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    Re: Flying at 22 degrees???

    Sample was individual bees collected by hand off the snow. All bees on snow were less than 12 hours dead. Collected about 50 or so.
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    Re: Flying at 22 degrees???

    So, got the report back from Beltsville. No tracheal or nosema detected, but 2.1 varroa per 100. Don't think that's too high, is it? Obviously will need to treat in spring.
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    Re: Flying at 22 degrees???

    I do as well, but this is the first time they have been bunched up on the outside around the upper entrance, and flying in 22 degree weather, in both overcast and sunny days!
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    Re: Flying at 22 degrees???

    Sent a sample to Beltsville, so at least I'll know if it was possibly due to something negative.
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    Re: Flying at 22 degrees???

    It is my strongest hive, which is why I was concerned. There is a candy board on so moisture shouldn't necessarily be an issue. Thanks for the feedback. Not sure I feel any better, but at least I...
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    Flying at 22 degrees???

    Never seen this before! Any thoughts as to why the girls would be flying and committing suicide in 22 degree weather at 4:30pm!! bees scatered further from the hive as well. 22 is the high for today....
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    Interesting video from Science Nation

    Just saw this and thought others would be interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UURuCgmzhczsm89jzPtN2Wuw&v=h6QYYICxdFc

    Chip
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    Re: Loss in Mid April

    Thanks again Joe, and Thank you Michael, that was enlightening! I guess there's a reason to wait until dandelion bloom to reverse!! Won't make that mistake again. Also, I had in previous years used...
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    Re: Loss in Mid April

    Hi Joe?, thank you for the response! But it brings up another question. I had always thought and I thought I even read on these boards, that bees do not heat the space they are in but only heat the...
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    Re: Loss in Mid April

    KbeeG, good question, and I even questioned myself as I wrote this post. My thinking at the time was it was mid April and time for them to start brood rearing, and so I wanted them to have space. The...
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    Loss in Mid April

    Please critique me and tell me what I did wrong.

    Had a pretty strong hive go into Winter with a deep 75% full of honey and a medium on top 75% full of honey. Put a candy board on them in February...
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    Winter Bee Movement

    So, Spring has finally arrived here in Maine, and gave me the opportunity this weekend to go deep into the hives and rotate. I seemed to have had a larger die off than I remember in past years (only...
  13. Thread: Refractometer

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    Refractometer

    Can I use the refractometer I used for my salt water aquarium for measuring moisture content in honey?
  14. Re: Open Screen Bottom Board vs. Regular Bottom Board

    FWIW, I use SBB with a slatted bottom board (slats running front to back). I also have a Honey Run ventilated top board. I run lower and upper entrances. I like ventilation, and here in southern...
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    Swarming and Drones

    Is there any relationship between a hive intending on swarming and the number of drones. In my short couple of years of experience, seems that I've noticed a hive has more drones if swarm cells are...
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    Re: Welcome party or death sentence?

    I too don't know how to tell between attack and welcome, as I have never seen attack. Is it obvious or subtle? A you'll know it when you see it type of thing??
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    Re: Requeening questions

    Thank you all! Michael, good point on the keeping queen until new queen is accepted. Although replacing one due to genetics, Russian cross, too angry for me. The other I will "store" in a Nuc
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    Requeening questions

    Hi

    I have a couple of minor questions on doing a requeening.

    First, on killing the queen. Do I leave her in hive so that they "know" she's dead, or just give her a proper burial?

    Second,...
  19. Thread: Queen bank

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    Re: Queen bank

    If making a split, can you also bank a couple of queens in the new split with new queen?
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    Re: Spring inspection, dysentery??

    Just a quick comment. Screened bottom board (closed or open, doesn't matter) and upper entrance is ok for cold climates. I have done that and had no issues overwintering. Upper entrance is actually...
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    Re: Cell builder reduce honey yield?

    Thanks everyone. I'm actually looking into using the Hopkins method, as I only need a couple of queens, and this method looks extremely simple, and yet produces decent queens. Thanks again.
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    Cell builder reduce honey yield?

    More a curiosity than anything else, but exploring methods of queen rearing for small (less than 5) apiary. In the process of making a cell builder, if I were to temporarily remove my queen from the...
  23. Thread: Combine Hives?

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    Re: Combine Hives?

    Perhaps reduce weak hive to a Nuc and place on top of strong hive for winter
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    Re: Combining Hives - who's on top?

    So, combination was successful as far as the queen goes. I put the queenright deep on top of LW deep, but left top opening for field bees to return into queenright colony. Queen survived and I have...
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    Re: Combining Hives - who's on top?

    So are you saying too late for a queen to prep for winter? and so let's experiment because it ain't goin to matter? That's not what I was hoping to hear. Too late to requeen as well then? The...
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