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  1. Re: Doesn't look violent enough to be robbing, but

    Robbing does not usually result in any dead pupae - the two are not connected in my experience - though I suppose you could have both going on at the same time, but it would be coincidental, not...
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    Re: Hundreds of dead bees

    If this was a one-time event on the day after an inspection then chances are it may have been the result of the inspection.

    It's pretty easy to roll bees (pinch bees between frames as you slide...
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    Re: Keeping bees in a greenhouse?

    Even in far northern NY a greenhouse on a bright August day is pure misery unless it is shaded and constantly being vented and cooled, and/or with the lower sides rolled up.

    Novices who imagine a...
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    Re: Summer Nuc Install reversed frame order

    I might not have immediately added the super, but rather let the bees go from five frames to eight, and then supered them once they'd drawn out a frame, or so, in the deep.

    Having the medium...
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    Re: HELP hive just swarmed

    I had a hive swarm on me on the 17th of June.

    I was able to climb the tree and retrieve it (took nearly six hours to accomplish this and it was only with enormous - and foolish, according to my...
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    Re: English Ivy Flow

    I wish it was hardy up here, but I just can't get it going, despite having tried it many times. I wonder if they like the Boston Ivy (Virginia creeper) as much as English Ivy.

    My basswood is in...
  7. Re: Who is not squishing the grumpy queens??

    Grumpy old gals get a pass from me since I am also a grumpy old gal. If I have a hive that is a bit cranky I study what I am doing to make them that way, and change my behavior. I suppose one could...
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    Re: Plant ID please?

    It looks to me to be Tilia americana , or Basswood or Large leaf linden. If the leaves are as big as the palm of a man's hand, that is. If the leaves are smaller, rabout the size of an large egg,...
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    Re: questions about slatted racks.

    You can have the claimed benefit of more space below your lowest frames with a good deal less expense by just installing a 1.5" or 2" closed-on-all-four-sides shim or eke. I do that and I find my...
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    Re: Bees buzzing in front of the hive

    Young bees out playing in their yard.

    Enj.
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    Re: Sillica gel beads, for moisture....

    The purpose of a quilt box is not to capture and sequester the moisture within the hive but to get up it up and out of the hive. There should be significant ventilation holes above the shavings to...
  12. Thread: entrances

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    Re: entrances

    Rght now some of my prolific stacks are three or four deeps high plus two to three mediums, so four feet tall, at least. I have both top and bottom entrances but both are quite small (1" in diameter...
  13. Thread: ? combine

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    Re: ? combine

    Are both hives still only working on their first 10-frame box? Are you using mediums or deeps for your brood boxes?

    If both are still only in one box (no additional drawn comb overhead), and...
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    Re: bottom board for top entrance?

    I don't know about your bottom boards, but mine don't have not tongue and groove joints between the boards (nor are they plywood) so I think they might leak, especially as you point ou,t if debris...
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    Re: Will my bees winter in Minnesota

    I'm pretty sure Michael Palmer winters in northern Vermont, not balmy Connecticut! Same river, but at least two climates zones warmer than in St. Albans, VT.

    I think your bees can winter...
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    Poll: Re: re-discovered SIMPLE 2 queen method

    @ Arnie,

    I considered doing that, and did a sugar roll in late April, but my numbers were still extremely low since I did an OAV treatment last Christmas Day when the hive was nearly broodless.
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    Re: Political signs...

    The night of the election after the polls close is a good time. Usually campaign workers are dispatched to pick them up from the roadsides so the campaign office doesn't have to read angry letters to...
  18. Re: need advice on stored honey frames for last year.

    My bee yard rule is no open access to any honey or nectar or syrup, no exceptions.

    If I spill some or it leaks out during a maniupalation, I will wash it away with a hose stream.

    If I have...
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    Re: Comprehensive list of treatments

    I treat for mite using MAQS (summer) and OAV Fall and early winter. That is all. I put great emphasis on unstressed, warm, well-supplied, hives. Seems to work for me and my gals.

    ETA: If I see a...
  20. Re: When to change entrance reduce size on a Nuc?

    The bees hanging out may be guard bees on duty, or bees nasonoving, or just bees loafing, especially drones.

    You can also temporarily open the entrance wider when you have a big traffic jam or a...
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    Re: Understanding Spring hive set up

    @desgrest:

    It would be easier and more certain to install the Snelgrove board before there are any queen cells or evidence of swarming. The procedure for using a SB after queen cells are found is...
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    Poll: Re: re-discovered SIMPLE 2 queen method

    I probably could have lightened my work load considereably by not making interim swarm checks on the bottom sections under the Snelgrove boards.

    But this is my first year using the SB, and my...
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    Poll: Re: re-discovered SIMPLE 2 queen method

    @Beestudent,

    I failed to see your question before about why I have a deep, and where.

    First, I am using a Snelgrove board to divide the two parts of the hives. It is like a double screen...
  24. Re: Very Very New and Need LOTS of Guidance and Support (Buyer beware LOL)

    Hello Amanda,

    Welcome to Beesource!

    I'm in upstate NY, on a similar-sized farm and I love to can(and freeze), too.

    As other have said, find your local bee club and take some classes. It...
  25. Re: Best smoker fuel I have ever found, what do you use?

    I use a mixture of pine shavings and pine pellets sold as small animal bedding (both from Tractor Supply). The shavings are quick to light, but the pellets are for the long haul.

    I light them with...
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