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    Re: Pennsylvania Pollen

    Bringing in pollen since March 10 when the weather cooperated in SC PA.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Went down to the hives yesterday and saw alot of activity at the entrance. Some of them were bringing back pollen. I cannot imagine were they were getting it from. Went in today to see if they...
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    Re: Bringing in pollen

    Went down to the hives today. They were very active at the entrance with a rather large cloud of bees hovering out front. It was good to see young bees flying (nice and fuzzy instead of the older...
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    Re: Starting a nuc

    This was a double nuc (2 5 frame nucs). The frames were transferred along with the bees on each frame. Then 1 frame of bees were shaken on top. The queen was transferred on one of the frames. All...
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    Starting a nuc

    Long story short. I got a nuc over the weekend and would like to build it up for the winter in a full size hive. The nuc was placed inside a 10 frame hive that starved out over the winter. Seeing...
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    Adding supers in fall

    Just a quick question. One of my hives has two shallow supers full of capped honey. I extracted one and left the other for them. Would it be wise to extract the other and give it back to them to...
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    Re: In Pa, field bee flights in a dearth

    It makes sense to me that they would rather spend their energy gathering nectar than water. If they can get nectar it contains water anyway thus helping to cool the hive as they evaporate it to make...
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    Re: In Pa, field bee flights in a dearth

    I was always told the main flow here is usually over around fathers day. But, this year they are still going strong. I caught a swarm on May 1. That is the hive that has two shallow supers on. ...
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    Re: In Pa, field bee flights in a dearth

    Are you sure the flow is ending? The clover hear is still going strong but a couple storms may have helped. My hives have been very active, rocketing out of the entrance with a purpose and a...
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    Re: How do you react to a sting

    Just took one to the cheek. Normally the bees don't bother me I too can sit next to the hives and watch but this morning they swarmed and before that I lifted up the honey supers to give them a top...
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    Re: Swarms and orientation behavior

    I hived a swarm into a nuc box. It was quite an sight. I left the box on the ground and watched them all pile in. They too began fanning the entrance as well as the top (didn't lock it down yet...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm today 11:00 am. Very small, I believe this was an afterswarm from the hive that swarmed last Sunday. Caught it but lost it. Didn't think they would have chewed there way out of a shoe box so...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/6 caught, donated to the local bee club. Not quite sure if it was mine. They landed on the back of a nuc box I hived a swarm in earlier in the week. Saw them in the air while cutting the grass...
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    Queenless swarm

    Just a stupid question. Recently I captured two swarms, after getting the main cluster of bees in the box there were still rather large clusters remaining after I moved the swarm (definalty got the...
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    Re: Swarm Catching

    Had that happpen too. Turns out I didn't get the queen the first time. They all swarmed back to the spot with the queen. The second time was the trick. Waited for them to regroup and tried again....
  16. Transfering Nuc swarm into full hive body

    To make a long story short, caught a swarm on 5/1 and only had a Nuc box that was acting as a swarm trap ( 5 foundatioinless frames) to put them in. Moved them next to the spot I was going to hive...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Also caught a swarm Tuesday of a decent size. They were in a olive bush about ten feet up. Learned some valuable lessons. One don't under estimate the weight. The cluster doesn't like to drop...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm caught about 3# pounds placed inside foundationless nuc box. Waiting till night to move them to a more permenant location. Tryed the white sheet method but must not have got the queed because...
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    Re: Bees dying outside hive

    I too have been seeing this. IMO the temps have been marginal for good flying but they go out anyway. The wind that we have had this past week doesn't help. It appears to me that when they fall...
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    Re: Swarm cells in PA

    Drones are flying at my hive. Took a walk down and there was a dead one on the landing board must not have made it back in before it got chilled. The last time I got in there was about 2 weeks ago...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Went into the hive today. I was hoping to reverse them but when I lifted off the top deep there was about the same amount of bees in both. Lots of new nectar coming in and pollen. There stores...
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    Re: Entrance Reducer

    Are talking about the wooden ones with the different sizes cut into them. They basically just slide between the bottom board and the hive body. That way you can just catch the corner with your hive...
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    Re: Question about Unusual Hive Sounds

    Possibly curing nectar? There is alot of maple nectar coming in I believe. I was told that the maple bloom is the first nectar flow of the year. I gives them a chance to rebuild for rearing brood....
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Thinking ahead if this weather holds. Who's thinking about reversing/checkerboarding and supering. I'm going to go in the hive tomorrow to evaluate things. I let you know want I find. So far the...
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    Re: When to remove granulated sugar?

    I too can remember fishing on openeing day when it still was the second Saturday in April and having snow squalls that would put down a quick inch or two. My parents always called it the onion snow...
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