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    Re: Requeening fail.

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm reading that quite a few people are having a tough time with queens. I'll wait a few more days to see if there are any eggs, and proceed from there.
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    Requeening fail.

    I have a hive that overwintered fine, with plenty of excess honey. My initial spring inspection showed that the queen was laying, but not a lot. That didn't surprise me since we had a cold spring,...
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    Re: Thousands of bees, not an ounce of honey

    Thanks NewbeeInNH!!

    I thought I saw something where you can just pour fondant on the underside. Maybe I'm getting it confused with another cover. I've been overloading my brain on bee information...
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    Re: Thousands of bees, not an ounce of honey

    I'm assuming a 1.5:1 or 2:1 is a good ratio.

    Is that the consensus?
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    Re: Thousands of bees, not an ounce of honey

    Ok, I thought I was going crazy! Glad to read these responses.

    @Andrew Dewey: I'm certainly not opposed to feeding. I'll do what it takes to get this hive through.

    I'm also thinking about...
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    Thousands of bees, not an ounce of honey

    So this is a new one. Been keeping bees since 2005. I just got two packages raised from TBH's. Just checked hive number 1, I've got 4 medium boxes of fully drawn frames, covered in eggs, larvae,...
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    Moisture on sticky board

    I'm having problems with moisture on my sticky board. My best guess is it's from activities in the hive. But I've never had this issue before. At least not during this time of year. When I pull the...
  8. Re: honey frames with mouse poop on top... what to do?

    Thanks for the quick responses!

    I hate mice too. But it's my own fault. After all these years, I should have had a mouse guard on. Oh well. Live and learn...
  9. honey frames with mouse poop on top... what to do?

    One of my hives is dead. I checked them today, and found a small cluster at the bottom on the last frame. Mostly with butts sticking out of cells. The crappy part is, they had a whole box above them...
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    Re: How to handle EFB equipment

    Great advice, odfrank. Thank you!
  11. Re: New Beekeeper - Is this a sign of a problem?

    I wouldn't be "worried" about the ants. I've had ants and spiders living in my hives since I started beekeeping. If you can find a way to prevent them, great.

    As for the other two, I have zero...
  12. Re: Help Diagnosing Brown Goo Issue and Dead Larvae

    I'm pretty sure there's only one type of AFB. There is another foulbrood disease, called EFB or European Foulbrood. Which creates the brown and goopey larvae that you talked about, squarepeg.

    To...
  13. Re: Help Diagnosing Brown Goo Issue and Dead Larvae

    Looks like foulbrood. The question is, which one. Lots of people are dealing with European Foulbrood this year, myself included. To check for AFB, do the "rope" test with a toothpick, and look scales...
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    Re: How to handle EFB equipment

    Treated with Terramycin. The frames I want to reuse were not on when I treated.

    I had all my queens, and they were laying. But they just aren't recovering. Small patches of brood, with mostly...
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    How to handle EFB equipment

    Coming out of winter, I had 3 healthy strong hives. AFter about 7 weeks of straight rain, I discovered that all 3 had EFB. I treated, but they have only gotten worse. I've got them down to one colony...
  16. Re: Hopguard receives sectionon 18 emergency approval in Maine

    Why did Maine receive an emergency exemption?
  17. Is it just me?? Or am I seeing a pattern with EFB in 2012?

    Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing a pattern with EFB this year? Seems like the Eastern coast of the US is getting nailed. Maybe it's just because I haven't dealt with this disease before and...
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    Re: ID please

    Glad to hear things are going well WillT. Keep us posted!
  19. Re: Frustrated - Let's talk about European Foulbrood!

    Ok, I'm on my second treatment of Terramycin. The two colonies I'm treating looked very weak, and there were tons of drones. Maybe it was time of day I checked them, I don't know. Anyway, I'm...
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    Re: My Hopguard experience

    Why won't Maine allow the use of this product????
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    Re: Starvation in the Northeast

    Thanks for the warning. I'm dealing with EFB in my apiary, and didn't even consider feeding the 3 nucs I just picked up on Saturday. I'll be mixing up on sugar syrup asap.
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    Re: ID please

    The Terramycin treats the outbreak. So this shouldn't be a problem, unless you don't treat properly. In addition, I've learned that this bacteria is always present within a colony population. And...
  23. Re: Frustrated - Let's talk about European Foulbrood!

    H.F.S.

    Not good.
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    Re: ID please

    WillT I'm sorry you're dealing with this. I've been keeping bees for almost 7 years now, and I too am dealing with EFB in all 3 of my colonies.

    The first thing I can tell you is that information...
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    Specifics on top entrances

    I know this topic has been discussed before. But I have some specific questions about the bottom of the hive.

    What does the bottom of your set up look like or consist of?

    I was thinking of...
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