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    Re: Just "starting" out

    if they are ahb, you can re-queen the hives. there is a video on youtube on how to find the queen in an ahb hive. best of luck to ya!
  2. Thread: Sigh, Bear

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    Re: Sigh, Bear

    well, i had my 3 nucs taken out by a bear last night. it was my own fault. i put up the fence and put my 4 large hives inside. i kept the nucs nearby where they were. i intended to put them all...
  3. upstate ny - when does robbing in fall stop?

    i have 4 large hives and 3 nucs to overwinter. i've had issues with the large hives robbing out the nucs. i would like to overwinter 2 of the nucs on top of 2 of the large hives. i am going to...
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    Re: thick white mold(?) covering pollen w pics

    the files don't open. invalid attachment
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    Re: foulbrood in apiary selling bees

    I am a very happy customer. I purchased two queens this year. I am very impressed by the sheer knowledge that Dr Russell shares with all of us. He takes alot of his time posting responses on here...
  6. Thread: Sigh, Bear

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    Re: Sigh, Bear

    i would put it back together and give it a try. you don't have anything to lose at this point. don't put it back where it was without bear protection or it will just come back and feast again.
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    Re: One angry bee

    this time of year there is always at least one bee-otch that buzzes around when i get near my hives. i swear that they look for a way into the veil!
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    Re: Question for foundationless folks?

    i don't use foundation and my bees always leave a hole at the top of the comb near the center. some call it a tunnell. they know best.
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    Re: Yellow Jackets eat live drone

    it worked for me. i really don't like yellow jackets. they wait right outside the hives and attack any honeybees that land there. next year i will be putting out yellow jacket traps to rid the...
  10. Re: robbing question ,, how can i tell if my hives is being robbed?

    when my hives were being robbed it was a very loud, frantic noise that the robbers made. they came at the hive without acting like they knew how to enter. they were mobbed on every crack that they...
  11. Thread: Fall stuff

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    Re: Fall stuff

    i did not have any problem getting them through the winter in the ob hive. they had 3 frames mostly filled with honey starting winter. i put sugar water in the feeder but they didn't use much of...
  12. Thread: Fall stuff

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    Re: Fall stuff

    hi there! right next door in horseheads! it would be a great opportunity to try to overwinter in a nuc. another option would be to build an observation hive. i overwintered in a 5 med frame ob...
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    Re: For Dr. Robert Russell

    i ordered 2 queens from mr russell and i was a bit perplexed about when i might receive them because i didn't get any email or anything. i sent him a pm on here and he immediately got them shipped...
  14. Re: Proposed: A "Wild" approach to swarm control

    i was watching some youtube videos on warre hive management and that's what they were doing. they built a large hive lifter that would raise all of the boxes straight up to insert a new box on the...
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    Re: Raid,,ed hives

    i am very sorry that you have had a rough summer. i really hope they find out who did it.
  16. Thread: honey Vodka

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    Re: honey Vodka

    i think that people think you are in Georgia, USA. I love vodka! i think it's crazy that we can make beer and wine and mead but it's illegal to distill vodka! i guess 'freedom' only goes so far!
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    Re: Identifing my Queen

    wow, i find it easier in real life than pics though i did find them even without my glasses on!! anyway, i concentrate on looking for the large round thorax mostly. i find that mine have a ridge...
  18. Re: Need input , advice on robbing help ????

    i was in about the same situation except my queens aren't mated yet. i struggled with robbing for the last week or so. if i fed them or gave them a frame of honey they were robbed like crazy. lots...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    http://www.bobhackbees.com/over-wintering-or-not.html
    http://www.yulesapiaries.com/VideosandPics.html
    i found these links last night. the second link has a video presentation given by MP about...
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    Re: Nectar Dearth - No Honey in Hives

    same here. no rain here for over 6 weeks until last week really. i had one hive robbing my mating nucs and i checked on them and they were out of stores. i fed them and now they are much calmer...
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    Re: Frustrated Beginner. Lost my hives again

    i was thinking starvation until i looked at the pics. you have alot going on there. there are supercedure cells on the one frame which i would guess means that they lost there queen at some point...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    thank you for posting pictures!
  23. Re: A small swarm catch with some comedy thrown it for good measure

    wow! i'm speachless! i was surprised that you had no veil on...but you had a queen catcher! next time...if there is one...you should give the branch a good hit with your fist (not the cardboard...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    MP: i am fascinated by the thought of overwintering in nucs. i am in upstate ny but right on the pa border. i just made up a few mating nucs out of 10 frame medium boxes..spilt into 4 sections...
  25. Re: Two frame medium mating nucs . . . . feeder?

    i tried feeding mine that i just set up and the robbing started!! i will try feeding again once the queens get mated. the robbing was crazy!!
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