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    Re: Bees bringing in polen in MD

    Mine are also hauling in pale yellow pollen.
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    Just one, a nuc. They had plenty of stores, but it looked like they just couldn't move to the stores.

    I only had three hives and a nuc, so it's a bummer, but the hives...wowsa...opened them for a...
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    Re: Beekeeping - a Guy or Gal thing

    I'm the only one in my family interested, and I'm the only woman. The pack of guys could care less about the bees. I can't make it to any local meetings because hubby doesn't get home until it's too...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Lost my nuc. It looked like they got caught where they couldn't reach any food. It was a small cluster and probably size and the extended cold did them in. But they made some comb with will be...
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    Re: Artic blast

    I wrapped mine with Bee Cozy wraps back in November...easy and fast but expensive...flopped some big candy boards on and left them to it. It was warm enough to check in on the bees a few days ago and...
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    Re: another vented suit thread

    I have one, for the same reason. I do not like the fencing hood. Love it. I would suggest going up a size. I like mine so much I'm going to buy the jacket version this upcoming season.
  7. Thread: So far...

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    So far...

    So good. All my hives are still alive. We have had some pretty cold and windy weather, a lot of cold rain, and snow here already. I checked stores very quickly today, since the wind stopped blowing,...
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    Re: First year preps

    I fed my starter hives until they had pulled out the minimum number of frames recommended for my area...feeding 1:1 made that happen pretty quickly this spring....and then I quit. They drew out and...
  9. Re: Will the vibrations of the lawn mower disturb the bees?

    Well, it depends.

    Easily in the season, we mowed with the tractor and Z turn right up to the hives. We weed whacked pretty close too with no protection and was completely ignored. But later in the...
  10. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    :LOL that is actually how I got started with cattle panel sheds...I needed a fast, cheap and moveable temporary coop for some Freedom Rangers. Knowing they would only be with us for 12 weeks at most,...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    When I was looking at bee supplies last year around this time, it was confusing. And I noticed the all-inclusive kits included stuff I didn't want or wouldn't work for me. So I made my own kit by...
  12. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    +1

    I also have used this same design as pig huts and goat barns. Be sure the sides are vertical enough to help shed snow and repel wind or it will collapse, and I found out the hard way that tying...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    Yep. We had to sign papers saying we knew we were moving to farm country and all that entails as far as smells, noise, dirt, etc. We laughed and signed eagerly, as we wanted to farm...we raise rare...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    The townies keep moving out to the country....I'm fighting a development going in down the road from my farm, which is rather rural right now, as rural as MD can be, but won't be if the developer...
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    Re: Questions on Bee packages - State PA

    Draper Bee there in PA had bee packages this spring. Bjorn Bees had some too (he sold out just before I decided to make the jump). I think Brushy Mountain's PA branch had some too...I can't remember...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Cane sugar is not GMO in origin.
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    Re: Beginner questions on frames

    I have some of all -- all plastic, wood with wax, wood with plastic, and foundationless -- and I'll be perfectly honest.

    I see no differences. On a flow, whatever the bees have gets drawn. If...
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    Re: Way to "store" a queen over winter

    Could you pull a couple frames from a stronger hive with their nurse bees and emerging brood to add to the nuc with the spare queen and plan to feed that nuc all winter? I did that at one point this...
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    Re: Winding Up First Year

    As long as they stay few in number, I'm cool. It was not a good feeling to see large numbers suddenly, and I was appalled at the number that dropped off during the treatment period. I knew that I'd...
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    Re: Winding Up First Year

    I started monitoring day one, every three weeks. I had a huge spike in population a month ago, treated, and now have none.
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    Winding Up First Year

    So, first years, how did this year go for you? And what are you working on now for your bees? What goals and plans do you have for the next 6-8 months?

    Mine was good. I didn't expect any honey,...
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    Re: Robber screen questions

    I left mine on all summer. Still on now, actually, as we don't have a fall flow in my area, and I want to protect my nucs. Seem to recall there's a couple people here who leave them on year-around. I...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    Depending on where you are in PA, run to Brushy Mountain or Draper's and look and feel and touch the equipment. If you were in VA, I could direct you to a couple places here to play with stuff in...
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    Re: Question for the group

    My heart hurts for you. It's terrible watching loved ones go through dementia, and it's hard on them too...my grandmother has had it for 15 years and no longer recognizes any of us or pictures from...
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    Re: Is it to late to treat?

    I just used it and saw no effects on the bees. Just mites...insane numbers on the drop boards.

    I did wait to use it when temps were in the 70's. We had a nice run of weather a couple weeks ago, so...
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