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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    locust is about finished here, tulip poplar and blackberry are about mid bloom now, and privet should be opening soon.

    the top boxes on just about every one of my hives is a new super with plastic...
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    Re: combining hives

    on the off chance that the weak hive is harboring some kind of disease or pest, and since queens are available this time of year, i would lean more toward requeening the weak one and not taking a...
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    Re: Swarm prevention questions

    sounds like a great time to make a split if you are interested in having a second hive and want to hedge your bets against swarming. i would consider splitting out the queen and three frames of bees...
  4. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    my guess is that they have been utilizing most of the incoming nectar for brood rearing, having to play catch up on rebuilding their population due to spring arriving late. in my case this was...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    i wonder if the guy with the longstanding tf yard that doesn't manage much would let you set one or two over there?
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    many thanks for the report gary and for those kind words. it's great that you were able to recover the large swarm, one like that has the potential to yield some harvestable honey this year. i...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    many thanks dan and those are very good points you make, i'm not disagreeing. i've seen that happen here once but it seems to be more the exception than the rule. again, fingers crossed. :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    looked more like supercedure than swarm, this was one of my 'smaller' colonies coming out of winter. here's my journal entry:

    041115: QUEENLESS WITH LOTS OF CAPPED BROOD, 5 SUPERCEDURE CELLS,...
  9. Re: brood chamber is in the top deep....what should I do?

    mp is a seasoned pro and i'm pretty new at this, but if i found myself in that situation i would consider putting an excluder between the 2nd and 3rd deeps with the queen below it, and after a time...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    there's only about 6 - 7 deep frames of bees in that hive right now dan. the overwintered queen failed mid build up.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    not the first one yet mike. last year at this time i had two hives spitting out a few.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    we are about a week or so into the start of swarm season here and not yet to the point of seeing new white wax being drawn. i caught a swarm yesterday in a trap set at the homeyard and it looks like...
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    Re: Got one of those feral swarms yesterday

    i caught one in a trap yesterday that i believe is truly feral but i can't be sure. they have the dark coloration like the feral derivatives in my yards, but they are noticeably smaller in size...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    first swarm of the season caught in a trap today
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    Re: Swarm question

    good work notapro, it shouldn't take them long to get some comb drawn.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

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    first scouts seen checking out traps today.
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    tulip poplars starting :)
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    Re: Spring Feeding.

    welcome to the forum kevin!

    if you are getting nucs as opposed to packages there should already be food stored in the frames when you get them.

    the problem with feeding in cold weather is that...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    we had a lovely day here with temps in the upper 60's, light wind, and plenty of sun. i decided to take a break from the day job this afternoon and take a look into my hives.

    there were two that...
  20. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    ...and drones which drift from hive to hive. working foragers can also drift, but robbers entering a highly infested and collapsing hive likely transfer the most mites in the shortest period of time.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    hi minz, the apple trees in our yard shed their blossoms about a week ago. i'm at zip code 35771 if that helps you, i couldn't find a link for the gdd value for here.

    i just came in from...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    24.3% overwintering loss is not bad at all mike. you have probably detailed your scorecard here before, but do you mind sharing it again?
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    another cool front passed through here yesterday and brought some rain, but it managed to get back up into the mid-seventies today with sun and a nice breeze. i've got about two hundred mature autum...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    last fall we had more pollen going into the hives compared to what i had observed in the preceding years. the dry weather however prevented a good nectar flow, which in turn limited the brooding of...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    melissa, i can relate. there's nothing like some quiet time observing the hives and regaining one's sanity.

    jrg, many thanks. still no interest in the swarm traps as of today, and no swarm preps...
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