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    Re: Spring is here !

    Another 3 months to go after the winter solstice.
    In the mean time the weather pattern is very unstable thru out. Just take a look
    at other countries now i.e. Japan, China, etc. Their wild...
  2. Re: New incubator set up. Modified slightly, looks good, cheap.

    "And yes Beepro, you can put a full sized deep frame in it with a little room to spare. But why would you want to hatch out workers?"

    JR knows about this one right in the middle of a dead winter...
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    Re: lawn flower mix (Northeastern USA)

    For the flowering crops, do consider Canola, mustard, and buckwheats.
    Usually amazon and ebay should have them in bulk too. Do a search to find out.
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Yes, the galvanized nails will rust over time when the water got in.
    Using the deck screws or coated nails or screws will help to waterproof them.
    I usually use the black coated 1.5" screws.
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    I'm not sure if stratification is needed for such a small seeds. Usually the hard coated seeds
    need stratification like ginseng, peaches, etc.
    What I do is to wet a small amount of peat moss mixed...
  6. Re: New incubator set up. Modified slightly, looks good, cheap.

    Has anyone ever try putting sealed brood frames into an incubator for them to hatch?
    Lots of potential here if it works. Then again this is my thinking but have never try before.
    Is the sealed...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    I am also concern about the bees ending up on the tree too. Of the many swarm control
    methods I have read, I think using a combination will do.
    Lately I have been thinking to use the various...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    The first picture have some shiny big head nails on the left side.
    Are they the waterproof nails? And do you worry about them getting rusty when exposed to
    the rains over time?
  9. Thread: Black bees

    by beepro
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    Re: Black bees

    Eduardo, do you have those black bees also?
    It is interesting to see they have survive from Md to Fl, NM, and CO.
    Would be interesting to isolate a few queens to preserve their genetics here.
    I...
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    My apple trees are already set before I got my bees.
    But if I have to do it all over again I like the red fuji apple trees over the green fuji variety.
    Make sure to space them out close enough but...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Ace, do you do swarm trap or buy your bees locally?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Nope, no waterproof glue here. But plenty of deck screws though. Never thought that TB-3 is waterproof though I only use it
    on the inside joints. Got them painted and waterproof with a cherry...
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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    Yes, you are right that I'm trying to keep the cluster in the bottom box in a 2 hive box set up. The honey dome above will keep the bees warmer in the winter time. I don't restrict where the queen...
  14. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Then how do you explain the small batches of young bees that emerged during the
    cold of winter? And how do you think the almond folks got their bees ready for the Feb-March almond run? The
    bees...
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    Re: I lost one of my hives...

    How do you manage your hives? How do your neighbors and friends manage
    their hives going into the Fall and winter? How do you overwinter prep for all of
    your hives? What is the main cause of...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I use osb boards to built my hive bodies.
    Those hives will last me a long long time.
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    Re: First time making a split

    For the winter months just soak up the infos until the flow starts again.
    It is not the time of year to make a split no matter how large a colony you
    have now.
  18. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    If the weather prediction is correct, El Nino, then we will have warmer and rainier than usual in
    this Spring time. Don't know if this is good or bad. Though going with the flow is a good idea. I...
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    Re: Cold Weather Inspections

    In the 40s is consider cold so I just leave them bee.
    In the 50s is alright to just sneak-a-peek. And to add sugar/patty feed in a hurry.
    No thorough hive inspection if not in the mid-60s or...
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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    Honey is their last emergency supply.
    They will eat the nectar and sugar first before going for the honey. Besides, honey need to be diluted
    with water which is not weather favor sometimes.
    So...
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    Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    Usually it depends on the weather condition and the number of successful flights when she went out.
    If the weather is bad then she will go out several times. And when the thingy broke off on her...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage

    Bird's Foot trefoil--summer-FAll
    Chicory
    Yellow/white sweet clover
    sainfoin
    Nyger--up to frost kill
    Canola
    Sunflowers
    Autumn sneezeweed
    asters
    mexican heather
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    Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    First of all I don't know all the answer on mating flight. It seems from my experience
    that the virgin queen only fly out to mate in a confined 2 week window time frame at perfect weather.
    From...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage

    Any recommendation on the plants that you prefer? I would like to try some too.

    Yes, the Borage is hard to control. During the early Spring time here we don't have that many bee blooming plants....
  25. Thread: Plants for bees

    by beepro
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    Re: Plants for bees

    dups!
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