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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    There are several suppliers of bees to Alaska. They palletize the bees and put them aboard an Alaska Airlines plane in California and ship them north. In the past I have ordered from Steve Vickers...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    I have seen that show, they purchase quite a few packages every year, I don't know if they are able to carry them over through the winter. We get our bees from the same source. They also live in an...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    I started four packages last April and I am now down to two hives. These two hives had huge clusters going into winter and now both have clusters that are about as big as a basketball. This is the...
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    Re: Wood hive VS polystyrene hive

    I made two 5 frame nucs with 1.5" blue board last summer. The bees did really well in those nucs and I had to add empty frames so they could build up more comb. I suspect that part of the reason...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    BS in biology. I do occasional work mitigating wildlife hazards at airports. Trying to figure out how to overwinter in the arctic.
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    Re: To the Moderators: New Forum topic request.

    I would love to get more information exchange on cold weather bee keeping and a forum like this sounds like a great idea.
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    Re: Preparing equipment for next spring

    Now that we finally have snow here I can use the snowmobile to go collect saw logs. Unfortunately Alaska is exempt from the free shipping deals so wood is very expensive. Thankfully I live where...
  8. Thread: Laying Worker

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    Laying Worker

    Generally speaking about how long does it take for a queenless hive to get a laying worker?
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    Re: Active winter hive ????

    Last week our high temps were hovering about -10 with lows of -25 so this week a warm front moved in raising the temps to +35. My Italian hive is bustling with activity, many bees are doing...
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    Re: Balling of a Hornet

    I saw this exact thing last week in one of my hives. Now I know where all the dead hornets are coming from that I have been finding in front of this hive.
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    Re: Swarm of dragonflies at beehives...

    I live on a lake so I have many dragonflies who frequent the area. One of my bear protection tactics is sheep fencing, the kind with squares that are about 4" by 4" (this is the inner fence, the...
  12. Thread: What now?

    by Akmac
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    Re: What now?

    Success! I checked the hives today and found fresh eggs in both. Thanks to everyone for the input. The next challenge is to overwinter.
  13. Thread: What now?

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    Re: What now?

    We have had an exceptional summer this year, many days in the low 70s with little wind and a bumper crop of flowers. I was hoping to over winter the bees instead of having to buy packages every year...
  14. Thread: What now?

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    Re: What now?

    Thanks for the input, I will be patient and wait two more weeks. If there are no queens then I will keep adding brood from the nucs until the flow is about over. I'll then save some of the honey...
  15. Thread: What now?

    by Akmac
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    What now?

    In mid April I started two hives of package Carnolians and they expanded quickly to fill my 10 frame deeps. In mid June I placed both queens in 4 frame nucs and let the main hives rear new queens. ...
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    Bumble bees entering honey bee hive

    Today I had a very large bumble bee fly up to my hives and enter one of them. It stayed in the hive about 10 minutes then came out, flew to the next hive and tried to enter but the guard bees...
  17. Thread: Chilled bees

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    Chilled bees

    I live in a cool maritime climate and I have been noticing that on cool days I have quite a few chilled bees outside the hive. It is warm enough that other bees are coming and going from the hive...
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    Re: Tool sterilization

    Thank you all for this lively discussion. I have a background in biology and find in other fields that sterlization of tools can be very important. I have found little discussion of this subject in...
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    Tool sterilization

    A question for folks who run more than one hive. Do you ever sterilize your equipment in between hives? I could easily see where a hive tool could easily spread disease through an apiary.
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    Re: Bees and Wasps living together!

    A shop vac works great, wasps and nest all at the same time.
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    Hello from Alaska

    Hello all,
    I am new at beekeeping this year, I started out with a 5 pound package of Italians and they have not dissappointed me. It is fascinating to sit with my 7 year old son and watch the bees...
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