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  1. Thread: Swarm Prep?

    by Margot1d
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    Re: Swarm Prep?

    Okay jmgo, I won't fret. I guess I never had a hive grow this fast, this early, It's a good problem.
  2. Thread: Swarm Prep?

    by Margot1d
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    Swarm Prep?

    I have a hive that may be about to swarm. We are just now getting Daffodils and Maple blooms and they have already filled three boxes with brood. I pulled one frame from the third (top) box and It...
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    Re: New Package Installed ... Now What?

    Depends on the hive. My first year I thought I would just crack the hive and pull the cage, no smoke, and the bees chased me across the yard. That hive turned out to be quite aggressive. I would...
  4. Re: Some survivors among a lot of dead - condense hive?

    DITTO.....I have the same situation. I put them in a nuc when I discovered they didn't have a queen and gave them a frame of eggs. This was about a month ago. As of last week they had a virgin...
  5. Re: Taking the fight to Varroa mites and SHB right away!

    For managing verroa throughout season year, if you are the hands on type, you can do drone harvesting. Mannlake has drone sized foundation. Pull it when it is capped after 21 days, and start over. ...
  6. Thread: Should I feed

    by Margot1d
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    Re: Should I feed

    Im getting a package next weekend and it will be around 50 for the foreseeable forecast. 50's is not really comb drawing weather so it's best to put packages on already drawn comb at these temps. ...
  7. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    You must be joking right? This is a beekeeping forum. Why would anyone give you advice on how to kill honey bees?
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    Re: Mentoring Children

    Thanks for doing the leg work and digging up some of this information for me. I'm going to look into whether it is covered in the CPR training course that some teachers get. I should be trained to...
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    Re: Mentoring Children

    I don't think that I legally can administer an epipen as their teacher. Its illegal for teachers to give any meds. I have to look into it. Have you ever had problem with an allergic reaction...
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    Re: Mentoring Children

    Thanks. I rode horses for four year in 4-h growing up and there is obvious risks involved with that. Still l will keep looking into it.
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    Mentoring Children

    This is a question for teachers, scout leaders, and any other community oriented people who have introduced children to beekeeping. I know schools do it, but I am wondering how they cover themselves...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I learned that I need to get the supers off earlier in the fall even if they aren't capped and leave more of the fall honey for the bees. I learned that you can't treat in August and think your done...
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    Re: Lots of Bees but no brood.. what happend?

    I'm in the same boat. I already gave them some eggs and nothing. I can get a queen in three weeks. Why does everyone say its so hard to requeen them? Is three weeks too long. Is it better to...
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    Re: Made it through the winter.....hopefully

    Did you see brood? The hive I mentioned does not have brood, and I fear they might be queenless. It seems that it's not just the survival but the build up you have to worry about.
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    Re: Found some Bee's in a Tree Now what?

    Leave them alone. Put out some bait boxes. Here is an informative video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOW_Q_iibLw
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    Re: Drones now in NE Ohio?

    Its pretty cold here still in NYC and I saw drones at the entrance of my hive. I have some uncapped brood and pollen moving, but not enough to make drones. I was wondering if they are left overs...
  17. Thread: New-bee

    by Margot1d
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    Re: New-bee

    I looked at your Kickstarted because I have thought about using the site to fund a mentorship program with the kids at my school. I am impressed you have already gotten some funding. I have to say...
  18. Thread: Winter losses

    by Margot1d
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    Re: Winter losses

    I went into both my hives yesterday. One looks a bit lost, no pollen coming in, no eggs, not many bees, some honey. I freaked out a bit, thinking I had no queen. I probably should have waited but...
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    Re: Made it through the winter.....hopefully

    We seem to be in the final stretch. I too am nervous, both my hives are flying today, one of which I was pretty sure would not make it. I would clean out the bottom board if you haven't already...
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    Re: A decent day at last...

    I hadn't thought about open feeding. We had the same temps as you today, bees flying, pollen moving. I just want to make it to the finish line. If I put out some syrup is 2:1 better than 1:1. I...
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    Re: Are you missing bees?

    There is no way to know if the bees in your pool come from a beekeeper or a wild hive. They are looking for water and they forage up to 2 miles away from home. Maybe, to educate the kids, you can...
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    Re: Where's spring?!

    Really sorry for your loss bkristanne. I saw a thread from Michigan on here and it looks like you've got company. This is a hard winter for your first season.
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    Re: Located a feral colony in a tree trunk

    I used this site when making swarm traps and I liked what he said about finding bee trees and placing traps up to a mile away vs. trying to cut into the tree to get the bees out. He says if they...
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    Re: is this an excessive amount of dead bees?

    I took this after I cleaned out the bottom board. They had been cooped up with low temps and they had mite issues going into fall. It's not good for sure, they did the same thing last year. I am...
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    Re: is this an excessive amount of dead bees?

    This was my December die off
    http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w387/margot1d/IMG_6246.jpg
    I have a pile like yours every time I clean out the bottom board. They are still alive, knock on wood.
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