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    Re: Share your graft pics

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  2. Re: hive swarmed, caught queen and half the swarm: now what

    You don't have to move the nuc anywhere. Set it up in your yard with the old queen for now. She will continue to lay. You can even strengthen it by giving it brood and bees from the old hive.

    Go...
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    Re: Going to her 3rd year still strong

    They tried to swarm last year. Saw it coming, and was able to get 4 of her daughters, wonderful bees.
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    Going to her 3rd year still strong

    Got this queen in Sep 2013 from Honey Run Apiaries. No mite treatments in 2014. Went to winter with a very small cluster but built up rapidly in March. Was happy to see her today laying non stop.
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  5. Thread: split #3 package

    by WillH
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    Re: split #3 package

    Not a good idea. Install the package, let them grow for 2 months, then split.
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    Making Sense of Water

    But according to estimates by the Public Policy Institute of California, more water was used to grow almonds in 2013 than was used by all homes and businesses in San Francisco and Los Angeles put...
  7. Re: How much honey is consumed over winter months? Not much

    100 lbs :eek: I don't think my hives had more than 50 lbs honey in them. With bottom board, 2 hive bodies and inner cover they weighed about 135 pounds going in to winter. I try not to encourage...
  8. How much honey is consumed over winter months? Not much

    After weighing my hives during first week of December and again first week of April, with no feeding in between, I was able to calculate the loss of weight which I attribute to honey consumed during...
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    Re: my 1st year experience., my bees died now what.

    The reason your bees were not taking syrup was because they were stressed with mites. (I have seen this before. When a small hive is refusing to take up syrup, I suspect mites) If you are starting...
  10. Re: NY Bee Wellness SPRING SURVEY 2015 with photos

    There is a problem with the survey.

    You cannot submit the survey without answering questions 6 and 7, both relating to hive deaths over winter. Is this survey limited to those who had less than...
  11. Re: just set up my dead out equipment for round 2 (???)

    You should distribute the frames evenly among the 4 packages that you are installing. Just make sure to put a couple of empty drawn frames (no honey or pollen) in the center so the queen can start...
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    Re: Mark queen method?

    I like the convenience of marker pen. Once you mark a queen with a uni posca pen it lasts more than the queen. Once You buy a set with the 5 colors, you don't have to buy another one, ever. The...
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    Re: UPS Not Delivering BWeaver Packages

    5 years ago, I received a package in the mail. It came from Georgia and bees and the queen were in very good condition. I received a call from the post office around 9 AM to come and pickup the...
  14. Thread: Clipping Wings

    by WillH
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    From "Beekeeping by Frank Vernon (1977)"

    Apirarists have tried for many decades to devise a method of frustrating the basic reproductive urge of the bee colony. Devices for trapping queen as she...
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    Re: CNN Inside Man: Bees 3/5/15

    Thank you. I will be watching.
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    Re: Looking for advice for starting beeK

    I have installed many packages always using either foundation (or drawn frames if available). Never with any kind of brood. Always fed 1:1 syrup to give them a boost.


    I have no experience with...
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    Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    2 weeks. If you are seeing DW this early, it may not build up enough to need honey supers.



    More efficient delivery. More effective agent. Oxalic is not even approved for use. (I am not...
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    Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    Brood is emerging with DWV. If I was in that situation I would use Apivar not OA.
  19. Insects survive the winter through a trick right out of science fiction

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-happens-insects-winter-153259504.html
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    Water source for almonds may run dry

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/us/water-source-for-almonds-in-california-may-run-dry.html
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    Re: Harvesting honey after using MAQS

    Leave them where you had them. Close all entrances so ants, mice can't get to them. Use in the spring to start packages, nucs, splits etc.
  22. Thread: hive beetles

    by WillH
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    Re: hive beetles

    After I stopped buying packages from the south, I don't see hive beetles in my hives. Place them in full sun, and make sure there are no crevices in your boxes that SHB can hide. Use plastic wood...
  23. Thread: hive beetles

    by WillH
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    Re: hive beetles

    Move to New York :lookout:
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    Acetic acid is a liquid at room temperature. So there is no need to vaporize. You can just pour it.
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    strachanbees.com expired on 11/22/2014 and is pending renewal or deletion.
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