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    Re: lawn flower mix (Northeastern USA)

    Where do the MA farmers buy their seed?
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    Re: lawn flower mix (Northeastern USA)

    I agree. Low growing and continue to bloom after mowing. Sow on the snow. Yellow green and white. Nice!
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    I also winter my mating nucs and break them up un the spring. Sure is easier than trying to set them up new every spring. The queen that wintered in the nuc is a bonus....tested queen for re-queening...
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    Sticky: Re: Beekeeping Glossary

    Well, I do it a bit differently. The old queen is removed. My cage is #8 screen with no wood. The new queen is placed beneath the cage on a comb with no bees, but with emerging brood and a bit of...
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    Re: Winter's Here to Stay

    Don't know what to think. You mean a double excluder division board between two nucs? I've not found it necessary. I don't think it will be an issue until one side wants to make a new queen...and...
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    Re: Winter's Here to Stay

    Yes, still the same. Just more supers for the strongest. The nucs I make in June always build up early and have to be adjusted a couple of times...and especially during that hot/humid couple of weeks...
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    Winter's Here to Stay

    We had 5" in November, but it soon melted away. With more than a foot this week, and cold temperatures predicted, looks like winter is here to stay.



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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    Because you put it there.
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    Re: Do we worry about snowed in hives?

    Snow is excellent insulation. As long as there is an upper entrance, no problems if the hives get buried.

    I remember a year when the snowpack was very deep and the hives were completely buried. It...
  10. Re: McCormick, alias Billy Bee introduces its new Natural Farms honey, a blend of Chi

    Sounds like what used to be on honey labels here in the States.

    "Product of US, Argentina, and/or other countries". The and/or was, of course, China.
  11. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    How many things can go wrong with a colony of bees that eventually leads to the demise of that colony? Many, right? Make a list and believe that each and every one happens to colonies of bees. Lack...
  12. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Exactly.
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    Re: Sad thing about equipment

    One of em anyway, eh Jim. :)
  14. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Ha! They told me they get their speakers for free.
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    Re: #4 Hardware Cloth size

    1/2"
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    You're right of course. But, I was just trying to separate the two methods as one being performed with all colonies early in the season, and the other performed later when colonies are strong, the...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    How many times have I seen this. Poor fall flow. Bees raise very little brood. What varroa there are infest what little brood there is. Colony collapses with small cluster.

    IMO, your inspector is...
  18. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    I think each is performed under different circumstances, so it's difficult to compare.

    Checkerboarding is done early in the season before swarm preparations have begun. The feed super is checker...
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    Re: Mr. Palmer?

    If you wrote me I have your mail in my inbox. I just finished a long bee season and I need a break from it all. I'll be in touch.

    Mike
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    If replaced with comb...that the colony isn't as strong as the bees thought...that there is empty comb space at the top of the broodnest for the queen to lay in...with proper supering, there is...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Not necessarily so.
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    Re: Nuc process in Minnesota

    From the hive or from the split? Done properly, you most likely will get a crop from the hive. Weather permitting and with drawn comb, you may get a crop from the split.
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    Re: What Books for CHRISTMAS ?

    Got this one one Christmas last year.
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    Re: What Books for CHRISTMAS ?

    Honey Farming, R.O.B. Manley
    50 Years Among the Bees, C.C. Miller

    From abebooks.com
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    >> Earlier there was a thread about adding supers way ahead of time and keeping a head of any swarming tendency, if I remember they suggested adding the supers on top and that in itself could stop...
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