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    Re: Winter pictures?

    End of March of this year.

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    Re: Hello from New Hampsire

    Welcome. My hives are all buttoned up for the winter with sugar blocks as an insurance policy. I won't add pollen patties until some time the end of February/beginning of March depending on the...
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    Re: Critique Please - Swarm Infographic

    Don, thank you for sharing your info guide.

    Dane
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    Re: upper entrance question

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    Here are a couple of photos from my configuration for last winter. Both of these hives over wintered very well through the long and very cold winter we had last year. Here is the...
  5. Re: Extracting Honey at French Hill Apiaries

    Michael, thanks for sharing. Interesting to actually see the extracting process vs reading about it. While I went from two hives to ten this year, I think it might be awhile before I can justify...
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    Re: New England vacation

    What about Rhode Island? Great coastline and outstanding restaurants. In NH the Kancamagus Highway is a must see during leaf peeper season. Have a great trip.
  7. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Hi jake, how's your swarm hive doing? Thought about splitting it but currently out of equipment.
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    Thank you for the rely Michael. Looks I like I my have to go that route to get through the season.

    Dane
  9. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Brian, I am definitely there right now. Two hives to ten is a lot faster than I expected to expand. I didn't plan an getting as many swarm calls as I have. It really put me behind the eight ball...
  10. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Joseph,
    Thanks for the feedback. I also decided to use all medium equipment when I started last year. One of the challenges is the vast majority of bee keepers in this area only use deeps for...
  11. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    David,
    Thanks for your reply. One of the reasons I want to go to 10 frame equipment is the tough winters we have. Not sure if the 8 frame is a smart choice with our long cold winters. I plan on...
  12. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Brian,
    I kept adding boxes because they were drawing them out like crazy and as a newby with only two hives, I wanted to get as much drawn comb in inventory as possible. Now with 10 hives, I am...
  13. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Joseph,

    I was able to overwinter the two hives I started with last year in 10 frame medium equipment, I insulated the hives and made custom outer covers with insulation and cross ventilation. We...
  14. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Brian, I am limited on drawn frames as they are all in current use. Using your suggestion, would you use foundation this late or should I extract some frames and use those? Also I have some brood...
  15. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Thomas, thanks for your reply, have you seen any problems with altering the brood chamber in this way? They do have significant stores in the lower boxes in the hive.

    Dane
  16. Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    I have a couple of hives in eight frame medium boxes and want to change them to ten frame mediums. I started a couple of caught swarms in the 8 frame equiptment because it was a little easier for me...
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    Re: Need advice on booming swarm

    Thank you to those that have offered suggestions.

    I decided to move the four honey frames with brood to the top of another hive where the queen has room and is staying down out of the honey...
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    Need advice on booming swarm

    11897On May 13 th I captured a large swarm that had gathered on o low lying tree. The swarm was around 10 to 12 pounds in size. I hived it in three medium 8 frame boxes with a mix of new foundation...
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    I haven't done any cut outs yet and have only collected swarms so far, so I value the comments those of you with experience have made. It has been my experience that people with little knowledge of...
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    Re: Is your apiary in here?

    Very nice job. Thanks for taking the time.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

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    My small apiary. Just moved a hive unto the scale to see if I can monitor the flow this year.
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    Re: Anyone in RI?

    Hey Jake, what happened to that swarm your girlfriend caught for you? I thought you were all set to go.
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    Re: Large swarm captured

    Crewdog61. I would place a box with undrawn frames on top ASAP. I caught a large swarm two weeks ago ( about 10 lbs or so) I gave them a few drawn frames and 20 plus foundation only and...
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    Re: One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    BeeGhost. Thank you for your suggestions. The only reason I am considering adding a frame of eggs is to save the local genetics. The large swArm came from a three year old hive that has over...
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    Re: One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    My large swarm started taking in pollen today so I see that as a good sign. I'll check for eggs again next Tuesday and then decide what to do. I just traded a couple of the newly drawn frames or...
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