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    Preparing for dearth

    I always get confused about what I should do when the Dearth hits (around now). I want to start feeding, but Im concerned about mixing the sugar with unfinished honey supers. I also don't understand...
  2. Re: Will bees fill a super faster if the full supers are removed?

    You're hitting prime dearth time.
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    Re: Will this split work? 2, 3-story Nucs

    I have Russians at my house, and they are no problem as far as aggressive behavior and following me into the house. Perhaps all Russians aren't created equal? I have bought mine from Charles Walters...
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    crystalizing immediately?

    I harvested my first ever spring honey recently. Within a week, it was all crystalized. It's quite creamy and spreadable, but I'm confused why this would happen so quickly?
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    Re: Moving a super of honey to another hive?

    Also, if the super is not fully capped, will the bees continue to work on it if it originated from a different hive?
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    Uncapping Plane advice

    I just bought an uncapping plane and am looking for advice from someone who uses one. In my first go around, it seemed too hot and was burning the wax. There is only an on/off switch, so how do you...
  7. Thread: Nuc Gameplan

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    Re: Nuc Gameplan

    Right. But I don't want to make an infinite number of nucs. I'm a hobbyist, and I'd like to make sure it doesn't get out of hand
  8. Thread: Nuc Gameplan

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    Re: Nuc Gameplan

    Interesting...live and learn! Thanks!
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    Re: Nuc Gameplan

    They all have second stories already, and are filling up
  10. Thread: Nuc Gameplan

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    Nuc Gameplan

    I currently have 3 Nucs; 2 from caught swarms and 1 from a split. How/when do I determine if I should leave them as Nucs or expand into new hives?
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    Re: northern queens

    Full Bloom Apiary in Ct is excellent
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    Re: Bearding or preparing to swarm?

    Can I Unspilt?
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    Re: Bearding or preparing to swarm?

    I went in to search for the queen, unsuccessfully. They were getting pretty agitated, and I have a large ball of a right hand as a reminder. The queen cells were capped, I have a SBB. I tried...
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    Bearding or preparing to swarm?

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    This has been going on all week. I added a shim to the cover to increase ventilation, but that didn't help. Today was a cool day, and they were still bearding and blocking the entrance. This...
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    Re: CRAP, HELP Queen FLEW OFF WILL IT RETURN

    Time is not on your side. It's happened to me, and she never came back. Next time, release her under the hive box.
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    Captured swarm timing question

    How long after you catch a swarm will you start seeing brood?
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    Re: Who is in New York?

    Putnam County, just north of Westchester
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    Mistakes of my first split

    After some weird weather here, I was too late opening the brood are to prevent my strongest hive from beginning swarming prep. Despite reading countless times that it's a losing battle, I figured I'd...
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    Re: New York

    10541 Mahopac, NY
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    They came from my Warre hive and I caught both
  20. Rain stopped, Sun shining in NY, First Swarm. Help!

    I was on vacation for a week, and then it was cold and rainy all last week, and I got to my house today on the first nice day. The first thing I see is a swarm hanging onto my Hydrangea tree. My past...
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    Odd Nuc Configuration

    I installed a new Nuc yesterday, under a large Golf umbrella, and was surprised to see that all the frames contained brood, no honey or pollen. I added a feeder and fed 1:1 syrup. Is there anything...
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    Odd first inspection

    I did my first inspection of the year yesterday. On my strongest hive, the bees were making drone brood between the boxes on three or four levels. I didn't find any swarm cell or supersedure cells....
  23. Re: Wanted: Nuc/Packages in Hudson Valley, NY area.

    I'm in Mahopac. I've driven to Hudson Valley Bee supply, which is pretty reasonable. It's a little under 2 hrs to Warm Color Apiaries, who have Russian bees.
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    Drawing comb in NY

    I checked my sugar bricks today, they were gone and were filling the space with comb. Are they trying to tell me something?
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    convert deep nuc to medium hive

    I have a deep Nuc that I overwintered, and I have been using all medium 10 frame equipment. Is there an easier way to convert other than sticking it into a deep box, adding mediums on top and waiting...
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