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    Re: Gloves....What U Using?

    I use Playtex from the grocery store. They work fine and are inexpensive. Only use hat with veil- no other protection unless removing honey supers. Then I add a light sweat shirt. It's loose enough...
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    I know that at least 2 of my 4 hives are alive. Didn't do a thorough check this time. One was very small- a late swarm that a friend wanted me to try to keep alive. One of the ones that looks like I...
  3. Re: Number of dead Bees- cleaning frames and cappings

    Thanks for your reply. I guess I could also keep the extra amount in the freezer for spring feeding. Will try the paper plates.

    tanya
  4. Re: Number of dead Bees- cleaning frames and cappings

    About the cappings-- I have a lot and a paper plate is too small for this. Is there another way?

    Tanya
  5. Re: Number of dead Bees- cleaning frames and cappings

    I've done this for years and thought this was the correct way. However, I did notice some fighting and the buzz saw look to the combs. Guess that'll be the last time I do the open feeding.

    But...
  6. Number of dead Bees- cleaning frames and cappings

    Is it normal to have quite a few dead bees where they are cleaning up the extracted frames and cappings? :scratch: I don't know what would be considered normal at this time of year. I hate to see...
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    Re: Storing pollen patties

    I got mine from Kelley and the paper is very thin so thought they would be hard to get apart. Do you find it so?

    Tanya
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    Re: Storing pollen patties

    OK- FREEZE... How do you keep them separated in the freezer? I suppose I could just put some wax paper between the patties.

    Thanks for the info
    Tanya
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    Storing pollen patties

    I bought some pollen patties about 2 months ago. Since I didn't use most of them, how do I store them? Will they keep as is or do they need to be frozen?

    Thanks!
    Tanya
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    Re: Applying pollen patties in early fall

    Thanks for the warning. So far I haven't had any hive beetles. We are still in the dearth period so it should be OK. BUT will keep an eye on it. I'm in SW PA.

    Tanya
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    Applying pollen patties in early fall

    This question applies to the recent (about 3 weeks old) swarm that was given to me.

    Someone mentioned adding pollen patties to it. I'm feeding sugar water too. I've never added patties before but...
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    Re: Late swarm- What's best?

    About the hacksaw-- I only meant the middle edge of the upper wooden frame. About an inch wide.

    I think they may make it. And I am feeding like crazy. It would be nice...

    Tanya
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    Re: Late swarm- What's best?

    Thanks!! Will check my excluders. Use a hacksaw?? I think I get it...

    Tanya
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    Re: Late swarm- What's best?

    For question 1-- I meant the hole-- where is the hole cut?
    Tanya
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    Re: Late swarm- What's best?

    Couple of questions--

    1. Cedar Hill- Where is the hole cut? I do have some unused queen excluders and quess I could put some mesh over either side but maybe you mean the wood side of the hive...
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    Re: Late swarm- What's best?

    Hmmmm, I hadn't thought of that. What do I put between the top of the strong hive and the smaller one?

    Tanya
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    Re: Late swarm- What's best?

    I have three other hives. They've downed 1 quart of sugar water since Tuesday. I'm not sure, yet, what I'll do. In September, maybe, I'll see where they are. Usually I do just add late swarms to an...
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    Late swarm- What's best?

    I was given a late swarm in the beginning of August. It was a good size and the queen is quite large.

    I am feeding sugar water inside a super. Right now they are in a single deep. What is the best...
  19. Re: Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    Thanks. There aren't many bees right now and am hoping the sealed brood come out soon. But there is some activity to keep me working with them.

    Tanya
  20. Re: Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    Yes, Of course :) ( you gave me a chuckle). I did check the frames I put in a week ago with eggs, brood and larvae and hoped to see a queen cell or two. I looked yesterday and was expecting rain...
  21. Re: Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    Ahhhh... That's good to know. I did think that the pollen going in was just because it was collected when they got the nectar but a bee-friend kept saying that was a sign of a queen.

    Thanks!
    Tanya
  22. Re: Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    Well, I guess I'll try another frame with eggs.

    Thanks for the information.

    Tanya
  23. Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    I have a hive I'm reviving. Put some frames of eggs, larvae, and brood from two other hives, in a brood box over a super. The super is what remains of an overwintered hive.

    I checked after a week...
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    Re: Pollen in old frames

    Oh, that's great. I was getting low on empty drawn out foundation and was hoping to use these pollen bound, but good, frames. Thanks for sharing.
    Tanya
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    Re: Pollen in old frames

    I didn't know you could hose out the frames. Mine aren't in the hive right now though, I thought a frame full of only pollen or mostly pollen had to be cut out and disposed of.

    Tanya
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