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    Re: Wierd Queen Rearing Technique

    That may work for them but I will still stick with grafting.

    Gilman
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    Re: Lost 1 hive; Will I ever know why?

    Understanding why the hive died is the best service we can do to the live hives. I would open the dead hive and inspect it in more detail than the live hives. With time we learn to understand and...
  3. Thread: Saving Money

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    Re: Saving Money

    The frame is the heart of the hive, it is not the place to save money.
    My experience with foundationless is limited to matting nucs,

    Gilman
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    Re: New keeper in CT needs Nucs

    I too think you should try Allan at Full Bloom Apiaries in Franklin, CT.
    Best place to find a mentor is to join a bee club, our bee club CT beekeepers association ctbees.com.

    Good luck Gilman
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    Re: are they brooding in CT ?

    They are brooding. I dont remove frames in the middle of winter but I think that they start a small patch of brood some time in mid January. With time they increase that patch. One week ago I had to...
  6. Thread: bees gone...

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    Re: bees gone...

    Overwintering colonies in Northeast can be a long learning proposition. It takes some time for the beekeeper to understand and master all parts of the equation, some parts are more important than...
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    Re: Wintering in Connecticut

    We had 27 inch here in Granby. The bees are under snow. I do not feed them in the spring to stimulate the build up, just give them a pollen substitute. My goal is to have them heavy by fall time. I...
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    Re: Good Luck Tomorrow New England Bees.

    Very nice Ravensyee,

    I already feel better.

    Gilman
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    Re: Wintering in Connecticut

    The cluster in the winter can move horizontally and vertically. Smaller cluster (colonies that have been reduces small to mostly to Varroa), following the honey reserves, can get stuck and not reach...
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    Re: Wintering in Connecticut

    Hi Jonnybeegood,
    If your bees are constantly on top of the inner cover (even on low temps) most likely they are running out of honey or the cluster may have lost contact with the side frames with...
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    Re: My first winter....Care questions.

    Great advice, Squarepeg,

    Gilman
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    Re: Smoke or No smoke

    That is still one dimensional approach.
    It is getting warmer in CT 12 F. Would you still use smoke in CT today?
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    Re: Smoke or No smoke

    I am not against the use of smoke, I am a beekeeper, I use it all the time. In winter time (that was the original question of the thread) I try to limit or eliminate it. It is an extra stress on...
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    Re: Smoke or No smoke

    It was 0 F this morning in CT. These low temperatures are going to have an strong impact on week small colonies.
    I hope we have enough colonies to smoke in the spring.

    Gilman
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    Re: Smoke or No smoke

    I don't believe they will. I open a lot of hives with and without smoke all the time and see no difference in the number of bees with their heads in the cells. I think the idea that smoke makes...
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    Re: Smoke or No smoke

    I get a bit old fashion about smoking this time of the year.
    In CT the average highest temps are in mid 30 F in mid January. The Cluster is tight and with some lack the queen has started laying or...
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    Re: Smoke or No smoke

    Tip the hive and learn to asses its wight. You will get better with practice.
    No need to smoke for quick interventions.
    The advice for South Carolina is very good for SC but not for MA. No smoking...
  18. Thread: Fondant....

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    Re: Fondant....

    The fondant is an emergency feed in the winter used when, despite the best efforts, the bees failed to collect enough reserves. That is a sign that the beekeeper should change his/her beekeeping...
  19. Thread: Fondant....

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    Re: Fondant....

    Fondant is a good emergency winter feed. It should not be flavored. In the past I have cut the fondant with big knife in 1-2 lb and put it in zipper lock plastic bags. shape it as thin as possible...
  20. Re: Why does syrup or a nectar flow encourage virgin queens to go out and mate?

    Adrian,
    Matting happens in Nature when there are plenty of drones in different ages, that is why the main challenge of early queen rearing is not the weather (there always are good flying days in...
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    Re: Rookie Mistake!

    Queen rearing is all about attention to detail. Timing is one those details that we have to plan ahead otherwise is unforgiving. We all have had our share of mishaps.

    Gilman
  22. Re: Why does syrup or a nectar flow encourage virgin queens to go out and mate?

    Closer we mimic the natural conditions, more successful we will be. In nature matting accompanies swarming, swarming means bounty, lots of food. Starving colonies don't swarm. So the virgin queen...
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    Re: overwintered mini nucs

    You can see some pictures of my matting nucs in my photobucket.

    Gilman
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    Re: Is this unusual?

    It is the middle of March, way too early for any kind queen rearing here in CT and your area too.
    What you see is left over from last season. If you have a queen and she is laying, don't worry.
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    Re: Yogurt Vs. Royal Jelly

    Plastic
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