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    Re: Milkweed - is it true ?

    Thanks for the replies.
    I've notice fewer monarch butterflies ( and lightning bugs ) during the past few years, so I've allowed the milkweed to spread thru the field. I'm glad to know I don't have...
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    Milkweed - is it true ?

    I've heard or read somewhere that Honey bees get stuck inside the flowers of Milkweed when they collect nectar and/or pollen. And, that the honey from milkweed is bitter and tastes bad. What do you...
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    Re: Took out a bottom board and saw this... SHB???

    I think it's shrew poop. Try putting some in water & see if it dissolves.
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    Re: how cold is too cold to move bees

    I haven't moved hives, but recently had my largest hive blown off the stand with wind chills below 0. It was strapped together, but boxes still split apart. My grandson and I were able to fix it back...
  5. Thread: Lost all 3 hives

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    Re: Lost all 3 hives

    Don't feel bad, It took me 3 tries before I successfully had bees live thru the winter. I think inexperience & southern packages contribute to my problems. Now I have northern raise queens, which...
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    Re: What Leaves to put in a Smoker?

    I use wood chips, after starting with crumpled paper. I also burn Sumac berries with the wood chips, as folks in the bee club say the sumac helps with mite control. I'm not sure if it's true, but...
  7. Re: Who reverses brood boxes in late winter/early spring?

    Mike P. - Thanks for your easy to understand description of how you manage reversing boxes. Because all beekeeping is local, the references to apple & dandelion bloom times are extremely helpful.
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  8. Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    I had a chance to add sugar cakes to my 10 hives on 1/8. Temp was @ 40f, sunny, with bees flying from all hives. I was surprised to see a few drones going in & out of one hive. Weather is expected to...
  9. Re: Does anyone heat their beehives during cold spells

    I tried using heat tape (used for water pipes) in a TBH awhile ago. The colony had split into 2 groups, and was small when winter began. I didn't add the heat tape until early March - as a last ditch...
  10. Re: Are cedar shavings harmful to bees in a quilt box?

    I believe the issue with using polyester material was related to the ability to absorb moisture. I don't think it causes any problems, but I could be wrong. Sorry if this caused any confusion.
  11. Re: Are cedar shavings harmful to bees in a quilt box?

    I wish this question had been asked earlier. I just took cedar shaving out of ten quilt pillows because I was told they were bad for bees. I was also told the fabric for the pillows need to be 100%...
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    Re: Foundationless - dowel vs ice cream stick

    I've had good luck using cotton string ( cord ), soaked in bees wax and stapled onto top bars. This works well for Top Bar Hives. I'm not sure about this method being adaptable for Lang frames.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    8/28 I checked a 10 frame 2 deep hive and found 10 capped queen cells. I thought I was doing a good job keeping an eye on their progress, and had been working on a schedule of every 7 - 10 days.
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    Your both blessed to have each other- surrounded by love!
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    Re: Look who wants to feed our bees!

    Tax write off for donations ?
  16. Re: Beekeeping Equipment and Ideas That Are No Longer With Us

    A few years back, I acquired 3 doublewalled 10 frame hives, with telescoping covers that are about 8" long. Very heavy, but in great shape. I was told the person kept the hives inside the barn, with...
  17. Thread: Timing schedules

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    Timing schedules

    Hi Folks,
    I'm trying to prep for spring build up. I'm in central NH, and daytime temps are barely reaching 40f on a sunny day. I've been reading "George Imire's Pink Pages" and trying to adapt...
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    I think Mike B has it right. If I could start over, I would have all medium equipment, and I wouldn't worry about 8 frames in NH - 5 frame nuc are overwintered here. I started with 2 TBHs, then 3...
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    Re: Nervous

    I'm also in NH. Yesterday I was able to dig snow from the entrances, and used a coat hanger to remove some dead bees from the bottom boards. One hive seemed to have damp bees, so I tried to vent it...
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    Re: D Coates Nuc ventilation

    Thank you all for the responses.

    I added an extra hole about 1" down from the top, back - thinking I can add a cork if needed.

    Best, Nardi
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    D Coates Nuc ventilation

    Hi Folks,
    I'm in the process of building Nucs, and wonder if I missed something. I'm not using screened bottom boards, and have 3/4" hole entrances. I think I should be adding another 3/4" hole...
  22. Thread: Hi Folks,

    by Nardi
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    Re: Hi Folks,

    Thank you all for the warm welcome.
    I'm looking forward to starting over, and I am alittle confused about how to deal with the entrance size when I install packages into my TBHs.
    I hope...
  23. Thread: Hi Folks,

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    Re: Hi Folks,

    My hives have solid bottom boards. I think the entrance is too big, and will modify before adding more bees. I may try blocking the entrances for 3 -4 days.
  24. Thread: Hi Folks,

    by Nardi
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    Hi Folks,

    I had a hive years ago. Unfortunately, I starved them to death. Last spring I set up 2 TBHs. One hive died, and the other absconded after about 10 days (I watched them go).
    I've ordered 2...
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