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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    My advice would be to spend some time with the beekeepers in your area who have had untreated hives for 4 years. Try to get queen stock from their colonies, and pick the beekeepers brains so you can...
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    If you don't plan on buying mated queens it would be best to have the donor hive raise the new queen, and move the original queen to the nuc. I agree with Ray, minimum foundation is best at this time...
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    BoonROTO,

    How many colonies do you have now that you plan to take resources from?

    I think if you have several strong hives you plan on using to piece together a couple of nucs it should work...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    I've had the same experience here. I know it was a brutal winter, but I think that may have wiped out most of the SHB larvae in the ground with a frost line in excess of 2' deep. Haven't seen one yet...
  5. Re: Will leaving an empty super on my new hives cause problems?

    In your Fall flow, with Goldenrod and Aster, don't expect them to be drawing much comb. At that time of year they will not be wasting any resources on comb building, but will be filling every cell...
  6. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    I'm also interested in your new plan moving forward. Would like to hear your thoughts.

    Based on the information in the original post I would guess that you might need more drawn comb to insert...
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    Re: Late Swarm

    Sure. Just be prepared to do a lot of feeding this summer. Not sure if it's worth the investment, but you can be the judge of that. There's plenty of time left in the season for them to build up and...
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    Re: Tired of the nasty tempered hive.

    Good advice.

    Don't get bogged down in AHB or Black Bee genetics. If they are consistently aggressive, find her, pinch her, and replace her with a daughter queen from one of your better colonies....
  9. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    Jim,

    Every region is different, but in this area we usually experience peak mite numbers in our colonies in late August. Nectar is scarce and the brood nest has contracted to the lowest amount of...
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    Re: Swarm cleans up dead out

    I didn't see anything, but we've had a lot of rain here over the past few weeks. Anything on the ground where the hives are set up would have been washed away.
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    Swarm cleans up dead out

    I had a couple of hives set up at a farm which died out at the beginning of last year. Being in a somewhat remote location, not close to home, I left the boxes where they were and ignored them until...
  12. Re: Bee hive in a log - how do I get them out?

    There might still be a fair amount of eggs or open brood in the log and you want all of the "worker bees" to have access to the log until all the brood has emerged, for both feeding of brood and...
  13. Re: Bee hive in a log - how do I get them out?

    For future reference in dealing with bees in a log here's another option that is less work, if you are not in a hurry.

    Cut both ends of the log flush so you can stand the log up straight. Make...
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    Re: When is too late to make splits?

    If your flow is over and you are expecting them to draw foundation be prepared to buy a lot of sugar. There is plenty of time left for splits, but supplemental feeding will be necessary, especially...
  15. Re: bees drinking lots of sugar water suddenly

    Could be a change in population too. If there was a recent explosion in population you will have more young bees hanging around inside the hive looking for something to do.
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    Yellow Clover

    The Yellow Clover is just starting up, and my what a wonderful aroma is coming from the hives now. I've been back home for a few hours and I can still smell it. Love it !!
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    Re: Northern Bee Keepers

    I don't think if matters so much what "breed" they are, but I think you would be wise to requeen your colonies later this summer with queens that are bred in the North, from reputable breeders.
  18. Re: feeding 2:1 to discourage brood rearing (vs 1:1)?

    I would continue to feed 1:1 until you see excess nectar being stored. Controlling brood rearing to maximize a flow is usually meant for well established or overwintered colonies that are bursting at...
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    Re: Who does Apitherapy on themselves?

    Congrats Brad!!
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.

    I don't mind bees that are a little on the feisty side at times. I guess the main question that remains unanswered for me is ... will they be able to overwinter in the...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    Being in the same state, I'll be interested to see how they overwinter for you. Please keep us posted in the future.
  22. Re: what else can I do to prevent swarming?

    Pulling the queen and a few frames is a good suggestion. What I might do differently is to allow the original colony to produce their own queen rather than cutting out the queen cells. Keep the...
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    Re: Who does Apitherapy on themselves?

    That's great! :lpf:

    Hope the sting therapy works out for you. Keep us posted.
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    Re: Who does Apitherapy on themselves?

    Brad, when I was having problems with my shoulder I would give myself 4 or 5 stings in various places on the shoulder on a regular basis and it did help to relieve the pain. I was able to manage the...
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    Re: Who does Apitherapy on themselves?

    I sting myself on a regular basis to keep up my venom resistance, and also for joint pain relief. It does help, but bone spurs can be difficult to deal with. For typical arthritic pain in joints it...
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