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  1. Re: I need advice on how to kill Ants around my bee hive

    Try putting some cinnamon down. Around the base of the hive first. You'll need to reapply after rain. I had a really bad ant problem in between my hive top covers. I put some down and they went...
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    Re: New-Bee in New england

    Michae,

    I'd suggest requeening the two laying worker hives-if you haven't already. There's a bee keeping supply house call Lagrant's not far from you . I don't think they sell queens but can get...
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    Can/Should I split again?

    I split a hive last week and replaced the old frames with partically drawn frames.
    the split hive seems to be doing well. I saw three emergency queen cells and I think they had larvae in each. ...
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    adding frames from one hive to another

    I have two hives. One is booming and I plan on splitting at the end of the month. The other is just kind of putting along. I did a quick inspection about 3 weeks ago and saw brood and eggs, no...
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    Dimensions for rough cut lumber

    Does anyone have plans for have hives with rough cut lumber. I'm assuming that the plans posted here are for planed lumber that is actually only 3/4" thick. Doesn't it mess with the inside...
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    Re: Medication for new bees?

    Ctbees, do I search for a beekeeping association in your area. I negelected to do that my first season and it was a flop. I ended up killing a bunch of bees and having to start fro scratch the next...
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    Re: Which Bee is Best?

    To me, the best bee is the one that survives the winter and can build up to make a decent honey crop. I have Italian queens that have wintered quite well for three seasons in New England. I don't...
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    Two different bees, one queen

    Can a queen throw two different looking workers if she open mated w/different drones? I have a hive that has about 10% Russian looking workers.
  9. Thread: Flies? Problem?

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    Re: Flies? Problem?

    I saw the same thing today at my hives. I figured they may be feeding on the dead bees in front of the hive or picking at what they can get off the bottom. If the bees don't seem worried, I...
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    Re: Going Treatment free questions

    I have to agree w/buffalo. These organic boards are there to collect money not protect the consumer. I'd rather buy a pig, eggs, or honey from a local farmer w/who I have a relationship.

    Many...
  11. Thread: Crazy Ideas!

    by Beorn
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    Re: Crazy Ideas!

    I love where you're going with this. I've been playing it safe as a beek, but I hope you get lots of respponses.

    It would help me. I'm no good with ideas, but I can recognize a good idea and...
  12. Re: Are Maine Beeks feeding pollen substitute now?

    I agree with ravenseye. I haven't feed patties in the five years I've been keeping bees. I'm not out to get the biggest honey crop either. My bees seem to find pollen anyway. They've been flying...
  13. Thread: loosing a hive

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    Re: loosing a hive

    Sounds like they starved b/c they couldn't break the cluster and move to the honey.

    I check the black dots out further
    A. If its mildew maybe there wasn't enough air circulation and some water...
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    Re: First pollen of 2010.

    I live in Lebanon, CT and I too saw bees with some pollen in their baskets. Not sure what it is, but I do know skunk cabbage is one of their first sources of pollen. I have also read that bees...
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    Re: Beginners class at Betterbee

    Ben,

    If you haven't yet, and are close to Saratoga, check out the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers assoc. They are a pretty nice group and very active. They helped me alot when I was new.
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    Where's the cleansing flights?

    It's been it the mid 40's here (at bit windy at times) and I haven't more than one or two bees out of the hive. Should I be worried? I've put my ear the to the hive and get a nice BUZZZZ if I give...
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    Re: March 1 at 51 33.6N 113 18.9W

    This begs the question is was worrying about. It's going to be low 40's the next week or so in CT. I'm really anxious about checking my hives. Would it be warm enough to check them and maybe give...
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    Is what I'm seeing chalkbrood?

    I have been seeing hard pieces of white stuff on my tray under the SBB. They look like larvae. Only about 10 or so every two days.. If it's chalkbrood wouldn't have cleared up in the warm weather?...
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    How do I move these hives now?!

    I have two hives that I need to move to my new house. I tried to go out at night and close them up, but when I went out there were some bees bearding on the front and hanging out around the upper...
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    Chalkbrood question

    :scratch: We had a pretty chilly night this week and now I've started to see some mummified larvae on the monitoring tray below the bottom board. Is this chalkbrood? And if it is, should I stop...
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    SD, I have black locust and rhodedenrum (sp?)...

    SD,

    I have black locust and rhodedenrum (sp?) in bloom up here in Andover. I put on a super this Sat. and the bees are really in there working it. I hope to get this one full by the end of the...
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    What results can I expect

    OK. So I got a little nervous when I split my hive. After about 3 weeks I couldn't find a queen (there were queen cells when I did the split ). There were no visible eggs either. So I got a queen...
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    Try this book- Biology of the Honeybee by Mark...

    Try this book- Biology of the Honeybee by Mark Winston
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    emergency queen question

    I may need to put a frame of eggs into a queenless hive. How do I keep the existing bees from attacking the bees on the introduced frame or is not a problem w/queenless hives
  25. Thread: Splits

    by Beorn
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    This year I let them make their own queen b/c I...

    This year I let them make their own queen b/c I like the traits of the queen that was laying the eggs. Her worker were calm, not lazy, and made it through a couple of winter here in the Northeast. ...
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