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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Well this is about a week late, but "Today in the Apiary a week ago" I had my first bear attack at the home bee yard where I keep all the nucs. I was lucky. It wasn't nearly as bad as it could've...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Great numbers Mike. We saw early build up here and they're bustin at the seams now. A good 2 to 3 weeks early than last year.
  3. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Did you catch it?
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    Wanted - Clarifying Tank and Wax Spinner

    I'm looking for a smaller heated clarifying tank something like the Maxant units, 36", 48", or 60" length. Also looking for a wax spinner something like the Maxant Jr Spinner. I'm in SW VA near...
  5. Thread: Late nucs

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    Re: Late nucs

    Since the mid Atlantic region is often in a dearth in the summer, and you will be feeding, take precautions from the beginning and keep the entrances reduced, and possibly even install a robbing...
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    Re: Bees Dying and Convulsing in front of Hive

    I'm pretty sure Beltsville's free testing is only for AFB, varroa, and nosema. Pesticides and virus testing is more expensive and handled by another agency depending on your state. In VA they do...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I've got extra if you need it! ;<)
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    Re: Minimum Temp for a peak?

    I would say you would be fine as long as you don't open the broodnest. At those outside temps in the sun, the bees will have broken cluster in the hive to some extent.
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    Re: Weatherproofing Migratory Lids?

    Besides MDO and HDO, what grades of plywood are you having success with?
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    Re: Weatherproofing Migratory Lids?

    I made some migratory covers and bottom boards from 3/4" Advantech this past summer. The lids were not painted and the material does end up swelling. Not sure how many years I'll get out of them, 3...
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    Re: Weatherproofing Migratory Lids?

    What type of 3/4" plywood are you using?
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    Re: How common are medium nucs?

    This picture was taken in the end of July when all the splits, that originated as single boxes, have been built up (supered) for overwintering. 5 frames are sold in the following spring and the...
  13. Re: Starting a package with capped honey frames

    Especially if you use a scratcher, or similar, to uncap some of it.
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    Re: How common are medium nucs?

    Pretty common around here!

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    Re: not dead until they are warm and dead

    I don't see a drop of honey in that hive. If the bees were on honey they likely would not be showing signs of torpor. These bees were just on the virge of completely dying, it was only the sun that...
  16. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    I agree. I keep records on my colonies and yards, but it mostly consists of tracking genetic or source lines, and yearly loss percentages. I know approximately how much honey I produce, but because...
  17. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    All mine are mediums and like STERLING I like using scrap material where ever I can.

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  18. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    Here is a link through Google Translate (hopefully it works) about a beekeeper that is a member of Nordbi, a group that is working only with the Northern Brown Bee in Sweden. It is AMM, very similar...
  19. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    If Mike can do it in Vermont on the Canadian border, you can do it in NH. His double divided nucs share heat and winter like a healthy production hive. From PA on south, even in the mountains where...
  20. Re: time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    Should be way too early now. I wait until nights are in the 50s to 60s, AND you have a fairly large cluster of bees to cover the gaps created by opening it up. Checkerboarding honey frames above...
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    Re: New Virginia Beekeeping Law

    I'm not sure your apiary is registered per se. I applied for the grant the first year and got it, but the inspectors only know where 3 of my 9 yards are, and the reason they know that is only...
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    Re: Open air hive in January in Indiana

    Make some kind of waterproof enclosure with a small entrance. I had never seen one until this year. There are two here in our area. Both are too high up and on a slope, so it's not worth the risk...
  23. Thread: VHS QUEEN BEES

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    Re: VHS QUEEN BEES

    Like many have already said, VSH is not the answer by itself. For many it has not helped. About a third of my colonies are VSH, but I also have Russians, and local stock from swarms and cutouts. ...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    Are you getting the 36" with one baffle? I assume the purpose of the extra baffle would be to remove a small amount more wax. That would possibly eliminate the need for as much filtration...
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