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    They may be naturalized to a climate colder than...

    They may be naturalized to a climate colder than Georgia, but the last hundred generations have been selected in a warm climate. In addition, the Russians winter much better.

    We'll see how they do...
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    They're Carnolians, thats the only package bee...

    They're Carnolians, thats the only package bee available from my distributor. Replacement queens were available however I was advised instead to consider requeening in spring. I think I'll do so and...
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    They have a little bit of honey mixed into their...

    They have a little bit of honey mixed into their brood nest but no honey combs yet, I've been directing their full energies into increasing the brood nest size (though thats largely finished)....
  4. Thread: Jar feeder

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    I guess I'll check again on a rainy day. It...

    I guess I'll check again on a rainy day.

    It just seems strange to me because even on very nice days they seem to take from the baggie feeder (slowly). I didn't see a single bee on the jars, you'd...
  5. Thread: Jar feeder

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    Jar feeder

    I've been using baggie feeders since mid-May. This week I built a stand for jar feeders in my hive.

    Usually after I put food in they'll start eating right away, or at least within a few hours. Its...
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    I've been feeding continually since I hived them...

    I've been feeding continually since I hived them in mid-May and plan to continue for this first season. I won't harvest unless the unlikely event of running out of room occurs.

    Thanks for your...
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    Interesting video, I suppose I won't worry about...

    Interesting video, I suppose I won't worry about them keeping the hive cool with the bottom off then. No problems from mice or other pests with exposed comb?

    Also, when is your first/last frost...
  8. Thread: Software?

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    I'm not full of beekeeping experience but I have...

    I'm not full of beekeeping experience but I have created my fair share of apps. Whats in a beekeeping software package anyway? Who are the players? Anything particular TBH-compatible software would...
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    Be careful feeding the bees real pollen or honey....

    Be careful feeding the bees real pollen or honey. Though you may trust the vendor you purchased your nucs be wary of unknown food sources that could spread disease. If you plan to minimize IPM or...
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    So does anyone have an opinion on my other thread...

    So does anyone have an opinion on my other thread re: bottom boards? This is my first few days of trying an open bottom. Is it possible its more difficult to keep cool with the bottom open?

    -Matt
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    Yah, they didn't look like a swarm cluster, but...

    Yah, they didn't look like a swarm cluster, but it just seemed so odd to me for nighttime behavior (though like I said I dont often look at night). My wife says they looked like that all day. It was...
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    http://mfisch.com/apis/hive1a.jpg ^^ Its 9pm...

    http://mfisch.com/apis/hive1a.jpg
    ^^ Its 9pm (dusk), 77F, 55% RH, zero wind.

    Are they keeping cool or is this a swarm in process? I don't live with the colonies so I really don't check them at...
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    preventing swarming instinct

    Assuming I successfully feed empty bars in and keep them building up to what I've estimated a good maximum for the brood nest they'll eventually need to swarm (or be split). But whats the strategy...
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    I've got two first-year packages in KTBH and...

    I've got two first-year packages in KTBH and they're in much the same situation. I sorta assumed they would build the brood out as much as they could until they thought it was time to start scaling...
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    Joey, I don't have any bees to share this...

    Joey,
    I don't have any bees to share this year, but I'm new this year as well and I've got a pair of KTBH's that have been going for a few months now. Let me know if you want to come down and take...
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    TBH screened bottom boards

    I have a pair of KTBH with first-year package bees. I've left the bottom boards (with bee excluding hardware cloth above) on until today and cleaned them off every few weeks.

    I haven't removed...
  17. Thread: offcenter comb

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    A table saw can't do the triangle guides unless...

    A table saw can't do the triangle guides unless you have a tilt blade, I'll keep an eye out for one.

    I meant to say I used 5/4" board instead of 1" board, this is so after I cut out the notches...
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    I used 5/4" bars and cut out notches on the...

    I used 5/4" bars and cut out notches on the sides. Do you think my guides are too large? I'd have to scrap all the bars or pin guides on guides.
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    That'll have to wait until I get access to a...

    That'll have to wait until I get access to a tablesaw again, I'd be afraid of hurting myself doing it with my jigsaw or circular. Unfortunately I made no extra spacers for this purpose yet.

    ps,...
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    I've got comb guides, though they're probably...

    I've got comb guides, though they're probably bigger than they should be. I used a tablesaw and cut out .5"x.5" raised guides into the center of each bar.

    I was worried because the comb was close...
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    I saw at least two combs built on the edge of the...

    I saw at least two combs built on the edge of the bars.

    I didn't want to disturb them too much investigating because I didn't have any strategy for dealing with it at the time. Tomorrow I'll see...
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    offcenter comb

    Okay, I fed the bees on friday afternoon before going away for the weekend. They ate most of what was in the baggies and I just got back into town. I checked on their food, inspected comb and ensured...
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    Is this something I want to do when its cold and...

    Is this something I want to do when its cold and rainy? 60% rain during the day, and 40-55F -- though theres a chance I'll see some surprise sun/warmth.
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    In fact I live in hawthorne valley (harlemville,...

    In fact I live in hawthorne valley (harlemville, ny) which is in fact a steiner/waldorf teaching center and biodynamic farm. I didn't pursue training here because I saw langstroths in the fields,...
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    Friday/sat/sun look good, zip 12075....

    Friday/sat/sun look good, zip 12075. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Ghent&state=NY&site=ALY&textField1=42.3016&textField2=-73.6487

    Today is spotty rain afternoon, should I...
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