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    Re: Preferred nectar sources

    Just found this in my yard today. I didn't know what it was till someone said it was joe pye weed:

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    When the seeds dry out I'll be planting this in different areas. Altho I didn't see...
  2. Re: One thing you find out when installing robber screens...

    Actually, with Brushy's bee screen, you can open the bottom entrances too, so it can function as a bee screen when nectar begins to dry up, or as a regular entrance during flows. So maybe it's best...
  3. Re: One thing you find out when installing robber screens...

    Jason - In Barrington? The robbing screens were Brushy Mtn: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/10-Frame-Moving-and-Robbing-Screen/productinfo/517/

    I should bring them, along with the home-made...
  4. Re: One thing you find out when installing robber screens...

    That's the truth. I've glanced towards the hive but refuse to think about them. :D
  5. One thing you find out when installing robber screens...

    Is how unsquare your hives are. On one of mine I had to stuff grape leaves in 2 places because the bottom brood box was off kilter. I sure wasn't going to take the whole hive apart to readjust that....
  6. Re: Michigan Loses Right to Farm Farewell to Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

    From what I've heard, no one wants to move to Detroit except urban farmers. Not that Detroit would mind them, but just knowing they could ask you to shut down your operation would be enough to make...
  7. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    I can't imagine why a hive would feel the need for a complete frame of drone brood otherwise? Before one of the hives swarmed in early June, I found 2 complete frames of drone brood (I stuck one in...
  8. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    The fact that I had seen a full drone comb frame maybe a couple weeks ago made me nervous. I know when they are planning to swarm they make sure there are plenty of drones for reproductive purposes....
  9. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    Thanks, all. I forgot about the mite issue. I should've pulled that drone frame when I first saw it. Next time I'll know.
  10. Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    Granted, I do believe there was a full drone comb frame in there last I looked. Today it was about half hatched, but there are drones everywhere in that hive. I have a feeling they are sucking down...
  11. Lucky Rhode Island beekeeper rescues hive from chapel and makes news

    Figure this is probably good publicity: don't spray bees, call a beekeeper.

    http://www.wmur.com/news/tens-of-thousands-of-honey-bees-removed-from-chapel/27715356
  12. Re: Aha, it's not just me, NH seems to be having a problem with honey supply

    Andrew, have you fed your bees at all this summer?

    I have 5 robbing screens arriving any minute from Brushy Mountain. I'll go back into my hives after they come, but if there is no honey in there,...
  13. Re: Aha, it's not just me, NH seems to be having a problem with honey supply

    I saw one super yellow goldenrod stand in our yard yesterday, covered, but mostly with wasps and bumblebees.
  14. Re: Aha, it's not just me, NH seems to be having a problem with honey supply

    Cedar Hill - I didn't feed in the spring. I had one overwintered hive which swarmed and I made splits, using honey frames, seemed to be plenty at that time, and one was a new package that was also...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    Well, it could be. Tonight our bee inspector mentioned that varroa will shorten the lifespan of the winter bee, instead of 5-6 months, to 3-4 months, so that your bees may be seen flying strong in...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Count me in on the "organics" progression. First, it was the chickens. Then I started a good sized garden. Bees were only a matter of time. They seem to go part & parcel.

    Then I found out my...
  17. Aha, it's not just me, NH seems to be having a problem with honey supply

    Two weeks ago I went into my spring package hive to get some honey frames for a split, and lo and behold, they barely had any honey. Neither did the other hives. I suspected robbing. Not to say they...
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    Re: Yellow jacket hanging around hive

    Well, if you want mine, I can ship them to you. :) I also have a huge hornet's nest if you want that too, no way I'm bothering with that one.
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    Re: Yellow jacket hanging around hive

    Yellow jackets are not harmless to a hive. This is one of many examples you can find:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?212791-Help!-Yellowjackets!
  20. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    I like Russians better than Italians.
  21. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    What's fondant?
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    Re: Getting robbed

    Very nice, SpringGreen! That would still take me an hour to build. It looks very sturdy.
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    Re: Yellow jacket hanging around hive

    This is the time of year when yellow jackets are done with their own hive jobs. They don't need protein to feed their own young anymore, their queen has laid her eggs for next year and is gone, and...
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    Re: Getting robbed

    I wouldn't say my robber screens took 5 minutes to make, mine take more like an hour each, but then I have to scavenge the materials from old bee packages, etc. They are completely rigged together...
  25. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    Get the Vaporub, I think they're being robbed.
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