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    Re: sudden cold spell

    OK. I moved 'em back out there again. A lot of work. I've got top-feeder pails of non-medicated syrup on them. I guess I'll just hope they have enough sense to cluster up and survive the three cold...
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    Re: sudden cold spell

    There will be three consecutive nights in the twenties here. These colonies have come off a hard winter and are not strong. Here's what I'm thinking. Strap them down and move them into my garage,...
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    sudden cold spell

    After a few weeks of mild weather, 40s to 60s, it's supposed to suddenly get down into the low thirties and even the high twenties on one night. I'm a little concerned. Any suggestions?
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Looked out the window a few minutes ago and there it was, the annual swarm that winds up on the same branch of the same birch tree, about thirty five feet from the ground. No sense trying risking my...
  5. Re: Forgot the bottom board screeen! Ha, ha.

    It's been a day and things look ok. They're foraging, hanging around the entrance. Looks normal. There's a new queen that they should be working on springing from her cage, so I doubt they're going...
  6. Forgot the bottom board screeen! Ha, ha.

    I installed a couple of packages today. I was rushing because it was about to rain, and I forgot that I hadn't yet put the hardware cloth on one of the bottom boards. So when I poured, it rained...
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    Re: screen size for bottom boards

    Thanks. I just called my local hardware store to order some.
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    screen size for bottom boards

    Does anyone know what size hardware cloth you're supposed to use for screened bottom boards? I think it's 1/8 but I'm not sure.
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    the strangest thing

    I had three hives. Two died during the summer. One seemed to be making it through the winter. About three weeks ago I checked it on a warm (50 degree) day. It seemed strong and bustling. I closed it...
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    Re: what size screen for bottom board?

    thanks. I'm going to get my local hardware store to order some for me.
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    what size screen for bottom board?

    I've seen plans for building a screened bottom board that recommend a #8 screen. What size hole is this?
    And what is the largest hole size hardware cloth that can be used for these screens. I've...
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    honey filters

    What are good materials for honey filtering that are readily available in feed or hardware stores? Would cheese cloth be OK?
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    grooved top bars and wax foundation

    This is probably a dumb question, but can you use wax foundation with grooved top bars? I have a bunch of them and thought I could put wax foundation in them if I just clip the wires off and seal...
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    Inner cover dimension differences

    I've noticed that on the pdfs for woodenware construction on this site, the dimensions of the inner cover are
    16 1/4 by 19 7/8, as are the outer dimensions for hive bodies. But my hive bodies and...
  15. Thread: pesticides

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    pesticides

    Last summer I had a couple of losses that I attributed to either absconding or a queen problem that I didn't keep on top of. But today the guy who keeps the mice and ants under control in our house...
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    Honey from a divided hive?

    Question. If you divide a hive in early spring, can you expect honey from the old hive? I would think you can since it's only lost four frames at most. Am I correct?
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    Re: Re-queening with Russians

    What were the problems with the Russian bees? Could you go into a little more detail. To be honest, I've not heard anything negative about them before. In my neck of the woods -- New Hampshire --...
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    Re: Re-queening with Russians

    So you think, with a standard hive divide, I can just hang the queen in the cage she came in, between frames?
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    Re-queening with Russians

    I'm dividing some hives. The bees are Italians. I'm planning on introducing Russian queens in them. I have heard from some people that introducing Russian queens is difficult and can only be done by...
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    Re: newbie is this a bee??

    yellow jackets.
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    stilll not drawing out shallow frames

    The deeps are full to bursting, but the bees are not drawing out the shallow frames. They're going into the shallow super, but not working at the foundation at all. I removed the queen excluder from...
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    Re: won't draw out combs in shallow

    I was already in the hives today, so I'll wait a few days before taking the excluders out.
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    Re: won't draw out combs in shallow

    I haven't fed them since May when they stopped taking 1:1 syrup. I wonder about the queen excluder though. Is that a common problem with them?
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    won't draw out combs in shallow

    I have a hive that has two deeps. Top deep had seven and a half frames drawn out. So I added a shallow with a queen excluder. It's been close to three weeks and not only have they not drawn out any...
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    Re: Cleansing flights

    Michael,

    By the way, the reason for my visit to the hives was for the 'emergency' feeding I do every mid-winter. I wait for a warm day; anything over 32 is warm around here, quickly remove the...
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