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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Ohio: losses in be club in SE Ohio were close to 50 %. I have 5 dbl deeps , 4 dbl 5 frame nucs and one indoor obs hive. I lost one nuc so I am thrilled. Neighbor lost all their hives. One large...
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    Re: trees for bees

    Agree w ginkgo. Our woods was 80% poplar. The drought 2 y ago in southern Ohio coincided w an absolute epidemic of poplar scale. The honeydew fell like rain. The trees lost all leaves by the end...
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    Re: Ohio Beekeepers - Check Your Hive Weights

    SE Ohio here. Some light pollen or grain dust coming in. All hives running on E though by weight. One hive has spent the entire winter on the top bars sitting on candy and did fine. Lost one nuc...
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    Re: where does this pollen come from??

    http://rs251.pbsrc.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140307_162809.jpg~320x480?t=1394249220
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    Re: where does this pollen come from??

    Sorry for the extra replies.couldn't get image to post
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    where does this pollen come from??

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B248RRB2z8jJSlQ0NG96em91V2M/edit?usp=docslist_api

    Snow is finally melting, ground is just thawing today when it got to 60. It was 4 degrees earlier this week here...
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    Re: Dead out inspection and analyses today

    Hey Bill! Up then road I had 10 of 10 flying hard. 3 are now eating the candy aggressively. Had just washed my wife's white Acadia. The bees definitely had cleaning flights today based on the looks...
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    Re: Winter Cluster -LIVE Webcam

    Very neat, thanks
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    Re: Do you have a favorite hive?

    My favorite is a hive my neighbor called me about. He sat on a log in his pasture and noted a few bees coming out. Turns out it was the top of a tree that blew out. We hauled it home in the snow...
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    5 of 6 big hives ok. 4 of 4 dbl nucs ok. Some of the big hives getting light. Lost the one hive to mites in November.
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    Well, put my ear on the top and sides of each hive ( I didn't get stuck :) ). All hives and nucs humming away at -6 and roaring winds for 24 hours. (Froze a pipe in our 3 yo home, but got it thawed...
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    Re: queen laying again

    My queen just started about a week ago. No pollen left that I can see. I put a 1 inch strip of a pollen patty in yesterday.
  13. Re: What do you think of my homemade cypress bee hive?

    Love the stands!!
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140105_165311443.jpg

    Sorry, I originally had uploaded the wrong photo. Here is a non shivering photo :)
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140105_165306581.jpg

    Well, I did what I could; leaves in bags behind the nucs and foam sheets on their windward side. Son'...
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    Hey KB,
    I met you last year in Parkersburg West Virginia At the bee expo. you made my daughter a hive body with a cartoon bee carved on the front. .
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    Lauri, wow! I feel like my bees are out there naked compared to that. We are only supposed to have 2 nights of frigid cold and then a warm up. I think I am going to take some old blankets and...
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    Thanks for the help. I am a psychiatric physician in SE Ohio. But primarily I am a Christian, husband, father and soon to be 3rd year beekeeper! :)
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

    Thanks for all the great advice!!
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    prepping for the big chill

    Forecast is -10 on Monday night. Coldest in 20 years. One hive ( dbl deep) went into winter lighter than I wish it had. The bees have reached the top bars last week and are devouring candy I put...
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    Re: Frigid forecast for 1/5/14

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140104_085607590.jpg

    Here is a pix of my obs hive tightly clustered this AM at 11 degrees. They are in the house but...
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    Re: Frigid forecast for 1/5/14

    Thanks for all the great info. In SE Ohio we are supposed to be at -11 with wind chills of -30. I have 4 dbl nucs pushed together and dbl deeps. Put bags of leaves behind the nucs to help cut the...
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    Re: brooding after winter solstice

    UPDATE...I said in an earlier post there was no brood in my observation hive. I just caught a glimpse of a very small patch of open and one capped brood cell under a very warm area of the glass. ...
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    Re: is swarming really bad?

    4 of my 5 swarmed last year. I wasn't aggressive in cutting out all the extra queen cells and so I had multiple after swarms. one of my hives went down to almost nothing. I didn't get any honey...
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    Re: Starting new observation hive

    UPDATE
    My obs hive is doing well. Leeward side of the house. They have their entrance to be left open unless it gets super cold such as below 10 degrees.despite the temperature of the room (68)...
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