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  1. Thread: Hive

    by Andrew Dewey
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    Re: Hive

    It is really hard to speculate from Maine about a colony in Texas, especially with the amount of information provided.

    I suspect a colony had recently taken up residence in comb built by a colony...
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    Re: A problem..

    I've seen similar problems where the bees were after the sugar in the saw dust or in my case wood chips. The only solution that I can imagine to your issue is to block bee access to the saw dust and...
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    Re: More"advanced beginner" Questions

    What Michael said...
  4. Re: Craigslist deal worth it? (New to beekeeping)

    The lack of frames could be a disease tip off. I would pass.
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    Re: Online Master Beekeeper course

    @Vance - me thinks you are selling Jerry's knowledge and experience short. My motivation is a wacky combination of my bees and my teaching. I have learned much from BeeSource and don't want to put...
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    Re: Online Master Beekeeper course

    I am considering filling in some of my knowledge gaps there. AFAIK they are not done with the MB program yet. I am a former UM student and was out in Missoula a summer or two ago.
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    Yes I do think an area can be over stocked. I was told once upon a time that I was pushing the capacity of my land (by Sparky) and cut back the colonies I keep at home.

    If the neighboring...
  8. Re: Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper Youth Scholarship Application

    This is a most worthwhile program. I hope there is genuine competition and so would like to see many applications submitted. Is there an appropriately aged beekeeper in you life that you would like...
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    Re: Apiary Registration

    Maine's Apiary staff is under staffed and enforcement of registrations among hobbyists is not a priority. Knowing who the beekeepers & where the apiaries are helps the staff big time with AFB...
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    Re: The Monk and the Honeybee on youtube

    Thanks Woodsy! I hope to import some Buckfast queens from Canada this summer.
  11. Re: ideas for frost tolerant nectar sources?

    Thanks everyone for the ideas. I had major issues with cabbage moth last year and was planning to cut back on that family this year. But mustard and sunchokes are interesting. My daughter has...
  12. ideas for frost tolerant nectar sources?

    The first killing frost in this area hits around September 15 - followed by roughly 6 weeks of fairly moderate temperatures.

    I see pockets of Asters and Goldenrod that are not killed off...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    See: www.scientificbeekeeping.com
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    You get your home kitchen licensed or you give away your crop. Or you pretend the law isn't on the books and hope you don't get caught. I know one person whose road side stand was shut down by the...
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    Re: CSA's Said Ok. Now What?

    I think more to the point is the establishment of expectations. And unfortunately, there are approved as organic pesticides that are deadly to honey bees. It has also been my experience that farms...
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    Unfortunately this technique has been tried and failed. Doesn't pass the straight face test.
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    Not true in Maine - If you process honey for sale, it must be in a licensed facility. If you extract, you process. Cut comb honey is not considered processed. (again, I'm speaking about Maine)
  18. Thread: new bees

    by Andrew Dewey
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    Re: new bees

    Remember that most people in your area who keep bees do so year round. What you need to think about is how what your thinking of doing differs from those bees living year round - I'm guessing you...
  19. Re: Essential oils concoction? Does it work? How to use?

    You want to think about EOs carefully. If you use EOs with the intention of having an effect, you will not be treatment free. Non-chemical is another messy question as EOs in general are...
  20. Re: Small Scale Treatment Free (Mediterranean) Experienced Advice Needed

    What Oldtimer writes may be true for his location (New Zealand) but is not true for obtaining organic certification where I am (Maine, USA.) Around here you need to be able to prove that everywhere...
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    Re: Good bee book for teenagers?

    The MAAREC Book is a good one but unfortunately dated. (The price is right though!) I suggest Bee-Sentials by Larry Connor. Wicwas Press.
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    Re: Medium on top of Deep Brood Chamber

    Location is the key to what you'll need for a brood chamber. Many of the migratory hives that I see from the south consist of a single deep brood chamber, queen excluder and shallow honey supers. ...
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    Re: Invited to check pics

    No ukulele? (however it is spelled!)

    And yes, the picture is of the Sam of Anarchy Apiaries.
  24. Re: Pros and cons on Sharing a bee yard with another beekeeper

    How many hives are we talking? When I started I had one hive and a friend had one hive in a common location. Things worked wonderfully. If the location hadn't been so far from where we lived, we'd...
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    Re: No Stores Going into Winter

    I've been hoping to read someone say: "View attempting to save the hive(s) as an educational experience and be pleased (and somewhat surprised) if you are successful."

    Beekeeping is a form of...
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