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    Re: sundance pollen trap... problem?

    It looks normal to me. After I out the pollen trap on I usually don't look at then for a week-it usually takes that long for them to figure it out.
  2. Thread: Furious bees

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    Re: Furious bees

    3-5 days
  3. Thread: Wet Supers

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    Re: Wet Supers

    Thanks. Anyone else?
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    This sums it up here as well. There was some flow when I checked the yards last weekend. Looking forward to seeing how they made out in a week of warm weather.
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    Margot you mentioned earlier that the mite count was very low. How are you checking for mites?
  6. Re: To feed or not to feed [that is the question and a couple more]

    I am not sure when first frost is in your area, but it would be late here to be starting with a new queen. If you get her on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week and it takes a week for them to release...
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    Re: Another feeding thread

    If you want to increase their stores, feed them 2:1 and in a large volume. Feeding them smaller amounts of thinner syrup is more likely to stimulant them than increase their stores. They'll use it...
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    Re: Another feeding thread

    What are you trying to achieve by feeding? Are you colonies starving or do they have stores? Are they too small and you are trying to achieve further growth? Do you have foundation you want them...
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    Re: Condensing my hives

    Consolidate the brood and pollen down to your overwintering configuration. Center the brood in the boxes. Put the rest of the boxes above a queen excluder or remove and harvest. If you want to leave...
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    Re: What time of year do you use your pollen traps

    Put them on after dandelions and take them off mid-August. This works well in an area with a good fall pollen flow.
  11. Thread: Wet Supers

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    Wet Supers

    I am curious to know what larger producers do with wet supers. Do you:

    Store them wet?

    Put the back on the hives?

    Leave them out to be robbed?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Hive turned suddenly aggressive

    Put on an entrance reducer and leave them alone for two weeks. By then there should be eggs and brood. You don't want be in there a lot and risk them killing the virgin queen. You probably should...
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    Re: Now I'm totally at odds with myself

    This was my first thought. Several times I have setup "identical" splits with new queens from the same source or different sources only to see vastly different performance. If we can winter in...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Did any of the dead bees out front have pollen loads on their legs. This to me is a sure sign of poisoning. Foragers just hardly making it back to the hive. If you are concerned about reducing the...
  15. Thread: bear problems

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    Re: bear problems

    Tell us more about the fence. Is it baited? Does it have a good charger? How many strands? Is the tension good? Alternating hot and ground wires? Is there a good ground? Do you have a tester to...
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    Re: Split gone wrong?

    How hot is it where you are? It was in the high 70's here today a my stronger hives were bearding.
  17. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    The only case I can think of where you need to do something is in a horizontal hive like a top bar or long lang. Then I think you want to position the cluster at one end so they eat their way towards...
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    I don't see this in the spring as much as I see a switch to pollen storage at the end of the main flow. In a 2 deep or 3 medium setup they move the move the brood nest upward and fill in below with...
  19. Thread: I had no idea!!!

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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    yep, we get at least a 15kg/3gal pail per medium box. Enjoy!
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    Re: running single brood chambers for winter

    We can run them here in Ontario and they winter well, but you have to feed. They will have very little stores when we pull the supers in a couple of weeks. They need to fed up to 90-100lbs. So you...
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    What you did would have been fine with a queen excluder. Without an excluder, you want a capped honey barrier between the brood and comb above. The reality is that even if you had waited, they...
  22. Thread: Fall Nectar Flow

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    Fall Nectar Flow

    Is there much happening out there? It seemed to just be starting here, but we've had some tough weather and the last week or so has been a bust. The only hives packing any away are those on...
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    They are storing the pollen for late winter/spring build up next year. It a common for them to move up to make space for pollen this time of year if there is no QE. Also if there is a dearth they...
  24. Thread: Supercedure

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    Re: Supercedure

    Larry also mentions it in an article in this months ABJ. It comes from German researchers - brothers - I don't have it front of me and can't recall their names. Larry is assisting in...
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    Re: Coal black and dark Forrest green pollen..

    Joe Pye Weed pollen is a dark greenish blue colour. The hives I had pollen traps on were bringing in lots of it in the last couple of weeks. Orange could be trefoil, asters or goldenrod - though...
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