spell. I was worried about the "inactive" hive, so I...
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    @ enjambres: I think you are right, I meant stratify, not scarify.

    Thanks all for the replies. For aster I have read that putting them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag with a damp paper...
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    Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    This fall I have collected a bunch of the seed heads from goldenrod and aster. I am planning broadcasting the seed in March or April.

    Does anyone have experience in scarifying these?
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    Re: To wrap or not?

    Mid 30's F. We seldom get below 5 F.

    Thank you for your answer, and thank you for your book.

    Phil
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    Re: To wrap or not?

    Thanks for the input. I have a "quilt" on top of the top box, and the area above the quilt is well ventilated, so the top is not an issue. I will likely use tarpaper to wrap.
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    To wrap or not?

    Temps here in Maryland through December are near normal, Day in the 40's, night to the mid-20's. However January forecast has a couple of weeks in the mid-30's, with night-time temps in the...
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    Re: Suggested Youtube channels???

    +1 on the Ohio Country Boy: He is very thorough on explaining things.

    Also check out Jason Bruns, especially for swarm box set-up and transfer of swarm box to a hive.
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    Re: Question about winter/spring build up

    LOL!

    Phil
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    Re: Suggested Youtube channels???

    @drlonzo, thanks for the heads up on Lauri! I didn't know she posted on YOUTUBE. Her posts with photos, make me sigh with wonder and envy.

    For pure entertainment with instruction, JP the Bee...
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    Frame location in hive body

    In a langstrom hive I have at times seen recommendation to "center" the frames in the box. In practice, I have found it more convenient to push all frames to one side; that way makes it easier to...
  14. Re: Liability concerns for removing swarms and cutouts

    Thank you all for your replies. Unfortunately I think I will pass on offering any of these services.

    Phil
  15. Liability concerns for removing swarms and cutouts

    Last week I received the annual Maryland registration of beehives. The application includes the option of being contacted for removal of swarms, or performing cutouts. I am considering indicating...
  16. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    Let them suffer and die is the reason I buy bees.... REALLY MAN!!!?

    Phil
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    Re: hive beetles

    Strong hives!

    I went crazy a couple of years ago with Beetle blasters because in one of the hives 2 frames were slimed by SHB larva. I had 2 or more blasters per box.

    The following year and...
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    Re: drones in december

    I can't answer your questions about drones, but I wanted to know about your overwintering. Do you have migratory covers to allow the sides of the hives to be butted together?
    What kind of wrap do...
  19. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Assuming they are prepared for the winter, probably the best thing to do is to forget about them for the next 2-3 months. Take up piano lessons, for example. :)
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    Re: JP The Beeman videos

    The caption could also be: "....until the next PatBeek video. Both are outstanding!

    Phil
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    Re: Bee Suite recommendation

    Ultrabreeze. I have the jacket, which I wear with jeans. I got it during the summer (July I think). I have 5 hives of Italians, and have not been stung since I started using it.

    Phil
  22. Re: is there natural die off durring the winter?

    Totally agree with jvalentour. I have 5 colonies of Italians. One of the hives (most populous) has a lot of dead bees outside the entrance.
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    Re: Lets talk about Long Lang Hives

    Amen that!

    @LoneWolf:

    One of the photos of your long lang has a superstructure that I do not understand. Is that essentially an outer cover? We all have a lot of questions, don't we. :)
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    Re: Air hose suggestions

    Just viewed the FLEXZILLA video on their website. Very impressive. It is much more flexible and pliable than rubber.
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    Re: Air hose suggestions

    +1. I have PVC, which is a nuisance. The coils "stand" on the floor, so I find myself spending a lot of time rearranging the hose. Rubber is much more flexible, and will "lay down" on the floor.
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