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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    collect the bees at the last minute. no food needed for at least 24 hours or more. dump them back on their doorstep as soon as you can after the demo.. mark is right to get consistent acurate results...
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    EFB is European foul brood. it is not a common problem in new York state. as I said in post #9, it will usually clean itself up in good times for the bees... look up the bee diseases and pests at the...
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    EFB is often associated with mal-nourished bees. it will clear up usually as the bees get healthy and well fed, if not totally out of control. this does not seem like the case here.
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    Re: Black bees

    looks like moma found some strange stuff.
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    Re: new beekeepers

    the beekeeping with the helpers got even better, chicken diner, corn on the cob, apple pie with a cheddar cheese wedge with a grandson squirming in my lap. life is pretty good.. a couple of deeps to...
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    new beekeepers

    first time in the hives for the grandsons today. the just 6 year old helped do a newspaper combine. a late nuc and a queen-less hive that got a queen the same time the nuc got started, still a lot...
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    if you get the top 2 of 3 mediums fairly full soon, put another one on. it is still a bit early for the queen to lack space in your area
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    put on a top tank type feeder to fill up the comb, if you are not using one now. another med. box would be nice but for your NYC climate 3 mediums should do ok for a small side of average hive. you...
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    Re: Quilt boxes

    good quilt material: shavings left over from changing dry rough cut lumber into bee boxes. keep the top and bottom entrances smaller with a quilt box, real small like 3/4 inch [19mm].. do not use a...
  10. Re: Feral bees no different from managed bees

    lets see how this sits with the modern fantasy beekeepers. should be fun.
  11. Re: Bees in a tree .. when , and how to trap

    excellent, leave them alone till spring. you understand they are almost certain a swarm from some bee-yard not some magic bees, better than excellent. you found a favorite swarm tree, think multi-...
  12. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    "drive 500 miles to pick up nucs".
  13. Re: hive beatles, how to treat w/o chemicals?

    if you happen to be feeding protein patties get them out of the hive. the patties are a shb nursery this time of year.
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    Re: too late to requeen?

    zeke..these are one and the same, cold weather, first frost and end of flow.
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    Re: reusing ccd hive boxes....

    yes it is ok, if you are absolutely sure it was not an American foulbrood problem. if it is an AFB problem time for a big bon-fire. if the comb is real old I would replace it.
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    Re: How long?

    it depends on the 15% that is not capped. if almost ready to cap lots of time if it is nectar it will not keep.
  17. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    if you have small hive beetles feed pollen sub. a little at a time slowly.
  18. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    [QUOTE=Pete O;1152867] [ When inspecting a hive, you should always start on the outer frame or a frame that you know has little or no activity;],,,,, it is better to start with the second frame in,...
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    Re: Advice Late Swarm Prevention - HELP

    if you split right now by buying a laying queen and we have a late fall there is an outside chance to end up with 2 hives in 6 weeks at the strength you suggest. a couple of ifs there. it would take...
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    Re: Advice Late Swarm Prevention - HELP

    I am about 4 1/2 weeks to first frost, too late for me. what is you average first frost date? you want a couple of brood cycles after the split and the new queen laying well... take care of what you...
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    Re: Advice Late Swarm Prevention - HELP

    if the hive is super strong split it in 2 you can recombine later if you must. I do not mean average I mean real large. we are getting late but it may just work. I assume you are up in the 3 full ten...
  22. Re: pulling super and extracting on a rainy day

    if the honey is mostly all capped you will be fine. put the wet frames back on the hive. if you get them back in a couple of hours the bees will not even notice.
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    Re: Bottom Deep Super Hardly Used

    good... read up on monitoring mites. the trick is to never let them get out of control. all hives have them.
  24. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    sugar shake is good for a small colony. put 1/2 cup [300 bees][ do not get the queen] in a quart mason jar add 2 table spoons of powdered confectioners sugar and shake, dump the sugar on a paper...
  25. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    pick a nice warm warm no cloud day to work an aggressive hive, at mid-day, it really helps.
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