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  1. Re: No larvae. I saw the queen a week ago. I'm in denial.

    Checked 4 or our 6 hives the other day - no brood in any of them (lots of bees though). Took the time to really go through a late July walk away split and a hive that we thought had likely swarmed...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    People are still starving, most of it caused by their government's policies &/or civil unrest/war (again government policies). Unfortunately, feeding those people won't end the war &/or create peace...
  3. Thread: clover planting

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    Re: clover planting

    I have planted white clover as late as end-Sept with good success, much better success than starting grass seed that late. As mentioned by Tim, it needs to grow for a couple of weeks before the...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    There is also the possibility that the ventilation got blocked and CO2/CO built up to toxic levels. Depends on snow levels & if or not the snow turned to ice.
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    We have always wrapped our hives with "tar paper?. We use bottom entrances (screened in the winter to keep mice/voles out) but add a 1/4 inch ventilation hole in the upper super for the winter (plug...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Back on topic - couple of articles people can read and use to form their own opinions....
  7. Re: Who keeps their brood and honey supers separate and why?

    Keep both the supers & frames separate so that the honey we extract has no chance of being exposed to treatment chemicals (only treat in the fall after the honey is removed).
  8. Thread: Dearth question

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    Re: Dearth question

    I think it depends on rain fall. Where I live, other than the 9 months of winter (other 3 we have poor skating), we occasionally get a dearth in August due to lack of rainfall (about 1 year in 5). ...
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    Re: Moving Honey Frames?

    Might depend on if there is a good flow in your area at the present time. Do the frames in the top super have drawn cells, or do the bees need to build them up? I'd be more inclined to move a couple...
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    Re: Question about splits??

    We don't block the entrance/don't try to keep the foragers in the split. Give them a good mix of brood ages, lots of young bees, wait a day so that they realize they are queenless then introduce the...
  11. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    I also think you should go for it. We captured a swarm in late Aug last year & it is one of our best hives this summer (carny queen). We had a good flow last fall, gave them some frames of honey...
  12. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    Pine needles mainly. A friend uses wood from dead trees & swears by it, but haven't tried it (dead/rotten trees will burn but not produce much heat since the calories have all been used by fungus).
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    I have seen studies that showed that Buckwheat honey has the highest anti-oxidant levels of all the different varieties of honey tested, which makes it a top seller for the natural food/health...
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    Re: Tell me all about white clover

    You can check for seeds by shaking the heads into your hand/a piece of paper. I think they have to get fairly brown for the seeds to ripen but have never checked white clover (red clover yes, since...
  15. Re: Why doesn't everybody make their own equipment?

    I use rough cut 1 x 12" pine - double rabbat joints. I find it best to make a super from the same piece of wood as there can be slight variations in thickness between boards (1&15/16th to 2&1/16th)...
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    Re: Treated frames - use for honey or not?

    That may be, but the risk is pretty slight. We have the honey frames & honey supers off when we treat & will keep the super & frames in question segregated from those.
    For ref - we use Funagilin,...
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    Re: Treated frames - use for honey or not?

    Thanks. We were/are planning on keeping them separate from the ones we use for honey.
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    Re: Checking hives for Hygenic Behavior

    should be interesting. We have a weird mix of bees at the present despite using Carny queens (swarm not sure - can't remember seeing the queen but there is lots of brood)/seems like at least 4...
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    Re: Checking hives for Hygenic Behavior

    Was away for most of summer - got home in August and the hives were winding down drone production//also so busy doing everything else that I forgot :-(
    Will try it next spring when things aren't so...
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    Treated frames - use for honey or not?

    Quick explanation. In early Sept we captured a swarm & put it in a deep box. It is doing well & put away a good amount of honey during Sept (lots of asters & goldenrod here). To help the hive...
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    Re: Plastic foundation vs wax

    We use black plastic foundation (wood frames) for the brood chambers (easier to see eggs). Wax foundation for honey supers. Seems to work fine as all the foundation gets used (in most hives anyway).
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    Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    We give them 24 hours in the freezer then store them in supers in the barn. Supers are on cement and covered to keep out bees, beetles, etc. Also add a few mouse traps around.Cold in our area so...
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    Re: Supercedure Swarm?

    Drawn frames - this was a full deep split from another hive that we put a purchased queen in in May. Despite the good start (deep super with 50% brood/20% honey, 30% drawn) the queen never got past...
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    Re: Supercedure Swarm?

    Thanks. Just wondering as there are 3-4 empty frames in the brood area so it isn't crowded + first year queen (poor layer).
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    Supercedure Swarm?

    Had a swarm yesterday - saw them go by the barn. Lots of room in our hives, but decided to check anyway. Likely suspect was a hive with a poor laying queen - opened it up first & there are still...
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