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  1. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    The temperature at the sides of the hive are hardly any different than the outside. However, the heat generated by the bees rises in their center, consequently insulation placed over the top cover...
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    Re: Skunk Cabbage is up

    Light yellow. OMTCW
  3. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Much better to put the insulation board on top of the top cover. Some bees will chew the insulation and try to carry it out creating holes in it. Note the attached photo and its effectiveness. ...
  4. Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    Many bee supply companies put orders for foundation to the northern states on hold until their weather warms up and allows for shipping. I've always been very leary of ordering wax foundation...
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    Re: Stand question

    Am much older now, (shorter and weaker), consequently I use small red chimney bricks, 4 per hive. Some summers the bees make six or more medium supers, the higher the "stand" the more difficult and...
  6. Thread: Runny Bees

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    Re: Runny Bees

    It's also a trait of Africanized bees. OMTCW
  7. Thread: Not good

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    Re: Not good

    After exposure to the sun for an afternoon or so, I would still keep the drawn out combs and honey as is for the next hive. A nuc will get you ahead much faster than a package, that's all. OMTCW
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    I'm in Mass. They are in Maine. My order arrived the next day and it was reasonable in my opinion. They will quote shipping when you order or before you order by phone. OMTCW
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    It will happen regardless. There was an article in Bee Culture some time ago, no longer there, about the differences (sometimes notable) that exist in the woodenware of all the various makers. ...
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    Try Humble Abode beekeeping supplies and save more. Not affiliated. OMTCW
  11. Thread: Not good

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    Re: Not good

    You have a case of Nosema as someone mentioned already and you need to place a 2" thick piece of Styrofoam insulation on top of your top cover next winter. Use a top front vent between inner cover...
  12. Re: Massachusetts Beekeepers! House Bill, HD 2007

    " In Mass you could tell them to take a hike and they had to leave." LOL!! Wrong!!! Thirty years....What a joke! 2015-30=1985 You didn't even take part in it. OMTCW
  13. Re: Massachusetts Beekeepers! House Bill, HD 2007

    Been a Massachusetts beekeeper over 50 years. Used to have 350 hives, no longer...... , did pollination work all over New England for many years. Please, please keep government regulations and...
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    Re: which magazine?

    Don't forget to tell them which bee club you belong to, in order to get your ten percent off the subscription price. Your bee club should be telling its members this to encourage their...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    Smoke doesn't usually make bees fly that much. If left there, in the Spring, the couple will have offspring, a large nest occupying about 1/3 to 1/2 of a deep super and about 3 or 4 frames holding...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    "Any ill affect from smoking?" Had 350 hives, did not make notes and it was always in the winter when the mice or voles would slide through the sides of my mice screens when the bottom board was...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    I have used smoke. Take the top cover and inner cover off if the weather allows and smoke from the bottom. It has worked but not always. They'll come running out of the top bar area. It's that...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    Try this thread. " New World Carniolans/Carniolans " of previous comments. OMTCW
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    Re: #4 Hardware Cloth size

    Actually 1/4" will rip the pollen from the sac hairs of pollen gatherers as they enter and 1/2" will let in small voles which can do just as much damage as a mouse. My hives have experienced both...
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    To answer your question directly. Yes, it will work. Bees are far more intelligent than we may think. I've been putting granulated sugar on top of my inner covers for over fifty years. And...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow

    Ours is going very strong. Wonderful rich goldenrod aroma coming from the apiary here. Field force is landing very heavily at all hives. OMTCW
  22. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    Infertile queen possible. She will remain until replaced by the beekeeper or laying workers. No more drones here since last days of July. OMTCW
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    Re: Bearding in the rain and low temps

    Honey is very hygroscopic (Hygroscopic definition, absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.) They are probably blocking the entrance so that the humidity doesn't add the moisture to the...
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    Re: Open feeding dry brewer's yeast

    I open feed them dry brewer's yeast mixed with defatted soy flour in the spring. Has worked well for my hives. Have never had to feed "pollen" in the fall. OMTCW
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    Think twice before installing them. As others have said a simple spacer tool is better if you need it. With those supers you will always have to use a frame with drawn out comb and sometimes you...
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