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    Re: Laying workers problem...

    Maybe I am overthinking this laying worker issue, but frankly it is bit strange. My concern was that by "shaking out" a laying worker hive in the beeyard , laying workers might relocate to new splits...
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    Re: Laying workers problem...

    I see a lot of laying worker posts this year because of splits and recovered swarms. It seems to me that the hivewill produce a lot of drones and then simply start to atrophy if left alone. I dont...
  3. Re: Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    OK. Price fixing? My my. I haven't seen two beekeepers agree on which end of the bee has a stinger. I thought this might open a discussion on just what beekeepers are basing their prices on since the...
  4. Re: Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    5 hives in one season. Math: $1500 expenses divided by 150 lbs of honey = $10.00 not $199 cost per lbs. Add jars and labels. This is just an attempt at some sort of baseline.
    I love my bees and...
  5. Re: Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    5 hives in one season. Math: $1500 expenses divided by 150 lbs of honey = $10.00 not $199 cost per lbs. Add jars and labels. This is just an attempt at some sort of baseline.
    I love my bees and...
  6. Re: Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    Ok, we all love free market capitalism. So let's frame this a little differently so that anyone interested in what to charge on average might get some insight.. Given groups of 5 hives for one year...
  7. Re: Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    Collusion implies cheating or deceiving. Sharing an opinion on what we should charge is pushing back against Chinese and corporate collusion. I agree to disagree.
  8. Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    Let's bee smart like the Canadians were about Maple Syrup pricing and get a consensus on prices that are sustainable at small marketplaces.
    We shouldn't even go down near supermarket prices for what...
  9. Re: Existing Queen concern after performing split

    Thank for the good observation Flowerplanter. If all goes well with the nuc I might have some queen cells to split off and make a spare queen if indeed my old queen is becoming a drone layer.
    I am...
  10. Existing Queen concern after performing split

    I need some feed back about the split I did last week. I am in upstate New York and I decided to do a split on a great two deep hive fully packed after the winter. I kept the queenright hive with...
  11. Re: What birds or insects have you seen eating bees?

    I hate to chime in on bumble bees but there are also wood boring bees from my barn that look almost exactly like the bumble bees that I know and love from pollinating my blueberry bushes. They are a...
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    Re: OAV a swarm

    I am interested in feedback on this one. I would have oav soon as the swarm moved in to get the mites before there are open egg and brood cells.
  13. Re: 1st OAV Observations - nervous bearding bees

    I used oav last month on one hive as a test. No problems. Right back to normal. They were very passive when I added a new box last week. I am an oav fan now. Hope you have a top entrance for proper...
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    Re: entrance feeder

    If you are referring to a Boardman feeder I wouldn't use it. It attracts bees from all over and might be ignored by yours as they are wired to forage away from the hive location. I use my old one in...
  15. Re: Gravel, wood chips, stall mats? Setting up my first bee yard

    I use fresh pine shavings from the wood shop here in upstate new York. Not too thick to avoid attacking mice. Cut down on my ant invasions. Moving grass upsets the bees. Funny thing the guy who knows...
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    Re: Bee yard managment

    I have used pine shavings from my woodshop. They make a nice ground cover. Bees seem to like it and I have had fewer ants than the bare ground. Too thick might attract mice but that hasn't happened....
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    Re: Anyone seal boxes with polyurethane?

    I have used water based clear exterior UV protected urethane for years in upstate NY and it works great. I do not coat the interior. I would not recommend oil based spar varnishes for many reasons...
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    Re: Half pint bees. Problem??

    I am not a scientist but there is always the possibility of breeding problems with any critters including bees. Since the queen is supposed to mate with several drones we often see batches of...
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    Re: Bees on and inside the bird feeder

    Great to see the bees are out and resourceful. I am upstate NY and my hives have been all over the farm on nice days. At first I placed an old Boardman feeder in the middle of a field with sugar...
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    Re: Bees on the bird feeder.

    The birds must be enjoying the added bonus of some live bees to eat. Here in upstate New York my bees were out in force on the 55 degree days. They were also dragging out dead bees and cleaning...
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    Re: Can you work your bees at night?

    I really don't recommend opening a hive at night. mine went ballistic the one and only time I tried it. They do fly at night in spite of what I have read and consider a night visit an attack.
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    Re: hive height above ground

    I have mine on home made tables at desk height for convenience and to avoid skunks and mice and mainly just for the comfort and ease of access. Watch out for high wind though, needs to be tied down...
  23. Thread: Dead hive

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    Re: Dead hive

    I have also had "sudden death" at various times in cold weather and in all cases I couldn't find the queen. Like most I have no science to support the idea that in winter when something happens to...
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    Swarm Moving in Day June 29 @ 12834

    I hope the photo attachment works. My swarm trap is sort of the mobile home version of a bee mansion. That placement and opening hole imitates what I have seen in trap-outs in old buildings. Eight...
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    Upper Entrance

    I would like some feedback on your experience with upper hive entrances. Just got back from Spain and saw the original "mellifera iberica" in action (speel checkers may fault me- you know Spanish...
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