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  1. Tips for aggressively stimulating brood rearing

    I'm in southern Maine and have a hive that went into the winter with a relatively small number of bees due to some queen issues last summer. The bees are currently in a single 10 frame deep box. I've...
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    Where do you buy your honey containers

    I had a pretty good night extracting honey last night - about 275 pounds from 4 hives. This is actually the first time in three years that I've had a harvest larger than we can eat in a year so I'm...
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    Re: What to do with mostly capped supers

    Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated. It's been in the 80's to 90's around here for two weeks straight with no rain in about three weeks. I was wondering if the uncapped stuff was finished,...
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    Re: What to do with mostly capped supers

    That was my initial game plan until I realized only three or four frames out of the four supers were capped. Everything else has uncapped honey.
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    Re: What to do with mostly capped supers

    This has been my past experience too. It just sat in the frame last time I tried it. If I recall correctly they took the uncapped stuff but left the capped honey behind. I suppose if they do that...
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    What to do with mostly capped supers

    I have two hives that each have 2 supers on them. I added the second super when the first was about 3/4 full. When I checked the hive today both supers on each hive have just about all the frames 3/4...
  7. Re: Is now and OK time to requeen in the northeast?

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the input. I'm staying with my plan of waiting until spring to requeen.

    GZB - Hope you got your swarm back. I had a suicide swarm a few years ago, never did recover...
  8. Is now and OK time to requeen in the northeast?

    I have several hives here in southern Maine that have queens from 2013. Each of the hives are doing quite well with excellent brood nests, plenty of bees and, at least as of today, have no signs of...
  9. What's a fair price for an established hive?

    I think it's time to cut down the size of the apiary a bit... What would a fair asking price be for a strong, established 10-frame overwintered hive including the following:

    2 Deeps, drawn comb
    1...
  10. Need a queen - any suggestions on where to get one?

    I did a hive inspection this past Sunday and realized one of my hives has suddenly gone queenless. Not sure what happened but there were some capped and uncapped emergency supersedure cells. However,...
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    Re: Colonies slow to build up

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. The flow is reported on here, others in the area have multiple supers on their hives at this point. Looks like my hives have missed the boat.

    I think I may try...
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    Re: Colonies slow to build up

    I'd say there's 4 to 5 frames of bees, just not much brood.

    If I combine my 3 hives into two do you suggest dispatching the queen from the donor hive (whichever queen is laying worst) and then...
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    Colonies slow to build up

    I currently have three hives that are all struggling to take off this year and I'd like some advice.

    In an attempt to avoid the swarming issues I had to deal with last year I did minimal feeding...
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    Re: Struggling hive - what to to?

    My mite counts weren't too bad this summer but I did treat with Api Life VAR this fall. However, I was a bit late with my treatment so temps weren't quite what they should have been during treatment....
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    Re: Struggling hive - what to to?

    Thanks. I have a candyboard just above the cluster so hopefully they do ok. They have moved themselves into a corner which is a little concerning but I'll just hope for the bets I suppose.

    I...
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    Struggling hive - what to to?

    Hello,

    I did a check of my six hives today and found that one has died (apparently due to starvation) and one looks to be really struggling. The rest of the hives seem to be doing fairly well...
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    Re: Suddenly hot hive

    Thanks, I was figuring it was more environmental than genetics. I'll give them a bit of time to see if they calm down.

    I'm supposed to do another hive inspection this week - I'll have to see how...
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    Suddenly hot hive

    I have a hive that historically has been very docile and easy to work. In late June this hive was about to cast a swarm so we created an artificial swarm leaving a few good queen cells behind....
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    Poll: Re: Rate your nectar flow

    We've had plenty of rain here in the northeast too. So much so the bees didn't have very many good flying days this spring.
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    Poll: Rate your nectar flow

    With the wacky weather we've seemed to have this season I thought it would be interested to hear how the nectar flow has been so far in various parts of the country.

    So, based on your past...
  21. Re: Minimizing the potential for secondary swarms

    Any thoughts on this? As I feared my hive cast a secondary swarm yesterday. And, of course, the bees found the tallest branch in the tallest oak tree to land in. :rolleyes:

    When you hear piping...
  22. Minimizing the potential for secondary swarms

    About a week ago I created an artificial swarm from one of our strong hives. I took the original queen and several frames of resources from the mother hive and put them in their own box. I then...
  23. Looks like the flow has arrived here in Southern Maine

    A few weeks ago I placed one of my hives on scales just as a curiosity. I've been been tracking the change in hive weight each day for a few weeks now. For a while they've been adding a pound or two...
  24. Thread: Lazy queen?

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    Lazy queen?

    I have a colony with a queen that's at least a year or two old. This spring she was laying really well with plenty of brood, eggs and larvae in the hive. Then, in mid May, my hives were attacked by a...
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    Re: Foraging tendencies of queeless hives

    Yeah, that's what I meant to say. Not sure why I typed morning instead. :rolleyes:
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