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    Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Got two weak hives through this brutal winter in part due to quilt boxes! They each went into winter with two deeps each, weighing 75 and 125 pounds each. Ironically the 75 pound hive came out...
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    Re: colony expansion?

    Thanks, perfect explanation. I am 15 miles away from Michael Palmer. I do follow his lead on most everything, but try to not over burden him with my amateur questions and this one was only out of...
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    Re: colony expansion?

    Thanks for your comments. All I am sayings is that I am expecting, right or wrong, to see more bees as the weeks go by and right now I am not seeing this.

    As I read more, I am finding that...
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    colony expansion?

    It's been nice enough now for the past two weekends to at least get a peek inside the hives, but certainly not warm enough to open up the brood nest to inspect for eggs etc.

    Given that...
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    Re: adding supers, did i do this right?

    Okay, I will add onto this thread. I had two hives make it through the winter in two deeps each. I recently added a medium with about 7 frames of honey on top of each hive to supplement what I was...
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    Re: Spring hive setup

    Thanks Mr Bush......This weekend they were at the top of the hive, the original top super which. As I said, I placed 7 frames (1 additional medium super) of reserves on top this weekend, so I would...
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    Spring hive setup

    Wow, I made it through my first winter successfully, but now its time to start thinking about spring hive setup for swarm management. I currently have two hive with the same setup, two deeps with...
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    Re: New England Bee Keepers0

    2 out of 2 made it using quilt boxes. Interestingly these two hives we very light going in, one a 10 frame lang, 2 deeps + 1 super only weighed 75 pounds in November. It's now the stronger of the...
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    They made it, Now it's feeding time

    Northern Vermont, first year through what has been a BRUTAL winter with nights in the -30's at times. Anyhow, two of three hives made it, the hive that died, died (or Swarmed) last fall!!!!!!!
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  10. Thread: Moving

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    Re: Moving

    Riskybizz. May be moving to dallas area. Thanks for reaching out

    I am not particularly attached except for they are finally established. I will hate starting over but that looks like the best...
  11. Thread: Moving

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    Re: Moving

    Thanks Everyone.

    Since I don't know where I am going to land as far as new house, I don't think I even have a choice. I just wanted to know the pro's and con's just in case the timing was perfect...
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    Re: Moving

    Shoot, I did leave out a major factor...Sorry. I am all foundationless...HOWEVER, as I write I recall I started these two hives last year from 5 frames of foundation so reducing down to the original...
  13. Thread: Moving

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    Moving

    Moving across the country from northeast to southwest. I have 2 hives currently overwintering successfully (1st year) and 3 over wintered nucs on order.

    So with the assumptions that I will have 5...
  14. Thread: Gone girls

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    Re: Gone girls

    Same issue 1 of three hives dead. Plenty of honey in two mediums. Should I feed to the other two right now or store until later when the other two move up and start eating upper reserves?
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    Re: Overwintering a light hive

    Would we think that this is a better option than leaving the double deeps and emergency feed all winter?

    What should I do with the other 10 frames...well probably only 6-7 are full, but the...
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    Overwintering a light hive

    Is it too late to reduce down a week hive to a single 5 frame nuc or maybe even a double 5 frame nuc for over wintering?

    Situation I have described in another thread is that I have one 2 deep hive...
  17. Thread: Hive Weights

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    Re: Hive Weights

    Thanks, I am feeling OK about the winter.

    As far as mite testing, I guess I was getting a little lazy and using the "I don't know how" as an excuse to not learn how. I will do the test this week....
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    Re: Hive Weights

    OK, I have done my research on the Mountain Camp Rim and sugar feeding and I have two questions

    1. One person used a queen excluder, while others didn't, why would one use a queen excluder vs...
  19. Thread: Hive Weights

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    Re: Hive Weights

    Thank you, I am!
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    Re: Hive Weights

    Okay so I am told 150 pounds is mandatory for two deeps by the locals. I looked last week and did see eggs in the brood chamber, I think possible there was a late season (Late July early August)...
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    Hive Weights

    Okay 3 hives, hive A B C have the following configuration and weight

    A = 2 Deeps, 75Lbs
    B = 2 Deeps, 126 Lbs
    C = 1 Deep, 2 Mediums, 106.4 Lbs

    So my thought is this, Split Hive A and give...
  22. Thread: Mites?

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    Re: Mites?

    This makes alot of sense. I try to stay out of the brood chamber as much as possible and since this hive has been grouchy, I really really tried to stay clear. Maybe I should have taken heed of the...
  23. Thread: Mites?

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    Re: Mites?

    Didnt want to lay it down but I couldn't get the thing to stand up. I never thought of loosing the queen though, Thanks for the words of warning
  24. Thread: Mites?

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    Mites?

    http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb450/wrlcpa/MItes_zps83a003ba.jpg

    Went to my bee yard today to find one of my hive that had been very mean and grouchy, very light on activity compared to the...
  25. Re: Long range forcast for another nasty cold winter in central-southeast states, rat

    Heres hoping last winter was the 49th one!
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