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  1. Re: Help-Hives feeling a bit lite in Southern Maine

    Hi Andrew and Salty

    Thanks for your sound and logical advice, and yes I put the suppers on the colonies.

    I have to say it was quite chilly the day when I put the supers back on the colonies but...
  2. Help-Hives feeling a bit lite in Southern Maine

    Hello knowledgeable treatment free beekeeps

    I have been doing pretty well going treatment free and am so happy to have 4 very strong colonies as I head into winter here in Southern Maine. As it...
  3. Brunswick Maine and our incredibly warm fall weather...

    Hello fellow Mainers...

    I know you are out there. I am in Brunswick and am still experiencing incredibly warm temperatures. Today we are once again about 65 degrees. While all this is lovely this...
  4. Re: Late Sept./fall congestion what to do? (in Maine)

    Hi Andrew

    Thanks for all the sound and rational advice. The 2 deep with a medium sounds interesting and I will likely run the experiment next year as yes these bees run big populations which is...
  5. Re: Late Sept./fall congestion what to do? (in Maine)

    I do not know why they would not shut the queens down but this is consistent across the three colonies so I suspect it is just the line. I am thinking temporary space. Last year the mother hive did...
  6. Re: Late Sept./fall congestion what to do? (in Maine)

    Thanks Salty

    and yes that is what I am concerned about, ratio of bees to honey. Leaving a honey filled super on each of these three hives should resolve that issue for me over the winter as I...
  7. Late Sept./fall congestion what to do? (in Maine)

    Hello


    I have three colonies that are very very strong in population. 2 were spring splits from the third hive. Mite counts are almost nil (3 or less with sugar roll) and I did harvest a ton of...
  8. Re: Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    Hello Michael

    Thank you for the clarification concerning your experiments.

    I am headed out to do current mite counts on my colonies, and am running various experiments on each one. Generally...
  9. Re: Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    Hi Andrew

    Always great to hear from a fellow Mainer :)
    I am in Brunswick on tidal water so yes I have moisture. I have been keeping bees here since 2004 and have always used solid wood bottom...
  10. Re: Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    Thank you as it is always good to look at the data.
  11. Re: Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    Thanks Walliebee. I am intending to do a mite count and do understand if the threshold indicates to medicate. My question is specific though to whether colonies in regression process to...
  12. Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    Hello

    I am in the process of regressing my colonies for foundation-less bee keeping.. All my bees seem very hardy and were splits from what appears to bee a strong locally adapted hive I have had...
  13. Re: Is it ok to feed back honey to the bees that has been heated to de-crystallize?

    Thank you Micheal. This is all a bit beyond me, but from your links it seems to me that HMF is not particularly good for humans or the bees. I assume your advice is not to feed this to the bees....
  14. Re: Is it ok to feed back honey to the bees that has been heated to de-crystallize?

    I believe HMF can be found in honey as well s corn syrup, but in concentrations low enough to not harm people but is not good for the bees. I am trying to get confirmation on this information here.
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  15. Is it ok to feed back honey to the bees that has been heated to de-crystallize?

    I have 2 colonies that were new splits this year. It is late August in Maine and I would like to feed them as they are very light on honey stores. I am in the process of switching over to natural bee...
  16. Re: Is it ok to feed honey that has been heated to de-crystallize?

    Hi EastSide
    Yes it was from my apiary. I have more I could just spread over the top bars. By worrisome I am assuming you mean you have concern about Hydroxymethyl furfural? Thank you for the...
  17. Is it ok to feed honey that has been heated to de-crystallize?

    I have 2 colonies that were new splits this year. It is late August in Maine and I would like to feed them as they are very light on honey stores. I am in the process of switching over to natural bee...
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