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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    This has not been a good Fall.
    The nectar flow was not much and started feeding them syrup. Some took it and some didn't.

    Four colonies just disappeared with nothing left in the hive in early...
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    Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Mtforge, that leaf is nice!
    Do you have a gas forge? For a nice finish I coat a piece in vegetable oil and then with a pair of dedicated tongs, I pass it through the hot gasser a few times till it...
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    Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Here are a few more photos.
    Over the years I've tried to make leaves and just failed at it. Not sure why because they are very simple.
    Recently I purchased a new custom hammer and thought I'd try...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Just saw goldenrod blooming along 222S in the area of Ephrata Hill near the PennDOT stockpile.
    I'm about 40 mins north of there and nothing is blooming around here.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Goldenrod is already blooming in Cressona. We are about 45 mins south of there and hope it makes an earlier appearance in our area this year.
    I've had to give sugar water to three of our colonies...
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    Re: Split during a dearth?

    Jackam, an older beekeeper told me to make divisions this way.

    You move the parent hive at least 10' away one super at a time during the middle of the day.
    Before restacking, pull 3 to 4 deep...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'm going to start feeding 1 to 1 sugar water to a couple of the colonies. They are building up slow. If they didn't have drawn comb from the start they'd really be behind.

    Stopped by Forest Hill...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Did hive inspections yesterday in the brutal heat. If the weather cooperates I'm harvesting our first honey next week.
    Once we sell enough honey I'm thinking about an Ultrabreeze suit. That's gotta...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I noticed the same thing during Spring and everyone that had a sample proclaimed it as the best honey they ever had.
    Was told by another beekeeper that the locust, tulip poplar and maples contribute...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Another split (third one), successfully raised their own queen. Hope the fourth one makes out ok.
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    Re: Email Alerts

    Sorry to hear about the spammer.
    For some reason I've had the same problem for a few months now. The email alerts aren't working and it is handy getting those right on my phone.
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    Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Haven't updated this thread for awhile and thought I'd add a couple of images.
    The first image is one of our hanging candeliers and the other shows the first bottle openers I just started making.
    ...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Pass out the cigars and light 'em up.
    We've got two new daughters added to the family!:D
    Checked on the splits and packages late this afternoon.
    Two of them successfully raised their own queens...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    We ended up with 4 survivor colonies this Spring and one was suspected of going queenless with the population going down.
    Decided to give a frame of brood each week for a few weeks to see what...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    One colony seems to be lagging behind the others in activity at the front entrance so I did an inspection last Saturday.
    Didn't find any sign of brood or eggs.
    Not sure if the queen stopped laying...
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    Re: Hauling in pollen in Northeast PA. !!

    Saw the same thing today over here in Berks Co.
    They were bringing in an orange pollen also.
    The pollen chart I saw indicated the yellow might be Maple.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Mayday Malone, that was a nice article!

    Much as I love winter it's time for a change.

    We are down to 5 colonies.
    It's 63 degrees here and each hive had orientation flights going on.
    The bees...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    How are things going?
    A few weeks back we had high winds with temps in the upper 50's and found two of our hives knocked over late in the day. Not sure if it was wind or a deer because they are in a...
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    Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    Sorry I missed your question, I've been working a lot. And my bees didn't get the attention that they should have.
    I still like driving but don't like doing the overnights. That doesn't happen...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The Fall flow is on around these parts.
    While in Vermont, Mass, RI and New York it's been hard seeing their goldenrod blooming and ours wasn't ready yet.

    It's been a busy summer for me balancing...
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    Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    I was in Ithaca, NY on Thurs morning and went to Bellows Falls, Vt via Bennington and up over Hogback Mtn later that day.
    Went to White River Junction Fri morning and then home.
    Vermont is very...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    None of the others were any good either.
    The over wintered hives just now seem to be taking off. And the main flow is over. Go figure.
    At least if they use up their honey during a dry spell, there...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Thought I'd try taking honey this afternoon.
    First, with this humidity I can't wait to buy an Ultrabreeze suit.
    I went through one hive and had to go in for a cool drink and sit in the a/c.

    In...
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    Re: Got my Class A CDL learner's permit today

    Congratulations. :thumbsup:
    One thing I learned is its easy to over-correct when backing.
    Go slow and remember GOAL (get out and look) if you're unsure.
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    Re: how to start your own "small business"?

    Delber, consider requiring any checks written to you to be made out in your name.

    In my portrait business, a customer wrote a check to the business name that bounced.
    After numerous attempts to...
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