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    Re: Requeen Question

    It was to hot to do anything fancy, she's in the top deep waiting to be released...

    My I was thinking getting her closer to where she was going to lay would be ideal but she will find her way.
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    Requeen Question

    Hi,

    I've got a colony that swarmed a while ago (over a month) and the queen they left was pretty terrible. She was "dethroned" yesterday and her heir is in my basement waiting to be installed.
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    Stores from dead outs

    I had a rough winter, more dead outs then I've ever had before but I guess I was due since I've been over wintering with out a loss for quite a few years now.

    Anyway, I'm down sizing a bit so I...
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    Re: Old Root extractor, how old?

    I have an old Root 3 framer that I'm pretty sure my my Grandfather bought when he got into bees in the 30s, maybe the 40s.

    Yeah, they go back a long ways.

    I used mine until last year when I got...
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    Re: Organic Honey is Certified?

    Sorry to quote so far back but I wanted to address this sentence. I've seen animals die in the name of producing organic food and no, I don't mean by way of the butcher.

    When organic livestock...
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    Re: Hand crank or power extractor?

    Boy, I must be a glutton for punishment, I don't mind cranking.

    Would power be nice, sure I would love the motor but it's also an expensive option. My 3100H cranks easily and the motion doesn't...
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    Older Kelley's Bottling tank coating

    I have an older Kelley's bottling/grocers tank I would like to use but it's galvanized.

    I do have a can of Camcote but was worried that it might not be safe as the tank is a double boiler so it...
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    Re: Looking for a new truck

    I would probably try to avoid a Ford with a 6.0 PS. I know of a few guys that have them and they haven't been a great engine.

    Funny, the 6.0 that International uses in it's own vehicals seems...
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    Re: Low grade cut comb

    Extract it, sell it to friends and family and be done with it. One medium isn't worth getting worked up over.

    That being said everyone I know that's had the inspection has said it wasn't a big...
  10. Re: I'm pretty sure I messed up, but i'm not sure how or how to fix it.

    This is what I'm thinking is going to happen.

    My bees are making honey, but very slowly. I'm not ready to feed yet as we're suppose to get some rain and I've had a great fall flow for the last...
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    Re: Double Screen Boards

    Thanks, it is double screened...I thought it was but wanted to make sure.

    The reason for the double screened board is I would like to stop the laying workers before I even do the combine. I...
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    Double Screen Boards

    When they use the word "double" in double screen board does that mean there is two screens or is double because you can have a colony on each side?

    I need to build one (doing a laying worker...
  13. Thread: She flew off...

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    Re: She flew off...

    So remove the queen and introduce a new one at the same time?

    I've never tried it that way, I've always waited 24-48 hours.

    If the weather was better I would wait until Saturday but it looks...
  14. Thread: She flew off...

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    Re: She flew off...

    My guess, (she was from a swarm but it was a swarm from one of my colonies) maybe a much as a few years old.

    She was laying really spotty so age wise it doesn't seem out of the realm of...
  15. Thread: She flew off...

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    She flew off...

    So, I went to pinch a queen that I need to replace (the new queen is coming Friday).

    I had her in my fingers the she just slipped out and flew off. I saw her circle around a few times (kind of...
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    Re: Splitting Colony - 1st time

    I've got drones in Mid-Coast Maine. We also have a dandelion bloom going right now that looks like a golden carpet (more then I've seen in a long time), that and fruit trees are starting to bloom. ...
  17. Thread: Dieing colony

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    Dieing colony

    I visited my out yard today and checked on a colony I had planned on requeening later this week (there was a post about this eariler today).

    The colony was in much worse shape then I was...
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    Going queenless for a week

    I've got two queens coming this Friday to requeen a couple of my colonies. The weather looks pretty good for Friday (at this point), and the weather is really nice today BUT everything between today...
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    Re: Storing Foundation

    Same here only it was boxes my grandfather had, he had not had bee since the late 70s.

    I was amazed at how well it kept.

    K
  20. Thread: USDA analysis

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    Re: USDA analysis

    Yes, I had this exact situation a few years ago and all the comb has since been used in multiple colonies.

    Some folks say air the equipment out before using. Light I guess help break down the...
  21. Thread: 5 Frame Nucs

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    Re: 5 Frame Nucs

    Do you folks have problems with the feeders being exposed the the weather like that?

    The syrup doesn't turn on you? Rain isn't an issue (that is getting in around the jar)?

    The look great!

    K
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    Re: Basswood Sections

    It's not hard to put them together, just make sure you wet the joints first. The foundation you use is a think unwired type, I know you can put one sheet of foundation into 4 sections with a special...
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    Re: When is it safe to reqeen?

    Thanks guys,

    The flow sounds like as good a time as any.

    K
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    When is it safe to reqeen?

    I've got two colonies that needed to be requeened last fall. I got busy and it didn't happen, they did overwinter though. So now it's spring and I really would like to get new queens in there for...
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    Re: 70% loss this spring

    Do you at least monitor for mites?

    I do a sticky board in the fall now and then treat where it's needed.

    Kind of sounds like you don't have any evidence to work with which stinks.

    I guess...
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