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    I've been feeding the hives for a couple weeks...

    I've been feeding the hives for a couple weeks now. One hive still had brood in a super so I left it there. Well, the brood emerged, and the bees filled the super with syrup. I put the super on...
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    I ended up combining the smaller two hives. The...

    I ended up combining the smaller two hives. The third hive turned out being bigger than I thought. I think the combine hive has enough bees to make it through the winter. But why would I need to...
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    Or, thinking on this further, would it just be...

    Or, thinking on this further, would it just be better to combine?
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    Sounds like the info I'm looking for. I wrap...

    Sounds like the info I'm looking for. I wrap mainly because I don't have an extensive windbreak, and the hives all have southern exposure to absorb the sun's rays into the black paper.

    They're...
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    Each hive I've ever wintered successfully has had...

    Each hive I've ever wintered successfully has had at least one full box of bees, and I've used two deeps to winter them in. This year I have several hives that don't quite fill a box. Three of...
  6. Thread: Multiple queens

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    I'd be interested in a discussion on this, too. ...

    I'd be interested in a discussion on this, too. I know that some hives can have more than one queen, and I had a hive earlier this year that had two for a short while, while an older queen was being...
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    Would this green honey be bright, almost a...

    Would this green honey be bright, almost a flourescent yellowish-green? I found the better part of a frame of this honey in the brood nest of one of the hives in the squash field. It looked like...
  8. Thread: Missing Bees

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    We grow flowers -- flats, containers and hanging...

    We grow flowers -- flats, containers and hanging baskets -- in our greenhouses, and get our plants healthy by applying water and fertilizer judiciously. We use fungicides if the plants get root rot,...
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    Funny you should mention "give them room." I had...

    Funny you should mention "give them room." I had a super of foundation on them, but last week when I looked it was obvious they weren't drawing it out after about a month and a half, so I removed...
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    This time last year I'd pulled 208 lbs. from 4...

    This time last year I'd pulled 208 lbs. from 4 hives, and another 48 lbs later in the fall. So far this year I've pulled 192 lbs. from 5 hives (one of them was five frames of cut comb honey). I've...
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    I have a hive that is perplexing me. This...

    I have a hive that is perplexing me.

    This colony was started May 1st from a package with a marked queen, and did well thoughout the spring and drew out most the frames in 2 deeps. In mid July I...
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    > That something would be mercury. Exposure is an...

    > That something would be mercury. Exposure is an increasing problem due to a variety of sources.

    There is a controversy brewing here locally. A day care center was found to be built on top of...
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    My hives are usually set in groups of six in my...

    My hives are usually set in groups of six in my home beeyard (that is, when I don't have a few set out in local farm fields). Definitely by winter, they will all be here. In past years I have...
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    The problem may not necessarily be the trait...

    The problem may not necessarily be the trait selected for, per se. There are also genetic markers added into the genes used solely to identify the "intellectual property" of the corporation that...
  15. Thread: Comb Honey

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    I used a cut comb super (shallow super) with...

    I used a cut comb super (shallow super) with unwired foundation in the frames. Put on top a one-box hive with a queen excluder. This was my third year trying, first year to succeed. There has to...
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    It appears one of the marked first year italian...

    It appears one of the marked first year italian queens I got with my packages has gone AWOL. No eggs, no brood, just older capped brood. I put a frame of eggs and very young brood in from the other...
  17. Thread: Wax Foraging?

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    I have an excluder sitting on a cart out back...

    I have an excluder sitting on a cart out back that has some burr comb stuck in the wires, and the bees have been picking it clean. Sometimes they fight to get to the "juicier" chunks. I also have...
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    My very first experience with bees was when a...

    My very first experience with bees was when a couple I know captured a swarm and put it in an old bee-box they found in the woods. No frames -- just the box. The bees spent the summer building up...
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    Clean hives and plenty of ventilation. I won't...

    Clean hives and plenty of ventilation. I won't worry about it. I'd just never seen it like that before.
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    I've seen bees emerging from their cells before...

    I've seen bees emerging from their cells before -- never saw a moldy one. Is this common?
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    I saw something unusual in one of my hives this...

    I saw something unusual in one of my hives this morning -- a worker bee with "fuzz" on the back of its thorax. It was slightly greenish in color, and looked like mold or fungus. It didn't look right...
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    I didn't make a formal goals list for this year,...

    I didn't make a formal goals list for this year, just some basic ideas of what I wanted to do.

    Increase hives to 12 -- started with 6 going into winter, 2 weak ones that died in the spring, have...
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    Coffee stirrers from WaWa (anyone from south...

    Coffee stirrers from WaWa (anyone from south Jersey can tell you what THAT is) make great wax tubes.
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    I think they draw foundationless frames (with a...

    I think they draw foundationless frames (with a starter strip) quicker than the frames with plastic foundation I was using the past couple years. At least I can see the progress more easily!

    What...
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    We must preserve our precious bodily fluids.

    We must preserve our precious bodily fluids.
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