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    I'd thought drones would be clones of the mother,...

    I'd thought drones would be clones of the mother, which is why seeing various colored drones surprised me. Strange that there would be foreign drones in this particular hive, since it's separate from...
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    It clear watching my hives that the queens either...

    It clear watching my hives that the queens either mated with some Carni-type bees, since some workers are dark with gray stripes and others are "Italian" type. However, I noticed that the drones also...
  3. Try the HBH, but I put out a bowl full of wood...

    Try the HBH, but I put out a bowl full of wood chips (as floats) and water and for the first time, I see my girls at it. It's right next to the hive. I suspect the pine wood chips have enough scent...
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    Don't be too sure you won't get honey this year....

    Don't be too sure you won't get honey this year. I started two nucs last year, and fed, fed, fed. By the time the goldenrod flow came, they were set and did produce about 30 lbs of honey. So they may...
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    I found this: "Beekeepers have generally observed...

    I found this: "Beekeepers have generally observed that the lespedezas are scant producers of surplus honey. 'Korean' is rated as the best of the major species, L. bicolor and L. cyrtobotray Miq. are...
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    And in NY.

    And in NY.
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    Maybe they're pining for the good ol' days of...

    Maybe they're pining for the good ol' days of larvae-hood.
  8. As a new beekeeper (2nd season), I have to ask...

    As a new beekeeper (2nd season), I have to ask why one bad experience in four years means you won't buy there again. Do you feel that certain practices lead to these problems? Why not chalk it up to...
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    Great tip! I feel the same way about "flow." I've...

    Great tip! I feel the same way about "flow." I've already been through maple, plum, apple, dandelion, and others (since the bees aren't taking syrup, I gather they have plenty now). Clover will start...
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    I once watched a hive after a downpour. The...

    I once watched a hive after a downpour. The landing board was sodden--except under the fanning bees, where it was bone dry. That's some wing power!
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    Thanks. The DVD showed it in a deep, and I...

    Thanks. The DVD showed it in a deep, and I wondered how he got it to stay. There are holes that could be for nails/tacks, but I wasn't sure.
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    Hi All, I have the cool DVD of how to use the...

    Hi All,
    I have the cool DVD of how to use the Nicot system. There's only one mystery left: how do you attach the queen's egg laying box to the frame? Small nails? Glue?
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    It could be that your package bees are dying off,...

    It could be that your package bees are dying off, and the new brood hasn't hatched yet. If everything looks ok under the lid, and you don't see mass casualties, I'd say give it a couple of more weeks...
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    No. the hive died over winter, but...

    No. the hive died over winter, but starved--nothing to do with varroa. I never found more than 5 mites in a full frame of drone brood, so I'd say they were ok.

    I'm using small cell this year; I'll...
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    Hey there, I'm a neighbor then. Have you joined...

    Hey there,
    I'm a neighbor then. Have you joined the FLBC?
  16. It's for deeps, not mediums. It's called "medium...

    It's for deeps, not mediums. It's called "medium brood" because of the thickness, not the size.
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    I used it last year. I only uncapped when I...

    I used it last year. I only uncapped when I wanted to count mites. The rest of the time, I froze and put it back in. I'm not experienced enough to tell you whether it slowed them down, but I do know...
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    Here in upstate NY, we have dandelions,...

    Here in upstate NY, we have dandelions, forget-me-nots, plum, apple... The girls are taking advantage as they can--the last couple of days have been cool.
  19. I have to second the advice to get over your...

    I have to second the advice to get over your fear--bees are much less likely to sting if you use slow, smooth movements. Jerky, rough treatment may set them off.

    Still, be prepared to be stung,...
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    Have him wear a hat, at least. I do, if I'm...

    Have him wear a hat, at least. I do, if I'm sitting outside the hives with a lot of girls flying.
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    Is that like... 50,000 females living together,...

    Is that like... 50,000 females living together, and keeping the males alive just in case someone needs to breed?
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    There are plenty of drones around, so from that...

    There are plenty of drones around, so from that point of view, I'm sure they'll be fine. I just hope that the eggs they picked for raising a queen were good ones!
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    I hived five packages on April 15. Today I did my...

    I hived five packages on April 15. Today I did my first thorough hive inspection. Four are doing fine, one has a bum queen. The brood is spotty and there are too many drones. There are a few larvae...
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    If you don't need to melt down a lot, you can do...

    If you don't need to melt down a lot, you can do what I do: put the wax in a pot of water, boil, and strain through coffee filters. Works fine for small batches.
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    Yeah, yeah. I'm 40. Remember the ads in the comic...

    Yeah, yeah. I'm 40. Remember the ads in the comic books? Ooo.
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