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  1. Re: At this time in the season, what should my hives look like

    Not sure if this helps you but on May 5th I installed a nuc into a 10 frame deep. That hive is now solid full two deeps, a medium and a shallow because that is what I had laying around. I will...
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    Re: My 2012 NY Apiarys

    Great shots Mark. Amazing how much poison parsnip is around these days. When I was younger I don't remember it ever being that thick.

    Now you have to tell the story about the Taco Bell shot.
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    Re: Severe Reaction

    A key thing for me is getting the stinger out properly as soon as you feel it. It will keep pumping venom, just watch it, and getting it out as soon as you feel the sting makes a big difference in my...
  4. Re: Collecting bees on outside of screened bottom board?

    The screened bottom boards I have on a few of my hives here in frosty Vermont have planks I can slide in for the colder weather. Best of both worlds. Was 93 degrees here today and having those boards...
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    Re: One hive storing lots of honey, one not

    If I don't use smoke and I just crack and tip back the top deep to look for swarm cells I have a hard time believing it sets the hive back two days. The bees just ignore me and I often watch queens...
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    Re: Mating nuc dillema . . .

    It is done and the bees seem much happier with the extra room . . . .

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0SHPW1ed5jE/UAHac9QUbJI/AAAAAAAAA_U/uB9UfMfFl9c/s640/doublesuper.JPG
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    Re: What the best Feeder system

    An inverted gallon paint can with holes in the lid on the inner cover with a super to cover it works just fine for most anything.

    I got a couple of those Beemax feeders in a bulk buy I did and...
  8. Re: stung in the face... not feeling so hot, this normal?

    Been popped in the face many times. Usually just before donning my veil. I always seem to find a queenless hive when that happens! Swelling goes away in a few days.
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    Re: Requeening, but can't find the old queen!

    If you are requeening and can't find the queen that you are going to kill I go straight to the shaker box.
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    Re: Break in brood cycle?

    Bees here have stopped bringing in lots of nectar within the last week or two here in southern Vermont. Sumac is done, basswood is done, milkweed almost over, not touching the Dutch at all that I can...
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    Re: One hive storing lots of honey, one not

    I would balance them. Your chances of losing the weaker hive over the winter if you don't is greater than the chance of losing your "boomer" if you do.
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    Mating nuc dillema . . .

    I have my mating nucs that I will overwinter all set and were started on July 1. They are doubles using deep frames with two nucs per box. I have built the supers that I had planned on adding at the...
  13. Re: During inspections do you crush your bees when putting boxes back on

    A puff of smoke to the top of the box and then a puff of smoke to the bottom of the box going on. Minimizes the carnage but doesn't avoid it altogether.
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    Re: Removing Supers question

    I have a few escape boards that worked fine when I had just a few hives but now I am planning on using fume boards for this years harvest. Bee Go stinks like vomit but it does work.
  15. Re: Beekeeping takes time! How do you stay efficient?

    Pull top cover and set on ground upside down. Pull supers and set on ground on their sides. Top deep is cracked, slid forward an inch and then tilted up to expose the bottoms of the frames. Check...
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    Poll: Re: How is your crop looking?

    Yes, that is what I am talking about myself. Dividing harvest by number of hives. Am curious what people down south average compared to up here in the north. I have a few hundred pound hives already...
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    Poll: Re: How is your crop looking?

    Yes, that is what I am talking about myself. Dividing harvest by number of hives. Am curious what people down south average compared to up here in the north. I have a few hundred pound hives already...
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    Poll: Re: How is your crop looking?

    Solomon, I think we are talking average per hive so adding hives isn't a factor. How much honey are you getting per hive on average?
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    Re: More robbing questions

    Why have you not put on robbing screens? Here is a simple one you can make in minutes. . . .

    http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Mussen/beebriefs/robbingscreen.pdf
  20. Re: made a split but bees keep killing queen cells

    Put in a frame with eggs and all stages of open brood. The bees will decide what they want to make a queen from.
  21. Re: Someone gave me this honey dispenser. Is it a common type of thing?

    Looks like an old settling tank. Should work fine. Fill it from the extractor and let it sit overnight. Skim off anything weird from the top of it in the morning and start bottling.
  22. Thread: Feeding bees

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    Re: Feeding bees

    You are doing fine. In warm weather the bees will feed perfectly fine from the setup you have. Let them eat if they need it and from what I hear about the weather in your part of the world they...
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    Re: Is this a normal thing Bees do ?

    It looks the the foragers are taking a rest for the night before working again tomorrow. I see it on all my hives, except the ones with slatted bottom boards and screen bottom boards in combination,...
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    Re: How long can honey stay before bottling?

    Cover it tightly while you are traveling and you have no worries. It will last a long time, hundreds of years as the Egyptians proved!
  25. Re: opened up the hive today and noticed the wax looked like something is eating it.

    Looks like robbing to me.
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