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    Re: Queen confession

    If it makes you feel any better, I went about 4+ years without seeing a queen. Unless you count seeing a marked queen once. Then one day a queen simply appeared in front of my eyes. She actually...
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    Re: Capture wild bees ????

    I am just curious what color are the bees you are seeing? Are they very very dark, blackish color or are they lighter yellowish, or somewhere in between? Also what elevation are you? There was a...
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    Re: Selling Your Honey

    I have extra and sell jars here and there. Mostly I have it for myself and consume as much or as little as I want. I also do not worry that maybe I left extra for the bees in the winter. I also do...
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    Re: Too late to add another deep?

    I would add one, or a medium if you have. You are only a few miles from where I am (not my bees..) I see goldenrod blooming, some asters blooming. There should be a good flow on and you might get...
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    Hive check - lots of drones

    Finished checking my four hives and I have one excellent hive, one pretty good, one average and one poor. The one thing they all had in common was many capped drone cells. First hive I thought I lost...
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    Re: Have I lost my queen?

    If you have a good clover bloom going right now then I would think you dont need to feed. As for the drone cells, if you are certain that you have capped worker bees, then this means your queen is...
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    Dismal honey harvest

    From four hives I pulled about gallon and a half or two at most. Last year harvest was over 10 gallons.. What difference. I'm guessing weather was a factor. Anyone else in my area with weak harvest??
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    Re: Why are these two hives not building?

    My two overwintered (and recently split) hives are a hop skip and jump north of you and doing just fine. One is a boomer and the other very strong. Last look I saw honey being packed in. Seems you...
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    Re: Making sense of my hive check

    I made a bee math mistake looks like. I thought emerge after 8 days for some reason. Still puzzled why I have larva and uncapped queen cell in hive 4. Slightly possible a queen could have come along...
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    Re: Making sense of my hive check

    Thanks mike. It just seemed two newly split and two newly formed hives shouldn't be swarming, with room to lay. I heard the locust flow was good. My hives do have quite a bit of uncapped honey. I...
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    Re: Making sense of my hive check

    Hmmm. Well.. My queens were over wintered Italians from California. (Oliverez). Hived from packages a year ago. No issues with them all last summer. They built up well, gave me a ton of honey and...
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    Making sense of my hive check

    Kind of strange hive check today. Here is the story. May 23 I split my two hives into four. Hive 1 and four were queenless. May 26 I checked and found queen cells in hive 1, at least four cells and...
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    Re: Did they kill the queen? (Package install)

    You could begin to make plans for a new queen now. Such as where to buy, how to pay, when to order, etc. Be 100% ready to go IF you dont have eggs/larva in a week or so.
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    Re: Crowded hive advice

    Take 8 frame deep FRAMES along with all bees and put them in your 10 frame deep. Add two empty deep frames. Then add a 10 frame deep on top, with 10 empty frames. Take the empty 8 frame deep you...
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    I see a queen cup in those pictures. Anyone else see this? Specifically, #4 above on the right hand side. A queen cup is not much of a concern, it may be nothing, or it may be the hive trying to...
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    crushed queen cell

    Today is split day! I found two out of two queens. Woo hoo. Almost never see her. I think I pulled the bottom from the attached image, or it was never capped. I know hard to see. Picture was bad....
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    Keep it coming.. Good stuff. My goal is to have for them to live in. I cant do free range. Moving it around would be great, but not mandatory. Ill keep in mind the tray. That sounds like excellent...
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    Re: Chicken Coop recommendations???

    Didnt know about that site. thanks.
  19. Thread: morels

    by Dan. NY
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    Re: morels

    One thing to note here. In order to properly ID some wild mushrooms, the entire "root" system is needed. For Morels, it should be OK to leave that in the ground as advised above. While gathering...
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    Chicken Coop recommendations???

    I am looking for a chicken coop but those I am reviewing from tractor supply dont give me warm fuzzies. Planning to get 3 or 4 at the most Rhode ISland Red (heritage variety with black tail feathers...
  21. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Y I think maples are popped some places ny and close in others. Same for willow. I was wondering about skunk cabbage. Seems that should be going now. I saw some deep orange-ish pollen coming in...
  22. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Good point about notch on top. IN this case, I dont think it would have mattered though. But.. Ill tuck that point away. I guess I thought the live bees did spring cleaning and took out dead bodies...
  23. Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    I finally had a good weather window and time to open my two living hives. What an awful site inside. One hive had so many dead bees piled it couldnt use the landing board and front door area. They...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    I am targeting first weekend in May for my splits. Or if the weather is good, last weekend in April. I think this is pushing it though, based on what others in my area have told me.

    FYI - I saw...
  25. Thread: Stinky deadout

    by Dan. NY
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    Re: Stinky deadout

    Postmortem report for both hives. One was a split that was weak going into winter. I figured this one would not make it but I left good stores. This one had a ton of dead bees on the bottom board...
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