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    Re: Porch/ "balcony" hive location

    This is great information, I have some bees in a location that is fairly close to people. This could come in handy if they turned mean suddenly. I may have to make something up just in case.
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I learned that I need to learn how to ensure a larger cluster in the fall. My hives are still alive, but cluster is a lot smaller than it should be. If the make it the next few weeks, I expect...
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    Re: Checkerboarding the brood nest

    Thank you! I started reading this site a few months ago and lost the link. I was bummed because I only got to read a few of the articles that I wanted to read (which is all of them). I looked for...
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    Re: OTS queen rearing with narrow frames?

    Thank you for the responses. I have read his work and am looking forward to implementing some of it.
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    Re: Amazing flower....

    Looks like a type of passion fruit flower? I was just looking at those on a seed catalog earlier today, wishing I was in a climate warm enough to have one.
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    Re: All is Lost..........

    Just out of curiosity, if it has been so cold out, how can you be sure that they are all dead?
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    Re: 3 Foot or 4 Foot

    A lot of 8 foot boards are 8 foot plus .25 to .5 inches, so you may actually be able to get two 4 foot pieces. Also, make a few narrow spacers because once the humidity in the hive increases, the...
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    OTS queen rearing with narrow frames?

    Has anyone used the OTS (notching) queen rearing method with narrow 1.25 inch frames? It looks like a simple way to get nice queens, but I am wondering if they will have enough room with narrow...
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    Re: Great.....10 more days of freezing !

    My hives are actually top bar hives. They have screened bottoms, but they are closed and sealed. They have bottom side entrances (mainly because I couldn't figure out how to make a top entrance...
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    Re: Great.....10 more days of freezing !

    I live in NH and all my bees are still alive, and have honey left. You are right about the clusters getting very small tho... I just ordered my "insurance package" (I am hoping that by ordering a...
  11. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    Yesterday it was sunny and 50, My bees were very active yesterday, cleansing flights, brown snow... today it was 5 degrees cooler, and cloudy. I peeked through the window with a flashlight and could...
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    Re: Eco Wood Treatment

    I was considering putting some boiled linseed oil on them... I have a hive that has nothing protecting it other than the roof. It has been ok so far. I really like the natural look, and if I have...
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    Re: Eco Wood Treatment

    I just finished my two new hives with ECO. The wood was cypress and it looks great! I don't know if it actually protects the wood like they say, but I think it should still last quite a while
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    Re: Geez, what now... robbing?

    I just got done watching a video by Michael Palmer about raising bees in Vermont. He talks about the best bees for the cold north as having a quite cluster. Here is the part of the video that he...
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    Re: Good queen rearing book for beginners

    I am also hoping to raise "a few good queens" this year. Does anyone know, how big of a hive you should use to make queen-less with this method? I don't anticipate needing more than 3 or 4 new...
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    Re: How many nucs can a person sell?

    www.pigeonmountaintrading.com sells and ships Nucs. I asked about it when I had to e-mail them about an order last year. They claim to have a high success rate, and cage the queen for the trip.
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    Re: Moving Bees in February, info needed.

    I was actually wondering the same thing, because I will be moving a hive soon. More specifically, a hive in the back of a truck, on potentially bumpy roads (unavoidable frost heaves and pot holes). ...
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    Re: Winter Behavior

    Thank you for the response. I am in the process of getting two more hives and a nuc for next year. I will assume they are good for now and look at packages in a few months if I have to.
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    Winter Behavior

    This is my first year keeping bees, so sometimes I see something and I don't know if it is normal or not.

    It has been cold the last week or so. Highs around 25-35, lows 10-20 (around 2F tonight)....
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    Re: Pricing Lip Balm

    Roxanne Quimby started Burts bees. There actually was a Burt that had bees. She has been in the news a lot in the last few years (I have a camp in Maine)
  21. Thread: Drones???

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    Re: Drones???

    Both of my hives have quite a few drones, and their queens were fine as of this past weekend. Our weather has been similar to yours. lots of pollen coming in, a little nectar. Feeding 2:1,...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    I looks like my hive swarmed, probably when I was on vacation... no wonder they aren't moving down right now.. They have barely enough bees to cover the comb they have.

    They are capping the last...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    I made a split in to a warre on June 15th. They filled the top box nicely, but haven't moved into the second box yet. I am guessing that they might have swarmed, so I am hoping that they will start...
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    Re: Converting from lang to tbh

    In a top bar hive, when you say 10 or 20 bars of honey, is that including the honey that they back filled into the brood nest, or just the bars that they built specifically for honey? (the bars that...
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    Re: Bees stealing my bees?

    I am hoping this is the case. They have been bringing in pollen by the truckload all week, so I am hoping that they are just clearing out the old bees for the next population increase. the bee...
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