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    Re: Requeening question from Clairmont

    You're the best - thanks - I think you are right and I appreciate your candor. Trying to diagnosis this time of year with the first frost weeks away is chancy. Best, c
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    Re: Requeening question from Clairmont

    Went into the colony just now - no queen to be found and she is very distinguishable because of her coloring as compared to the rest of the population. I'm pretty sure she isn't there. Put her in...
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    Re: Requeening question from Clairmont

    OK, I'm going in this afternoon - if I find her I'll leave things as is for another few days. Thanks! c
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    Re: Requeening question from Clairmont

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    I removed the old queen 48 hours prior to suspending the new queen's cage in the colony. It took a week until the colony was ready for the new queen - or so I thought.
    The second...
  5. Re: Help! Where to get a new mated Queen this time of year?

    I'm in a similar situation and got a queen from Kelley Beekeeping address: https://www.kelleybees.com My queen arrived via US Mail in good nick with five attendents. Introduced her a week ago...
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    Re: Yeah I'm dumb

    Hey, I know this is a wierd place to jump in so please forgive. I have a colony I requeened seven days ago because their queen had not been laying any eggs. Seriously, zero. I went into the colony...
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    Re: Moved bee colony

    Success - there are a few bees still browsing the winter location but nothing like yesterday afternoon. I will remember the bale of hay for next time. So appreciate your response - ignorance is...
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    Re: Moved bee colony

    I moved them back last night - late 9:00 p.m. so everybody was inside I closed all points of entry/exit and as you suggested placed them facing west versus east and facing their erstwhile colony. (I...
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    Re: Wintered over? Where?

    We're in New Hampshire so your question is very important - particularly if the nuc is going to live in the colder north. I get nucs that have "over wintered" in Vermont at Singing Cedars. That...
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    Moved bee colony

    Day before yesterday, I moved one of my colonies from winter quarters to the summer apiary - only about 25 yards away. My bee mentor said they should re-orient upon leaving the colony in the a.m. ...
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    Did you find the queen? Tried to at listen to entire film but didn't catch reference to queen.
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    I wish. When a colony deserts the hive, I guess I blame it on CCD. Another problem up here is mites. Mold and mildew are so easy to avoid up here, we don't have an issue w/ it. Believe it or not...
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    Re: Introducing Russian Queen

    I introduced a Russian Queen to a colony of Italians that had been queenless for about two weeks. And they wanted a queen! That is first, they have to want her. I then followed a great article I...
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    Agreed. I live in northern NH and have had a bitter cold winter, a lot of -10 to -15 degrees F. I have only one colony right now and introduced a queen from Vermont's Singing Cedars Apiaries three...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    The comment was that while clustering (in winter) the bees are reluctant to move up to another box, the implication was because of the space between the boxes. Allowing me to hypothesize that if I...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    That's a really great point so if the queen is willing to shift into another box readily and she is more likely to do so if the boxes are shallow, then using mediums is more likely to result in more...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    I think the important thing here is the depth of the box. Apparently bees don't like the space or division between boxes so they prefer the deeps for brood. The "Rose Hive" super is about the size...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    According to Tom Seeley - author of the Honeybee Democracy (watch it on youtube) the "dream home" for a swarm of bees is 1 1/2 sq. cubic ft. in size/area. But check out his lecture. c
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    Sure, bar clamps or pipe clamps holding two pieces of strapping 5 or 6' feet long which you clamp to the side of the whole hive or what ever part of the hive you are moving. You'll want to use...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    My understanding is (info from a 50 year veteran beekeeper) is that bees winter better in the U.K. 12 frame hive and better in supers than shallows ( which tend to be the standard in the US). ...
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    Re: Lost my first hive.

    Wow. So sorry to hear it. Was it the cold? or starvation or both? Went into my little colony yesterday - and they are alive - still small but industrious and hopefully now we won't get any more...
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    Re: Lost my first hive.

    Thanks for responding. I've cleaned up the frame and the fondant is clean as a whistle. Unfortunately, these are definitely gone - hundreds (thousand?) of bees on the bottom board. Again, thanks. c
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    Lost my first hive.

    I went out today w/ my stethoscope to listen and of my two colonies, it was the bigger of the two that has died - probably in the past week. They were trying to keep new brood and the queen warm and...
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    Microscopes? Useful? and what to buy?

    I'm interested in having a close look at my bees - to check for everything from mites to age i.e. wear and tear (aging of the bees) how powerful a microscope will I need? Thanks. c
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    Re: Feeding vs. SHB

    That method sounds great. What gauge screen are you using? i.e. how small does it have to be to keep the beetles out?
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