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    Re: bee sting alergy question

    I wondered the same thing several years ago. The allergist mentioned the time to worry is when the swelling from a sting crosses over a major joint, i.e. a sting on your hand crosses your wrist and...
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    Re: Do mites fall of of dead bees

    Thanks, gents. Sounds like Varroa, not cold got them. I will try doing an alcohol wash just to see what I find. Of course, that means waiting for some warmer weather so I can first find the hives...
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    Re: Significant Other.

    When I ask for help, i.e . wrapping hives when it's freezing outside, she is definitely there! Same when it comes to harvesting. Otherwise, if she joins me on trips to the beeyards, she brings a...
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    Do mites fall of of dead bees

    When a colony dies in winter, do the mites fall off of the bees or stay on them? Autopsying hives and wondered...

    Sorry...just saw typo in title and could not fix...

    Thanks,
    John
  5. Thread: Bee Blogs

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    Re: Bee Blogs

    Mine is www.nhbees.wordpress.com. I started it 7 seasons ago, mainly as a diary so I would remember what I did, why I did it and what resulted. I've kept it current.

    John
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    Re: Russian or Buckfast?

    About 4 years ago, I tried 2 buckfast queens from R Weaver. Good honey production and they were fine the rest of that summer. Only one made it through winter. That hive was so mean I chopped off her...
  7. Re: What should I cut off my fingers with . . .

    Since you already expect to cut off fingers, I would buy a SawStop and save the medical bills which will more than pay for the saw. Works with dado blades (requires a different cartridge) or thin...
  8. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Of my 11 hives and 7 nucs, I lost one hive to mites and 3 hives due to beekeeper's error of not strapping or weighing down the outer covers enough during a blizzard. The wind blew our windbreak into...
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    Re: Rabbet joint question

    I have made about 100 medium hive bodies/supers using the same technique as NewJoe. By drilling pilot holes through the rabbet joint, using TiteBond II and 10 nails on each short board, I've yet to...
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Ray,
    You are one of the folks whose posts I always read. I find you to be knowledgeable, sensible and courteous. We all have a bad moment. I look forward to learning more from you and hearing more...
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    Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Plowed the driveway yesterday, walked out to play with the dogs this afternoon and heard the bees 20 yards away! High 40s today but wrapped hives in direct sun convinced the girls to come out....
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    Re: Michael Palmer The Sustainable Apiary

    By going to meetings and not being shy, I have been fortunate to be able to meet and discuss beekeeping with many of the "names" in our industry. Meeting MP was one of best opportunities I have had....
  13. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Started with 18 colonies split between 2 yards. One yard still good with 4 nucs, 2 hives. In the 2nd yard, the wind blew so hard during the recent blizzard, it bent the snow fence stakes I was using...
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    Re: Nucs versus Packages?

    As I mentioned earlier, by taking frames to help control swarming, by mid-summer the nucs I buy have become a hive AND a nuc. In essence, I now have a free hive full of bees as the nuc I create...
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    Re: Nucs versus Packages?

    I believe the saying that all beekeeping is local, which for my location means it makes great sense to buy overwintered nucs from a reputable breeder. Mike's point about various growth phases and...
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    Re: Frankenstorm

    With the weather having become a way for our state's main television station to drive ratings, it's hard to know when a storm is actually going to be a problem. In this case, however, I figured its...
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    Re: Digital version of Bee Culture

    I like the digital versions of both Bee Culture and ABJ. I have an iPad and travel a lot. Saving the issues as .pdfs makes for a lot less for me to carry and I do not accidentally trash the print...
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    Re: Minimum frames to overwinter NUC

    Not sure about your winter but here in SW New Hampshire we can have anywhere from 30"-200" of snow. I have overwintered nucs with 2 mediums (5 frames honey in top) but usually try to use 3 mediums....
  19. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I know it's late to join in but I just got out to my 2nd yard to take off some empty feeders and wish the ladies a pleasant winter. I have 18 colonies, 11 hives and 7 nucs. All no treat...Only thing...
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    Re: Nucs to Full Colonies - What's Your Ratio?

    Twelve hives and 8 nucs. A special thanks to Mike Palmer for showing me the value nucs bring as well as how to successfully manage them through a New Hampshire winter. My nucs usually do better than...
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    Re: Beekeeping from Jamaica

    Hi, Duhaje.

    I have loved reading your reports. My daughter is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Free Hill working on various projects including organic agriculture. She mentioned they lost...
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    Re: Minimum frames to extract?

    You mention you are a first year beekeeper and these hives started from packages. Did you feed them a lot this year? If so, much of what they have put away is probably from syrup and you should...
  23. Re: Vinyl "Honeybee" Tablecloths for Farmers Markets

    Went to buy 2 of the plastic table cloths for 14.00. Shipping was $16! I canceled the order...
  24. Re: Extracting 8 Frames in a 9 Frame Maxant 3100 Extractor

    I just did 7 frames in this extractor. I spun the first 6 until about 50% of the honey was extracted. Then I stopped the unit, swapped out one of the frames for the last full frame and finished...
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    Re: Upper Hive enterance

    I use a SBB, bottom and top entrances. I use 3/8" shims attached to the inner cover so the top entrance is always above the top super (thanks, MB). The bottom entrance is open in the summer and...
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