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    Re: Neighbors and bee problem

    You must all be just the sweetest folks -!
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    Re: Handling Hot Hive

    They seem to have self-soothed. I put in some mite strips this weekend and they tolerated it well - NO stings. I think the long-term solution is that that is the hive I will give away. LOL if they...
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    Re: Extracting Process?

    You must have powerful hands. I did the same, then spent my first evening of bottling twisting the spigot back into position after every opening. Honey to the elbows. For the second round I got a...
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    Re: Handling Hot Hive

    If it's the dearth that has them wound up, why aren't they sweeter when you've been feeding them? They miss their exercise or what?
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    Re: SHB over wintering?

    They're already well and truly disturbed, so I guess there's nothing to lose by putting in traps now. Thanks.
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    Re: Handling Hot Hive

    We have a goldenrod flow in late summer, and I still see lots of sunflowers blooming, but I have no idea what mine may actually be finding out there. Might they be calmer if I were feeding them? It...
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    SHB over wintering?

    Do the beetles thrive and reproduce over the winter? Is fall treatment imperative? I do have a problem, but my hives hate me right now and I don't want to mess with them if I don't have to.
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    Re: Handling Hot Hive

    One of my hives tried to kill me this weekend. I was taking off full supers of my 2 remaining honey-bound hives so I could replace them with empty drawn comb for brood expansion. First hive was...
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    Re: Harvest time!!

    Aren't these critters amazing? I figure my 10 gallons was about 120 lb; if I extract another 5 gal that would be 180 lb total. With that much honey, plus the pain and swelling of yesterday's...
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    Re: Harvest time!!

    I know that the Worcester bee club here in MA has 3 extractors that can be borrowed by club members. Also, if you have contacts in the bee world, someone might very well let you borrow. After all -...
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    Re: Harvest time!!

    Went back into the hives - it's been about a month since I harvested. They're practically all honey-bound with brood at the bottom, so I've taken off more boxes, then added back emptied frames....
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    Re: Washing Gloves

    I throw mine in the washing machine with warm water, detergent, and oxy-clean, then air dry. So far they've come out pretty soft (goatskin), but the propolis stains won't budge. Mostly it's to get...
  13. Re: Wretched rotten SHB and traps that don't work

    Thanks for the pointer - looks like a good approach, and non-toxic.

    I was so shocked at the infestation that I posted without searching, later found some discussions of the patty/SHB connection. ...
  14. Wretched rotten SHB and traps that don't work

    First - I made some traps using the thin CD cases baited with a mixture of crisco, honey, wax, and boric acid. After 2 weeks NOT ONE beetle in them.

    So where were the beetles? They were burrowed...
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    Re: I may succed at beekeeping yet!

    I brought my 2 hives through last winter, despite ignorance, mismanagement, and rotten luck with queens. I'm under no illusion that it was skill! Let's all hope for the best - these ladies are...
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    Re: Wax question

    Gives hope to the rest of us.
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    Re: Wax question

    Haven't had the opportunity to check 200-year-old references, but there are a lot of experienced beeks around who apparently haven't either. Anyway - a new nuc late in the year can use all the help...
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    Re: Wax question

    A little late to help a new nuc, but I understand that during wax buildup they also need lots of pollen or pollen patties.
  19. Re: Saving Weak Hive / Increasing Hive Numbers

    I saved a really weak hive last winter. (Although it wasn't a bad winter I was still pretty proud.) I fed them everything they would take - sugar syrup, pollen patties, extra honey, and dry sugar...
  20. Re: extracting and supers- do you put them back on?

    Now THAT's good to know! Will try that this weekend.
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    Re: Help...update

    What an awful development in a beloved pursuit. Wish I were close by to help.
  22. Re: extracting and supers- do you put them back on?

    Either put them back on so they can maybe fill them with brood, or leave the combs out where bees in general can get to them. When they're clean, seal them up in a plastic bag and use them to give...
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    Re: Harvest time!!

    Good luck there! I stacked my hives very high last winter to take advantage of the lower hive's heat - found that one of those ratchet straps for loads on trucks was ideal for holding down tall...
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    Harvest time!!

    I'm astonished at my 4 hives of brave little bees this year. They were managed via benign neglect, as I had TWO family members either on hospice or actually hospitalized throughout the summer, and...
  25. Re: My village may be getting rid of my hives???

    Exactly the opposite for me - I introduced a friend to my chickens, and he turned me on to bees. Amazing what some pushers will do.
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