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    Re: queen right or queenless package

    I am confused!

    You have three colonies: Two with queen cages intact when you received them, and one with note that queen fell into the package, right?

    Which one is Mme 73?

    Drone cells look...
  2. Re: To feed or not to feed [that is the question and a couple more]

    Assuming you're going to get a mated queen, a few brood frames you also add now will help get you over the hump until the new queen's bees are on the job.The brood frames (with brood of varying ages)...
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    Re: Where should I place my hives?

    I'd vote for having them both together and close to you in your first years. There's so much to learn when you start that it can be overwhelming to take it all in. But short, daily visits will ramp...
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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    My bees in my strongest hive are still drawing comb for nectar honey storage - drew three full new frames in a deep box since last Wednesday. The wax is bright McDonald's Golden Arches yellow from...
  5. Re: Moving a newly purchase hive to my gear and adding an extra brood box

    With 8 frame boxes you would just eliminate the outer empty on each side in my explanation above.

    You don't want to break up the brood area too much. At most (especially with eight frame when you...
  6. Re: Moving a newly purchase hive to my gear and adding an extra brood box

    I'd make sure that the two frames of brood in the upper box had frames of honey and pollen on either side of them as convenient stores for the nourishing the brood and also as temperature sinks to...
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    Re: Newbie mite check

    Don't count too heavily on brood breaks in your nucs to completely control varroa. My own experience is that brood breaks have only a very mild dampening effect on varroa. Monitor every colony, all...
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    Re: Varroa Mite Control Methods

    That's an interesting (if very hard to read) document.

    It may contain some significant errors. One I caught was in the directions for a powdered sugar roll. It describes a CUP of bees as being...
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    Re: Analyzing sugar roll results

    Actually Mark, that's a grammatical error, not treatment range contradiction. I think I must have missed a comma in the first sentence.

    I use the thresholds, but I modify them by treating at 10%,...
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    Re: Hello! Newbee from upstate New York!

    LBA,

    First, 16 mites in one 24 hour period (did I get that right?) is twice the need-to-treat-ASAP threshold level that I use for this time of year. (Have you looked at the NYBeeWellness site...
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    Re: Hello! Newbee from upstate New York!

    LBA,

    I may be able to help you avoid some bee-squashing - at least that which occurs between boxes.

    Go to the paint store and wheedle four paint wooden paint stirring sticks. (The ones I like...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    The bees absconded? Meaning no bees left behind, or did they swarm leaving some bees, brood and food behind? Did they just all die suddenly?

    I've read that sometimes bees under severe pressure...
  13. Re: To feed or not to feed [that is the question and a couple more]

    I wouldn't be messin' around by sugar dusting in a hive cooking up its own queen. I would even risk delaying any mite treatment during this period unless your mite drop counts are sky high. For one...
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    Re: Hello! Newbee from upstate New York!

    Hi from north of Albany! Second year beekeeper w/four hives.

    What do you need advice on today?

    As a side note I was amused by your self-description as being in "upstate NY". To me you are in...
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    If you want alfalfa honey you'll have to have enough alfalfa (and the right weather and temperatures during bloom) to keep your hive focused just on that. I don't do honey, so I can't say for sure,...
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    The answer to that is because orchards, by their nature are usually very concentrated monoculture with all the flowers blooming at pretty much the exact same time (measured in days, or even just...
  17. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    Thanks to all who have replied, this exactly what I was hoping to learn.

    I will have to study that HHB diagram on a bigger screen!

    Any more thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Enj.
  18. Re: Freezer storage of capped frames of honey (and maybe pollen, too)

    Thank you, Michael!

    Enj.
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Don't shoot this messenger: your yard, unless it is estate-sized, will look like a postage stamp to your bees which forage over a much larger area than a mere residential yard. .

    At the same time,...
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    Re: Winter Prep to Early?

    Instead of thinking all-or-nothing in terms of whole supers, you might pull out (and store) a couple of frames of capped honey and replace them with a couple of frames of empty, but drawn, comb and...
  21. Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    This isn't a question of how many boxes or deeps v mediums, but more about what's the best arrangement within the hive of the various components: capped honey frames, frames mostly of pollen, open...
  22. Freezer storage of capped frames of honey (and maybe pollen, too)

    My hives have done well this year and I would like to temporarily remove some frames of capped honey as we move into the expected fall flow to make sure they have enough room for more storage. Don't...
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    Re: Am I messin this whole thing up???

    Do you have another hive that would allow you to harvest a frame with some eggs or very young larvae and transfer to this hive? That would hedge your bets and provide the bees with a fresh round of...
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    Re: Full suit or jacket.

    I bought both and at first I used the full suit because I was completely intimidated by the bees. Mine were all cut-outs which wouldn't stay in their boxes and kept returning to their former haunts...
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    Re: To screen or not to screen...

    The idea that SBB control varroa was a passing (wishful) fancy early on in the history of varroa parasitization. I think the idea was that enonugh would fall off that the population dynamics would...
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