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  1. Re: Will the vibrations of the lawn mower disturb the bees?

    Well, it depends.

    Easily in the season, we mowed with the tractor and Z turn right up to the hives. We weed whacked pretty close too with no protection and was completely ignored. But later in the...
  2. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    :LOL that is actually how I got started with cattle panel sheds...I needed a fast, cheap and moveable temporary coop for some Freedom Rangers. Knowing they would only be with us for 12 weeks at most,...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    When I was looking at bee supplies last year around this time, it was confusing. And I noticed the all-inclusive kits included stuff I didn't want or wouldn't work for me. So I made my own kit by...
  4. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    +1

    I also have used this same design as pig huts and goat barns. Be sure the sides are vertical enough to help shed snow and repel wind or it will collapse, and I found out the hard way that tying...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    Yep. We had to sign papers saying we knew we were moving to farm country and all that entails as far as smells, noise, dirt, etc. We laughed and signed eagerly, as we wanted to farm...we raise rare...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    The townies keep moving out to the country....I'm fighting a development going in down the road from my farm, which is rather rural right now, as rural as MD can be, but won't be if the developer...
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    Re: Questions on Bee packages - State PA

    Draper Bee there in PA had bee packages this spring. Bjorn Bees had some too (he sold out just before I decided to make the jump). I think Brushy Mountain's PA branch had some too...I can't remember...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Cane sugar is not GMO in origin.
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    Re: Beginner questions on frames

    I have some of all -- all plastic, wood with wax, wood with plastic, and foundationless -- and I'll be perfectly honest.

    I see no differences. On a flow, whatever the bees have gets drawn. If...
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    Re: Way to "store" a queen over winter

    Could you pull a couple frames from a stronger hive with their nurse bees and emerging brood to add to the nuc with the spare queen and plan to feed that nuc all winter? I did that at one point this...
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    Re: Winding Up First Year

    As long as they stay few in number, I'm cool. It was not a good feeling to see large numbers suddenly, and I was appalled at the number that dropped off during the treatment period. I knew that I'd...
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    Re: Winding Up First Year

    I started monitoring day one, every three weeks. I had a huge spike in population a month ago, treated, and now have none.
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    Winding Up First Year

    So, first years, how did this year go for you? And what are you working on now for your bees? What goals and plans do you have for the next 6-8 months?

    Mine was good. I didn't expect any honey,...
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    Re: Robber screen questions

    I left mine on all summer. Still on now, actually, as we don't have a fall flow in my area, and I want to protect my nucs. Seem to recall there's a couple people here who leave them on year-around. I...
  15. Re: New to Beekeeping and need some Guidance

    Depending on where you are in PA, run to Brushy Mountain or Draper's and look and feel and touch the equipment. If you were in VA, I could direct you to a couple places here to play with stuff in...
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    Re: Question for the group

    My heart hurts for you. It's terrible watching loved ones go through dementia, and it's hard on them too...my grandmother has had it for 15 years and no longer recognizes any of us or pictures from...
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    Re: Is it to late to treat?

    I just used it and saw no effects on the bees. Just mites...insane numbers on the drop boards.

    I did wait to use it when temps were in the 70's. We had a nice run of weather a couple weeks ago, so...
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    Re: Caught a Swarm in August...

    I'd feed as much syrup now, as long as the temperature is warm enough, as they will possibly take, since they don't have much stores, and I'd plan to keep a close eye on them to feed fondant, dry...
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    Re: Beetle Blaster Bummer 101

    I had the same thing happen to me a time or two. Sigh. Live and learn.
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    Re: mowing around hive

    Early in the season, we mowed right up to the hive.

    But a few weeks ago, I went to mow and weed whack near the hives....I ended up having to suit up. Couldn't see out the veil, they covered the...
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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    Well, I'm glad I treated. When I pulled the boards while taking the used MAQS pads off, the board numbers are TNTC (!!).

    They all look pretty good, other than the one nuc. I couldn't find that...
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    Re: Deeps or Mediums

    I started with all 8 frame mediums. I am pretty sure that had I gotten deeps, I'd have quit beekeeping because I wouldn't be able to lift them...the weight is not significant.

    I sealed my boxes...
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    Re: List of Beekeeping Rules

    I like my frame grips too. Don't like working without them.

    Every rule has an exception. I think the best we can hope for are some guidelines.

    Washing a suit removes the stingers, which attract...
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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    It very much alarmed me that the counts jumped that much in just 3 weeks. Sugar rolls (done on dryish days -- I don't work bees on hot, humid days for my comfort) also showed a spike. Inspections...
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    Varroa Bomb?

    All summer my rolls and drops have been consistently low...like 3 mites per roll with drops usually 0-2. I have checked every 3 weeks.

    Pulled my drop boards today after a three day drop test, and...
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