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    Re: Do you cull drone brood?

    I use the drone frames to help control mites. The queen fills the frame with drone brood and once it is capped I pull it and place it in the freezer for a few days and replace with a spare that the...
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    Re: SHB's aka Small Hive Beetles

    I've got the same problem. I had very very few going into winter and they made it through the winter along with my bees and now I have a bunch in all my hives. When I swapped my boxes and did all my...
  3. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Skunk Cabbage is only just starting to pop out of the ground here, but I'm not sure the bees will even visit that, I've never heard of it before or noticed.

    That sounds like a lot of water and...
  4. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    I just got a good look in all 5 of my hives as well yesterday with the nearly 70F weather. I didn't find a ton of dead bees in my hives, I've found more in previous years. It sounds like maybe too...
  5. Thread: NUC Day 3

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    Re: NUC Day 3

    I agree, going into the hive everyday isn't good for the bees. Checking on them once every 1-2 weeks is enough.

    Taking off the robber screen and keeping on the entrance reducer for now is also a...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Still a couple weeks to go to be really sure, but all 5 of my hives are still alive currently. Lost my nuc though, I think they starved out. It was my first attempt to winter a nuc, and was just too...
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    Re: CNN Inside Man: Bees 3/5/15

    Did it air at the 12pm time or did they pass that up and keep talking plane crash? I wasn't staying up that late for it and have been at work all day so haven't been able to check my DVR. If they did...
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    Re: Hive wraps and condensation question

    Well the short term solution was to pull the mite boards under them out about 4" to let more air in from under the hives and that seemed to stop the problem. Today I'm going to put in some small...
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    Hive wraps and condensation question

    Yesterday I put on my hive wraps (http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Hive-Tools-and-Accessories/Winter-Hive-Wrap)

    Today while at work I get a call saying the hives apparently have condensation...
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    Re: Beelte Baffle? Have you tried it?

    Any updates on these working?
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    Re: What to do about queenless hive?

    Thanks for the info, I'll give them a couple frames of brood. I was going to do that today, but wasn't sure if I'd have enough time for them to make a new queen. They have plenty of bees, the hive...
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    What to do about queenless hive?

    One of my hives went queenless, and they had a few queen cells. So I decided to make a 5 frame nuc split with a queen cell and left another in the main hive to hatch out into a new queen. The queen...
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    Re: Is this a small hive beetle ?

    Doesn't look like one to me, the ones I've seen are smaller and black. That bug looks like one that mimics the look of bird droppings.
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    Re: Help! Queen found outside of hive

    Thanks for the reply RAK. I Scooped her up in a clean plastic vial I had and poked holes in the lid. I don't have any queen cages right now. She was still on the block with 9 bees around her. So all...
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    Help! Queen found outside of hive

    I did my normal inspection of the hives today, and I treated them with mite strips as well this afternoon. This evening I went to look to see how active they were coming and going from the hive when...
  16. How long can they do without a queen? / First spring inspection

    It was a nice enough day out today (4/7) to get my first look into my two hives. This is my second year, though I got a late start last year. Both hives only have 2 brood bodies with 10 frames with...
  17. Thread: Milk weed?

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    Re: Milk weed?

    Most of the milk weed here has come and gone already, we got a couple long hard rain storms on it not long after blooming and I think that killed a lot of it off.
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder Leaked!

    It had leaked all down into the hive, which is only 1 deep, and down through the bottom board and down one of the cement blocks. These weren't caulked to start with I guess, they were painted with...
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder Leaked!

    Thanks Indy for putting my mind at rest. I had images of eggs and young larva swimming in syrup.
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    Hive Top Feeder Leaked!

    I just got 2 nucs on the 16th and installed them on the 18th. I got 1 hive and a feeder from the guy I got the nucs from and he told me he had just built the feeder and had not tested it yet. I...
  21. Thread: Milk weed?

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    Re: Milk weed?

    Here the buds are still pretty small. Only one here and there are getting bigger with a hint of pink on them. It's been so cold and wet the past week and a half here.
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    Re: Starvation in the Northeast

    I've been looking around my area and don't see many things blooming in my area, but I wont have any bees till the 16th, by then hopefully all the milkweed around here will be opening. Very few are...
  23. Thread: Hive Camera

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    Re: Hive Camera

    Aww too bad, was looking forward to watching that.
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    Re: Milk weed?

    Thank you both for the links. Looks like the bees will like it here. Also from the link from beregondo I learned varroa don't like lavender or coriander. I'll have to get some of those to help keep...
  25. Thread: Milk weed?

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    Milk weed?

    I've got several fields with tons of milk weed growing in it. I've been spreading it around for the monarch butterflies to live off of. It is getting ready to flower in my area now and I've seen bees...
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