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  1. Re: No eggs, larvae, capped brood, or queen cells

    Possible they swarmed. How is the attitude of the hive? Are they loud and roaring when you pop the lid? Do they run around the frames instead of calm and orderly? if you say roaring and yes. You...
  2. Thread: From Vermont

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    Re: From Vermont

    Welcome. If there is anything we can do to help, let us know.
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    Re: distance when splitting a hive

    Split in the same yard. Just realize foragers will go back to the parent hive. Make sure you have capped brood and open brood full of nurse bees that will not go back. The population will dip but...
  4. Re: Bee package installation - put in all drawn comb or save some for splits

    I have 100's of drawn frames so I usually start with all drawn and give full frames of honey. I don't feed packages started this way.
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    Re: New packages in mediums

    Yes. Both boxes would be fine.
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    Re: swarm season hive inspection

    I tip boxes to look for cells. Also, I deep cull frames of honey and separate the brood nest and add a foundationless frame. This satisfies the desire to draw wax in a strong flow. They will draw...
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    Re: Dado blade set on the cheap?

    eBay. I find high quality dado set for very cheap compared to new. My Freud super dado cost me $90. They are a $300 set.

    BTW....cheap dado set need to get tossed in the trash right out the box....
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    Ordered $2000 worth of materials during the march sale. Arrived via FedEx Freight semi in two days. It was 4 pallets of frames, foundation, and queen rearing supplies.
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    Re: Newbee from Western Ma.

    Welcome! If I can help in any way let me know. Check out Pearl City Apiary in my signature.
  10. Thread: Hola from CT

    by Michael B
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    Re: Hola from CT

    Welcome. We are here to help!
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    Re: New beekeeper in MA

    Welcome! Nice to see so many new Massachusetts beekeepers!
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    Re: Newbee from MA

    Welcome! Another Massachusetts beekeeper!

    Check out Pearl City Apiary in my signature!
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    Re: Making a nuc from existing hives. Timing?

    When the population is high. When the bees start raising queens is the best time to make nucs. Pull a frame of capped brood, frame of larvae, frame of larvae/eggs. Shake plenty of nurse bees off...
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    Re: decapping knife

    I cut mine in half so I get natural comb on the edges and it saves me 50% on foundation. No big deal with a few hives but it is a big deal with several 100.
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    I just use the 400. I have never used all three at once.
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    Re: Packaged Bees

    Yes. H&R has very good package bees and the price is very affordable. Local bee club switched to them last year and were very happy. Now the packages are much cheaper than nucs. They way it...
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    Re: Making bricks using anodized aluminum pans

    My wife frowns heavily when I raid the kitchen for bee supplies. I go to the dollar store and get disposable bakeware. Cheap, works, and I don't get yelled at anymore. Plus I cut them down to fit...
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    Re: no cook sugar brick is a joke

    If it falls apart its too wet. The I use 25 lbs a sugar and about 25 oz vinegar and one day in the dehydrator. Hards are rocks.
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    Re: Bill Crowell, Deceased

    As a fellow Stockbridge School of Agriculture graduate, I am thinking of his family and keeping them in my thoughts. Rest Peacefully sir.
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    Re: Electric Fence Questions????

    I run several Parmak SP12 and Love them. Never had any issues other than battery replacement now and then. Grounding is king. Some yards have 2-3 rods others have 8-10. Depends on soil type and...
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    Re: Never requeen

    Requeening has a purpose. Purchased queens should be a last resort for a self sufficient beekeepers. I manage 75-100 colonies and raise my own queens. If I need to requeen a colony and I don't...
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    Re: To buy foundation now or wait?

    indoors. Cold is fine. Summer heat in a shed or garage could cause warping. In that case move it into the house or a shady shed.
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    Re: Storing foundation

    Yes. Kept dry and cold is fine. Don't mess with it when its cold. Summer is more of a problem. My shop gets hot and the foundation warps/buckles a bit from the heat.
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    Re: Mold on Frames

    As long as the mold hasn't completely covered the comb, go ahead and use it.
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    I sell strong Carni spring 5 frame deep nucs in travel box for $150. I sold out in a month. I feel prices should be higher.
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