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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Nice, doggy! :)
  2. Re: How quickly might a spring hive go from loads of honey to barely any?

    This I would like to know.
  3. Re: How quickly might a spring hive go from loads of honey to barely any?

    Once a week sounds good.

    No robbing this time of year, they've just discovered pollen and every bee seems to be deployed.
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    Re: The Slovenian Beehive Arrives in the US

    I believe I saw the Slovenian hive and a slideshow from the country featuring the hives at the New Hampshire State Beekeepers meeting this spring. This style looks amazing. I still don't fully...
  5. How quickly might a spring hive go from loads of honey to barely any?

    I checked my hives last weekend and I was surprised at the amount of stores they had (I even stole some frames for future splits), but they had not started laying brood yet. The past couple days have...
  6. Thread: pollen!!!

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    Re: pollen!!!

    Yesterday was the first day I saw them bringing in pollen! Yay! Today they were all traffic jammed trying to land with their large pollen sacks.

    I was wondering why I hadn't seen any brood or eggs...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    I read in my internet research on pygmy shrews that they tunnel right under the snow. In winter I don't suppose they'd be vulnerable to cats or chickens. I don't even know what they eat in winter.
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    This is what has encroached around the hives. Mainly in the back of the hives (where there's an old rock wall, NH can be VERY rocky). That bramble SPREADS and is really hard to get rid of. Especially...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    Yeah, you might be right about that trapperdirk. Last summer I left mousetraps in the garden area for the voles, and every morning I'd find the peanut butter gone and not even a thank you note. I...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    The vegetation is primarily blackberry bramble with prickers, the chickens don't seem to be too interested. And there are some cat allergies here, otherwise I would have about 50 of them, because...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    The prognosis? Pygmy shrews for sure. Here's the basics:

    2nd smallest mammal on earth (2 inches long).
    Insectivores (they eat all kinds of bugs).
    They eat every 20 minutes round the clock (the...
  12. Re: Spring inspection showed hives full of "honey"

    Interesting. In a couple weeks I will check them again and see if they have changed excess stores into brood. Maybe that's just the natural cycle. I thought I had overfed the sugar patties.
  13. Re: Spring inspection showed hives full of "honey"

    It's relieving to hear others thinking that maybe we're a little slow this spring. Today is another glorious day - in the high 60s, but the forecast shows low 60s and 50s after this, and a night in...
  14. Re: Spring inspection showed hives full of "honey"

    I thought that at first, but I saw queens in 2 out of 3 of the hives, and my microclimate, on the north facing slope that is my lot, is last to warm up. So I'm thinking my location is just a bit...
  15. Spring inspection showed hives full of "honey"

    I was surprised yesterday, taking advantage of a rare 70F day to get into the hives. There was so much "honey" stored in the hives that I removed all sugar cakes still left on there. They aren't...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    Yup, wish I'd thought of that, will do tomorrow.
  17. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    That's a great idea, enj. I did duct tape them tonight, but tomorrow night I can screen the top with push pins, and maybe tuck screen behind the mouseguard at the bottom entrance to keep the screen...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    Well, what was I thinking. I went into each frame in the 3 hives today and there wasn't any brood yet anyway!!! BLEH. I saw queens in 2 hives but couldn't find one in the 3rd. Hmm.
  19. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    I have a feeling this hive was alive, because I put a pollen patty in there no more than 3 weeks ago, and it was alive then. There were a ton of bees dead in this hive, and stuffed into the corners....
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    Well, I decided that for now, to protect my other hives, I'm going to duct tape the entrances at night and remove the duct tape in the morning. I have 3 hives left and I don't want to take any...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    I'm more worried about brood being chilled overnight than about drone availability. I have a feeling drones are in the making right now, and will be ready by the time a queen cell is made and a queen...
  22. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    Well, if they're cleaning up dead bees, then that's a different story, but from info I've read, clustered bees are susceptible because they're lethargic, and a shrew will grab them off the cluster.
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    The Michigan article really nails it too, because my deadout contained piles of dead bees in the corners of the hive, like this stated. If they're pygmies, I wonder if they're less able to scale a...
  24. Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    These are shrews, not mice or moles or voles, and apparently can squeeze through the 3/8" holes in the mouse guards. They decapitated most of my hive.

    Shrews can climb trees, but I'm wondering if...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    SHREWS??!? Oh no! I knew I had vole issues here, but I never knew about shrews.... BLEH.

    I saw a site that said 3/8" hardware cloth will prevent shrews from entering the hive, but I had Brushy...
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