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    OK, I知 one for two.

    Both my hives were up and running in March. One hive had a much smaller cluster (on top) than the other one. I noticed over the weekend that one hive had no activity, so I went in. Hundreds if not...
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    First year (2012) 2 packages lost both hives by September.
    Last year started with 2 Nucs, got 31lbs of honey. One hive seems strong now, the other has very small cluster. Hope it makes it.
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    Re: Touch of spring in CT

    Thanks folks,
    Apple, I use a Nikon camera (D300) with Macro Lens
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    http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/5x3...

    http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/5x322bf.jpg
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    Re: Why do you keep bees?

    Why I keep Bees.
    Another one of my hobbies is photography, primarily Macro. I enjoy snapping insects, flowers…etc. To help drawn in insects to my property, I had planted some butterfly bushes, which...
  6. Thread: Dca ?

    by Robdm1
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    Dca ?

    As a hobbyist I’ve always tried to escalate my interested to the highest degree. On my todo list is learning how to raise some queens (only a few.) I’m probably ahead of myself, but whether I raise a...
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    Re: Fall feeding, MAN these girls eat fast!

    Same here.
    Only had the opportunity to add 1 gallon of 2:1 syrup to one of my hives until I could get to it the next day. To my surprise it was bone dry with a ton of bees roaming around in the top...
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    Re: My First Harvest

    Congratulations:
    Just did my first one too. One shallow, 21 pounds of excellent honey. Same method as you. We had a lot of fun. Got one more shallow to do.
    First year Nucs.
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    Re: In the North East

    I started my inspections looking at my two shallow supers (two hives.) To my surprise both supers were loaded with honey. One was about 70 percent capped, some brood, and the other was about 80%...
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    Re: In the North East

    Thanks for all great feedback.
    I’ll post a synopsis after my findings.
    Have a great weekend.
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    Re: In the North East

    06804 is right on the nose.
    Good information. I was going to look into the weight and observe the frames during this weekends inspection. So unless there is something obvious and I need to feed...
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    In the North East

    Both my hives are very strong this year, so going into the winter with strong hives is a new venture for me. The hives are very very active so far. Lots of pollen and I assume nectar coming in. It痴...
  13. Thread: Entrance ?

    by Robdm1
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    Entrance ?

    My two hives are doing well. I just added a shallow super on one of them yesterday. One thing I keep wanting to do is make the entrance a little bigger from the smallest setting to the next size up....
  14. Thread: Foundationless

    by Robdm1
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    Foundationless

    I started with two nucs this year and one of them has really taken off (last year the two packages I had lasted only till the end of August.) As of today I feel confident that I will be adding a...
  15. Thread: Screen Size?

    by Robdm1
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    Screen Size?

    Hi everyone,
    I知 thinking of lining my brushy mountain top hive feeder with screening hoping to reduce the drowning of my bees. What would be the correct size screen to use? Any help would be...
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    Re: First year synopsis

    J -
    I was planning on just leaving them in the deeps and storing them in a shed with no inner or outter cover.
    By reading your post, I now assume there is a procedure. I know in the dead hive...
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    First year synopsis

    Hive one Started from a package May 5th. The queen was released but never laid eggs. I think she may have died, so I requeened that hive. That queen did ok, got a couple frames of brood. During one...
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    Re: Another Queen? Gezzzz

    Thanks Solomon Parker,
    I figured there was some logical/Illogical reason. I’ll let nature take its course
    BTW, enjoyed your website.
    Rob
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    Another Queen? Gezzzz

    Quick history:
    2 weeks after I installed my package I still had no eggs or larva, so I requeened. That went well and within a couple weeks I had capped brood. Doing a quick inspection yesterday on...
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    Re: Second inspection

    Thank you all for the responses.
    Just to qualify I am very new to this.
    I was afraid by introducing a new queen, after two weeks from installing a package; the colony wouldn’t last long enough to...
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    Re: Second inspection

    Thanks Ddawg
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    Second inspection

    http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/sh1.jpg

    This is the hive I thought was sick for a couple of reasons, I wish my second hive was doing better, no eggs at all. Both packages installed...
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    Re: Strange bee-havior

    I installed two packages of bee’s on May 5th. One hive is strong and the other show the exact symptoms you are describing. I was told it may be pesticides.
    I’m doing a full inspection tomorrow to...
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    Re: Balling question

    Mr Happy, the temperature was in the mid 40’s at night. When I entered the hive, it was about 67.
    The balling was taking place on the floating board in the top hive feeder, very compact. I left it...
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    Balling question

    Last night I went in to my new hives to add some more syrup. One hive was calm and docile, while the other had a huge amount of bee痴 on the inside of the top cover that was placed over the hive top...
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