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  1. Re: Late swarm advice, opinions/help please...

    In case #1 I will replace the queen with a good laying queen from the nuc. I've been kind of banking her for awhile and that nuc may have problems getting through the winter so combining isn't...
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    Some advice on combining

    So I was experimenting with a 3 deep setup on one of my hives this year, given the wonderful winters up here. It got huge, a ton of bees, I got several supers of honey off it this season. Then it...
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    Swarm and now split, question...

    I had a hive swarm a couple of days ago. I inspected things yesterday and there a couple boxes with a few capped queen cells. I took one of the boxes and moved it to a new bottom board doing a...
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    Swarm breaks apart then re-forms??

    So unfortunately one of my hives swarmed yesterday. It's now nicely formed in a tree in the backyard about 40 feet up. My wife says that my life and limb is not worth retrieving my bees so I have...
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    Just a little reassurance

    Just needed some reassurance on my actions here... I'm in my 3rd year and each year I've done a split or two. This year I split a hive and made a nuc with some eggs and young larvae, just have them...
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    Orange taste?? Here in NYS??

    I lost a hive over the winter, so I just buttoned it up and left it in the yard. It's been cool here in upstate NY until recently so I finally got around to taking the honey. I usually wait for...
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    Installing wind breaks...question

    So I get a lot of snow here in northern NY, especially this winter. (I attached a recent picture of my chicken coop after digging it out just so you know that "a lot of snow" means a lot of snow.) ...
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    Re: Dead hive, I will never understand

    Thanks harry, I do plan on trying to learn from this. Once some of this weather passes I will bring the hive into the garage and go through it. I hope to post some pictures and maybe get some...
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    Dead hive, I will never understand

    Kinda sad but I watched this hive die over the past month or so. I've been keeping for about 4 years. I have 4 hives and the only winter I have ever not had a hive die was the first year. Each year I...
  10. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer Results - Users post here!

    I plan on getting the Varrocleaner. Is there a way to convert the house AC to DC that will work with the vaporizer? The hives are right in the backyard and it would actually be easier to run an...
  11. Re: Solar wax melter not melting brood comb

    Same thing here....I've been trying to get a bunch to melt on some nice hot days here with no luck. Anyone ever try it in a smoker, either by itself or with some other fuel??
  12. Re: What would you guys do? Springtime issues...

    Never thought of this but great point. Definitely appears as though she may be pacing herself until the nurse numbers are up.



    Tried this once and it started a huge robbing frenzy. None of my...
  13. What would you guys do? Springtime issues...

    Very tough winter here in Central NY. One of my hives came out of winter very weak. I have 2 maybe 3 frames worth of bees in there right now. The queen is present but it seems like she isn't...
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    Will candy board go bad??

    I made a couple candy boards last winter to overwinter with. Your typical sugar, water, and some MegaBee added in. This past spring the bees didn't seem to be touching it so I chipped it all out of...
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    Combine or Condense??

    So I have a very weak hive. I was thinking about combining them with a stronger one however I kinda hate killing queens to do so. I was also toying with the idea of condensing the 10 best frames of...
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    Queen Mating "Window"

    I actually observed a queen hatch on 9/15. There were a dozen other queen cells present some that looked hatched already. I checked today and no eggs. I did not see queen but I was busy scanning...
  17. Captured queen cell hatching!! and a question...

    So unbeknownst to me one of my hives was queenless. I actually pulled 2 supers of honey off this last week, but I haven't inspected it completely in quite awhile. I went out to the yard today to...
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    Re: Bearding and humid weather

    I'm in Hastings by the way, nice to meet you.
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    Re: Looking for a little guidance

    Thanks for the suggestions. I went out at 7 this morning and put a couple robbing screens in place. I still have the feed on. The 2 hives are covered with bees. There are tons of bees flying into...
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    Looking for a little guidance

    So last winter I lost 2 of my 4 hives, definitely a starvation issue, my fault. The other 2 came out of winter ok and I was able to split and recoup my losses. I vowed to not make the same mistake...
  21. Adding hive body with foundation already drawn...

    So I have seen a lot of posts on here asking the question "when do I add a second hive body and/or super?" What I have right now is a bunch of deeps and supers with foundation already drawn from...
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    Re: What to do with candy board

    Do you just chip it out of the cover to melt it down?? Its pretty hard right now, just wondering how easy it is going to be to get it out of the wintering cover......:digging:
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    What to do with candy board

    So I made candy boards for the hives for winter. The boards are the typical sugar syrup and pollen substitiute, and are made in a wintering cover from Brushy Mountain. I have a few of them that the...
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    Dead Hive....diagnosis??

    I knew this hive was dead. I stopped seeing activity and didn't hear the buzzing when I knocked. I was waiting for a break in the weather to take a peek. All bees were dead but there were not very...
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    Spring seems so far away!!

    This is what I woke up to this morning. Knock, knock, they were still buzzing. Thought I would put a picture of the car in there too so that you all may share in my misery.....off to shovel :w:
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