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    Bees collecting rain water

    Today was in the mid-40s and rainy. The bees were collecting rain water from the front of the hive. I have a sugar brick on the top bars. Are they using this water to hydrate the sugar? 15498
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    Mountainboomer, this link may be of interest to you: http://www.honeybeesuite.com/how-to-make-a-moisture-quilt-for-a-langstroth-hive/
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    Re: Icicles on reducer

    Enjambres, it's actual sheeps' wool. I can't remember where I saw the link, but it was on beesource. Anyway, someone linked out to some website where a guy from Russia, if memory serves, uses wool. I...
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    Re: Icicles on reducer

    Awesome. Thanks a ton.
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    Re: Icicles on reducer

    Thank you both for your answers. I feel better.

    The hive is pretty level, with a slight tilt toward the front.
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    Icicles on reducer

    I noticed today some small icicles hanging down from the inside of my entrance reducer. Is this an indication of not enough ventilation? I have a solid bottom board, two deeps, and a top entrance...
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    Re: Pollen sub in central massachusetts

    Thanks!
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    Pollen sub in central massachusetts

    Is anyone in central massachusetts feeding pollen substitute or is it too early? I'm in middlesex county.
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    Who collects from feeders?

    When you feed bees sugar syrup, do foragers collect this syrup or do bees of other ages also do so? Does it make a difference whether it's a top feeder or your feeding inside the hive?

    If the...
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    Really cool; thank you. It was the color of 'silverthorn' and others in that row.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    I haven't noticed if it is still blooming. Everything is looking pretty barren these days.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    I noticed the same, Mike. The bees foraging were nearly the size of drones.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    I think you must be right.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    Thanks. I haven't seen anything with flowers left on them, which is why I was surprised.
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    Pollen in MA in late november

    Yesterday we finally had some reprieve from the unseasonably cold weather that we have had lately in Massachusetts. My bees were flying like it was summer. I noticed that they were bringing in...
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    Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started this year with just one hive. I think that was a mistake and wish I had started with more. Are you going to start with packages or nucs? I think that makes a difference. Since the nuc...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    One side at a time is a really good idea. I'll give that a shot too.
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    I'll try to let the syrup run out and smoke them before adding more. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Ordy, it's probably less than 100 bees. Tough to say without actually standing there and...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Hi Crofter, they're not getting through the screen, they're behind it where they're supposed to be. My feeder has been so packed with bees that I think they're having trouble getting out of the way...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Maybe it's just me then. I have a bunch of drowned bees.
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    Drowning bees in top feeder

    I have a plastic top feeder where the bees climb up to the top, through the holes, and then down the screen into one of two compartments that I fill with syrup. I'm filling it up fairly regularly at...
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    Re: Uncapped storage

    I tend to agree with your stance on treatments, and will probably continue in that direction as I gain experience. I was really just mentioning the HBH experience to help support the stance that...
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    Re: Uncapped storage

    Honey-B-Healthy. It's a mix of essential oils - lemongrass and spearmint oil, I think. There's a lot of discussion as to whether it's helpful or hurtful to the bees, and you can find a lot of...
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    Re: Uncapped storage

    I have been feeding 2:1 and my bees have been taking it down fast. They were taking 2 gallons down pretty much overnight. They didn't have much empty drawn comb, and so nowhere to put the syrup. ...
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    Re: If you could only plant one type flower???

    I'll second Autumn Joy Sedum, and add Sedum telephium Matrona (Stonecrop). My bees are all over them. The best part is they're really easy to propagate.
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