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  1. Re: A Colony Moved Into My Vacated Hive...Questions!

    The bees were definitely gone...empty hive all summer. I kept hoping someone would move in, but nothing. When I last checked the hive in October, it was still quiet. March was a mild month here...
  2. Re: A Colony Moved Into My Vacated Hive...Questions!

    A couple of days before I noticed that the hive was active, I saw some bees in my front yard in some flowers that had just bloomed and thought that there must be a hive not too far away. Now I...
  3. Re: A Colony Moved Into My Vacated Hive...Questions!

    I would say that they are definitely not robbers. We had a mild winter and although I agree that it's early for bee activity in our area, they have been in there for about 5 days now...there are a...
  4. A Colony Moved Into My Vacated Hive...Questions!

    Last spring, my bees were gone. I never checked to see if they had died or if they had just swarmed and left. All I know it that there were bees in there when I readied the hive for the winter and...
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    Re: Can You Feed Fermented Honey Back to Bees...

    What is HMF?
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    Can You Feed Fermented Honey Back to Bees...

    in the hope that they will make good honey out of it again.

    I had a friend ask me that question today and I am clueless.

    Thanks
  7. Other than the two hive bodies, I leave on a...

    Other than the two hive bodies, I leave on a super for the winter. Our winters are long and harsh and I can't even get to the hive for several of the coldest months. That seems to be enough to keep...
  8. OK...lesson learned. Thanks!!!

    OK...lesson learned.

    Thanks!!!
  9. What is the latest that I should take it. I...

    What is the latest that I should take it. I think it was late September last year.
  10. OK...Teach A Newbee...Advise on What went wrong

    I will admit...I have been neglectful of my hive this summer. I have had it for four seasons now and my bees have been very calm and required little maintenance. I decided today, to go pull off a...
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    Well, I just checked the weather again and they...

    Well, I just checked the weather again and they are calling for sunny and low 60's next Wednesday, so I guess I will wait. These are supers that I want to remove for honey.
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    At What Temp SHould I NOT Open the Hive?

    I have been lazy and need to take two supers off my hive. The temps for the next week and a half are going to be in the low 50's with little chance of improvement as we get further into October. ...
  13. Dumb Newbee Mistake!!! How to havest crytalizing while still in the comb?

    My title says it all!!!! I harvested a ton of honey this fall and got busy with other things and kept putting of getting it out of the comb and got back to it today. The honey is VERY stiff and...
  14. What is the Minimum Temperature that is Safe to Open a Hive?

    I still have a super I want to pull from my hive and we have been having days in the 50's. Today is suppose to be sunny and near 60. Is it too cold for me to open the hive?
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    We've been getting a fair amount of rain now for the past two weeks.

    I am optimistic too. I have wild flowers all over now and the goldenrod is going to be a bumper crop!!
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    Maybe I should take my hive to midcoast Maine. ...

    Maybe I should take my hive to midcoast Maine. My mom lives there and I will be heading there in a few weeks!!!
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    I'm up near Watertown, Matt. It has been a...

    I'm up near Watertown, Matt. It has been a fairly dry summer. We have had some rain from thunderstorms, but that is about it. I guess I'll be patient and hope for some good rain.

    Thanks for...
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    I generally have wildflowers all season long with...

    I generally have wildflowers all season long with lots of goldenrod at the end of the season into October, or whenever frost kill everything off.
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    Not Getting Any Honey in Northern NY

    I was just checking my supers and there is one frame nearly full on one side and about 2/3s full on the other...same as when I checked about 3 weeks ago. The rest of the frames are empty. My bees...
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    I left all of my honey in my hive the first year.

    Last year (my second), I just took a very sharp bread knife, ran it under hot water, dried it and took the caps off. Then I took a spoon and scraped everything off and put it in a strainer lined...
  21. No negetive comments here.

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    "Others on this site do the same. What's the problem? SandyC, why do you make negative claims when you say you haven't even tried it?"

    I was just curious how it was done. I would like to...
  22. Thanks For Your Comments...I haven't gone foundationless yet...

    but it might be fun to try. I had a vision of honey comb all over the place, not in nice neat frames.
  23. How Do You Extract Honey From Foundationless Hives?

    The comb won't fit nice and neat into an extractor. Do you just have to crush everything to get to the honey?
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    What's HAS???

    My ignorance is showing here!
  25. Can Anyone Tell Me What Might Be Going on Here?

    I just went out to check two supers I put on about 5 weeks ago after putting on a queen excluding...brood was being raised in the super I previously had on, so I left it on for brood, put the...
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