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    Re: Requeening package bees

    Lauri -
    Yes, capped QC are another way to go, though I don't know of any local source to buy them here in Maine, except one's own apiary.
    The Maine beekeeping educators are working on teaching our...
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    Re: Requeening package bees

    Poor laying queens are no help to any colony. However, in our project packages we had newly raised spring queens from the south. We installed our packages in May, and then re-queened in mid June. ...
  3. Re: Honey Show: Honey Frame Display Cases, suitable for entering shows

    Anne's cases are wonderful

    email her

    annef@capital.net
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    Re: Medium nucs

    I would suggest definitely planning on two 5 frame mediums for CT. Arkansas may be able to get away with a single medium, but up here we need more food than that. I often winter strong nucs in 3...
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    Re: Quiet Box

    This is a great tool
    Thanks Billy!
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    Re: What type of panting for NC

    midsummer bloomers would be my go to - something to fill in during the dearth periods.
    Ask your local garden center.
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    Re: To many dead bees?

    your bees are probably just starting brood rearing again - that's a good thing and will make up for those who are reaching the end of their life spans.

    Keep your eyes on honey stores - heft the...
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    Re: Tiny hive name

    Yes, I have seen the movie and they are mating nucs.
    Mating nucs are small hives which are used to house virgin queens (with as small an entourage as possible, hence their small size) during the...
  9. Intermediate Level Bee School in Portland, Maine

    Apiary Management Bee School begins in January.
    Details can be found here: http://overlandhoney.com/news/intermediate-bee-school-in-portland-january-8-february-12-2014/
  10. Re: Debbie Delaney, Kirk Webster and Tony Jadczak at Maine Meeting October 19, 2013

    The raffle this year also includes three full bee hives (8 Frame medium) with live bees for pick-up in April, courtesy of the MSBA, and Cumberland County Beekeepers Club.
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    Re: What did I hear today....

    more piping
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151666236334576&set=vb.176261644575&type=2&theater
  12. Debbie Delaney, Kirk Webster and Tony Jadczak at Maine Meeting October 19, 2013

    Bee Prepared!
    Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting Saturday, October 19, 2013
    Italian Heritage Center
    40 Westland Ave.
    Portland, ME 8:30 - 4:30

    This year’s Maine State...
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    Re: keeper activities

    learn more about beekeeping http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/beekeeping-courses/

    gear up for next season: shop for equipment, mating nucs, etc
    clean up the bee shed

    Check...
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    Re: When is it too cold to open a hive

    I have this argument with my beekeeping partner all the time. She is from Tennessee, and like Verrick, doesn't like to open the hive unless it is 60+ or even 65+. She say's we'll chill the brood. ...
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    Re: different hives.

    in Maine we use a homasote inslulation board over the inner cover with a groove in it to absorb moisture, act as a chimney for moist air, and allow an additional upper entrance. homasote is a fiber...
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    Re: Cloake Board Wisdom

    The advantage of the cloake board over a solid board is the period after you remove the slide - when the colony is separated only by the queen excluder. After the original three days (with the slide...
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    Re: Hives dont get winter sun!

    In northern climates the bees absolutely do need winter sun.
    Is there another spot on the property which will provide better sunlight for the bees? I'd definitely plan to find another spot, or move...
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    Re: Did I do the right thing.

    DJS-
    It sounds from your description that you did the right thing. Reversing is a great way to reduce congestion in the colony and create space for the queen to lay. Good job.
    Best to you and...
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    Re: New beekeeper from Maine

    Sounds like you are off on the right foot for sure! Welcome to beekeeping, Maine is a great place for bees.
  20. Dr. Debbie Delaney and Kirk Webster in Maine October 19, 2013

    The Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on October 19, 2013 in Portland Maine

    Dr. Debbie Delaney, Kirk Webster, and Tony Jadczak will be our speakers.

    This will...
  21. Intermediate workshop in Maine - Breaking the Brood Cycle

    Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will lead this two-hour workshop on improving colony
    health. "Breaking the Brood Cycle" is a technique which replicates the bee colony's most valuable
    natural...
  22. Re: Albany NY Beekeeping Seminar March 16 presented by SABA

    Fantastic Line Up! What a great looking program for SABA this year.
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    Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I agree with Grant. The Beekeepers Handbook is an excellent choice for beginner or intermediate bee school, and will serve as a valued reference for your students for years to come. The fourth...
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    Re: adding a third deep or med

    Do not add another box. At this time of year the colony should be decreasing in population and storing your feed, not growing and building comb. Even if the queen is laying, she is likely laying...
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    Re: Registration is open for EAS VT

    Heck Yeah, and that aint the half of it.
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