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    Shane, They're drowning in the reservoir. I...

    Shane,

    They're drowning in the reservoir. I have to take the screen off to clean the little buggers out. Any thoughts?

    Little floaties?

    I assume that they're getting cold when they're taking...
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    I have a similar problem after a bear got into my...

    I have a similar problem after a bear got into my two hives. Stores are depleted and I'm using syrup to buid them back up but with the cold (30 deg F) nights now I'm losing alot of bees in the hive...
  3. Thread: hive moths

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    I got the little buggers in my stored extra...

    I got the little buggers in my stored extra deeps.
    Some of the frames were stuck to gether thick with webs and larvae.

    I took out the worst of the frames and put them in the freezer and will pick...
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    Thanks Dick. I think that indeed I'll start...

    Thanks Dick.

    I think that indeed I'll start over in the Spring. I wanted to go back to 3 or 4 hives anyway so I was looking at getting packages for the Spring.
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    Thanks. I've seen a bear in New Milford, but not...

    Thanks. I've seen a bear in New Milford, but not in many years.

    I'll have to think about a fence. I've set a small one up for my veg. garden before so I don't think that it'll be a big deal. I...
  6. Thread: tools

    by romduck
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    It's not so much a tool as a technique. ...

    It's not so much a tool as a technique.

    http://www.beemaster.com/beebbs/viewtopic.php?t=1526
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    I currently have two hives at my home here in...

    I currently have two hives at my home here in Western Connecticut (Town of Sherman). Due to construction at my house I’ve been living elsewhere but I stop by every couple of days to check on the...
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    I've rearranged some more outdoor equipment and...

    I've rearranged some more outdoor equipment and HEY, now I've got more room in my workshop! ;)

    When I move everything outside, I'm going to make sure that it is all sealed up tight and will...
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    Thanks again. I left all three deeps on two of...

    Thanks again.

    I left all three deeps on two of my three hives last winter and had just two deeps on a weaker third hive. Of course THAT was the only hive that came through like gagnbuster in the...
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    Thanks for the tip. I may just rotate the little...

    Thanks for the tip. I may just rotate the little buggers through the freezer.

    Due to space limitations, I don't have much flat area around the hives to store equipment, but I'll try to come up...
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    Thanks. It sounds like I removed it too soon. I...

    Thanks. It sounds like I removed it too soon. I didn't think that there were THAT many bees in that last deep.
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    I had my hives set up using the “unlimited brood...

    I had my hives set up using the “unlimited brood box” method (essentially three deeps) which I then break back down into two deeps when I prep for Fall.

    This year I had one very strong hive from...
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    I had my hives set up using the “unlimited brood...

    I had my hives set up using the “unlimited brood box” method (essentially three deeps) which I then break back down into two deeps when I prep for Fall.

    This year I had one very strong hive from...
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    This was not only my first attempt at fixing hive...

    This was not only my first attempt at fixing hive with a laying worker. This was also my first attempt at installing a new queen.

    I tend towards laissez faire beekeeping where I observe and watch...
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    I ended by placing a medium sized entrance...

    I ended by placing a medium sized entrance reducer on the hive to reduce robbing.

    Now thee days later there is a good deal of activity at both hives. A great deal of pollen and (I hope) nectar is...
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    I actually have a number of local water sources...

    I actually have a number of local water sources around me (stream, swamp, rock area that collects runoff from garden watering) as well as a bird feeder that has never seen a bird, but has seen many,...
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    I've previously used inverted buckets, boardman...

    I've previously used inverted buckets, boardman feeders, etc and have just picked up some white plastic hive-top feeders. the instructions noted that suggested uses include "watering" the bees in the...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I think that I'm...

    Thanks for all the replies.

    I think that I'm going to rearrange the frames a bit and see how many are capped honey and then decide to extract or not.

    I probably should have made note of that...
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    I think that I'm figuring out what I've done...

    I think that I'm figuring out what I've done wrong BUT I've not yet figured out how to makes things right. :roll:

    In my area the major honey flow comes from Purple Loosetrife and goldenrod late...
  20. Went into the Winter with two strong hives and...

    Went into the Winter with two strong hives and one weak.

    The weak one bit the dust early on.

    Of the two remaining, one is queenless (couldn't find her and no evidence of eggs or brood) but is...
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    Thanks Dick. I agree. It looks to me like they...

    Thanks Dick. I agree. It looks to me like they died out with the first cold snap that we had. They barely even touched the medication patties or the syrup in the feeder.

    This hive was the...
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    OK, then the next question is... Now that I...

    OK, then the next question is...

    Now that I have cleaned out the rest of the hive, what can I do with the frames that have remaining immature or capped brood still. I cannot remove them completely...
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    Although I didn't insulate AROUND the hives, I...

    Although I didn't insulate AROUND the hives, I have a feeder bucket in the uppermost deep which is otherwise filled with insulation for warmth and to wick moisture. Perhaps it was not enough.
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    Although I didn't insulate AROUND the hives, I...

    Although I didn't insulate AROUND the hives, I have a feeder bucket in the uppermost deep which is otherwise filled with insulation for warmth and to wick moisture. Perhaps it was not enough.
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    Thanks Guys! I did find the queen, not too far...

    Thanks Guys!

    I did find the queen, not too far from the small clump of worker bees, face in. We had a cold snap of 5-15 deg for > 10 days. after looking through all frames, I think the hive was...
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