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    When/what is the main nectar flow in NY?

    I live in the Hudson Valley, NY and was wondering when most people would consider the main nectar flow to be in this area. I added honey supers to my hives at the first site of Dandelions. As of...
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    Hive just swarmed, should I requeen?

    My hive just swarmed this morning. I went into the hive after it swarmed and found several capped queen cells. I know usually you should just let them raise a new queen. However, this is my only hive...
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    Why use a heated bottling tank?

    All of the major beekeeping supply companies sell heated bottling tanks. I have always just used a 5 gallon bucket with a honey gate on it. What would be the purpose of heating the honey when...
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    Why is wax cracking in candle tins?

    I poured several 8oz candle tins with my cleaned and processed beeswax yesterday. As they began to set, all of them cracked to different degrees on the surface. Does anyone know why this happens and...
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    Re: Bottling tank as a cappings melter?

    I've heard people talking about bottle tanks in the past and not sure of whats being mentioned or the process. I usually strain into a 5 gallon bucket with a honey gate, then bottle. Is there a...
  6. Is it ok to extract honey from a failed hive?

    One of my hives did not make it through the winter. The upper deep is completely filled with capped honey. I would normally just restock the hive with new bees, however, I have completely switched...
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    How many hives per beeyard?

    I would like to hear some responses on how many successful hives people are keeping in a yard and still producing honey without over foraging. Obviously the location of the yard would play a big...
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    What type of paint?

    I am building my woodenware in preparation for the spring and was wondering what is the best type of paint to use?

    Also, I have heard it helps to paint each hive a different color in a bee yard as...
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    Re: Winter Feeding

    Thanks for the link.

    It shows adding an empty deep or super to provide space for the sugar. Wouldnt this create way too much air space? I live in the Northeast and it drops below 20 degrees at...
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    Winter Feeding

    One of my hives is feeling light in food stores so I would like to give them a boost to make it until spring. It is going to be above 50 degrees this weekend so its a good time to do it! Dadant is...
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    Re: How many hives per bee yard?

    I currently have only 2 hives in my backwayrd but would like to expand to 10 - 15 hives next season. There is a local apiary only 2 miles from my house and I want to make sure I will not create...
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    Re: How many hives per bee yard?

    Generally speaking, in a semi-rural area as in upstate NY, what is the normal distance to have other bee yards from each other. Miles away?
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    How many hives per bee yard?

    I have read several times that any one bee yard should'nt have more than 15 - 20 hives to be successful.

    However, I am also reading about commercial bee farms having 700 + hives.

    So which one...
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    How do I "rotate out" a frame?

    In several threads I am always hearing people suggesting to "rotate out" a frame....either because of bad comb or in my case a broken frame.

    Right now the broken frame is in the brood chamber. I...
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    Re: My hive just swarmed....Lots of Questions

    Does that mean that I should wait several weeks before doing an inspection? Doe the new queen have to be uninterupted so she can have her mating flight, start laying etc.

    I am very eager to take a...
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    My hive just swarmed....Lots of Questions

    I have a second season hive that just swarmed this morning. They came out of the winter very healthy and very soon into the spring were overflowing with bees. I know that ventilation and over...
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    How to replace a broken frame?

    I just got home with a nuc from a local supplier and one of the frames was broken. The tab that allows the frame to hang in the box (the same tab that you hold while inspecting a frame) was broken...
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    Nectar Flow in New York

    I was wondering how other people are doing with their hives in NY so I have something to compare to. I added my first honey super 2 weeks ago, so far a few of the inner frames a filled with honey but...
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    Healthy Yet Aggressive Hive

    Hello All.......I am a second year Beek and I just officially became a member of this forum!

    My hive made through it's first winter with no problem and they came out nice and strong. However,...
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