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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    The queen is Russian. The bees in the package are from numerous hives from multiple lineage.
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    Re: Mann Lake Testimonial

    Agreed. ML's super slow shipping is getting worse and worse. I have been averaging 3 weeks from order to delivery.

    I switched to Betterbee. I pay for shipping but I always get orders the next...
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    Re: Best Bee Smells

    Lemony queen scent.
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Here in western Massachusetts we have a long and cold winter. I have been keeping bees for several years and always over estimate how much honey the bees need for winter. I never extract deep...
  5. Re: Central NY - 4/1/14 First day of pollen!

    Same here. First pollen of the season. It was white, dark yellow, and pale yellow.
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    Re: Hello from Maine

    Welcome fellow New Englander!
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    Re: Pet or workhorse?

    While I dont agree with the exact words, I do agree about taking the emotion out of beekeeping. When I mentor new beekeepers they struggle with the emotions of giving up on a hive and combine, doing...
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    Re: After you catch a swarm

    Never had any issues with catching swarms from my hives and putting them back in the original yard. I have on occasion placed a queen excluder on the bottom to keep the queen from leaving. Not sure...
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    Re: reversing boxes

    I do it too. Bottoms boxes are nearly void of bee in the spring. Reversing helps build bigger populations. I find that the empty bottom boxes are filled with pollen so some rearranging of frames...
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    Re: Temperature for brood

    Full inspections...70

    Quick inspections pulling a frame or two....60 with no wind and sunny

    Pulling one frame to check for a laying queen....50 with no wind and sunny
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    Re: Is this a queen cell

    Look at that beautiful frame of worker brood. Nice queen you have there.
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    Re: what is this?

    First pic is pollen the second is capped drones
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    Re: Table saws / dado blades

    If you are not going into business, it's hard to beat the ridgid contractor saw. It has a lifetime warranty. I use one and have never been disappointed. I have made 100's of boxes and other...
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    Re: Bending aluminum for telescoping covers?

    I use a sheet metal folding tool. Super simple and easy. I have two a 24" and a 18". They are about $15. They make a 3/8 or 1" bend.
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    Re: Hauling in pollen in Northeast PA. !!

    I was shocked to see pale yellow pollen coming in today. Here in New England we still have several inches of snow on the ground and every day is cloudy and windy. Today it snowed around 11 am then...
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    Re: How many hives?

    Two years ago I had 33 hives. Lots and lots of work for one man who works 7 days a week in my career. Swarm season was crazy!
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    Re: bee escape not working

    I always had better success when leaving them for 48 hours or so. The catalogs tell you not more than 24 hours. With these boards the supers go from a few thousand bees to a hundred or two.
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    Re: Getting Dead Bees out of Cells

    A swift tap to dislodge them. To too hard to break to comb. Bees will take care of the rest.
  19. Thread: Honey B Gone

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    Re: Honey B Gone

    I have used a few different ones. If you use them just don't leave it on the hive very long. If you leave it too long the stink gets into the honey.

    I have used triangle escape boards for a...
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    Lost 4 out of 17. The remaining haves have large clusters and brooding up nicely. It will be 3-4 more week before we see any type of pollen or nectar available. I had to add frames of honey and...
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    Re: Greetings from Medfield, MA

    Welcome,

    Hope you enjoy keeping bees and we are always here to help with any question you might have.

    Mike
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    Re: Spring Bees on Sugar Cake

    Pretty small cluster. Here is one of my hives from Saturday.

    http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee209/1974boxcar/Mobile%20Uploads/image.jpg
  23. Re: need approval for my plan to install multiple packages on same day.

    No need to complicate things. I agree with Michael Bush's comment of near dusk. I have success of waiting 30-45 minutes between packages. Just wait until things settle a bit before hiving the next...
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    Re: Made it through the winter.....hopefully

    Bees dying in the winter is completely normal. At this time of year the clusters are at their smallest as new bees are just staring to be raised. The only way to feed this time of year is by giving...
  25. Thread: planers

    by Michael B
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    Re: planers

    I picked up the Ridgid 13" bench top planer. I give it a 7 out of 10. It works decent. The blades are very sharp but rather thin. They dull very quickly and are reversible. The reason I don't...
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