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    Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    Well, there were probably a good number of them throughout my first season if you asked the bees, but my own personal highlight was learning that warnings that bees get "testy" as fall sets in is...
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    A mouse! What to do now?

    My first quick look into my hive a couple weeks ago looked pretty good (to my amazement). Even though it was a little cold and wet today, I decided to open up the whole thing to see what was going on...
  3. Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free

    I worried about this too and received similar advice - I'm only a year in, so it may well still prove to be sound advice! I don't know that I do entirely qualify as "treatment-free" as I did...
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    Golden Rod/Aster Honey

    To my utter shock (and delight) my bees seem to have made it through the winter not only alive, but with a full box of honey and few extra frames. However, the little bit of honey I did collect last...
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    Collecting your own pollen

    Does anyone do this and freeze it? I know that you can collect pollen pretty easily from certain trees and things like cattails at the right time - would it be ok to freeze that and save it for the...
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    Re: Package bee progress?

    I installed my package May 12 and released the queen on 16th. My hive is in upstate NY (about an hour south of Buffalo) - I have mediums that I am running with about 75% foundationless with small...
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    Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    I try really hard not to smoosh any - but my bees are thus far docile and not too bright! I usually get a couple when I am putting the boxes back on: it's an awful sound. They just don't move - or...
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    Re: Dogs around hives in backyard

    Well, we have a Portuguese water dog who is as black as a dog gets - so far he's shown no interest in the hive and they've shown none in him. When the package arrived, he did take one sniff at it -...
  9. Re: How long to draw out foundation

    I hived a package on May 12 in eight-frame mediums (release the queen the 18th) - I went in yesterday expecting them to have started into the second medium I left them two weeks ago as they had 6.5...
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    Re: Milk weed?

    My bees are near Springville and I haven't seen them in almost two weeks. I am getting pretty worried about them, but hoping that the food they had left and the couple hours of sun a day we've been...
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    Re: Milk weed?

    I've seen it on many lists as a preferred plant for bees, but I haven't seen it yet. I did discover last year that milkweed blossoms are very tasty before they bloom (like clusters of sweet, tender...
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    Re: Buttercups - toxic?

    Too bad we have so many of them!
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    Buttercups - toxic?

    Right now, there seem to be fields and fields of buttercups all around our cabin, interspersed with lots of phlox and clover. But I've not noticed any bees on the buttercups, while I do see them all...
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