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    Re: american foul brood

    Could also be that we are getting bees that are more resistant to it. When empty supers are stacked upon one another, newspapers placed inside and then lighted so that flames come out of the...
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    Re: Overfeeding?

    Wonder if the nucs were made from a hive originally having swarm cells.... Your theorizing would happen with such nucs. OR if they were swarms that were recently caught and sold as nucs, then...
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    Re: Natural comb frame?

    Wonder about the number of frames you have in the super. Ten or nine, or eight? They would only do that if the 3/8 in bee space is not being observed somewhere. Don't waste their effort, put...
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    Re: What do you think about this.....

    The original way may have been better. Just add a little apple cider vinegar to your syrup to "sweeten" it up for them. Works for mine when they don't want to take it. OMTCW
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    I take mine out when the temps are considerably warmer. Don't forget that the cluster's temperature for brood rearing is approximately 93 degrees. If your cluster is in the bottom deep,...
  6. Re: Whats the best way to uncap wax from a frame?

    Heavy duty electric filet knife, if you don't have too many hives. OMTCW
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    Re: Pressure treated for hive stands

    I don't use pressure treated wood of any sort for stands or anything bee related. Regardless of what a company may say, pt wood is made to keep insects away. Some beeks use screened bottom boards...
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    Re: Pollen in central ma

    Or witchhazel. OMTCW
  9. Re: Warm today, but cold coming, should I wait to put supers on?

    Never mind about the supering of the hive, you probably have an empty bottom deep super that you will have to reverse in a few weeks. That should take care of the supering for a couple of weeks. ...
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    Re: Do bees have a memory?

    They certainly do. For approximately 2 weeks or more during the summer (summer bees). When doing pollination, used to take the hives from one apiary bring them to the bogs, had to return them to...
  11. Re: Insecticide "Leverage 2.7", how bad is it?

    It's extremely toxic to bees. Do a search of it, you'll find the label. He should mow the floor of the orchard before any bees are brought in. Dandelions have a sweeter nectar than apples. As...
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    Re: adding supers question

    No problem during warm weather and a honey flow. Been doing it for years (50 +). He's definitely right, not only that but the nectar is evaporated quicker. He probably lifts his hive cover on...
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    Re: When to start Spring Feeding

    Also live in Southeastern Mass. but near the ocean so the micro climate might be different. "Rule of thumb" when the nights are consistently above freezing for more than a week then one could think...
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    Re: Installing wind breaks...question

    I have done what you seem to be planning to do and have enclosed a photo. My hives are facing the south, they are on a hill and are also facing a very large barn which blocks the wind from the...
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    Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    The experience Ross relates is so much to the point. I second his advice. Buying a new extractor is like buying a new car. As soon as it is out of the showroom it will go down in value and it...
  16. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    The temperature at the sides of the hive are hardly any different than the outside. However, the heat generated by the bees rises in their center, consequently insulation placed over the top cover...
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    Re: Skunk Cabbage is up

    Light yellow. OMTCW
  18. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Much better to put the insulation board on top of the top cover. Some bees will chew the insulation and try to carry it out creating holes in it. Note the attached photo and its effectiveness. ...
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    Many bee supply companies put orders for foundation to the northern states on hold until their weather warms up and allows for shipping. I've always been very leary of ordering wax foundation...
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    Re: Stand question

    Am much older now, (shorter and weaker), consequently I use small red chimney bricks, 4 per hive. Some summers the bees make six or more medium supers, the higher the "stand" the more difficult and...
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    Re: Runny Bees

    It's also a trait of Africanized bees. OMTCW
  22. Thread: Not good

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    Re: Not good

    After exposure to the sun for an afternoon or so, I would still keep the drawn out combs and honey as is for the next hive. A nuc will get you ahead much faster than a package, that's all. OMTCW
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    I'm in Mass. They are in Maine. My order arrived the next day and it was reasonable in my opinion. They will quote shipping when you order or before you order by phone. OMTCW
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    It will happen regardless. There was an article in Bee Culture some time ago, no longer there, about the differences (sometimes notable) that exist in the woodenware of all the various makers. ...
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    Try Humble Abode beekeeping supplies and save more. Not affiliated. OMTCW
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