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    Hive Venting

    As summer heats up I have been thinking about giving the girls some relief in the form of venting. Anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking of just popsicle sticks on the corners but was worried...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    Why all of the focus of clean, clean, clean? If you're spinning it and then filtering it though a bucket, does it really matter if your garage is hospital room clean? Am I missing something here?
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    Re: What can I do about a cranky hive?

    Even though we didn't see her, there were lots of brood so I would assume there is a queen. I will give it this season and if they don't calm down I will re-queen for next year. Thanks for the...
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    Re: What can I do about a cranky hive?

    Is that what needs to be done? Re-queening?
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    What can I do about a cranky hive?

    Howdy all.

    I have two hives that wintered over fantastic. This weekend I went in them to rotate the boxes and do some housekeeping. Hive #1 was all "Hey man, come on in. Poke around, hang...
  6. Re: Spring has finally reached CT. Well, sort of.

    Yeah I was afraid I should have been giving them pollen already. I will pick some up this week. I just feed them a 1:1 sugar solution with some Honey B Healthy and a shot of apple vinegar to...
  7. Spring has finally reached CT. Well, sort of.

    Howdy all.

    It hit 70 over the weekend so I poked into the hives and saw they were both doing most excellent! Lots of bees and plenty of fondant left. So I fed them their first sugar water of...
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    Re: Sugar syrup in the winter?

    I think they would be too hard. maybe if you crush them up a bit it might work. Plus, I don't know how much they like peppermint oil.
  9. Re: Paint/Stain What do you use/How long is it lasting?

    I used some good old Minwax clear stain. Two coats (a day between coats) then three coats of Minwax polyurethane with a day between each coat. All on the outside of the hive only and was very...
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    Re: Sugar syrup in the winter?

    Buy a 5lb package of cake fondant, roll it out a little, wait for a 50+ degree day, lay on top of the frames on a piece of wax paper. We just did this a few weeks ago. I know, I know, you can just...
  11. Re: Fine go! Leave you ungrateful little boogers!

    No kidding. I mean, this frame was empty just two weeks ago!

    https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1235460_10201285541493424_2037745785_n.jpg
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    I don't believe it! We went into the empty hive today to see if we could just clean it out and store it up but when I opened it, it was full! The top deep must have weighted 60lbs. It was full of...
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    Sorry, that's what I meant. 9 frames full of capped honey and brood.
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    See that's what I don't understand. They had two deeps each with 9 frames drawn. It's all very confusing. There aren't a pile of dead bees on the bottom either. I'm leaning towards alien...
  15. Re: Fine go! Leave you ungrateful little boogers!

    Yep. The other hive has been taking the stores so I figured let them go for a little while. We plan on going in there this weekend and if it's cleaned out I will take it into the basement for the...
  16. Fine go! Leave you ungrateful little boogers!

    I can't believe it. You give them a nice brand new home, food, water, shelter and the still leave. What's the deal? We have (had) our first two hives this year. Tons of bees and two deeps fully...
  17. Thread: Bee sting

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    Re: Bee sting

    Talk about lucky. Mine attack me like maniacs. You would think I was killing them by the thousands the way they react. I wouldn't even think about going in there without gloves. Ungrateful little...
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    Re: When to feed for overwintering

    Not to hijack the thread, but how do you weigh your hives?
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    Re: When to feed for overwintering

    Hey there TheBuzz. I'm in Naugatuck and was planning on putting the feeders on again next month. I started my hives in May and the little buggers have filled both deeps (I wish I had one more month...
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    Re: Bee Feeder Types

    We use a couple of these. Cheap, easy to fill and rather effective.

    http://www.cibees.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/beemaxtopfeeder.jpg
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    Re: House bill to ban Neonicotinoid HR 2692

    Maybe "is" wasn't the correct term, but I should have said "will be"


    http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0216/Fewer-bees-in-US-threaten-almond-crop
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    Re: House bill to ban Neonicotinoid HR 2692

    Seriously? Maybe the mysterious dying off of thousands and thousands of bees every year? The fact that there is enough evidence to suggest it is being caused by pesticides (although the type is...
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    Re: House bill to ban Neonicotinoid HR 2692

    I agree that this particular bill isn't worded all that great and will most likely fail, but at least it's good to know that someone in government is finally taking notice of the fact that there is...
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    Re: Inspecting with out getting stings...?

    This is something I never understood. You want to use smoke to clear the frames so you can handle them, so why smoke the entrance? Wouldn't that drive them up INTO the hive/frames? Seems kind of...
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    Re: Feeding Hungry Bees

    A dearth means lack of natural food in the area.
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