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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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    It was a bear - the hive is inside an electric fenced compound now. We'd never had problems w/ bear but this was an observation hive and the smell of the wax and honey must have been more potent...
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    So far, so good. I didn't peek inside but saw guards out this a.m. will check interior later today. Thank you everyone, for input. While reading "Devastated"'s thread I got some great advice on...
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    The story is I was gifted an observation hive w/ lots of capped brood but only two frames. We placed it in the shade and it was doing well - until one a.m. I went out and it has been thrown across...
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    Thank you for responding. Ok, I do know how to look for her - I have two supers on my thriving hive. I've been told that if I smoke the top super, she will move to the lower. Is this a good...
  24. I want to add bees to an under populated hive

    Had a hive attacked - as a result, I introduced a new queen but population is way, way too low I would be surprised if there are more than 300 bees in there. Where I need the HELP is this: can I add...
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    Re: Intorducing new queen

    I'll find online. Thanks.
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