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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    Really cool; thank you. It was the color of 'silverthorn' and others in that row.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    I haven't noticed if it is still blooming. Everything is looking pretty barren these days.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    I noticed the same, Mike. The bees foraging were nearly the size of drones.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    I think you must be right.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    Thanks. I haven't seen anything with flowers left on them, which is why I was surprised.
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    Pollen in MA in late november

    Yesterday we finally had some reprieve from the unseasonably cold weather that we have had lately in Massachusetts. My bees were flying like it was summer. I noticed that they were bringing in...
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    Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started this year with just one hive. I think that was a mistake and wish I had started with more. Are you going to start with packages or nucs? I think that makes a difference. Since the nuc...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    One side at a time is a really good idea. I'll give that a shot too.
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    I'll try to let the syrup run out and smoke them before adding more. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Ordy, it's probably less than 100 bees. Tough to say without actually standing there and...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Hi Crofter, they're not getting through the screen, they're behind it where they're supposed to be. My feeder has been so packed with bees that I think they're having trouble getting out of the way...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Maybe it's just me then. I have a bunch of drowned bees.
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    Drowning bees in top feeder

    I have a plastic top feeder where the bees climb up to the top, through the holes, and then down the screen into one of two compartments that I fill with syrup. I'm filling it up fairly regularly at...
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    Re: Uncapped storage

    I tend to agree with your stance on treatments, and will probably continue in that direction as I gain experience. I was really just mentioning the HBH experience to help support the stance that...
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    Re: Uncapped storage

    Honey-B-Healthy. It's a mix of essential oils - lemongrass and spearmint oil, I think. There's a lot of discussion as to whether it's helpful or hurtful to the bees, and you can find a lot of...
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    Re: Uncapped storage

    I have been feeding 2:1 and my bees have been taking it down fast. They were taking 2 gallons down pretty much overnight. They didn't have much empty drawn comb, and so nowhere to put the syrup. ...
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    Re: If you could only plant one type flower???

    I'll second Autumn Joy Sedum, and add Sedum telephium Matrona (Stonecrop). My bees are all over them. The best part is they're really easy to propagate.
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    Re: checking for sufficient stores

    My method is similar to Vance's. I use a 2'x2' piece of plywood with a bathroom scale on it. I weigh myself first, then myself holding the hive bodies, and take the difference to be the hive...
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    Re: 20 pounds of Sugar in 3 days

    So, based on everyone's input, it seems like the best course of action may be to feed them and keep a close eye on them over the next few weeks and then make a decision about cutting their space...
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    Re: 20 pounds of Sugar in 3 days

    Thanks very much for the information. So do you recommend continuing with 2:1 or should I feed 1:1? I'm going to check their status again this weekend for a few reasons. They have twelve full frames,...
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    Re: 20 pounds of Sugar in 3 days

    How and when do I make that decision? What's an acceptable level of foundation?
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    Re: 20 pounds of Sugar in 3 days

    Also, I took a natural mite drop count mid-august over two three-day periods and got ~20 mites each time, so averaging about 7/day, which I understand is an acceptable level. So I did not treat. ...
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    Re: 20 pounds of Sugar in 3 days

    They got off to a very late start. It was a 3lbf package hived in late April, and it took a while for the queen to begin laying. Turned out she was a drone layer and I had to requeen. The bee...
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    20 pounds of Sugar in 3 days

    I weighed my first year hive the other day and the bees have only packed away about 32 pounds of honey for winter. After input from lots of members of this forum, it seems like most shoot for about...
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    That's all good to know, particularly about putting away the entire winter's stores in a few weeks. I'll have to cross my fingers for that. This colony basically missed the spring flow altogether so...
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    How much honey do you expect from an average hive on a good fall flow in our area?
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