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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    I know nothing about EFB, I have to do some research, I am guessing HBH is hive beetle, I saw my first one in this hive a few days ago. I have my other hives on a platform above rocks and I never...
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    Thanks for the reassuring advice. I put a hive top feeder on them today. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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    When to Call it Quits

    I have a split that I started mid June. It was headed by the original package queen of a hive that attempted to swarm. I started them with in one ten frame medium and boosted them with four frames...
  4. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I usually freak out when they are in my hair but the other day I just stood really still and it found it's way out and flew way. I think if bees didn't have stingers I would not be as interested in...
  5. Thread: New Bees

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    Re: New Bees

    Totally off topic but I can't resist. How are they at purifying pesticides in agricultural areas? Chlorine in swimming pools? Chemilawns? No dead animals in the country? :cool: MD
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    Re: New Bees

    like what, soda pop?
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    Re: New Bees

    I have been wondering about the increased population of bees in NYC. The NY times has an article about London and how there are too many bee keepers for the available forage. As I start to mentor...
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    Re: Re-Queening Question

    Have you considered splitting the hive into nucs and over wintering them that way? Michael Palmer's Sustainable Apiary on youtube is helpful and that is what I am doing with my weak hive. i have...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    We'll, if the OP uses plastic bags he might accomplish that.
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Aren't we missing the point here. Maybe honey from China can come in a plastic bag but local honey in my market goes for $10 for a half pound and you can not expect to get that price if the bottle...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    Don't check her again until your bee math says it is past time to see eggs. Best not to disturb a virgin queen. You should have some options available for queens you can get in a reasonable time...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    That looks like a virgin queen to me. You need to do a little bee math....look at Micheael Bush's site and figure out when she should be mated by. it is a little less then a month from when you...
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    Re: Newbie Sanity Check

    Everything you said sounds text book except for this. Maybe it's personal preference but I would not use plastic for brood rearing. They may be more willing to draw out wax.
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    To be honest I have only personally experienced your first scenario not your second. If I were experiencing your second scenario I think I would do a 50/50 split. I would not worry about where the...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    Ed's advice is correct. It's not a good idea to be hands off with a swarming hive this time of year. With after swarms you might not be left with much of a hive. Then you have all your eggs in one...
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    Re: Raising vs. Buying a queen?

    [QUOTE=bbrowncods;1106269]There are those in our bee club that teach buying a queen is better than having a hive raise one. The reasoning is that the success rate for a naturally raised queen making...
  17. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    The bees are against the edge do a community garden. I share this space with 20 other gardeners. Hive placement was based on the useable space in the garden and keeping the bees out of the way. ...
  18. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w387/margot1d/IMG_6736.jpg

    You would think I have problems with neighbors looking at this picture, right? I have only been doing this for three years but so...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Glass all they way. Honey is not soda or water. it's a product that has value and presentation is important.

    Why don't you raise your prices? I charge a lot for my honey and it still does not...
  20. Re: Mite counts, treatment thresholds - Central NY or similar climates

    I agree with funwithbees. This is from Randy Oliver, Scientific Beekeeping. I found reading his work helpful.

    “Unchecked, the mite population will double roughly every month during broodrearing....
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Clyderoad, You always have a practical solution. I needed to hear that about the mother. I know that she won't be good for next year and she has got to go, right? I am not sure about trying my...
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Not much. I have four medium nuc boxes that are in use. I was going to pull the top box off the nuc that should be mated nowish and put it on this daughter nuc. I am probably going to have to try...
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Maybe I should just hide another hive in the weeds. I am in a community garden in Brooklyn, I can expand, but not till next spring. Here is what I am dealing with.
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Yes I did think about selling it. I even posted it and them took it down. I'm already too attached.
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Those pics are both from the nuc, unfortunately I didn't take a pic of the mother's brood.
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