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  1. Re: maryland bee keeper, ? about feeding now vs later

    "Empty except for a small amount of nectar." Good, so the chances of triggering a swarm by overfeeding is slim. If you do get concerned that they may do that and you want to make room, switching full...
  2. Re: maryland bee keeper, ? about feeding now vs later

    White clover has little to no nectar. The one that is more useful is crimson clover (not red clover), often sold as a winter mulch.

    A quart a week is a drop in the bucket of what they need right...
  3. Re: Not Drawing on Plastic Foundation/Swithing to wax

    SR73087- I run small-cell wax in the brood chambers with foundationless for supers only (in between drawn comb). I also have plastic from the beekeeper who gave me my bees.
    The wax applied on the...
  4. Re: maryland bee keeper, ? about feeding now vs later

    I would feed them as we are now into a dearth. Then they'll also pack on the goldenrod flow and likely stop taking the sugar syrup. Checking the hives is the best way to gauge whether they'll...
  5. Re: Not Drawing on Plastic Foundation/Swithing to wax

    Adding more wax to the plastic can help. Someone posted a video on here showing how you can do it more easily than brushing it on. Essentially you pour beeswax into a block (empty paper towel tube or...
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    Re: Are we being greedy and foolish

    To the original poster: you need to consider the nectar flow in your area to know whether a honey harvest the first year is possible. Our nectar flow in Carroll County, MD is extremely short and...
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    Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Wow, what an awful waste and it's good that you're trying to find a use for them. I'm guessing they're plastic? Maybe they could be used for hand salves/creams? If they were glass I would think small...
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    Re: Harvesting Beebread?

    Bee bread is pollen that has been mixed with enzymes and honey. This ferments and breaks down the pollen into a more digestible form for the bees and is fed to drone and worker larvae. Nurse bees...
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    I would hesitate to swap locations until I was sure it was a matter of population and not overall health/disease. However, it would give the weak colony a needed boost and you would know within...
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    Interesting pictures. I see eggs in #1, 2, 3. The perforated cappings make me suspect the hive is weakened by mites or disease though those may be emerging bees, I can't tell. There are not many bees...
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    Re: Two new hives, one is in trouble

    Hmmm. The second frame looks like it has pollen and I can't see much else. The first picture does look spotty or almost like those worker cells are duds and won't emerge.

    You can't find any eggs...
  12. Re: laying working and combining with another hive

    Tenbears' option is a possibility. However, you need to consider the strength of the nuc before stealing any brood from them. Your goal should be one strong colony rather than 2 weak ones.
  13. Re: laying working and combining with another hive

    I would just let the laying worker hive pretty much just die out. It will only result in drones and eventually, there won't be anything left. As long as the workers are alive, they will continue to...
  14. Re: Bees seem to be taking a LOT of sugar syrup...How much is too much?

    NewBee, when you say "porch feeder," are you referring to a Boardman feeder? If so, those are notorious for attracting robbers from other hives. You may be feeding other critters other than your...
  15. Re: Nectar source after locust and poplar in NE Maryland

    I'm in Carroll County and I normally extract in early-mid July. Tulip Poplar is starting to fade, but my friend has a scale hive (10 minutes from me) and they're still increasing. The flow is usually...
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    Re: which linden tree?

    Tilia cordata is one of the native UK/European trees. Tilia americana is the native linden for the US, also called Basswood. In the UK the trees are called "Lime," and they are a major nectar source....
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    Re: Not sure what bush this is

    lowhog, it is likely either Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) or Asian bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). You can look up images online and find fact-sheets and tips to help you identify...
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    RCorl: "There are no thorns and the smell is almost the same as a honey suckle. But in a non-vine. It is a small bush/shrub. Small leaves and very small white flowers tightly clustered on the ends."...
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    Re: OK I screwed up big time.

    "I have 2 packages with 2 queen cages each." Not bee packages, just queens. Gotcha.

    You could sell the queens and wait for next year to start beekeeping. Another option is to put out "feelers" via...
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    Re: OK I screwed up big time.

    Well, you can split the packages even more to give some to each queen. Another option is to contact a local bee club to see if you could buy a couple of frames of brood from someone. You have the...
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    The answer is above your post julie/wade.
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    I understand this is an old post, but in case anyone else is looking for the same thing and stumbles upon this post (as I did!), this is the answer: Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). We have it...
  23. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    I don't think I've seen this one posted here:
    http://phys.org/news/2015-02-neonicotinoid-insecticides-impair-bee-brains.html
  24. Re: Other uses for poor tasting honey?

    Mead making? Or you can always feed it back to them in a dearth. Don't know if you get those down there, but we sure do. Maybe it'll taste better if you let it sit for a while, kind of like aging? I...
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    Re: Is Miracle Grow bad?

    Using it in your garden shoudn't hurt the bees. But you can read about Miracle Grow and salt-based fertilizers on gardening sites if you wanted more "gardencentric" advice.
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