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    Re: Bees and Spraying Fruit Trees?

    I keep a dozen hives year round at an orchard, they might be 30 feet from the end of a row. I know it's not ideal but for three years running that yard has a higher survival rate than many of my...
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    Re: Is Carmack bee supply closed?

    I emailed a week or two ago and received no response. I've liked his woodenware from past purchases, too bad if he's truly gone.
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    Re: Are SHB a problem in New England?

    I stored a stack of supers about two days too long last summer. SHB's make a real mess, real fast. I've seen them for a few years but never had a run in with them like last summer.

    I'm not 100%...
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    Re: How do you cut top feeder hole?

    I can't picture it toeknee. Where do the bees access the holes in the mason jar lid?
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    Re: How do you cut top feeder hole?

    I use a 2 3/4" as well, but then take a round file to loosen it up a bit.
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    Re: Nucs from Shallow Supers?

    I hadn't thought about patties, but it would be an easy fix to add a rim to the inner covers to buy some space. You've given me some excellent ideas, not just here but in many other other posts....
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    Re: Nucs from Shallow Supers?

    Hope I don't hijack this too bad whiterk...

    So, Lauri, gaps you say? I have a question for you in that case. I've taken eight frame medium boxes to the table saw and cut a grove as deep as the...
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    Re: When is the best time to remove mice

    Sooner is better. If they're in there you've probably lost a frame or two already.
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    Re: Goals for 2014

    1) Get twelve swarm traps ready and hung by mid-April
    2) Experiment with methods of queen production other than grafting. I'll be playing with a homemade cloake board
    3) experiment with queen...
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    Re: Planning for next year!

    Keeping the kitchen sticky-free comes at a price:). I saw $1.25 to 1.50/frame when I was looking around. Just ten hives at two supers each is a goodly amount of honey to run through your kitchen.
  11. Re: What do you look for in a new bee yard?

    Like the yard and paint Glock.

    My most important point is access. A few years ago I took what yards I could get. Those yards are being phased out by yards I can drive right up to the hives at. ...
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    Re: Northeast warmup - hive check

    I swept out bees at home today as well. One hive in particular had a lot, most had a few, they were all flying which makes me feel good. It is interesting to see more activity at some hives than...
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    Re: finally a positive post from me!

    It makes you think of spring, doesn't it!
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    Re: Size of the bee yard.

    I put up six foot stockade fencing in the corner of the yard where I have bees at home. I typically have two or three hives here but sometimes as many as six. I live on a corner, three of my...
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    Re: New England Bee Breeders Association

    I'm up for a trip to Leominster. There's always something to learn, and this is an area I'm sadly lacking in.

    K
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    Re: What is your preferred race of bees?

    I agree with sqkcrk. Come March, the best ones are the ones still alive, regardless of color and race. I also lean toward the carni camp though.
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    Re: Wiring medium crimped wire foundation

    I get some blow outs on non-cross wired mediums which would be my biggest complaint. Many go through the extractor fine though and as long as they're drawn straight I have no problem with not...
  18. Re: One or Two hives for New-Bee? (no Bees untill spring)

    And have that extra set-up built as if you were putting a package in it tomorrow. You'll find queen cells and split, or make a nuc give them a new queen to reintroduce later, or have a swarm from...
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    Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    I never close them up here, zone 6a. I only put the boards in for mite counts. I have a few hives with slatted racks also but the majority are on open SBB.
  20. Re: Thoughts on approaching landowners for outyard

    Farmers have been very willing in my area to entertain the idea of a few hives, some wanted quite a few. I'd suggest asking sooner than later in the year to try to pick a suitable spot with the...
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    Re: When do you add mouse guard?

    I don't remove them. 1/4 inch hardware cloth stays wedged or stapled in the entrances year round. When I have to reduce the entrance I screw a piece of 1x2 in place over the mesh.
  22. Re: Should I requeen packages?

    Good to hear you first year is going well. I'm sure you noticed the theme here was ask ten beek's a question and you'll get eleven answers.

    It sounds like you did a split, and had at least one...
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    Re: What to do with cappings?

    I've been using the paint strainer bags. I line a five gallon pail with one, dump all the cappings in and then suspend the bag over the pail. Two ladders with a 2x4 in between with a rope works...
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    Re: fall flow and brood build up

    I was poking around last week and most of the queens are going full guns, weaklings not counted. Stink-foot smell in most of the yards today, yellow and green pollen was coming in fast and furious. ...
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    Re: wood glue - yes or no?

    I screw and glue as well, but mainly in the winter when building in the basement; the bride doesn't like the noise of the compressor throughout the house so I just put on a hockey game and use the...
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