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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I also used Lauri's sugar bricks in a screened shim with the quilt box on my two hives last winter. The bricks soften up
    with the moisture from the bees, the vented quilt box took care of the excess...
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    Re: Honey is very good for health

    I sure do love the taste, but it gives me sneezing fits. I do have seasonal allergies, but i do endure.
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    Re: Hello from Northern NJ

    Welcome, Daisy

    I hope you are not too far from the Northwest NJ Beekeepers assoc. meetings It is a great club with lots
    of bee info. They have good speakers , videos and podcasts. I have been...
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    Re: Yellow and White sweet clover

    I didn't know what those tall weeds were last year. They didn't bloom. This year around the beginning of July they bloomed standing near 5 feet tall. I found out they are sweet white clover growing...
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    Re: August on mite control

    Yes, I treated my two hives this spring with mite away quick strips and plan to treat again the third
    week of August. I have made up three nucs from them but i don't know how to treat them.
    I...
  6. Thread: Hello

    by mike martel
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    Re: Hello

    Welcome John. Happy to see your interest. Good to see you will help out dear old, or young, dad and mom.
  7. Re: Bottom box kinda sparce, reverse in the summer?

    What i did after frame extraction was putting the wet supers above the inner cover.
    They cleaned them up bone dry within two days.
  8. Thread: old dadant

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    Re: old dadant

    Ted, I would take the motor to a motor repair shop in your area. they may be able to repair
    or replace. They can help you with the wiring also.
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    Re: Best way to treat a swarm for mites?

    I have two nucs made up from my two over wintered hives. One nuc is now in a five frame double deep.
    the other in a single five frame deep. I plan to treat for mites with maqs and am wondering if i...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I had a pleasant day. Clean up supers and set out two swarm traps. My koi fish came out after spending three days
    hidden under the stone ledges. The bees come to the sandy beach i made for them....
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    Re: June mite treatment threshold

    getting off o.a. treatment i use mite away quick strips. i am planning on treatment this week on my two hives that i overwintered
    i have made two nucs from them that are booming. i plan to split...
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    Re: Is it normal to not react to a sting?

    For me its the unexpected jolt from the stings i get. doesn't hurt long at all
    Its the itchies and the hand swelling that gets my goat.
  13. Re: From install thru 1 month. Random pics

    nice pictures. get your supers ready. there is a heavy flow in your area now. good luck
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    Re: Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On

    ky mike thanks for posting ohio state site. great info. there about bee keeping.
  15. Re: Hanging on the porch; do they look like they're up to no good?

    Yes Newbee. i will have to pay close watch for that. Lots of bees fanning at entrance now.
  16. Re: Hanging on the porch; do they look like they're up to no good?

    HI I doubt swarming. when its hot out my bees hang out on the hive front. It happened a few days back.
    Yesterday i reinstalled my quilt box where the inner cover goes. took all the wood shavings...
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    Re: Nurse bees bear hugging queen cage

    Rebaxte, i set up a 5 frame nuc almost 2 weeks ago. with no queen in it i hoped the bees would make queen cells to get a new queen. they didn't make any. they had a louder than normal buzz going on...
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    Re: First sting ever

    Working with out a veil with my brother i got a mild sting on my cheek. not bad at all. 3 hours later my brother calls to see if the sting hurt or got swollen. I said no not at all as I rubbed the...
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    MY first year having bees survive. the 2 seasons before i had single hives lost to robbing and starve out . i installed 2 pkgs. last april. i studied Rusty, Lauri and Mike Palmer. and Beesource...
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    Re: Mann Lake Commercial grade deeps

    I have had good luck with the budget grade deeps and shallows from them. they fit very well.
    I would contact them they are a good outfit.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    yesterday my ma. bees were out getting pollen also. There were so many it was just as you describe, summertime. the temps were 50ish. they were the bigger older ones. maybe their last lifetime chores.
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    Re: Fall Harvest

    I was told my dark honey like yours was from knotweed. And its delicious.
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    Re: mowing around hive

    MY hives are 2o yds from the patio. Its a jungle of tall weeds and wild blackberry bushes growing within a foot of each hive.
    The clearest spot is behind the hives that get trampled down for hive...
  24. Thread: Hive Lift?

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    Re: Hive Lift?

    Brandy, I went looking on the Grangers catalog under hand trucks and dollies
    They have a brand called Magliner There is an assortment of material handlers
    and adapters you may be interested in....
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    I have a small koi pond about 22ft x 16ft. and 2 hives 20 yds. from it. birds were swooping down snatching bees.
    A heron was flying over the pond licking its chops. I went to the hardware store and...
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