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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    To answer your question directly. Yes, it will work. Bees are far more intelligent than we may think. I've been putting granulated sugar on top of my inner covers for over fifty years. And...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow

    Ours is going very strong. Wonderful rich goldenrod aroma coming from the apiary here. Field force is landing very heavily at all hives. OMTCW
  3. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    Infertile queen possible. She will remain until replaced by the beekeeper or laying workers. No more drones here since last days of July. OMTCW
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    Re: Bearding in the rain and low temps

    Honey is very hygroscopic (Hygroscopic definition, absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.) They are probably blocking the entrance so that the humidity doesn't add the moisture to the...
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    Re: Open feeding dry brewer's yeast

    I open feed them dry brewer's yeast mixed with defatted soy flour in the spring. Has worked well for my hives. Have never had to feed "pollen" in the fall. OMTCW
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    Think twice before installing them. As others have said a simple spacer tool is better if you need it. With those supers you will always have to use a frame with drawn out comb and sometimes you...
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    Re: I've got 1600 lbs of honey, now what?

    Craigslist is also an excellent adv. spot for honey near large cities. OMTCW
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    Re: I've got 1600 lbs of honey, now what?

    You could try selling it to the organizers of the local food coops that are probably in your area. The kind where the customers buy shares in whatever may be harvested at particular times of the...
  9. Re: Are carpenter ants a nuisance or big trouble?

    Odfrank. There wouldn't probably be any ants if you removed the deep super surrounding your feeder bottles. Many commercial beekeepers just leave the bottles out in the open above the inner...
  10. Re: Aha, it's not just me, NH seems to be having a problem with honey supply

    How much did you feed your bees in the spring? I have found that if you feed the hives abundantly in the spring so that the population is increased proportionately that the honey crop that will...
  11. Re: Newspaper combine with 2 queen right hives?

    What's the purpose? Find and kill the inferior queen and let the better one thrive. Otherwise, you are standing the chance of having one injured queen and a mess later. OMTCW
  12. Re: Are carpenter ants a nuisance or big trouble?

    As mentioned, ants love moisture therein lies the reason they are on the inner covers. I just raise the front of the top cover and rest it on the front of the inner cover, allowing air to flow...
  13. Re: Bees in a tree .. when , and how to trap

    You have been given a gift. Leave them alone and set a swarm trap in the spring near them. I would do it every spring. Once had a similar situation from which I harvested swarms at least every...
  14. Re: How successful are double screen boards for overwintering a small hive on a big o

    "The one thing I'm a little nervous about is how a one super hive has enough feed to overwinter. Guess I'll just be visiting them a lot, and have lots of fondant on hand." No problem, just feed...
  15. Re: How successful are double screen boards for overwintering a small hive on a big o

    It would be far better to use a double screen and place each medium super on very strong hives. I do this nearly every year with late July swarms that I have caught. Feed them to the fullest and...
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    Re: Drones got the boot!

    LOL (laughing out loud) It's sort of a disclaimer. Only My Two Cents Worth.
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    Re: Drones got the boot!

    July 29th my hives got rid of their drones as well. Found it kind of early for my area but every hive did it all around the same time frame. It may be a worse winter than the last....... OMTCW
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    Re: How do you know?

    The bees land very "heavily" as if they were bombers with their bombs still in the racks. They will also miss the landing board more often. OMTCW
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    Re: Swarm won't stay in hive?

    Try placing a queen excluder underthe bottom super then open the entrance. Make sure that the top does not have any holes where the queen could escape. A frame of brood will help. OMTCW
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    Re: benefits and myths about SBB

    It certainly does. I use them on all of my hives. During our northern winters they are closed, however come late spring they are open, the inner cover is pushed back about a half inch opening,...
  21. Re: Interesting DC editorial countering the pesticide CCD hysteria the media loves

    Maybe the journalist took some of his inspiration from the report "Honey production - 2013" in Bee Culture pp. 16-18 OMTCW
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    Re: Burr comb on inner cover

    Usually that is a sign that you need to add a honey super to be filled. OMTCW
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    Re: help with a swarm trap

    Go on You Tube and do a search "Swarm Traps" There are quite a few instructive videos that should give you much more info concerning the use of your hive bodies. OMTCW
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    Re: drill holes in honey super?

    Personally, I find it useless. From now on, with the hole in it, that super will always have to be facing front where the hole has been drilled. When moving bees for pollination purposes, just...
  25. Re: Need advice tonight: How early is too early to attempt to box a swarm?

    The longer you wait, the less honey they will have, then they will become mean. Suit up and maybe during the morning coolness they will be more lethargic. A light spray of sugar water might help...
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