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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    I use both a solid b ottom and SBB, stacked. I really like picking through the hive-trash and monitoring mites, which I do year-round even in northern NY. IN the winter the SBB slots are closed up...
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    Re: Need face mask now have COPD?

    @MsBeHaven - OA vaporization needs something better than just an N95 mask, for all users. The draft of the regs (and the safety studies done to support the approval) mention the need for a half-face...
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    Re: Cotton coveralls and tie on veil

    The elastics on my bee jacket sleeves have long since given out (too many hot-temp washes, I think). I keep the bees out by having big rubber bands around the cuffs. I keep the bees from crawling up...
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    Re: first hive inspection of the year

    Congratulations on your success! Can you think of anything that you did differently with your bees lat summer and/or this winter? What's your secret?

    In addition tot Michael Palmer, you should...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Yes, Frank, I do think it's slightly different for commercial guys. They are actively managing an asset, and their economic success demands a different approach.

    But many of the people posting...
  6. Thread: Wild Turkeys

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    Re: Wild Turkeys

    Wild turkey vocalizations are the sound track of my spring bee-work - there are tons of them here on my farm. I have them roosting in the tall evergreens which are the windbreak about 10' behind my...
  7. Re: trying to get my thoughts together for my first time bees

    If you see queen cells early in your first year, leave them alone! They are not swarms, they are more likely to be supercedures. Don't try to split a new, small colony which is in full-on...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    "A conscience easing thing?" More like a rationalization that dooms their future bees to the same miserable deaths.

    If you don't face up to exactly what you did, or did not do, then you will keep...
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    Re: A Very Neat Insulated Nuc Box

    I have some experience using foam insulation foam in my hives - and it's mixed.

    The first caveat is that I have read that some brands/lines of insulation foam have borax mixed in it as a means of...
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    Re: moving colonies

    The branch thing works well, except when it doesn't. Most of the time it does work OK.

    Unless you have dozens of hives, I think I would move them in stages to minimize the bee-yard chaos and...
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    Re: First bees from cut down

    Does the box directly connect to the present comb area?

    And if so, have you blocked off all other exits from the hive so the bees must use the box's entrance?

    I think unless they are forced to...
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    Re: My hive must be too hot

    John,

    Get an extra sticky board for each hive for convenience, and try to get ones w/o any lines which actually are a hindrance to counting. There's nothing special about sticky boards, you can...
  13. Thread: Veil types?

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    Re: Veil types?

    I wear a cotton, front-zipped jacket (Betterbee, old style) with a removable, zip-on, round veil that's attached to a hat.

    Providing I remember to zip-close the veil in the front - which I often...
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    Re: Time Sensitive

    Oh Emily, your question warms my heart! All my bees are from "cut-outs" from the walls of my barn here in eastern upstate NY, in 2013.

    My bees have done just fine - I have had 100% survival...
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    Re: oxalic acid vaporizer

    DrL is, as usual, quite correct, but I'll add that a single vaporization at this time of year will only affect the mites not under the cappings (the "phoretic" ones), and likely at least half of the...
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    Re: My hive must be too hot

    (I don't d/l any videos so I haven't listened to the recording. I haven't got the band-width for that sort of thing as I live in very rural area.)

    But I'm bettnig your bees are probably not "too...
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    Re: Should I split a first year hive?

    I'm north of Albany, and though I've never started with package bees (mine are all from swarms) I think concentrataing in your first year on just getting your single hive established and well-prepped...
  18. Re: Kind of early for package bees upstate NY??

    Highs north of Albany are barely getting into the 40s. That's not to say a single day, here and there for a few hours at a time, doesn't get a bit higher, but the we've been running about 10-15...
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    Re: First year plan ADVICE wanted

    I have plenty of feral colonies in my area - I know of at least three within a one mile radius of my hives. And for two decades, until the spring of 2013, I had feral, unmanaged bees living in my...
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    Re: First year plan ADVICE wanted

    I wasn't planning on replying again, but I cross-posted with the OP.

    First,of all, most of beekeeping is pretty contradictory - there is no ONE right way. Not in the TF world, nor in any other. ...
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    Re: First year plan ADVICE wanted

    The OP started an identical thread in the Beekeeping 101 forum - and got pretty much the same advice from posters there, myself included: learn beekeeping, first, then try some of the more complex...
  22. Re: Need help identifying this larvae and what to do!

    That looks like what I assume is SHB larvae. Icky things, but much more of issue when they start sliming up your combs. Just clean them out of the feeder (Take it off and scrub it with bleach water...
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    Re: First Year plan HSC

    I guess I don't really understand this small cell business.

    Leaving aside the question of why you would do this, the process of it baffles me.

    I had the impression that the so-called...
  24. Re: How do you do this - what's the trick to tipping up boxes to look under them?

    Well, OT, it's good to know that it isn't just me who finds the urgent need for a third arm. Michael Palmer does it so effortlessly.

    I don't recall my bees being particularly annoyed (or more...
  25. Re: Anyone in Arizona, New Mexico or West Texas comment on wintering stores?

    I'm northern NY, and I have no idea what you need. But when this question is asked it's always good to specify what the reference range is for the weights.

    Does forty pounds mean just the honey -...
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