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  1. To Feed or Not to feed ...that is the Question!

    I believe that in forcing Bee's to naturally forage tends to make for stronger bees. With all the computer models showing a potentially long and hard winter I am debating as to whether to feed the...
  2. Re: Fall Management and lack of Carniolan Brood production questions?+

    KGB, no , this was the first fall application of ApiVar Life. No way associated.
  3. Fall Management and lack of Carniolan Brood production questions?+

    So I yanked all our honey this weekend and began inspecting all hives yesterday. Both of my Carniolan hives have no uncapped brood and very little to no capped brood. I did not look for a queen...
  4. Better honey production with some shade?

    A friend lost almost all his bee's last winter. He for the longest time had them under a Maple tree with only receiving morning light. He moved them all out into the yard where they get all day...
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    Salt Blocks for Bee's?

    I heard this weekend of a new Beek who has a salt block in the field. he said after rain, there usually are bee's on it taking in some salt. Is this an oddity, or is it something you can expect in...
  6. Re: Spring Split - Last light or Midday????

    What we mean on side-by-side split is a measure of making two hives out of one. You, in essence, separate your two deep supers and try to equalize the amount of foragers into the two deeps, then move...
  7. Re: Spring Split - Last light or Midday????

    KGB, I wouldn't do this until spring, so not worried on upcoming weather.
    Ray, I would move one of the splits to another Bee Yard as I have four different yards to utilize.
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    Re: Interesting "other" bee i saw today

    Looks like what I drove halfway across Tompkins County this past June for a friend only to learn it looks identical to what we call a Mason Bee.
  9. Spring Split - Last light or Midday????

    I had great success this year on my side-by-side splits which I did in the late afternoon. I am always looking to do better. I now suspect that I may get a more even distribution of nurse & foragers...
  10. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    I treat with Api Life Var myself. This will be my 4th year with the stuff, and I swear by it. I see one person here says its too late. I always start treating immediately after pulling the honey...
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    Re: leaf blower

    Also, have a few empty supers ready to replace as you likely will have a housing problem in the short term until all eviction notices are served on the Drones. Cheers
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    Re: leaf blower

    Thomas Jefferson possibly nailed it by saying "I find simplicity is best". Stop overthinking it and making it more complex than need be. Back your truck up to your apiary and drop the gate. Pop the...
  13. Re: Low entrance activity - should I feed?

    It sounds like they swarmed on you from whatyou described. That may also be coupled with the hive crashing. You need to inspect, and possibly re-Queen.
  14. Can I vacume foragers toninght and dump directly into what I cut out this afternoon?

    Hi All..................Can I vacume foragers up tonight and dump them directly into what I cut out this afternoon? I would think they all get along, but erring on side of caution and newspapering...
  15. Re: 1 Good hive, and two with possibly laying Workers. Newspaper and prayers

    Yes, I meant to mention that both trap-outs appear to have laying workers in them.
  16. 1 Good hive, and two with possibly laying Workers. Newspaper and prayers

    Tonight I teamed up two weak trap-out hives that lost the Buckfast queens I introduced to them. I am curious if after tomorrow I can or should team that combined hive with a swarm I caught that...
  17. First report of Africanized Bees in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    Hi all
    I am curious if any Beekeepers here in and around the Finger Lakes are hearing, as I did today, about Africanized Bee's now in the area? we have two commercial keepers I know of who take...
  18. Re: Difficulty in isolating where exactly a swarm/colony is inside old farmhouse ceil

    Harbor Freight Tools, how ironic. I go by this everyday. I just looked at the building the other day and said to myself that I need to go in there. I see they have one at $35, looks like I will be...
  19. Difficulty in isolating where exactly a swarm/colony is inside old farmhouse ceiling

    I have been helping a man get rid of Bee’s since June. Before I started I placed two swarm traps on his property, one on each side of the house. There is a commercial producer about ¼ mile away.
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  20. Feeding the Honey from cut-out I did 1 month ago? Possibly fermented??

    Hi All
    I did a large cut-out a month ago, and saved a little honey in a 5 gallon bucket, maybe 1lb to 2 lbs max. Tonight I did a new cut-out on the very same house, as a swarm moved in last week...
  21. Re: honey tastes like sweet tea and lemons

    These are likely Georgia Italians. You will be certain when you get into August, as the taste of Watermelon, and BBQ ribs begin to take over the hive. This will become eminent when you go out late at...
  22. Introducing a Queen to a Trap-out Question

    Hi
    I have two trap-outs being conducted at the moment. I planned on waiting till at least the third week before introducing a Queen to them, but it occured to me that I might want to do that...
  23. Timeline to cease and desist on trap-outs?

    Hi All
    I plan on stating my second trap-out this Saturday. I realize the six-week rule, but after watching a swarm today go into an 1800's era house that likely Mark Twain had been partying in, I...
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    Re: Lost Carniolan Queen

    Ahhh, ok, that makes sense. I never heard that idea. Thank you Camero7. I prefer to keep the hive as natural as possible.
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    Re: Lost Carniolan Queen

    I read about Nosema, and wonder if the effects continue to affect the Queen during the summer months. I certainly don't want to loose another one, so I thought, if they will take treated sugar water...
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