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  1. Thread: Winter Kill

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    Winter Kill

    Not seeing activity from 2 of my hives. May or may not be winter kill. We had a tough winter in Connecticut. Next week I will have the time for the first open hive checkup. If they are dead, and...
  2. Thread: Winter checkup

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    Winter checkup

    Will I need to smoke the hive when I check them on the next 45-50 degree thaw we get? Is it even advisable to smoke them when the cold will kick right back in within a couple of days?
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    Re: Combining Nuc with slow hive

    They have capped, uncapped, and eggs.
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    Re: Combining Nuc with slow hive

    Nothing. No mites, no dysentery, Capped brood, uncapped brood, eggs. They are Russian.
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    Combining Nuc with slow hive

    Any major steps or concerns if I combine a Nuc with a hive that needs a population boost?
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    Re: Bee and neighbor problem

    My neighbor said the same thing. "Your bee stung me." I asked him what color? He answer was, "black", and that they had made homes in his garden soil. I showed him my insect book and was able...
  7. Re: On the natural cell size of European honey bees

    I guess my bees didn't get the memo to build larger cells.
  8. Thread: Hurricane

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    Re: Hurricane

    Thank you for all the ideas.
  9. Thread: Hurricane

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    Hurricane

    Anyone have a system for tying down their hives during severe tropical storms and hurricanes? I live in an area ( north east coast) where we do get hit by them. I was thinking of placing 4 posts on...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    No gloves. I usually get stung when I am rushing. The stings are a little reminder to slow down and be in the moment.
  11. Thread: acaracides

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    acaracides

    Any way to test the wax at home?
  12. Thread: Imirie Shim

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    Re: Imirie Shim

    Thank you... That's what I thought.
  13. Thread: Imirie Shim

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    Imirie Shim

    Does the notch face up like a U or face down? Does it matter?
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    Re: 10 frame split into TBH

    Ok. Good stuff. Thanks
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    10 frame split into TBH

    Next spring I would like to split one of my 10 frame hives and transfer to a TBH. I guess I would follow regression or do I just shake them in?
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    Re: New Zealand Bees Are Unbelievable

    Who did you buy the bees from?
  17. Re: Noob mistake...Mixed full frames with empties and now in stuck...literaly! :-(

    Can you put 8 un-drawn frames in a 10 super? I read somewhere that might encourage them to fill in the gaps.
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    Re: Brood pattern, New Queen?

    Old one. Just decided to give it time to clear up before re-queening, like you and some others suggested. Firing on all cylinders now!

    Thanks
  19. Thread: Sugar Feeding

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    Re: Sugar Feeding

    Update... I cleaned feeder, refilled and still no feeding. I changed to a new top feeder and no feeding. I added a bag feeder and they started to feed. Everything appears good now. Thanks for all...
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    Re: Brood pattern, New Queen?

    Just an update.... All appears to be good. Queenie is cranking out the eggs!
  21. Thread: Russian Queen

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    Re: Russian Queen

    Thank you for your replies. I will check them out now.
  22. Thread: Russian Queen

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    Russian Queen

    Looking for a Russian Queen. Anyone have an opinion on a good source?
  23. Re: Had to kill a colony... depressing. Can I reuse the comb?

    Wow. Sorry to hear about this hive. I would just get rid of the honey/combs, especially if most of it was not capped. Honey is hygroscopic. Start over. Any thought that these may have been taken...
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    Re: Brood pattern, New Queen?

    Thanks Oldtimer! Lots of good info. I will be inspecting on Monday. I'll update then.
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    Re: Brood pattern, New Queen?

    I think I am overthinking it. I will let the bees do what they do and check back in a week
    thanks for all the advice.
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