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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Yea I tried about a week ago to put an empty frame or two in the brood nest for them to "open things up" but as they draw it out they are filling it with nectar also. It's quite difficult without...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I believe we broke several records last week and I think we'll be breaking some more this coming week also. It's nice to see the girls flying, but I wonder what effect this will have on them. I...
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    Re: Southbound 2012

    be sure to link it here though.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I've successfully brought back hives that were this size to become full size hives in the summer. You don't want to leave them out if the temperatures are going to drop below about 30. I would...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Yea it was tough. There was no fall flow last fall to speak of. I lost hives just because of expecting things to pan out and it didn't. I thought they had enough only to find out that the queen...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I checked 5 hives yesterday (3 are dead 2 look great) and 2 others today that are still kicking. One looks better than the other, but for now both are still going. So starting with 7 late fall I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I've also lost several so far this year. (well in the fall / early winter actually) Mostly due to robbing resulting in small hive numbers. I still have 7 going now. (I just checked them today) 4...
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    My mom who lives in NC said a few years back that deadnettle is always blooming down there. If this is the case they're bringing in pollen anyway. I know my hives bring in pollen about every day...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    WEll last year we had a great fall flow. So I thought this year would be the same. Man was I WRONG!!! Last year I had a hive in 3 deeps swarm because they were honeybound. (I fed this hive a...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    compaq23, thanks for sharing!!! I'd say you're not a newbie. With about 50 hives that I can count in your "old one"? How long have you been keeping bees? I find your current hive stands very...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I just thought of the other option that I'm aware of regarding the super of honey. . . You can put it under the hive so that if they want to they'll move the honey up and if not you can take it off...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Just keep an eye out for SHB. They can wreck havoc in that box that's unguarded. Then the larva will drop down into the hole on the inner cover and things can go from there. I almost lost a hive...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Laketrout it all depends upon your management strategy. If you know they're going to be light I personally wouldn't take any honey. I'd leave it for them. It's better than sugar for them to...
  14. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Where do you find the canvas or whatever you use for the tops of the double nucs? I am also using more of a migratory type of cover. Does the canvas "wick" moisture in like newspaper does? I used...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    If you have access to a bee vac you can use that to get them. You'll need to get some PVC pipe from Home Depot or Lowes or something to get you to the height you need. Then simply vaccume them...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'm in SE Pa. It all depends upon the yard as to the fall flow. Here at my house there's a good flow. At a farm in Malvern just about 20 minutes away there's very little. Perhaps enough to...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    This is in my opinion where "supply and demand" comes into play. Why are all those farms raising those crops? There's a great demand for them. If the demand comes to be other things then farmers...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    The "problem". . . "be fruitful and multiply". Our bees do it very well as long as they're healthy. So does every other living thing. One corn seed becomes how many? If it only had one or two...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Mac. . . :applause: Some good thoughts "out of the box". I do have a problem with them using the GMO stuff for animals, but at least I'm not eating them as best I can tell. I buy directly from the...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Am I missing something here? ND = “Not detected” however they have a number after it. If this isn’t the number of what they detected then what is it? It’s under the
    “Maximum Contaminant Level...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    If you put peppers in your eggs then you are probably eating not only round up, but many other chemicals. Unless you are using organic peppers. According to Nurishing Traditions it's one of the...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    This is sad in my mind. (I'm not trying to fight, but I'm being serious) Everyone of us has a bias of some sort. What we need to do is look at facts and seek to discifer them for ourself. ...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I'm sorry I used the wrong term. Not GMO, but according to this article Genetically manipulated. Sorry for the mis statement. Check out this article. I have no idea who the author is, but it's...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    GMO isn't just "roundup ready". They're modifying things for all sorts of reasons. Roundup ready is only one. (Corn has pesticide for that worm that eats them, I've also read of them putting...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I know of one of my hives that I had at a farm in strawberries 2 years ago where they sprayed roundup inbetween the rows to kill the weeds there and I could smell it the next day. The bees wern't...
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