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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    No sign of anything slowing down in central Maine.
    Bees are going crazy in and out of the hives.
    Plus some Goldenrod starting to bloom.
    Looking like a banner year here . Take all this with a grain...
  2. Leftover drawn supers from deadouts with some honey and pollen

    Can i put these back on and will the bees deal with the leftovers? Deadouts from last winter.
    Need to keep the drawn frames in circulation.
    Thanks for the input.
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Anyone else ever noticed that if you accidently cross someone in a post
    that often times they will migrate over to your profile to see what personal info they can find about you ? Creepy i know....
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Still busy packing something away here.
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    Coordination of a colony when under siege

    Been having ant problems for awhile and today disturbed/removed the ant nest under the hive. All the ants went up and tried to get in the hive front door.
    In no time the bees countered by amassing...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    No prob, thanks for checking and enjoy.
    Knew the doe had a little one around but this morning was the first
    time i actually saw the fawn out with her.
    Took the picture using quite a lot of zoom...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    From the woods of Maine, more than just bees propagating.

    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p200/woodsy2007/P1020898_zps1157b03d.jpg
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    Re: New Zealand Bees Are Unbelievable

    Hmmmm, i've never heard neil young tunes coming from my hives before.
    Those NZ bees are some kind of special.
    Cool video :applause:
  9. Thread: almost died

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    Re: almost died

    My dad kept a hive or two around the farm for fifty years.
    He was not allergic to them.
    Then one day my mom found him on the garage floor after he had been in a hive and took a couple stings on...
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    Re: Hows everyones hives doing?

    I'm sure some of the bee sellers are feeling the pressure . Checked on mine about mid may and was told they would be a couple weeks late . Seeing some honeybees around they just aren't mine. Any day...
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    Re: Hows everyones hives doing?

    Still waiting for Nucs here. 2 hives, no bees.
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    Re: Fruit tree spraying and bees

    No spray = wormy apples in these northeast parts. Not all that appealing.
    Plus you might get apple scab, again not all that appealing.

    I don't know if there is any way around spraying insecticide...
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    Re: Late packages and nucs

    Very good suggestion .
    A recent in state project here concluded that packages that were requeened with northern raised queens had over double the survival rate of the packages that were not...
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    Re: Late packages and nucs

    I only have a 1/2 dozen apple trees but despite good blooms the last 2
    years i have only had a couple dozen apples from them . So the native pollinators have been very light and part of that has to...
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    Late packages and nucs

    Bees arriving on or around memorial weekend same as last year.
    Package bees from the south and local raised nucs also.

    I had hoped to avoid late bees this year by going with local nucs but...
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    Re: Smooth Creamy Honey?

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Smooth Creamy Honey?

    I had this happen in Feb. after crush and strain so was also curious
    What i came up with is there are several things combined that are likely causes. Type of nectar and pollen being two and minute...
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    Re: Pollen color = what plants?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source
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    Re: apple pollination fees

    Are bees affected by sprayed trees days after it is applied or just
    during the application when it is wet ? Curious minds want to know.
  20. Thread: Hello from Ma.

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    Re: Hello from Ma.

    Welcome and good luck with your new package of bees.
  21. Maine winter losses from the never ending winter

    Saw this article in the Portland Press Herald and thought
    some of you may find it interesting.
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  22. Re: Beekeeping for idiots. . . starring . . . .Splorndle!

    I strained a couple different batches of honey about mid winter from deadouts. The 1st batch off the top supers was all honey.
    The 2nd batch digging deeper into the hives had some sugar syrup in it....
  23. Thread: My blueberries

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    Re: My blueberries

    Pretty well i guess, haven't had any issues that i am aware of.
  24. Thread: My blueberries

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    Re: My blueberries

    We have 5 highbush blueberry planted probably 6-7 years ago. Patriot and Blueray mix.
    The bumblebees pollinate them quite well and are averaging a total of about 25-30
    qts per year for the last...
  25. Thread: What to do

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    Re: What to do

    Appreciate all the input.



    Yeah, I don't think having some deeps around could hurt anything. Hope to expand some if we can get any bees through the winter.
    I'm not sure how Oxford showed up in...
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