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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    merince, here is a good idea that someone else here on BS came up with for helping keep nucs warmer during the winter, perhaps this is something you could try if you wanted to give wintering nucs...
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    Re: Praying Mantis redux

    Yeah I have them at my place as well and have never seen a mantis eating a honeybee.

    http://i1091.photobucket.com/albums/i384/WWW3156/Bees/DSC_0127.jpg
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Lost 1 out of 8 hives, future changes will consist of Earlier fall mite intervention and adding winter insulation wraps.
  4. Thread: She made it!

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    Re: She made it!

    Alright, full speed ahead for the season.
  5. Thread: She made it!

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    Re: She made it!

    jmgi, you guys should be seeing pollen real soon, the bees have been packing early pollen in at a pretty good rate here in southern Ohio for a little over a week now.. :)
  6. Re: Queen missing, new one arriving, now not sure of next steps???

    All sound advice from johng, however bear in mind that virgin queens can sometimes take several weeks to mate depending on the weather and they can move really fast on the frames making them hard to...
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    Re: disturbing find question

    Eviction is normal
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    Re: Winter loss - why the loss and your remedy

    > all my hives will be filled with stores and pollen this year for sure. <

    Glock these are my thoughts as well, I accomplished getting a third deep drawn for each hive last year and I will be...
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    Re: How to feed and avoid robbing

    The stored syrup shouldn't be a problem.
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    Re: How to feed and avoid robbing

    Crown board feeding and ziplock bag feeding should work equally as well, When I was feeding hives 2 years ago I fed enough to last them a week. The key is to reduce the entrance to an easily...
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    Re: Winter loss - why the loss and your remedy

    I made the mistake of treating my hives in October instead of August or September which left little time for the colonies to build up into a strong winter cluster. Then I underestimated the frigid...
  12. Thread: south or east ?

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    Re: south or east ?

    My bees become active sooner if the hives entrances face southeast into the morning sun, when the sunlight reaches the entrance it seems to excite and motivate them to begin the days activity's...
  13. Thread: Genetics and feed.

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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    I do agree that insulating hives is the key to their survival in a harsh winter climate.
  14. Thread: Dogs and Beehives?

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    Re: Dogs and Beehives?

    I wouldn't worry about the dog, they are quick learners, Like G3farms I have a cat that goes to the hives with me and he knows what bees are and can read their moods as well as I can.
  15. Thread: Genetics and feed.

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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    > I would accuse US as a group of being LAZY. We put the bees to bed in fall and ignore them till spring. I would say 95% of the Beekeepers monitor nothing in their hives during this time....
  16. Thread: Nuc yard.

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    Re: Nuc yard.

    Sorry for your losses Glock it's been a tough year for many.
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    Re: Touch of spring in CT

    All I can say is WOW what a shot
  18. Re: Will the bees clean out this frass and web from the comb?

    The comb shows minimal damage the bees will clean it right up.
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    Re: Ohio winter losses high?

    Out of 6 production hives and 2 nucs I lost 1 production hive in February, I have a pretty good idea that it was the high and low temperature swings which caused the dead out. After losing the 1...
  20. Thread: How many hives?

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    Re: How many hives?

    I have been running 6 production hives and 2 nucs, I may add another nuc this year. My desire is to maintain at this level, if any of the colonies swarm to the trees then they are on their own I...
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    Re: waa offered free bee equipment....

    Last year I torched then soaked 20 old used frames in a water/clorox/OA solution, they foamed up after soaking for a while but now you guys have me concerned about cause and effect. I did come to the...
  22. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    A young queen can give you the runaround and be nearly imposable to find, as oldtimer already stated set them aside and put together another starter.
  23. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ?

    I would jump at rwlaw's offer to help but if you decide to go it alone I would use a cordless drill to screw wood bracing on the sides of the boxes top to bottom to hold everything together. take...
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    Nice pictures Barry, sounds like your winter survivors are doing well.
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    Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    Looks great!!!!
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