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  1. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    I just went into my four hives to check whether there was any moisture on the homosote underneath the outer cover, and three of my four hives are dead! There is so much honey in there, it's oozing. ...
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    Re: Frigid forecast for 1/5/14

    I think the bees can survive the cold (as long as they don't get wet from condensation), but I worry that there is no break when they can out for cleansing runs. Today, the cold has broken - it's...
  3. Re: Should I wait for a returning virgin or combine?

    Thanks, Michael. I did similar calculations, but yours are more accurate. This Sunday, I will check them and if there is no sign of her, I will do the combine.
  4. Should I wait for a returning virgin or combine?

    I checked one of my hives yesterday that on 9/6 had brood, no open larvae and probably no eggs (hard to see). Yesterday, there was no brood at all but two open queen cells on the bottom of a frame. ...
  5. Re: Combining queenless hive with smaller hives

    Thanks, Mr. B.

    I have been reading up on newspaper combining. Beekeeping for Dummies says to keep the strongest hive where it is, newspaper it (one sheet w/ holes poked through) and then put the...
  6. Combining queenless hive with smaller hives

    I had a strong hive come through the winter and I have made three splits from it to prevent swarming. Two of these splits have made their own queen (saw eggs, larvae, and capped brood yesterday),...
  7. Re: Insurance for the Honey you Sell and Give Away

    I have a small farm package through Farm Family Mutual Insurance Company. It covers liability for anything I produce and sell, on or off farm. I used to have an addendum to my homeowners, but it...
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    Re: Need flower and plant ID

    The pink looks like wild flocks to me. I have some that planted itself, blooming now. I have yet to see a bee on it.
    I'm not positive, but the shrub looks like an hydrangea variety. I don't have...
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    Re: NPR radio show

    This was on BBC. It's two parts and I only heard one of the parts, but I looked it up. Of course, I am at work so can't play it but will when I get home.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002w557
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    Re: nucs or packages ?

    True enough, BMAC. I think it has been lack of confidence, but I am getting better at that. ;-)
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    Re: nucs or packages ?

    This is my second winter with bees. The first time I had 2 packages. Neither overwintered, but I don't blame the bees - it was a learning curve on my part. I did end up with lots of drawn comb for...
  12. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I am not officially registered in the overwintering challenge, but I have been following this thread. Last year I lost both my hives, one to starvation.

    This year, knock on wood, they are both...
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    Re: Winter Wrapping Bee Hive

    re: wrapping your hive like a package. When February comes and you want to add pollen patties or fondant to feed, it looks like it would be difficult to unwrap to open the hive up enough to get the...
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    Re: Insulation Hive

    At my bee meeting this week, we were discussing feeding this time of year. One member said he stops feeding about October 1, so the bees will have time to cap the honey. One year he kept feeding...
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    Reversed brood boxes - good idea?

    I have two active hives. I went in yesterday; one was doing well lots of capped brood, honey, and tiny larvae. I couldn't see eggs but I am assuming they are there. I have never found the queen,...
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    Re: got another swarm last night...

    I just caught my first swarm - it was at a neighbor's about a mile away across a pond, two plus miles away by road. We took over one of my deeps that has drawn comb in it and lemongrass odor (I had...
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    Re: Setting up hives

    I made a platform of exterior plywood and nailed it to stumps that I had after some trees had been removed. The platform gives me room for working. The stumps are too high, however, - how will I...
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    Re: They were hungry little girls this year.

    John, thank you so much for taking the time to share all of the above. I will certainly do things differently next year, so these will not have died in vain.
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    Re: They were hungry little girls this year.

    I am a first year beekeeper. My hive requeened itself towards the end of August and even though we had a long, mild fall, I don't think they were able to build up enough stores for the winter. The...
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    Re: What happens to electric fences in snow?

    Anytime between mid-September and mid-December. When there isn't much food around, they will hibernate earlier. We have had balmy weather lately (it is mid 50's today and it's almost December -...
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    Re: What happens to electric fences in snow?

    I have a roll of netting around my bees and there is about eight inches of snow. I have 5,000 volts going through it with a speedrite charger. I bait my fence with peanut butter on tinfoil wrapped...
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