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  1. Kill the queen or give them more brood?

    We have two hives that just barely made it through winter. Very small population left. We inspected them again today, and they only have a couple hundred bees in each hive. There was a small...
  2. Re: 2013 NE Treatment-Free Beekeeping Conference

    Hi there - I just went to the website above, and could not find any information about registering for the main conference, only the beginner course. Is it still on? Can folks still register?
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    Re: Frustrated Beekeeping Mentor

    Thanks everyone!! Well, I e-mailed them a follow-up - reminder about what to do and to call me with any questions. I also tried to gently remind them that they really should be checking the bees...
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    Frustrated Beekeeping Mentor

    I'm feeling like the worst mentor in history. But I don't know what I could have done differently!

    I was asked by my bee club to mentor an 11 year old boy and his family in beekeeping. I was...
  5. Nuc I bought has issues including chalkbrood

    I picked up a nuc on Friday. Moved it into a hive on Sunday. The bottom of the nuc was covered with chalkbrood "mummies", lots of something that looked black and granular, a hive beetle, and some...
  6. Nuc I bought has issues including chalkbrood

    I picked up a nuc on Friday. Moved it into a hive this afternoon. The bottom of the nuc was covered with chalkbrood "mummies", lots of something that looked black and granular, a hive beetle, and...
  7. Re: Am I worrying too much about this hive? Any opinions would be appreciated.

    Thanks for all of the feedback - I feel better (especially since the hive belongs to a little girl I am mentoring, and would like them to do well).

    Would you leave the feeder on or take it off at...
  8. Am I worrying too much about this hive? Any opinions would be appreciated.

    I'm helping out a beginner beekeeper, and ran across something that looked odd to me.

    We installed a nuc about 3 weeks ago - in two mediums with new frames, and put on a feeder. Checked them last...
  9. Re: Drones are already being evicted in NE Ohio.

    Been raining a lot here, but I'm not sure if my drones getting kicked out is due to a dearth or not. To reply to the above, hopgaurd can be used with supers on, but I won't be using it. Turns out...
  10. Re: Drones are already being evicted in NE Ohio.

    I've been noticing a similar thing in one of my hives - they have been pulling out drones like crazy - piles of them on the ground in front of the hive. I just pulled a sticky board tonight that had...
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    Re: My Hopguard experience

    Thanks for sharing your experiences - good information!
  12. Re: Queen bee and Nucleus production class

    I was there also - it was great! I'm so excited to make some nucs and raise some queens!!
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    Removing Drone in May???

    Yesterday morning I noticed bees crawling on the ground in front of the hive. Not a ton, but it's been a steady 20 or so crawling around at a time.

    My first thought was DWV. Looking more...
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    Sticky Board

    Hi there-

    I'm using a sticky board to monitor mite counts.

    How do you know when to start treating? Is it when you hit a certain number of mites? (If so, what is the number you go with?). Or,...
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    Re: Dog Biscut Recipe

    Let me know how they turn out for you!
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    Re: Bucket of wax/feremented honey

    Thanks for the info!
    Jennifer
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    Bucket of wax/feremented honey

    I have a 5 gallon bucket of unprocessed beeswax that sat too long, and now has that "fermented nectar" smell.

    My question is, if I melt and strain it, will it still have that fermented smell, or...
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    Re: Odd tasting honey

    We don't have a lot of it - my father-in-law is keeping about 25 lbs, and we're keeping the other 25 or so.
    It seems to mostly just be orange - haven't noticed any red or green tinge.

    If only...
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    Re: Dog Biscut Recipe

    Here is one that I make and sell - haven't met a dog who doesn't love them:

    3/4 cup hot water
    1/2 cup margarine
    1/2 cup powdered milk
    1 tsp. salt
    1 egg, beaten
    3 cup whole wheat flour
    1...
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    Odd tasting honey

    We help my father-in-law to keep a hive of bees at his place in the Adirondack region of New York. He brought down a super of honey for us to extract for him.

    It was all completely capped, but...
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    Re: Got a sting - BAD reaction - advice needed!

    I'm going to second what bobber128 had to say. See an Allergist!!!!! I had been a beekeeper for a few years with no reaction to bees stings. Until one day when I got stung and ended up with...
  22. Thread: propolis

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    Re: propolis

    I use Citra-Solve. Works great!
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    Estimating how much honey to bring

    Hello,
    So far I've been selling my honey products by word of mouth, but this weekend I'm selling it and maple products at a small festival.

    When selling at festivals and markets, is there a way...
  24. Thread: MaiTai

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    Re: MaiTai

    Sounds good - I'll have to give it a try!

    Jennifer
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    Re: Need help with ant problem

    I've had luck with the cinnamon as far as preventing ants in the colony. Also, someone recommended lifting the outer cover so it rests on one edge of the inner cover, tilting it and giving more...
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