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  1. Re: Whats the best way to uncap wax from a frame?

    Heavy duty electric filet knife, if you don't have too many hives. OMTCW
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    Re: Pressure treated for hive stands

    I don't use pressure treated wood of any sort for stands or anything bee related. Regardless of what a company may say, pt wood is made to keep insects away. Some beeks use screened bottom boards...
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    Re: Pollen in central ma

    Or witchhazel. OMTCW
  4. Re: Warm today, but cold coming, should I wait to put supers on?

    Never mind about the supering of the hive, you probably have an empty bottom deep super that you will have to reverse in a few weeks. That should take care of the supering for a couple of weeks. ...
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    Re: Do bees have a memory?

    They certainly do. For approximately 2 weeks or more during the summer (summer bees). When doing pollination, used to take the hives from one apiary bring them to the bogs, had to return them to...
  6. Re: Insecticide "Leverage 2.7", how bad is it?

    It's extremely toxic to bees. Do a search of it, you'll find the label. He should mow the floor of the orchard before any bees are brought in. Dandelions have a sweeter nectar than apples. As...
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    Re: adding supers question

    No problem during warm weather and a honey flow. Been doing it for years (50 +). He's definitely right, not only that but the nectar is evaporated quicker. He probably lifts his hive cover on...
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    Re: When to start Spring Feeding

    Also live in Southeastern Mass. but near the ocean so the micro climate might be different. "Rule of thumb" when the nights are consistently above freezing for more than a week then one could think...
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    Re: Installing wind breaks...question

    I have done what you seem to be planning to do and have enclosed a photo. My hives are facing the south, they are on a hill and are also facing a very large barn which blocks the wind from the...
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    Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    The experience Ross relates is so much to the point. I second his advice. Buying a new extractor is like buying a new car. As soon as it is out of the showroom it will go down in value and it...
  11. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    The temperature at the sides of the hive are hardly any different than the outside. However, the heat generated by the bees rises in their center, consequently insulation placed over the top cover...
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    Re: Skunk Cabbage is up

    Light yellow. OMTCW
  13. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Much better to put the insulation board on top of the top cover. Some bees will chew the insulation and try to carry it out creating holes in it. Note the attached photo and its effectiveness. ...
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    Many bee supply companies put orders for foundation to the northern states on hold until their weather warms up and allows for shipping. I've always been very leary of ordering wax foundation...
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    Re: Stand question

    Am much older now, (shorter and weaker), consequently I use small red chimney bricks, 4 per hive. Some summers the bees make six or more medium supers, the higher the "stand" the more difficult and...
  16. Thread: Runny Bees

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    Re: Runny Bees

    It's also a trait of Africanized bees. OMTCW
  17. Thread: Not good

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    Re: Not good

    After exposure to the sun for an afternoon or so, I would still keep the drawn out combs and honey as is for the next hive. A nuc will get you ahead much faster than a package, that's all. OMTCW
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    I'm in Mass. They are in Maine. My order arrived the next day and it was reasonable in my opinion. They will quote shipping when you order or before you order by phone. OMTCW
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    It will happen regardless. There was an article in Bee Culture some time ago, no longer there, about the differences (sometimes notable) that exist in the woodenware of all the various makers. ...
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    Try Humble Abode beekeeping supplies and save more. Not affiliated. OMTCW
  21. Thread: Not good

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    Re: Not good

    You have a case of Nosema as someone mentioned already and you need to place a 2" thick piece of Styrofoam insulation on top of your top cover next winter. Use a top front vent between inner cover...
  22. Re: Massachusetts Beekeepers! House Bill, HD 2007

    " In Mass you could tell them to take a hike and they had to leave." LOL!! Wrong!!! Thirty years....What a joke! 2015-30=1985 You didn't even take part in it. OMTCW
  23. Re: Massachusetts Beekeepers! House Bill, HD 2007

    Been a Massachusetts beekeeper over 50 years. Used to have 350 hives, no longer...... , did pollination work all over New England for many years. Please, please keep government regulations and...
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    Re: which magazine?

    Don't forget to tell them which bee club you belong to, in order to get your ten percent off the subscription price. Your bee club should be telling its members this to encourage their...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    Smoke doesn't usually make bees fly that much. If left there, in the Spring, the couple will have offspring, a large nest occupying about 1/3 to 1/2 of a deep super and about 3 or 4 frames holding...
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