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    Re: Pulling in Yellow Pollen

    Forsythia?
  2. Re: New Package Russians coming, feed sugar water or use old comb loaded w/ honey/pol

    I was in the same situation last week. I put feeders on with 1:1 anyway. They aren't touching it, and I assume it's because they have 4 frames of capped honey in each hive. I suggest still putting...
  3. Re: Should I use my dead outs for my package bees

    I just did it. I took 2 frames of full honey on each outer side of chamber. Then a mix of pollen and nectar frames leading to the center. And the center 2 frames were mostly drawn empty comb. I...
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    Re: new package and feed

    You are very welcome. I don't think you set anything back with the sugar. In fact, It was a good call. You saw something wasn't working and you tried something different. You kept your new...
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    Re: new package and feed

    Although your daytime temp was 60, at night it went down to 38. This brought the syrup temp below 50 degrees (bees won't take syrup if the syrup is below 50) the Temps jumped back up to over 50 ,...
  6. Re: to hive or not to hive (today due to wind)?

    yea, that wind was something else yesterday. I was actually going to hold off until today because the packages looked really nice compared to what I got last year from a different seller. but as it...
  7. Re: to hive or not to hive (today due to wind)?

    Hey Clyde. Thanks for checking back in and taking interest in my situation. I decided to hive them yesterday at around 6:30 when the sun tucked behind the mountain behind my yard. The wind also...
  8. Re: to hive or not to hive (today due to wind)?

    Clyde, I think they look pretty good. All 5 packages only have a handful of dead bees on the bottom. The syrup cans do feel a little light. I am almost considering doing it at like 5:30 or 6:00. ...
  9. to hive or not to hive (today due to wind)?

    just got back from mann lake with 5 packages, however, the wind here is pretty bad. Right now, it is about 44 degrees and the wind is blowin 20mph and gusting to 38. what is the bigger stress or...
  10. Re: Looking for a Small Bush that Keeps Leaves Year Round

    boxwoods are a supposed mosquito repellent.

    another nice leafy evergreen, but grows a little taller is skip laurels. They flower a bit as well. If you are looking for winter color, don't...
  11. Re: just set up my dead out equipment for round 2 (???)

    Thanks for the responses folks! I hope winter was kind and gentle on you and your bees.
  12. just set up my dead out equipment for round 2 (???)

    Lots of resources left from my 4 dead outs.(5 doubles) I am getting 4 new packages this saturday (2 italian, 2 carni). I just got in from setting up all the equipment. after perseverating for like...
  13. Re: help with starting over using the dead out resources

    thank you Michael Bush. As always, a very organized and informative response.

    todd
  14. help with starting over using the dead out resources

    5 of 5 hives died and I am starting over. I am getting 4 packages with queens on April 4th. 2 Italian, and 2 carni. I just went out today, and broke down the 5 dead outs. Very messy I might add. ...
  15. Re: Installing a 4# package of bee's with 2 queens into 2 hives.

    I think that is deck stain. Deck stains are rated for 1 year, 3 year, and 5 year. The more years, the more opaque they are. I will venture to guess that those hives are painted with a 3 year deck...
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    Re: Benjamin moore

    Benjamin Moore paint in my opinion is great paint. I use it exclusively on and in MY home. I think it is too good to use on hive bodies and very unnecessary. For hive bodies, I use the generic...
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    Re: New Beekeeper From Northern NJ

    Hey justin,

    I am in my second year and I am in Lake hopatcong. Welcome!
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    Re: Bears and Bears and Bears Oh My!

    All sound advice. And as for completing the circuit this is also dead on and I have proven it. Left the gate strands open so there was a break in the physical fence. I got a little complacent and...
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    Re: Depressing.. Gotta tell ya

    Keep your chin up man. I had 5 of 5 die out. No biggie, I already ordered 4 packages for spring. 2 after my first 2 hives died, and 2 yesterday when I realized the rest died. As mentioned above, ...
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    Re: Back to square 1

    For your first question... 2 were packages and they were not advertised as TF so they probably did not originate as TF. And 2 were nucs and I know the guy I got them from did treat. This is why I am...
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    Re: Back to square 1

    Thanks clyde. I will definitely look at those hives more closely. I was pressed for time today and was up to my knees in snow lol. I'll post my findings in the future.
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    Re: Back to square 1

    I did not treat at all last spring or this past fall. I am also not down on TF at all. I tried it and yes, I am assuming that it was mites that did my little yard in and that may be the wrong...
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    Re: Back to square 1

    I agree, however, of the first 3 dead outs earlier on, 2 of them had a lot of dead mites. I have full frames of honey, no moisture issues, and the last 2 to die were really strong going into winter....
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    Re: Back to square 1

    Thank you all for your encouraging words. Believe me, I was not so calm, cool, and collected my first year. I was so anxious and nervous, that it just wasn't fun. I think it was oldtimer who...
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    Re: Back to square 1

    Could you elaborate on this a bit for me? you have my attention.
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