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  1. Re: Cross your fingers northeast, here come the arctic temps

    Have we all forgot about last winter and the winter before that where the temps were much colder and hung around until Mid March?? This winter has been easy on the bees temperature wise. I personally...
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    Re: Nuc management questions.

    Population looks good. I am located in the upper valley region of NH and VT, similar climate zone you are in with what sounds like less winds. In regards to setting up your nucs you have to figure...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Yes I am in Plainfield. Its a small world, Where about in Cornish did you live?
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Andrew have you tried sourcing good northern raised queens from respectable breeders here in the North East? I have found some success with buying queens from local breeders (that treat for mites)...
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    Re: New fresh cut lumber

    I agree. Stack the lumber with stickers under a roof and let it sit for a few months. The time it takes to bring the moister down in the lumber is determined my the species, thickness and...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    With only a small number of colonies and queens being raised within your apiary I wouldn't worry / invest so much time into propagating drones to target an isolated mating scheme. I found that I...
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    Re: Knotweed for winter prep?

    knotweed is a great source of honey for bees to winter on. not a great pollen producer.
  8. Re: Nucs that made it through a NE winter here in NH

    Ctyacres,

    I make all my equipment. To keep the feeders from leaking I make sure there is a nice bead of titebond 2 along the edge of the frame of the feeder before I staple the masonite on. I find...
  9. Re: Nucs that made it through a NE winter here in NH

    CtyAcres,

    I have 145 4 frame nucs that made it this far out of winter, some more that are on 8 combs. Ran 176 mini 4 ways last year, in the fall I combined them down to 80 ( caught last batch of...
  10. Nucs that made it through a NE winter here in NH

    Was able to treck out through a foot and a half of snow yesterday to inspect some of my nuc yards. Here are two pics that I had taken. The picture of the 4 way mating nuc doenst do it justice. over...
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    Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I like what Mike Palmer told me when I asked him if setting out to become a full time beekeeper is realistic, his reply was "don't quit your day job"
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    Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    Mperry89,

    I will feed 2:1 syrup in the fall to colonies that need it. In raising queen cells I will supply them with syrup to help keep a steady food source available.
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    Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I have been keeping bees for about 10 years. I set out with a goal to be able to make a living from keeping bees 4 years ago. I knew how much income I would need to be able to sustain my current...
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    Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I agree with, Sqkcrk.
    In my experience what I thought would take 2 years has taken me 4 years. Set some goals and see if you have any success in reaching them. I often found that I didn't reach my...
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    Re: Prices of nucs - shockingly wide variation

    Not all nucs are created equal. (Speaking from my local here in NH) There is a big difference between nucs that have seen a winter as to those that are made up with some brood and given a queen and...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Mike, There was a little goldenrod they did cap some off nicely with knotweed.
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    September

    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa478/t_roy1/Facebook/Cover%20Photos/1397967_10153492994090567_1555336615_o.jpg
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Nuc yard in late Dec

    http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa478/t_roy1/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20131227_145955_946.jpg
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    Mike,
    I'm on board with a meeting somewhere in VT during June or July. Ill keep in touch with you as the season starts to wind up.
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    What I'm looking for is to get to know other breeders in the North East (those whom I have not crossed paths with). What their paradigms are for running their apiary and to trade/buy stock with.
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    So is the bird ready to come out of the oven??? Shes been cooking for a few years??? Anyone up for getting people together for a meeting?
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    Re: Maxant Honey Pump

    At 85 degrees F right out of the sump my maxant will pump about 3.5-4 gal per minute.
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    Re: Who else makes maple syrup?

    It was a very short season. As for production, depends on which side of the hill you live on...for most it was below average , then again there were some who did about average. If they take last...
  24. Re: Likelyhood of Mated Queens coexisting peacefully?

    Lakebilly, Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey By Bro. Adam.
  25. Re: Likelyhood of Mated Queens coexisting peacefully?

    I think it was 4 or 5 years ago. I had noticed one hive was superceding their queen. they had a mother and daughter laying side by side in the same colony for the duration of the summer. It was not...
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