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  1. Re: Intermingling plastic frames with foundationless frames

    I mix plastic nad foundationless in some of my hives., and not in others.

    The foundationless is drawn out by the bees first.

    Some of my hives don't do well with plastic, drawing burr comb on...
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    Re: Smoking the hive...or not

    I've had hives i could work with not smoke before... on nice days, I've worked a few of those with no veil.

    But it's wise to always have a smoker lit and at hand, regardless.

    Accidentally...
  3. Thread: Bee feeder.

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    Re: Bee feeder.

    I just toss a handful of gravel or marbles in the trough when I use a chicken waterer to feed with.
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    Re: Where's the pollen coming from?

    No maples in bloom yet.
    I've seen willow bloom, but haven't been to a beeyard yet when it was warm enough to forage...have only had a few days forage weather here.

    Should be in th elow 60's and...
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    Re: Using different foundation size?

    Some people think small cell fndn helps control mites.

    My comb is all small cell or foundationless, and I've never had mite issues... but I don't know ir=f the SC foundation has anything to do...
  6. Re: LEGISLATION or CITY Ordinances regarding KILLLING OF HONEYBEES?

    Just because we don't have African honeybees here in NY doesn't mean that there are no aggressive/overly defensive colonies.

    And occasionally the responsible thing to do with them is to kill them....
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    Re: Double Deep Dead, Single alive

    "Strong" and ready.

    If you make a split when they're "wishful thinking" strong it will take them longer to build up than if you wait for the frames in the give to be well covered with bees and...
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    Re: Do you destroy these types of structures

    A healthy colony of bees makes a significant percentage of its brood comb as drone comb.
    When we install all worker comb, they have no where to raise that drone brood except as burr comb.

    Giving...
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    Re: Why I think top entrances are a bad idea

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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    I agree a larger charger is the way to go.

    Even on a small yard near the house with only 4-8 hives, I have a 3 joule fence energizer.

    Bears need a bigger jolt than cattle -- they are better...
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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    Don't wait , get a bear fence up !

    A bear will often (as in usually) come back within a day or two for more.

    If you can't get a fence up before tomorrow night, move them off the property to...
  12. Re: How Does One Know When To Change From Small Entrance to Large?

    You won't hurt the bees by opening it up when it gets crowded at the entrance.

    This video was made March 19 a couple years ago, in upstate New York.
    It's certainly not too cold to have your hive...
  13. Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    What makes a commercial contract enforceable is both parties receiving value.
    The value need not be monetary.

    It might be the simple enjoyment of having bees on one's land, or pollination value,...
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    Re: Update on narrow frames from Kelley

    I have a lot of frames I've narrowed to 1 1/4".
    It's a lot of extra work.

    It may have been beneficial in practice here in upstate NY, but I haven't kept any all-std-width-frame colonies for...
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    Re: Swap boxes or not?

    If it's so cold that that is an issue, it's not time to be reversing boxes yet.
    Reversing the brood boxes is an early spring task to prevent swarming, not a winter task.
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    Re: Why I think top entrances are a bad idea

    Ventilation certainly changed with both a top and a bottom entrance!

    But it need not be detrimental to the hive, even in an extremely cold winter.

    I don't wrap my hives for winter.
    I have not...
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    Re: Why I think top entrances are a bad idea

    I've used top entrances for years.

    I live in upstate New York. It's windy and gets freakin' COLD here.
    Like -20F this winter, with the wind chill much colder.

    This is what I've learned from...
  18. Re: how low should you let stores get before feeding?

    Once upon a time I kept the feed on in spring "until they won't take it anymore".

    That never happened though, because the brood nest got plugged out with stored syrup, the queen had nowhere to...
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    Re: Swap boxes or not?

    Enj-

    Those guys down south are *weeks* ahead of us upstate New Yorkers.
    Some of them have had nectar flow already for 3+ weeks, while we've not seen *anything* blooming yet.

    Don't worry about...
  20. Re: When to start spring feeding in coastal CT

    Once the maple flow starts here, feeding isn't necessary.
    By the time maples stop blooming, there will be many other things in bloom.

    I'd stop feeding for now, and wouldn't start again til after...
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    Re: PA apiary license and sales tax

    When I went to the bee supply in Waverly, NY the counterman filled the Farm exemption form out for me and all I had to do was sign, if I recall correctly.

    It doesn't matter how big your...
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    Re: queen cell swap

    The first queen to emerge usually will seek out the other cells and any other virgins emerging to destroy them, regardless of their origin.
    The bees will usually accept whichever virgin survives...
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    The concern with feeding honey is spreading disease.

    If you know how to recognize AFB, and are confident none of the hives you took the honey from were showing symptoms, it's probably the best...
  24. Re: When to start spring feeding in coastal CT

    They'll keep eating sugar until a nectar flow starts, then they'll prefer the better food.

    Unless you have reason to believe that your bees are running out of stored food, or you have a new hive...
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    Re: Good synthetic gloves?

    If you want a glove that you can't get stung through, you need leather... and even then,, occasionally a sting might find its way in at a seam or some such.

    Gloves for sting protection don't allow...
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