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    My suspicion is that I only caught the problem 2...

    My suspicion is that I only caught the problem 2 months late. The hives are 2 feet apart, I figure there are so many bees cross populating amongst the hives that it was too late to benefit from...
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    Thanks for all the advice. Yes, it was tough...

    Thanks for all the advice. Yes, it was tough burning 50 frames. Especially after losing all 9 of my hives to CCD last year. I think I need to think about another hobby.

    I will feed them...
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    How did I know? Classic symptoms, dark and...

    How did I know?

    Classic symptoms, dark and depressed brood cells, partially opened brood cells with sticky brown mass in each cell that pulls away with a stick in a long oozy string, uncapped...
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    Additional questions:

    What should I do with my remaining hives, give them an antibiotic? If so, which?
    Anything else I can or should do?
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    Foulbrood in one of my hives!!

    I discovered a crashing hive with a full batch of foulbrood. I hastily removed the frames, shook off the bees and burned the frames in a pile. Good riddance. Don't yet see evidence of it in the...
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    Pollination contract prices

    Thanks guys, I quoted him $75 and he was fine with that. He would've been fine with $100 from the sound of it, but what the heck.
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    Current pollination contract prices?

    I keep a few hives for fun, but was contacted yesterday for pollination hives...how much should I charge in the northeast for a couple hives? And how does the price adjust for the duration of the...
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    Me too....

    I had 7 hives, most of which were strong, 2 were splits from the (5) new hives started last spring. No bees left now - empty hives. Lots of stores. If it were just about money, I have enough...
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    Poll: 43 here. Had 4 hives to tend as a kid, that my...

    43 here. Had 4 hives to tend as a kid, that my favorite uncle (recently deceased from cancer) left at my parents' place. BAck when all you had to do was take off the honey and check on them the...
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    Thanks you guys, I am going to give it a try....

    Thanks you guys, I am going to give it a try. Placed an order for 6 new Italian packages which will arrive in April. Those bees that came around the other day sure looked like the Russians from one...
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    Thanks Michael, I found and printed that study...

    Thanks Michael,
    I found and printed that study last night. Not sure it would be an effective use of time, but it sounds like more fun than sitting in front of the tube :) Tried weatherproof wood...
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    You know I did see 6 or 7 total honeybees getting...

    You know I did see 6 or 7 total honeybees getting sugar that were definitely not from my hive. no neighbors I know of have honeybees. What is the probability I could follow them back without a huge...
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    So where do I get bees for spring? :)

    So where do I get bees for spring? :)
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    Oh, one more thing, I bought 125 pounds of sugar,...

    Oh, one more thing, I bought 125 pounds of sugar, and they were fed all thru fall. They didn't starve. And of course neither did the mice.
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    To answer your questions...no signs of...

    To answer your questions...no signs of condensation, I have closed bottom screen boards and there was enough air gap in the covers I think to allow them to ventilate. I disassembled all the hives, 4...
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    The last time I posted here, back in September, I...

    The last time I posted here, back in September, I had 9 healthy hives. Treated them for mites with FGMO fog and oxalic acid, wrapped the hives with 30 pound roofing felt and a layer of blue...
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    Just curious how folks are measuring out the gram...

    Just curious how folks are measuring out the gram increments, that is, those of you like me without such measuring tools...what is the approximate volume of acid powder in a gram? I understand of...
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    Michael, your patience continues to amaze.

    Michael, your patience continues to amaze.
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    I trapped a couple skunks that were killing my...

    I trapped a couple skunks that were killing my bees....but I am still finding animal droppings full of bee carcasses. Do I have yet another skunk about, or do other animals eat bees? I trapped a...
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    IIRC - If I recall correctly... Cheers Bill...

    IIRC - If I recall correctly...

    Cheers

    Bill K in
    Cornwall, PA
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    How about using a bee vac and some Bee-Go dumped...

    How about using a bee vac and some Bee-Go dumped in the hive hole? That'd get the whole hive of bees on the run wouldn't it?
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    I agree. I just finished off my second skunk in...

    I agree. I just finished off my second skunk in my hive yard in as many weeks. Spraying my dogs, eating my bees, and to top it all off, this area is known for being heavily concentrated with...
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    Honey House, you wrote: "I=E/R and P=IE" (that's...

    Honey House, you wrote:
    "I=E/R and P=IE" (that's correct)
    "If both have a 110 Resistive load"

    But they wouldn't, they would be application specific with a desirable wattage, say 65 watts and not...
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    Here's the answer on the 220v versus 120v story. ...

    Here's the answer on the 220v versus 120v story. In a resistive heating element or similar load there is NO DIFFERENCE in power consumed and the 120V connection is easily found so DEFINITELY get the...
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    "newbee; what do you meam by "7 7 hive"?" Just...

    "newbee; what do you meam by "7 7 hive"?"

    Just a typo, there are 7 hives here at the house and 2 at the family farm. No luck the past 2 days, my goldens learned to flip the trap and eat the bait,...
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