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    Re: Presentation for third grade class

    If you have a magnifying glass also bring that for the kids to use to look at the dead bees.
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    Re: Presentation for third grade class

    Another thing that is great to do is to bring in an empty hive and hive tools, several bee suits and an unlit smoker and have the kids go through a mock inspection. They love trying on the bee suit...
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    Re: Presentation for third grade class

    I have done a number of school presentations. Kids love learning about bees and the presentations are a lot of fun to do! Kids like to be able to touch things, so be sure to bring some pieces of...
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    Re: TBH keeps in nh or ma?

    Also you don't need a comb guide on all your bars. Once the bees draw a few bars correctly you can then put a regular flat bar between two bars with good straight drawn comb and the bees will draw...
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    Re: TBH keeps in nh or ma?

    It is true, the bees do a better job sticking wax to wood than we do. Not much glue is needed. The groves on the bars are narrow and only big enough to slip the popsicle sticks inside. About 1/3 of...
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    Re: TBH keeps in nh or ma?

    I got my bees from Sam Comfort, they are northern bred survivor bees, which I think is important. The bars are thick rectangular bars with a grove in them. In the grove, 4 Popsicle sticks are glued...
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    Re: TBH keeps in nh or ma?

    Saltybee it is 3 feet long, 20 inches on the top, 9 3/4 on the bottom. It could be the size but it could also be the bees.
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    Re: TBH keeps in nh or ma?

    Hi jpelley,

    I am right around the corner from you in Beverly. I have a top bar that I got last year from Sam Comfort as an established colony. So far this winter it is doing better than my Lang...
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    Re: Dead hive???

    Lynn, did you send your bees away for testing? It's really easy to do. In your pictures there is some mite poop in the cells (the white specks inside the cells), this would lead me to believe Varroa...
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    Re: Pre-swarms, that go back into hive?

    Last year I had a swarm that did something similar. It left the hive twice and returned before finally swarming. Luckily, I was able to catch it. What happened was my original queen was superceded...
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    Re: Starter Foundation Strips

    I tried this for the first time this year and am very happy with the results so far. I started from a package using deep frames and alternating foundation and foundationless frames, wired and wedged...
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    Re: Blue Pollen and Siberian Squill

    I love your metaphor Honeypeach. It describes squill perfectly.
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    Re: Blue Pollen and Siberian Squill

    Thanks Mbeck!
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    Re: Blue Pollen and Siberian Squill

    Thanks, Adam. I figured they couldn't get enough of it but thought I'd ask anyway. Is the nectar blue also? 10,000 lb? Hmmm.... now you got me thinking. :)
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    Re: Finding Good Outyards

    I have some hives on a flat roof of my home. It's not an out yard and does not have the issues of a commercial building with liability and such, but the bees do great up there. The roof is black...
  16. Re: Will the weather totally mess up the bees?

    I hope not. Here in MA it has been unseasonably warm until this week when we had a hard frost and a return to the normal March temps. Many of the flowers had an early bloom. I'm hoping they make...
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    Blue Pollen and Siberian Squill

    My honeybees have been collecting beautiful blue pollen from Siberian Squill flowers. The color is just stunning. I wonder what the honey will taste like. Has anyone tried it? Will the honey from...
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    Re: Candy Board?

    Thanks, Jim. Yes, I figured as much. I was wondering if anyone had any additional information about how much it approximately increases the R value. I have insulation in the cover but the candy...
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    Re: Candy Board?

    Thanks for all the information Peter and Jim! I need to write it all down for next year. I really love that candy board design. It is simple to make without all the cooking. I encourage you to try...
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    Re: Candy Board?

    Hi Adrian,

    I started out with 16 pounds of sugar and put the candy board on my hive two months ago. There is still sugar left. This hive was light on honey stores going into the fall and I don't...
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    Re: Candy Board?

    Hi Bee Curious,
    It is similar to the Mountain Camp Method except the sugar is one solid brick inside the candy board when you place it in the hive and removable when you remove the board from the...
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    Re: Candy Board?

    Hi Dukpt,

    I tried a no cook candy board this year based on a design from the Southeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association. It was really easy to make and is working great for me so far. The bees...
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