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    Drones Drones & Drones

    One of my hives has lots of drones, even now in the cold weather. I see them flying about - it's 41 here today. There are more drones flying than worker bees this past week. I have not seen any...
  2. Re: Only 1/2 frame of brood - honey bound or time for a new queen?

    I did add an empty frame next to the brood - so thank you for confirming that as a smart move. It is cold here in Maine, so perhaps the bees are being smart. I will check in a few days to see if...
  3. Only 1/2 frame of brood - honey bound or time for a new queen?

    Every year brings a new problem I haven't yet lived through!

    I live in Maine - I have three hives. Two hives have less than a frame of brood each and of course, that is a disaster. It seems...
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    Re: Randy Oliver's Apiguard method

    Thank you to all - the FAQ are excellent and #12 especially answers my question. I am doing a mite drop count now - I found only spotty larvae in my hive yesterday - two weeks ago it was...
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    Randy Oliver's Apiguard method

    Hi - I'm looking for experienced insights from anyone who uses the R.O. method of putting 25 g of Apiguard on a 3x5 card between the deeps. I looked all thru his website and can't figure out how...
  6. Re: How do I clean honey combs that have old crystalized honey in them?

    Thanks for all the advice - yes, it was 90 in Maine for a few days this week and over 140 in our garage. The chemical was talked about recently in Bee Journal - honey that is heated and aged has a...
  7. Re: How do I clean honey combs that have old crystalized honey in them?

    No, i want to avoid that. The honey is crystalized; it was stored in a very hot garage, it has loads of that chemical that is created when honey is stored in a hot environ, and the mice chewed on...
  8. How do I clean honey combs that have old crystalized honey in them?

    Lesson learned - we stored a super full of frames of honey in our garage over the past year and it is not good for us or for the bees. I want to empty the combs of the old honey and clean them so...
  9. dysentary - nosema or rainy weather or bad syrup?

    It is very rainy here - yesterday at both hives even in the rain they pulled a few small bees out to the entrance board - the bees looked like they had recently emerged. Today - one hive has the...
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    Re: Hive weight Ohio

    We just weighed our hive - two deeps - and it weighs 140 lbs - but looking inside they look very very light - there is almost no capped honey in either deep - in the top deep there are 3 frames of...
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    Re: Paint cans

    Yes everyone says the leaking will stop - but it did not for us. We have one lid left. We will try just placing a few holes in the center. Very very tiny holes. My plastic bucket leaked terribly....
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    Re: Paint cans

    We just went thru 4 paint can lids making only a few of the tiniest of holes and the syrup still flows right out. Very frustrating!
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    Re: bee with no gold coloring?

    Yes, I know that virgin queens go on mating flights. Hoever, I purchased the queen from a person who does not have queens go on mating flights - he uses fertilization to ensure they are carnies.
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    bee with no gold coloring?

    Hi - I have carniolians - and bought a fertilized Carniolian queen from a reputable source. I noticed this week that there are some bees that don't look like Carnies - they are black and white...
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    Re: Paint cans

    My hive is being robbed but it needs to be fed - I want to use the paint cans - just learned from Michael Palmer that I can put a lot of sugar syrup on the hive and get it taken down by the bees...
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    Re: Homemade HBH feeding stimulant

    Does honey b Healthy only have two essential oils and not much else??
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    Feeding honey from unextracted supers

    I have two honey supers that I have held back to see if the bees need it - they do. I am wondering if I can uncap it and put it on top of the inner cover - will the bees take the honey down into the...
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    Re: Well, it's that time of year again

    I have purple coneflower growing everywhere in my gardens and have not seen any honey bees on it - the butterflies and bumblebees love it - which is wonderful. But the honeybees, no. As the bloom...
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    Re: kale

    I have not planted per acre but have left a large swath of kale plants go to seed, they return in the spring and are some of the earliest blooming plants - the bees and bumblebees cover it for most...
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    Re: Mite treatment with Honey supers on

    It's interesting, the Wisconsin Dept of Ag says you can leave the supers on but must wait 30 days after treatment ends before extracting. I found that on a Google search. That's what got me...
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    Mite treatment with Honey supers on

    Hi - if we are going to keep the honey super on the hive for the bees for the winter, may we keep the super on while using Apiguard or apilifevar? I have read conflicting opinions on this....
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    what kind of bee?

    We have bees that are quite in our face making a home in all of the cylinders of our windchimes. The homes they are building are like sand and remind me of wasps, but these look quite a lot like...
  23. stratification of purple coneflower seeds

    Does anyone have info on how I need to stratify my seeds so they will germinate this year? I am planning on putting them in a wet paper towel in the fridge for 21 days - or should it be in the...
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    Re: How long can they hold it?

    I saw a Michael Palmer photo in a different thread about TM - he said note the dysentery in the snow - I am wondering, how can I tell the yellow cleansing flight poops from dysentery? I have found...
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    Making fondant - problems

    Hi - I tried to make fondant this morning and realized the digital thermometer was off by 15 degrees. Question - the sugar water started to boil like crazy - I assume that is normal. As it cooled,...
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