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    Re: How much syrup is too much?

    Ditto what Graham said.
    My first year I bought a nuc from a State inspector and was told to feed; at the June 10 club meeting was advised to feed (by the inspector); they swarmed June 18; called...
  2. Thread: Two Queen Hive

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    Re: Two Queen Hive

    Consider setting the two brood chambers side-by-side and super, spanning both hives. I think the bees will accept the new queen, it's the other queen you need to worry about.
    Nothing gets...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    Dandelion just starting; lots of capped drone cells; added shallow supers
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    Re: The need for feed

    I was thinking I should check their stores. No, I appreciate the advice, I'll check 'em out.
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    The need for feed

    It's in the critical period when colonies can starve waiting on nectar. If my bees are building some comb and I'm not feeding them syrup, can I assume they have enough stores and are finding some...
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    Re: Bee with Red thorax???

    Notice the red tongue where the other bee is sampling the goods.
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    UPDATE ON FEEDER FRAME (mt.camp variation)

    Early winter I asked what the ramifications might be for using a frame filled with sugar in the super above the cluster. I titled the thread "Camp Alternative" because the word "variation" didn't...
  8. Thread: Bloom dates

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    Re: Bloom dates

    Dominic,
    I understand what you were saying now, the "same" genotype of corn expresses differently geographically. Darn fickle corn with all those different sets of genes. Is the same seed corn...
  9. Thread: Bloom dates

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    Re: Bloom dates

    Swarm,
    Bouncing off Dominic's post, look to natural species, like weeds. Ground ivy, creeping Charlie, is pretty widespread; dead nettle, Bittercress, ajuga, dandelion, henbit, some may be...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    Ground ivy
    Dead nettle
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    Hairy Bittercress,
    Red Maple
  12. Thread: Insulating hives

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    Re: Insulating hives

    Oldiron, I use bs all the time, but I capitalize it. I suppose it was targeted at me and my statement about losing solar gain. What I am referring to is not the internal thermodynamics of the box,...
  13. Thread: Insulating hives

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    Re: Insulating hives

    All this technology is exciting, but while we wait for the results and the implications, we should ponder a 1920 study reported in "The Journal of Economic Entomology":
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    Re: Frame jig for scratch building ....

    Sorry, I was without internet for a week. Here is the page I referred to on page 1 of this thread: 9361
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    Re: Frame jig for scratch building ....

    I see I'm getting here when all the work is finished. I found plans for a jig to narrow the bottoms of the endbars in FineWoodworking #39, 1983. I can't post a picture with a Kindle, so I'll do my...
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    Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    Forgive my earlier ineptness at posting a web address for a study done with eo of a member of the Aster family. I use a Kindle and can't figure out how to get the whole address to display, but for...
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    Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    See below
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    Re: Using up wood scraps

    Pete, you could make slatted, entrance boards to go above the brood nest.
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    Re: Swarm prevention idea???

    IMO, if the bees are set on swarming and they don't leave with the new queen, they'll wait on a virgin to hatch. What conditions are you changing, not backfilling, not crowding.
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    Re: Worst place you been stung.

    Not all that serious, but I was doing an inspection and as I lifted the box off the brood box, I noticed a frame missing. Said to myself,"What the heck happened to....", just as the frame detached...
  21. Thread: Shop accident!

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    Re: Shop accident!

    Thanks for the pictures, Ben. It could have been worse, but it's bad enough.
    Interesting, your use of cayenne pepper, I read in a Boy Scout handbook, fifty years ago, that black pepper would...
  22. Re: Is it better to combine two medium sized hives for honey yield?

    I apologize for not being more clear about my plan, which is to remove both queens, leaving a frame with eggs in both s-b-s hives, each with an excluder and both straddled by a slatted entrance board...
  23. Re: Is it better to combine two medium sized hives for honey yield?

    Michael, in a side-by-side combine, is it not possible to do a cutdown on both hives, with excluders, or is the danger too great of the first queen out crossing over and killing the other?
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    Re: Two cutdowns and a combine

    Thanks AramF, that makes sense.
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    Re: Two cutdowns and a combine

    I wouldn't have been concerned, except a week ago, when looking into a hive that was combined in the fall, the bees had only created a few passages. I didn't want to hinder the spring combine during...
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