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    Re: How do I Move My Hives 170 Miles?

    Well, I'm in the Western Foot Hills in Maine where the temps seem to be averaging low to mid 30's at night and around 50 to 55 (with an occasional 60ish) during the day now. Based on a 10 day...
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    How do I Move My Hives 170 Miles?

    My girlfriend and I just split and I will be moving from Maine to Massachusetts. Where I'm going in Mass I can't have bees, but a friend said he knows a farm about 20 miles north of where I'll be...
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    To Queen Exclude or Not.....

    I am in Western Maine and I have 2 hives this year. They built up great (one from a nuc and 1 from a swarm from that hive) and I've added honey supers on both.....

    Some people say DO NOT use...
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    Thanks Ed! I'll try that! Just don't my to we staring at those stains/mold spots through the veil! LOL!

    Thanks!
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    Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    Here's a question I've never seen asked.... OK, I didn't know where to put this questions so I put it here....

    My "extra" or "guest" bee suit has a hat and veil that unzips right off (not a...
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    Re: SWARMING NOW! Guide Me THrough THis Please!

    Thanks so much everyone. I think they are settling in! They are orientating themselves to the hive and fanning. Looks good so far!

    Bob
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    Re: SWARMING NOW! Guide Me THrough THis Please!

    OK, I caught them! They are in the new hive, drinking syrup and fanning!

    I don't want to take a frame of brood from the hive that swarmed to put in, so I have no brood.

    On the other hand, when...
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    SWARMING NOW! Guide Me THrough THis Please!

    My new hive (from over wintered nuc) swarmed 3 weeks after taking it home and putting the nuc frames into a hive with drawn comb this spring. So, I added a 2nd floor with all fresh wax foundation. ...
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    Re: Building Your Own Hives....

    Thank you everyone! :)
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    Building Your Own Hives....

    I live in Maine and there are loggers and mills all over the place here. SO, my question is, as long as you use the proper specs when building a Langstroth hive, does it matter if you build hive...
  11. Looking For A "Bee Buddy" Near Jay/Farmington, Maine

    I am looking for someone willing to help me learn and finally do it right. I haven't had much luck for last few years between mites and bears at my old location and now, in Maine, my only hive...
  12. I Think I Finally Hived My Swarm! Now, 2 QUESTIONS!!

    Based on experience from a couple nucs I've installed in years past, my new hive (from nuc and hived 23 days ago) filled the first deep far sooner than expected. It wasn't foundation, but drawn comb...
  13. Re: Anyone Near Jay, Maine Who Can Help Me Catch A Swarm?

    Thank You Andrew!
  14. Re: Anyone Near Jay, Maine Who Can Help Me Catch A Swarm?

    I'm new to Maine. I didn't know I was supposed to register my hives.

    How do I get in touch with this Tony J and who is he?

    Thanks!
  15. Re: Anyone Near Jay, Maine Who Can Help Me Catch A Swarm?

    I've had then down on a white sheet in front of the nuc box with a frame of brood 3 times and they keep going back up to the tree... Just my luck!
  16. Anyone Near Jay, Maine Who Can Help Me Catch A Swarm?

    Haven't had a lot of luck! First year mites killed my hives. Second year they starved in winter. 3rd year over wintered well into 4th year and bears wiped me out. Now, I got a nuc and 20 days...
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    Re: SWARM!! Now what....

    Thanks for your reply

    Put them back in the same hive?

    And yes, I was told they wouldn't do much the first year. In the past, when I got a nuc it took well over a month to get the 1st deep 3/4...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My new hive from a nuc (20 days ago) swarmed yesterday just before the rain here in Jay, Maine (Near Farmington). They are in my tree and I'm trying to figure out how to get them! They are carni's.
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    SWARM!! Now what....

    20 days ago I purchased a 5 frame nuc. I installed it in a 10 frame deep with the 5 frames from the nuc and 5 old frames that were pretty much drawn out. Then, I didn't touch them. I figured I'd...
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    When Is It Time To...

    After bears wiped out my hives at my house in NH, I took a year off and now I'm in Maine and restarting with 1 hive. So, my question is....

    I know when you get a package of bees for a new hive,...
  21. Need A Place To Put A Few Hives In Massachusetts (Essex County)

    An unexpected turn of events (breakup) has caused to me have to relocate from our home in Maine back to Massachusetts. I'll be living in Lynn, but I can travel as far as Topsfield, Danvers,...
  22. New To Maine - Where Can I get Nucs and/ir Packages?

    Greetings. Happy Holidays To All!

    We recently relocated to Jay, Maine (Franklin County) onto 11 acres in the foothills. We have a few old fruit trees and there are orchards within 3 miles in...
  23. Thread: Bear questions

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    Bear questions

    Well, the first 3 years I lost my hives to mites, the 4th and 5th years I had decent production, but this year..... BEARS!

    Bears wiped out all 3 of my hives this late Spring. I put them back...
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    Bear Attack..... Reusable???

    bears came and visited me 3 times a couple weeks back. the 3rd time I had an electric fence and the bear went right through it. But, He must have found it not to be worth it as he hasn't been back...
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    Can they be saved?

    I moved my hives today 65 miles away. I did it bright and early and thought I got them all. I'm back now packing the rest of our stuff as we are moving (to the place I brought the bees). ...
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