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  1. Thread: ? About Hives

    by trottet1
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    Re: ? About Hives

    I too appreciate all of the knowledge people share. My comment was not meant to be negative at all. It was just an attempt(apparently, a failed one) at some lighthearted humor. The "to exclude or...
  2. Thread: ? About Hives

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    I wasn't attacking either side of the argument. I actually don't use excluders either. The point to my post was just simply preparing for all of the debate to follow.
  3. Thread: ? About Hives

    by trottet1
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    Re: ? About Hives

    Oh boy... you just started something. Watch how long this post goes. You just planted a seed, now grab a beer and a bowl of popcorn and watch it grow.
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    Re: Emergancy Winter Feeding Help Needed

    Hmmm. I am only in my second year so wait til more experienced people chime in, but I would probably disregard the 50 bees on top of the cover. They may actually be preparing to die. Is your...
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    Re: Emergancy Winter Feeding Help Needed

    In addition, make the sugar moist. Lay down the paper, spray it with water, then layer your sugar. I.e. pour 1 inch of sugar then mist, then another layer of sugar and mist and so on. If you just...
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    Re: Winter feeding question

    I was you last winter. First winter and only 1 hive. I understand what you are feeling. This is what I did as per advice of a few go to people on this site. I did the mountain camp method. I...
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    Re: Short warm spell

    Syrup needs to be 50 degrees for them to take. If your nights are 30 degrees and it only warms up to 65 for a few hours, the syrup will not warm up to the needed 50 degrees. Leaving the syrup in...
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    thank you! luckily, I have a detached workshop that is unheated.
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    one of the dead outs is from a package that came up from georgia, and another dead out was from a nuc. the two strong survivors are from nucs that came from south jersey.
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    Oldtimer,

    I am not in disagreement at all. And you are correct, I just started reading Michael Bush's book and that is what got me thinking about treatment free. I have not made any decisions or...
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    Johng,
    Thank you for your input. At least there is an upside to failed hives..... all those resources!
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    Thank you snl, I will look at some of their views as well. I am not committing to any one type of practice at this point in my venture and reading other people's views and theories will only broaden...
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    Snl, I am trying out both and see which suits me best. Your suggestion is a good happy medium. I am so new at this, and my first year was so stressful and I was afraid to experiment. Now, in my...
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    Re: questions about dead outs.

    I did not. And I suspect that was the demise of both hives. The one had a screened bottom board and when I looked at the insert..... lots of reddish brown specs. The other one was treated...
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    questions about dead outs.

    I have/had 5 hives. I went out to clear out some dead bees today, and I noticed that 3 of them did not greet me at all, and 2 of them had bees pouring out after just simply lifting to check weights....
  16. Thread: fencing

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    Re: fencing

    So the only energized portion would be the one strand up top? That would work, but look at crofter's post. That would be the issue now. The only way I see this working is to refer to radar side...
  17. Thread: fencing

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    I don't think that will work. Ground and hot need to be seperate. In the application you describe, your posts will be energized but also driven into the ground. All of your voltage will just...
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    Re: Bear in the yard...

    How many volts and jouls is your controller? It sounds like a lot, but I use a 10,000 volt controller. You really need to let that bear know that there are better places to eat. As mentioned...
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    I started with 1 and realized within weeks that it was an issue for me. Over that winter (2012/2013) I ordered back up. I got 4 packages that spring. Turns out my struggling hive survived. Now I...
  20. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    lol. I knew exactly what you meant. The "I" is right next to the "O". I have chubby sausage fingers and hit wrong keys all the time.
  21. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Good point! It isn't a terribly invasive procedure. Advice taken. Thanks!
  22. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I will be adding the homasote as insulation next break in weather. Any tips? Or just cut it to the dimensions of the underside of the telescoping cover? Do I also cut a hole in it to line up with...
  23. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Yes I keep mine notch down all year round as well. I don't usually have moisture problems since I started adding shims between covers (popsicle sticks or flat washers). But I think I am going to...
  24. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Soooo, how many people just read the subject line of my post and responded? Just curious:scratch:
  25. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I now understand that. But you can say that to us newbies until you are blue in the face. Newbies such as myself tend to get very anxious. My post wasn't really intended to solve any problems,...
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