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    Re: New Packages - Too Much Honey?

    Thanks. Each package is in a single deep (w/entrance reducer) divided from the 2-deep deadout.
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    New Packages - Too Much Honey?

    I loaded 2 new packages on the 7th. I had a 2 deep hive that was a combine that never seemed to do too well in the end of last season and died out. I had left it in place through the winter...
  3. Re: Will winter storm Vulcan be the cinch pin for northern hives?

    59F yesterday here and bees were splattering the hives, the house, the cars after being pent up for so long. 1"= rain tonight, then snow, then low single digits (again) - it can't be good. Let's...
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    Re: Car crash bees

    Sounds/looks more likely hornets vs. honeybees, but why drill down when there is sensationalism to be broadcast?
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    Did the right thing?

    I have 3 hives at a distant yard (= less than ideal insp schedule). Back in Sept. I noticed that # 3 had very little (all capped) brood and lots of mid-frame queen cups (none closed). This hive is...
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    Re: Foundations, wax or plastic?

    Wood frames with plastic (yellow, or better black) foundation from Mann Lake. This is what I have arrived at. Wax is nice, but a pain in the neck for volume. Plastic frames warp and the bees don't...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    A "puddle swarm". Did the queen look especially plump/unable to fly?
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    Re: plant ID

    Could it be Groundsel or Saltmarsh Elder, Baccharis halimifolia (not marsh elder Iva spp.)? It flowers this time of year around Cape Cod and LI.
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    Re: Combining hives.....

    Hi Zoe,

    Sounds like me yesterday.

    I had a weak hive from a queen I saw come out of her cell in July and made a nuc - never really built up beyond 6-7 frames, even with brood added. I also...
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    Re: Be careful out there

    I'm always surprised that here in the NE where we have almost no remaining copperheads or timber rattlers (you have to climb a mountain in general to find one) how many people still have a revulsion...
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    Re: Crush and Strain - Need tips & tricks

    I've become a fan of crush and strain - except for large volumes. The cleanup liability is much less than with an extractor, and I tend to do my harvesting from one or 2 hives at a time from...
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    Re: Time for a new super?

    I think you mean "deeps" vs. supers (for honey). Bees like to move up - but normally would have filled the bottom deep with comb/brood/honey and pollen. How is it that you have un-drawn frames in...
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    Re: No Honey in Hive

    Archer, I had similar experience (also in Mass). I found a cracked queen cell on an inspection in May, and when I poked it the queen jumped out. So I put that frame in a nuc with some honey and...
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    Re: normal reaction to apiguard?

    Same thing happened to me the other night. They stayed out all night, eventually clustered on 3 sides under the telescoping cover overhang and at least half of them stayed out that way all the next...
  15. Re: Can anyone offer assistance in a diagnosis?

    Chalk brood?
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    Re: Mite count questions

    Hello Dude,

    I'm seeing awfully low might drops (haven't rolled lately) unlike prior years. I've done oxalic acid vapor treats, but not since spring. I'm using Pol-line and naturally re-queened...
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    Re: Mite drop test

    I had a similar experience to Specialkayme this A.M. Three hives, 2 I couldn't find a mite after 24h. The other, I found 2. And with all the heat here (94F) I assume the girls are doing a lot of...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    June 22, 2013. Mattapoisett, MA (02739). I sauntered out to my 3 hives mid-morning (1000h) and as I was walking back noticed a swarm (mine) 15' up in a maple. It covered ~ 3' of branch and was...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    01720. One of my hives flew the coop, without being observed by anyone (no panicked neighbors calling) on 6/9/13 while I was 90 miles away - **** it!
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    Re: New hive with queen but no new brood

    You might try to freshen up the syrup, esp. if it doesn't have HBH or similar mixed in. It may have gone bad in the heat (is it foggy?). Also, look closely (use glasses or a hand lens if you're...
  21. Re: Newbie confusion and wonder regarding queens

    BSA, interesting story. My only 2c would be not to wait 3 wk before putting in some brood - you may risk a laying worker mess if they go for an extended period with no brood in the hive. Instead,...
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    Re: green drone frames-do they work?

    Oxalic acid and a vaporizer is certainly less messy and doesn't tie up lots of production calories if you are searching for "different ways" of dealing with the little parasites.
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    Re: green drone frames-do they work?

    They do work. If you pluck larvae, esp. pink-eyed or later out you generally find a female mite in each cell without much effort, especially after the first few weeks of brood rearing when the mites...
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    Re: Winter Yard Visit

    Better than my record. I set 2 hives on a blueberry farm 30 mi west - they built up better than any other hives - right up until the bear spread them all across the fields. Already have a solar set...
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    Re: Winter Yard Visit

    Sorry, still can't figure out how to reply w/out quote when the option doesn't appear. All I wanted to say was (besides sounds/looks like an enjoyable hike) - No bears there?

    Brian
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