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  1. Re: My first Top Bar hive in North Pole Alaska! could use some advice.

    I have seen my bees fly as cold as 42F but generally they only fly at 48F or above and sunny. I've read similar to Duncan about the syrup temps, that they won't take it at below 50F. Keep in...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    Well, it didn't work out. After the bees stopped mobbing the cage I could see in it from the viewing window. When I looked today I could see the 3 workers alive and well but the queen was dead.
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    4-11-14
    DANDELIONS!, Redbud & Muscari

    Haven't been this happy to see dandelions since I was a little girl collecting a bouquet for my mom.
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I had my beekeeping gloves on and caught her in the tube so didn't touch her. I didn't blow on her and I let her sit in the tube to dry while I went through the rest of the hive so it couldn't have...
  5. Re: Another spring inspection

    I inspected my Hybrid KTBH/Lang/Warre nuc with the MNH X Missouri Mutt queen (and attempted to mark the queen) yesterday and then the Buckfast KTBH today.

    The nuc balled the newly marked queen so...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I just put her back in. They mobbed the cage but she is safe inside with her three attendants. I put candy in and pulled the cork on that end so they can release her like a new queen. I situated...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I have read about that method and can see the advantage but it would take a lot more talent and practice than I have right now. I wear gloves inspecting, I can't see how I would have enough...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I have marked before but not many times and am still learning. This seems to be the problem colony with it and I was hesitant fearing it might cause a queen loss. That is why I deliberately waited...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    Yes but it was maybe two months ago the last time and I washed out the tube and let it dry afterwards. Ironically I marked her because I wanted to keep her and know if she was still there or had...
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    Balling a newly marked queen

    I almost lost my best queen this afternoon when I returned her to the hive after marking her. I used a Testors enamel marking pen and left her to dry for maybe ten minutes. When I returned her onto...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    63124
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    4-6-2014
    Ornamental Pear, Forsythia, Magnolia
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    Re: Wild Bee Issue

    Here is a link describing bee lining. http://northernwoodlands.org/articles/article/bee-lining-the-oldtimers-way-to-find-wild-beehives

    Hope it helps!
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    Re: Wild Bee Issue

    Can you try bee lining to find the hive?
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    I didn't get any my first year, second year concentrated on building bees so got maybe a cup and a half from a collapsed comb. Last two years I fed a lot of syrup, hopefully this year they pay me...
  15. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Thanks! Yes, I understand. I was really ready for spring this year. Seeing the new bees hatching was like a miracle. Hope your spring starts soon!
  16. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    There are quite a few who still need to finish reporting but preliminary results from those who have completed it looks like David LaFerney takes the challenge with 100% overwintering survival of 27...
  17. Harvest Bee Fun! - Bees, Bee Products & Services 2014

    Here is the spreadsheet for Harvest Bee Fun! - Bees, Bee Products & Services 2014. I started it from the overwintering spreadsheet but have hidden everyone but those who had put an "X" in the...
  18. Thread: Mite count.

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    Re: Mite count.

    I was concerned about that. In the fall the only sign of problems were the mite counts. The one I lost to dysentery, I believe the honey got fouled by small hive beetles because it was...
  19. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    I plan to tally the categories of best and worst overwintering survival. Beyond that, I find the information of what is working/where versus what isn't working/where interesting and educational and...
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    Re: how late is to late to start a package

    You had drawn comb. It makes a HUGE difference. My first year I got my package early May but it was drowned. I got the replacement late May. They didn't supersede the queen but we had a...
  21. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    If you mean how do you get to the spreadsheet, follow this link:
    Hive Overwintering Challenge Spreadsheet
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    WOW!! I almost added a column for people to list if they considered winter over and when it usually ends. Guess I should have! I would list it in the Of Note column this time and I will put it on...
  23. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Happy April 1st! Today is the day to get your reporting completed. I added a spot to put an X in to show you have done that. Thanks again to all who participated.

    I have been working on the...
  24. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    Happy April 1st! Today is the day to get your reporting completed. I added a spot to put an X in to show you have done that. As a reminder, I will post the "winners" in the thread on the bee...
  25. Thread: Mite count.

    by Colleen O.
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    Re: Mite count.

    My plan was to take a split from both with both queens put into nucs. Then if they make enough queen cells take another split off with an extra cell or two so that I end up with 4 nucs and 2 hives. ...
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