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    Re: Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    Lol, I'm with you😂
  2. Thread: Jan 1st pollen

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    Re: Jan 1st pollen

    My neighbor told me he saw the bees on his sawdust pile so I guess that explains the light colored stuff they're bringing in, the dark orange is still a mystery to me. I'm in southern New England.
  3. Re: Is it hard to find "certified" Russian queens?

    I bought a couple of queens from Kelly's last September, they came.from Hardemans Apiaries in mGmt Vernon GA
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    Re: So What's up with the sugar??

    Getting them to winter on their own is the ultimate goal. I know in my case that it has been difficult to get them through till spring. Putting an alternative on the lighter colonies is simply an...
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    Re: Honey darkening/Carmelizing with age?

    Wow! Had the honey crystallized? I have a hard time getting through the winter!
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    Re: Replacing old comb

    I wouldn't consider myself an experienced beekeeper at all. That being said, this is what I do. I render all of the old comb, it is a bit of work but I believe it to be worth the effort. Fat Bee Man...
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    Re: Maui beekeepers?

    Ahh Maui!!! Your wife is quite luck to have such a great person as her husband, but I bet she already knows😂. Maui is my favorite place on earth. I haven't been in a few years but in lahaina there is...
  8. Thread: Never requeen

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    Re: Never requeen

    In my limited experience I have found that queens that they raise is better than the ones that I have bought. I haven't the experience to form an overall opinion though.
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    Re: Honey and Cheese

    My daughter put out a cheese plate with honey to dip in and was a great hit😂
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    Re: Still seeing pollen coming in

    I'm in southeast Connecticut and saw some, not a bunch. I have no idea where they find it they never cease to amaze me.
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    Re: Connecticut bee keepers.

    I have never the others but I sure would like to share stories and experience with others.
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    Re: Cluster question

    What is the temps right now? Is it warm outside? Maybe they hang out up top by the sugar and cluster down below. Every colony has their own traits. They seem as individual as we are but they do seem...
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    Re: Connecticut bee keepers.

    Griswold CT. About an hour east of you. I consider myself novice, going into my third winter. Eight colonies and keeping my fingers crossed.
  14. Thread: Top entrance

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    Re: Top entrance

    It is widely believed that a top entrance is nesacary for ventilation. I use both unless I get worried about robbing in the fall. Once they are in for the winter I open both (small openings). Also,...
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    Re: How many species?

    Imho honey bees are extremely interesting. Let's see what I can remember. Italian, carniolan, russian, African comes to mind. I'm not sure but I think cordovian is Italian with a recessive gene....
  16. Thread: Funny Smell???

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    Re: Funny Smell???

    Lol, I have one year more experience. I'll let you know when the overreacting ends😂
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    Re: Creamed Honey Question

    By the way, beutiful!!!
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    Re: Creamed Honey Question

    Oh, my mistake! I assumed that it was golden rod. Last year I extracted in mid August and it was quite a bit lighter in color so I thought because I harvested later in September that I was seeing...
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    Creamed Honey Question

    I thought I would try to make some creamed honey this year. The honey I have is quite dark, I extracted mid September so I must have some golden rod which was plentiful here this year. I bought some...
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    Re: need good sugar cake recipe

    Thank you for the advice! Beekeeping is something I always wanted to do and now I'm in my third season and learning and a long ways to go. At 63 I have a bit of catching up to do. Once again, thank...
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    Re: need good sugar cake recipe

    I used the recipe from www.bamboohollow.com/fondant-recipe.php. I added pollen sub and pollen as well. The bees were all over it. The pollen makes it a tad less solid but not bad. This year I'll get...
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    Re: My two hives are killing each other.

    My first year was a disaster because I didn't spot the robbing in time. I'm not the expert here by any means but I would close any top entrances if you have them and get the bottom to the smallest...
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    Sometimes I Scare Myself

    I just re-queened a couple of colonies with Russians from Kelly's, I figured I'd give them a try. Saturday I went in and they were laying in every empty cell. Tonight I came home from work and in...
  24. Re: Help! Where to get a new mated Queen this time of year?

    I have a couple coming from Kelly's bees this week
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    Re: Whats the mite treatment?

    AMEN!!
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