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  1. Thread: Kentucky

    by StacieM
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    Re: Kentucky

    Black locust just starting (earlier than usual)
    Berry, KY (Pendleton Co)
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    Re: What to expect from beekeeper associations?

    I have been a member (and former president) of a local association for four years. Ours charges a small fee ($10 yearly per family) to be a member. Perks of paid membership are FREE use of the...
  3. Re: What assumptions can I make from pollen coming in?

    Can't say they are queenless for sure. But after 15 days in a hive, I would expect to see eggs. Could mean that you didn't get the queen. Could mean that the queen was a virgin. Could mean...
  4. Re: The 2 frame extractor blew out my medium foundationless comb...

    Even wired frames with foundation can get blown out in an extractor. There is a trick to doing it just right. You have to start out very, very slow. When the comb is full of honey it is very heavy...
  5. Thread: Too many bees

    by StacieM
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    Re: Too many bees

    Your bees are saying they need room. Either make a few splits or add a few supers. I am in Kentucky and will be supering my hives this weekend. The early spring and early blooms mean my bees are...
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    Re: How long do new packages take syrup?

    The most important thing to remember about new packages is that they have no resources. And unless you are replacing a dead out, they likely have no comb. And this early in the year, people are...
  7. Re: What assumptions can I make from pollen coming in?

    I assume more about a hive not bringing in pollen when it is readily available than I do about a hive bringing it in. Bringing it in means pollen is available and the weather is good enough to...
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    Re: New KY Bee Keepers

    Welcome! What part of KY?
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    Re: Can someone tell me about this frame?

    You say you have another hive? If so, stick in a frame of eggs from the other hive. If they are queenless they will have resources to requeen.
  10. Thread: Bee Sting ?

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    Re: Bee Sting ?

    I wear a bee jacket and have never been stung through it. I have been stung through blue jeans before.
  11. Thread: Kentucky

    by StacieM
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    Re: Kentucky

    41003
    Purple Deadnettle blooming for about 10 days, bees working it
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    Re: Making a nuc from existing hives. Timing?

    Thanks to all of you. Here in Kentucky, our swarm season runs (weather dependent of course) from April through June. I am going to give some thought to whether or not to put the old queen in the...
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    Making a nuc from existing hives. Timing?

    When is the optimal time to make a nuc from existing hives? I have four strong hives (at least they were at last check), and am hoping to be able to make a few nucs off of them this spring. I don't...
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    Re: Painting Bee Hives?

    Mine are painted based on what paint I had available or could get cheap. I also have some eco-wood treated hives that look unpainted. I have no idea if the color plays a role in them knowing their...
  15. Re: Comparing sugar cakes to "loose" sugar feeding

    I have done the Mountain Camp method for the past few years. For me, it seems to work well. Here in Northern/North Central Kentucky, humidity and moisture are as much of a concern as the cold temps....
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    Re: Bloom date sub forum

    I would love to see something that would at least break it in to states, and then within the state post city and zip code.
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    Re: New package - treat or not?

    Some varroa treatment options may cause the queen to temporarily stop laying. This is not something you want to happen in the early days of a new package that is trying to build up. Spring is when...
  18. Re: Kelley N Frames and wired foundation - pin? Wire? or leave as is

    I have used a lot of the N frames with slide in wax foundation and have never used anything in the sides (in mediums OR deeps). I've not had any problems.
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    Re: THickness for pants

    In my experience, the thickness is less important than making sure that the pants are somewhat loose and not tight against your skin. I can wear thin jeans that are loose and never get stung through...
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    Re: Kentucky Bloom season, when to feed?

    It really depends on where in Kentucky, and also, how many frames they have drawn. If they are still working to draw their two deep brood boxes, keep feeding (my opinion). Depending on the rain and...
  21. Re: Dadant Ranger Hand-Crank, out of balance right out of the box

    Nobody? Can anyone tell me how much wobble is normal? It seems the metal spinning basket inside is slightly out of round.
  22. Dadant Ranger Hand-Crank, out of balance right out of the box

    Today I purchased the Dadant Ranger hand-crank extractor. I am familiar with this model as my bee club has the exact same one and I have used it several times with no complaints. We got the...
  23. Re: Maxant 3100-H (hand crank model)... Should I order?

    And, if I do upgrade later, is it incredibly difficult to add the motor on? Or is it a fairly straight-forward process? Same quality as buying the motorized version from the get-go?
  24. Re: Maxant 3100-H (hand crank model)... Should I order?

    Thanks all! I have 8 hives currently, but only plan to extract from 4 this year. I am hoping that I will continue to grow and increase, and can upgrade to the power version when I can afford it. ...
  25. Maxant 3100-H (hand crank model)... Should I order?

    I have been using the club extractor (for free), but it doesn't do deeps. I really need the ability to extract deeps, but I am on a TIGHT budget.

    Any suggestions? I have spent countless hours...
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