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    Re: Bees hanging out on hive porch at night

    Why don't you open the entrance up to the next size. It lets them ventilate easier.
  2. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    Yes
  3. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    Water foraging is at a high level in the early spring partly because they're diluting honey for feed. When the nectar flows kick in the water foraging drops off sharply. I assume the thinner nectar...
  4. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    UT- I'm east of you in the mts of VA. We had almost a week of nectar coming in before the cool wet weather started about a week ago. At that time we had early redbud bloom and the two full size ...
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    Re: New Drawn Comb was Dark/Golden Brown

    White wax is usually drawn on the main flow, or when you are feeding heavily. In the meantime they will recycle wax in the hive which is often tan for my bees.
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    Re: Local flow begins?

    Put a hive or two on scales and check everyday. It's amazing!
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    Re: Bear damage in SE Kentucky

    Seems to me a large proportion of the eastern half of the country is bear country these days. Solar electric fences have become standard procedure for me. It's a pain but a fact of life.
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    Re: is this normal behavior. .

    If robbers can get access through the vent notch in the inner cover you could have a problem. Not sure if that is the case in your setup. When I am feeding on the inner cover I put a piece of duct...
  9. Thread: Moving Supers

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    Re: Moving Supers

    Since you are in NH you are definitely colder than us. I would talk to some local beekeepers to see when you might remove the wrap. We don't wrap at all here.

    Liquid feed is most effective...
  10. Thread: Identification

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    Re: Identification

    It's a volunteer. They're common around these parts.
  11. Thread: Identification

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    Re: Identification

    Peach
  12. Thread: Moving Supers

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    Re: Moving Supers

    Move the box with the cluster, and the one under it, down to the bottom board. Then put a box with a frame or two of honey above cluster. Center the honey frames over the cluster. You could get the...
  13. Re: Should I put these frames back in the hive?

    Take a hose, spray off most of the mold, shake out most of the water, and put it back in the hive. The bees will clean it up, no problem.
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    Re: Nuc Spacing & Mating Flights

    I have more problems when the weather is still cooler. Once it is settled and warm, in May around here, I am amazed at how successful the virgins can be. Only reason I mentioned it is I have had...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    We have some capped drone in the mts of SW VA. None emerged yet.
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    Re: Nuc Spacing & Mating Flights

    I often have mine lined up like your picture shows and they do fine. Like SP says, if conditions are good, 100% return is not uncommon.

    On another note, if your weather is mild enough for mating...
  17. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I'll certainly defer to Mike's response, but since my area is a little more like yours in respect to the nectar flows, and lack of, I'll comment. Our dearth starts in late June to early July and...
  18. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I should have added that the increase in strength of the early nucs is used to bolster new mating nucs, to start more mating nucs later in the season, create strong cell builders, or build up dinks. ...
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    Re: Robbers on new Nucs

    Looks like a strong nuc with a restricted entrance.
  20. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I have been wintering 4 over 5 frame medium nucs for the last 6 years. They are 4 over 5 because the top box has a division board feeder replacing one frame. Occasionally, I have a triple or quad...
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    Re: Best way to re-wax molded plastic foundation

    I use a small paint roller (2-3") made for touch ups. Most hardware or paint stores have them. Works great.
  22. Re: Cowen 60 Sump In floor or On floor Opinions needed

    Rent an electric concrete saw that has a water hose attachment, cut the concrete, hammer it out, and install the sump. You can tent the immediate area of cutting, and with the water, keep down dust....
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    Re: Carniolan Queens

    As a breed Carniolans are generally known as calm bees, but as with all bees it's not always true. They are known to be hardy in colder climates because they limit their brooding and therefore...
  24. Re: How does catching swarm for beekeeping with lemongrass oil work?

    If you have the chance, cage the queen during a cutout. That way she can't run away.

    With a swarm, you just want to get her in the box with some bees. The rest of the bees will follow. ...
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Thanks for the link. Besides the higher price of this type of product, their literature says for inside use only. I imagine adding more beeswax to it would help it become more waterproof.

    But...
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