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    Re: Migratory Top Covers in New England?

    Thank you, everyone. I will stick with the telescoping cover.
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    Migratory Top Covers in New England?

    I'm adding a few colonies this year and am considering MTC's for their simplicity. I've read prior posts concerning rain seepage and SHB's, but how does the MTC work in this climate? During the...
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    Re: Queen cage frame.

    Mr. Beeman,
    I have been introducing queens this way. I zip tie the cage to the bottom bar, horizontally. I use a medium frame inside of a deep hive body. This positions the queen cage about in the...
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    Wet frames, where to place for clean-up

    After extracting one super full of honey, is it best to put that super full of wet frames back on the hive for the bees to clean up, or can it be placed outside for the bees to clean in the open? I...
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    Re: Place an empty super below escape board?

    Thank you. Makes sense, will do.
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    Place an empty super below escape board?

    I will be extracting soon for the first time, as I'd like to free up drawn comb in the supers for what's left of the summer flow, and then the fall flow. Obviously the supers of capped honey go above...
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    Plans for a split

    Tomorrow I intend to split a strong colony that consists of two deep hive bodies. The purpose is to establish a new colony about 4-5 miles from the current bee yard. I will let the new colony raise...
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    Crimp-wired foundation and support pins

    I have two hives established with plastic foundation and they took to it well, albeit they were a little slow to draw comb in the honey supers. This year I'm trying a colony with natural foundation....
  9. Re: Undecided about hive top ventilation for winter

    Hi John,
    I have Betterbee's wooden hive bodies (7/8" thick), with the BeeMax polystryrene outer covers.
    What does your top entrance consist of? A notched inner cover? Or a hole drilled in the top...
  10. Undecided about hive top ventilation for winter

    My first year beekeeping. I have two colonies of Carniolans in NH. My equipment is from Betterbee.
    I have added the solid bottom board beneath the screened one. Mouse guards are in place. I am...
  11. Re: New beekeeper question about bottom screen

    If I may add a question here, is it possible that I saw a few of the varroa mites crawling quickly on the bottom board?
    It was on the removable tray actually. I pulled out the tray, and saw what...
  12. Should I stop feeding and add a honey super?

    Six weeks in with two packages of bees here in NH. Both colonies have two deep hive bodies and they have both been taking about a quart of syrup per day. Perhaps they are taking slightly less now....
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    Re: Supersedure Cell Question

    Thank you. I will follow your advice.

    Adam
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    Re: Supersedure Cell Question

    Thank you, everyone. I should have mentioned that my queens are Carniolans and the packages are Italian bees. I wonder if the rate of supersedure is even higher, given this scenario?
    Also, if a...
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    Re: Supersedure Cell Question

    I didn't get a picture, but these cells stick out in the shape of a peanut. .
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    Supersedure Cell Question

    I installed 2 packages on April 26 and I am a beginner. Yesterday (after 2 1/2 weeks) one colony had 3 or 4 supersedure cells. These cells contained larvae, but were not yet capped. I assume they are...
  17. Thread: I have eggs!

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    Re: I have eggs!

    My black foundation is plastic Pierco. I got it from Betterbee.
  18. Thread: I have eggs!

    by astockman
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    Re: I have eggs!

    Congratulations! Very exciting.

    I installed two packages just over a week ago. After 6 days I checked both hives. Both queens were released, lots of comb had been built, and I found eggs in the...
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    Package Installation - About the Queen

    My first packages arrive in 2 weeks!! I've read about installation and I know how I am going to tackle it.
    One question though:
    It seems that most people leave the candy plug exposed when the...
  20. Re: HELP! Where Can I Still Get A Nuc or Package near Keene, NH

    B-Line Apiaries in Hudson, NH sold out on their first shipment in April, but according to the website they are still taking orders for a second shipment in May. Italians and Carniolans.

    Good luck,...
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    Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    The folks at Betterbee in NY have red hives, because they like red. Works for them, and they look great.

    Adam
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    Re: Mixing Sugar Water

    Water is one pint per pound, or eight pounds per gallon.

    Also, granulated sugar happens to be the same, one pint per pound.

    Butter also is 2 cups (one pint) per pound. While powdered sugar is...
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    Re: Swarm lure...

    Can one use Honey B Healthy as swarm lure, since lemongrass oil is one of the main components of it? I think it is listed 2nd in line to spearmint in the ingredients.

    Adam
  24. Thread: Nuc Plans

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    Re: Nuc Plans

    I am glad to see this nuc plan. I'm reading Honey Bee Democracy and I was about to build some boxes like Thomas Seeley's to capture wild swarms. This uses the same amount of wood, or even less, and...
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    Re: Pierico plastic frames?

    I am new to beekeeping. I have two hives assembled from Betterbee and I will be receiving two packages of Carniolans in April to get started. All of my frames are one-piece black Pierco. At a meeting...
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