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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    14 survivors out of 28 double-deep (or greater) colonies going into winter. Wrapped all of them with tarpaper, and have at least 1" of foam insulation between the top covers. Dead-outs mostly small...
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    Central NY - 4/1/14 First day of pollen!

    Seems like winter was never going to end around here, but finally got to see one of the first true signs of Spring yesterday... girls were bringing in small loads of what I presume was snowdrop...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    Zip 13210
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    Snowdrop - bees bringing in small loads of the first pollen of the year... deep orange color.
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    Re: Texas beekeepers hives messed with.

    Does anyone else see potential future beekeepers?
  5. Re: Do Feral Bees Build Comb Warm Way or Cold Way?

    When the tree was upright, the entrance was in a crack near the ground. The tree stood for two more years after the bees moved in, and I even managed to capture a small swarm from the colony. It...
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    Re: Too Tall? - Stacking Supers to Silly Heights

    Ace, If I may speak for Tim - the first super above the 3-deep brood chambers has 10 frames with new foundation (not yet drawn.) Above that, he places another super of drawn foundation, above that a...
  7. Re: Do Feral Bees Build Comb Warm Way or Cold Way?

    An interesting colony I followed for two years in this tree, before the tree fell down and they had to rebuild the comb before winter. Wrapped the base of the trunk, after filling with 6-8" of straw...
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    Re: First Cleansing Flight 2014

    Another round of cleansing flights here in Syracuse, NY today. Unobscured blue skies and sunshine... around 45F with no wind at all. Still 6"-8" of snow on the ground. Bees are out in force......
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    Re: Too Tall? - Stacking Supers to Silly Heights

    Tim, The new "empty" supers have frames with only undrawn wax and/or pierco foundation, right?
  10. Thread: Winter losses

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    Re: Winter losses

    Down to 17 now from 28 going into winter. Finding more small dead clusters than anything else. Only 3 can attribute to insufficient stores... large dead clusters (covering 4-5 frames or more). ...
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    Re: First Cleansing Flight 2014

    Had the first cleansing flight here in Syracuse yesterday also - morning sun until around 12PM, but the girls were flying heavy by 10:30AM due to the black roofing paper wraps on them. Lifted me up...
  12. Re: Why I use a ratchet strap on every hive in winter

    All my hives are secured with these ratchet straps... say what you want; but have yet to see one fail just sitting in place. (transportation may be a different story.) Have even lifted hives by the...
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    25% loss here so far... 21 out of 28 remaining. 4 with too small clusters... 3 with decent clusters that got isolated away from their honey. Many nights below zero... Two nights were -20F. Good...
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    Re: Mann Lake Brewers yeast prices to rise

    Just checked... Price is $72.55.
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    Re: Plotting swarms.

    My presumption being the survivor feral colonies persist in some areas better than others due to abundant forage.
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    Re: Plotting swarms.

    I've been plotting all my swarm calls and feral colony calls for the last 3 years. Probably close to 200 individual plots. One pattern I believe I am seeing is good foraging locations, indicated by...
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    Re: Flow done, going Northern US?

    Dan, never had too much problem with the SHB over here in Syracuse. They always seem to be around, but only cause trouble when the hive population is way down... That's only happened once in the...
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    Re: Aerial Mosquito Spraying

    I keep a few hives in an area of central New York that is regularly sprayed from late July through mid-Septmeber for EEE carrying mosquitos. The first season I moved here, I contact the county...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Fall swarms are already starting here in upstate NY! Picked up this nice one yesterday afternoon... had been on the tree since Sunday night. Was 65'F, sun/clouds and windy. Baldwinsville, NY.
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    Re: When to expect flow in upstate NY?

    I am also in Syracuse, and saw an amazing honeysuckle and locust flow this year. Just pulled some of the capped supers this week. The best overwintered colony put up 3 shallows of locust between May...
  21. Re: Dadant 12 frame extractor.. should I buy or not

    Recent used sales of these are between $450 and $750. Was thinking of offering $500 and a hive for his orchard... if its mint as stated, and fairly new. My second choice is a Maxant 1400PL.... but...
  22. Re: Dadant 12 frame extractor.. should I buy or not

    Bump to this... old classmate acquired a 12 Frame Dadant extractor from his Grandfather... nearly new, and has variable speed control dial. He's not sure of the age, but suspects its no more than 10...
  23. Re: Will the constant use of swarm cells for re-queening and making increases...

    So Mr. Palmer... has it been a swarmy season in your beeyards? Or do you rarely see swarms as you split long before that? Thanks in advance...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    Forgot to mention the 6 acres of cultivated blueberries I had 4 hives working. Bloom was at peak Tuesday evening during my visit to check on things, and then this happens just 24 hours later....
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    Upstate NY - 13210 (Central NY / Syracuse) May 22

    At peak:
    Bush honeysuckle
    Russian olive

    Just starting:
    Black locust. And of course, it supposed to be cold with rain for a few days.......
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