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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    This morning I finished building two Rauchfuss queen castles from 1 x 12" shelves that I pinched from my mother-in-law's home when it was being sold for a tear-down so that a mini-mansion could be...
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    Re: Why nuc and not a single brood box?

    The 8 1/8" wide nucs will fit two, side-by-side on a 10 frame Langstroth bottom board (or super). You'd have to adjust that width for your 8 frame Langstroths, Niki, by making it half as wide as the...
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    Re: What Price Should I Sell A Pint of Honey For

    In southern New England, I have been selling Mason jar pints for $13 and quarts for $20. That's for raw, but strained honey. My customers seem to want to have the local pollen, but not the bee legs...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Bravo, guys. I applaud your work to establish colonies that can take care of themselves. There's enough diversity in the Apis mellifera gene pool, and enough riding on successfully overcoming the...
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    Re: Comb drawing question for the pros

    I respectfully disagree with beepro. 2:1 (two pounds sugar to one pint water (because a pint's a pound the world 'round)) is fed in fall to increase reserves for hives that are at risk of not having...
  6. Thread: Smoker fuel?

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    Re: Smoker fuel?

    Many things will work well, and trying a few things that you think are appropriate and plentiful is the right thing to do. I stockpile a few 5 gallon buckets of staghorn sumac berries every summer. ...
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    Re: Warming up Honey( dadant water tank heater)

    This time of year you can leave those buckets in a parked car in the sun. It won't overheat that way.
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    Re: Major Flows in New York?

    I think that we won't have locust this year...as you drive around, you don't see the big white panicles. Dutch clover (lawn clover) and tulip poplar are good nectar sources for June.
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    Re: Greeting from NW CT

    Welcome! Come down to Hamden this weekend. The Connecticut Beekeepers Association is having its 125th anniversary celebration at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station's LOCKWOOD FARM: 890...
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    Re: Opening the Brood Hive Question

    They're itching to swarm, and it might be difficult to dissuade them. Swapping out many filled frames for empty drawn comb might change their mind, but it might not. Good luck!
  11. Re: Period for main nectar flow in Southern New England

    All beekeeping is local, of course. In New Haven I supered up this past weekend in anticipation of the black locust blooming and the clover blooming in lawns. Where I live there may also be a bit...
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    Re: Tree with bees ID help please

    Not box elder. What it is...I dunno.
  13. Thread: Connecticut

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Saw the first dutch clover today in New Haven. There were no bees working it. Bees are working the hawthorn, bringing in red pollen.
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    Re: Tree with bees ID help please

    Close up pictures of flowers & leaves needed.
  15. Thread: Old frames

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    Re: Old frames

    Some of the residual material the bees had stored (pollen, nectar) had molded. The bees will clean it up. I agree with Mathesonequip that you should take a hive tool to the wooden parts of the...
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    Re: Saving the foundation

    Yes. This approach will permit the bees to reuse the combs.
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    Re: Oxalic Vaporizer Burning Frames

    I've had this problem too. Not uniformly. It makes me wonder whether I might have parked it under a bit of burr comb that then melted, dropped in, burned, and scorched the frame above it. It made...
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    Re: Last year's pollen on frames?

    I think that'll at year's bee-bread remains useful to the bees. They have no way to transport it back to the hive, though. If the frame goes into the hive, they can then use it as a protein source...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today I got into all of the hives and pulled the capped drone brood combs. 9 frames into the freezer. Replaced them with new, undrawn drone comb or drawn worker comb (I didn't have enough green...
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    Re: Foundation Question

    The molded plastic wax-coated foundation is generally used with top bars that are simply grooved. The foundation is held in place by the grooves above & below.
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    Re: Building my own stuff

    What a great thread. Ought to get a sticky.
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    Re: Antique beekeeping tool question

    I wonder if it might have served some purpose for comb honey production.
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    Re: Pollen patties or not?

    Think 'insect husbandry'. You want to give those nucs every advantage. The costs associated with 6 pollen patties is trivial relative to having a colony that didn't quite get it together because of...
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    Re: Sumac - Staghorn sumac and others

    I use the dried fruiting bodies ('staghorns') for fueling my smoker. I agree with MP--plant all you can!
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    Re: How deep is to deep?

    This may be the simplest way to 'fix' this issue. It'll also give a bit more insulation against summer heat and winter cold. Make it fit snugly against the side panels--no room for small hive...
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