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  1. Thread: Suit VS Jacket

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    Re: Suit VS Jacket

    I love my vented jacket from Mann Lake! I find it as quick as just a veil alone. Sometimes I just pull the hood over without even zipping it when they are calm. It keeps them from getting behind my...
  2. Thread: Russian Queens

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    Re: Russian Queens

    Thanks! I was just curious. I appreciate the feedback
  3. Thread: Russian Queens

    by ggileau
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    Russian Queens

    Just a quick question. I just received two Russian queens from Kelly's Bees (very nice people BTW) and they seem to be a bit small in size. Is that characteristic of Russians? I'm not really that...
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    Re: Top Entrance ideas

    If you use an inner cover just cut a notch into the 3/8" riser however wide that you want. I cut it about 3 inches and restrict it as I feel necessary. I usually give them the choice between the top...
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    Re: Apivar for medium brood chambers

    From the Apivar site. FAQ #5. Hope this helps!


    5. What is the recommended dosage and why?
    The recommended dosage is 2 strips per brood chamber (or 1 strip per 5 frames of bees).
    Apivar was...
  6. Thread: Adding Supers

    by ggileau
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    Re: Adding Supers

    That's what I do, especially when I have new foundation.
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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    I thought the exact same thing!
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    Re: What to do with honey...

    LMFAO!!!
  9. Thread: Hardware Cloth

    by ggileau
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    Re: Hardware Cloth

    Here is a link that tells you what size hardware cloth to use for different applications. http://www.honeybeesuite.com/what-size-hardware-cloth-is-best-for-beehives/
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    Re: You know it is going to be bad

    Phew! Whenever you think you have it bad.................
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    Re: How to build up surplus comb

    I found that out myself on my first winter. It is quite effective!!! Although VERY disappointing
  12. Re: to hive or not to hive (today due to wind)?

    I also picked up six packages at mann lake yesterday. I also had the same concerns! I lived them late yesterday. I shook them and left the rest in the package inside an empty deep on top. Mid day...
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    Re: Bonnie Plants & Neonicotinoids

    Not meant as a debate. With all the talk about neonicotinoids It was meant more as information.
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    Bonnie Plants & Neonicotinoids

    I went to The Home Depot this afternoon and I was looking at some heathers, just before I started to load up the cart I noticed tag in the middle of the plant stating the "these plants are treated...
  15. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    It indeed has been one difficult winter here in the Northeast! I started Winter with five and now I'm down to three. Here I am sitting here on March 28 at my desk looking out the window through the...
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    Re: Lost my queen on a package, FUMBLE

    PA Pete is right the propane torch works like a charm. When I have them available I use shavings from my wood planer. They start up with just a lighter and once going I just pack them in. They...
  17. Thread: Robbing?

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    Re: Robbing?

    I agree with Click. Last year I struggled with robbing. Get rid of the entrance feeders! I have read that putting Vick's Vapor Rub around the entrance will confuse the robbers but not the host, they...
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    Re: Most Painful Place to be Stung by a Bee

    It is true that all stings are not equal. They like to get behind my glasses and one in the eye sux but the one that hurt the most was on my ring finger between the first and second knuckle, where...
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    Re: how late is to late to start a package

    Last year was my first year. My packages came in the second week of May which means I didn't see new brood till the second week of June. They have to build comb before the new queen lays, so it's...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    I'm looking at mid teens at night mid thirties daytime. Depending on the computer model that you are watching there could be anywhere from 6" to 18" of snow on tues - wed. It's still early but the...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    I hope you are correct! This was my favorite. They are quite pleasant to work with, they started as a four frame nuc and built steadily throughout the year and made nearly perfect comb. I was looking...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    In all cases I have given them full frames of honey from the dead outs. The weak hive is quite thin in numbers, yes you can easily see the brood. I've been watching the brood less hive on and off all...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    Thank you all. In my first year keeping bees the one thing that have learned is that I have a lot to learn. My problem is that when I blunder I feel like I let them down. I that weird?
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    Re: Should I combine?

    I'm sorry, Ace. I'm considering combining the hive with a queen and a very small cluster, (just two or three frames of bees of bees) with the hive that has decent numbers (five or six frames of bees)...
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    Should I combine?

    I may be asking a question that I already know the answer to but at this point I'm a bit paranoid. This is my first complete year and as much as I would like to blame an extremely cold Winter for my...
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