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  1. Re: att'n Maine/N New England beeks, do you wrap for winter?

    I wrap my hives with tar paper, which are in full sun with a rock wall behind them as a windbreak. I also made 3/4" thick moisture absorbers for them, made with wood, burlap, and sawdust. It goes...
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    Re: white boneset

    We had quite a bit of boneset blooming in our area of southern Maine the last month or so. The bees were all over it, but it seems to have mostly gone by, replaced by lots of goldenrod now.
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    Re: newspaper combine

    I've always used two sheets in the half dozen combines I've done. I'll poke a few tiny holes (I'm talking needle size) in order to help the hive odors intermingle. I've yet to have a problem using...
  4. Re: Will smoking bees induce them to draw out comb?

    If I were a bee, I'm not sure I'd want to invest precious energy and work building a home that I perceived to be on fire.
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    Re: what happens if you super to soon?

    Forgive my ignorance.....What do you mean by 'nectar shaking out'??? Does that mean that nectar is coming in fast? :s
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    Re: Hi from nh

    Hi from your next door neighbor of Maine. This forum has a wealth of information....I have found it very useful, informative, and supportive. :)
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    Re: Old pollen in cells

    Thanks for your replies. :)
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    Old pollen in cells

    Last year I combined two weak hives and ended up with some extra frames, which I stored over the winter. Several of these frames are still partially filled with what is now old, dried out pollen. I...
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    Re: Is a dog close to hive a major concern?

    My two black labs often walk within about 20 ft. or so of my hives (which is where their invisible fence border is) and we've never had a problem. So it seems to me that 45 ft. would be fine.
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    Re: Feeding honey in fall?

    Thanks, Acebird. Last fall I used one dose (instead of two) of fumigilan-b. I also used formic for mites. But nothing this year. You're right, I have no idea how much moving around of honey they did,...
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    Re: Feeding honey in fall?

    Lots of really good info in all your respnses, I took away something from each of you....thank you! Okay, you've convinced me that putting those stored frames of honey inside the hive is far easier...
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    Re: Feeding honey in fall?

    Thanks for your replies. 007, I wish I could swap frames, but they are different sizes. Michael, I'm glad to hear you say that honey is great winter feed. I wondered because I recall a comment on...
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    Feeding honey in fall?

    Hi all! Over the summer I combined some weak hives. This left me with several frames of capped honey that I've held onto in a spare room. I did not extract and use this honey for myself because I...
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    Re: Maple syrup taste

    Thanks, that's really interesting about the sap buckets...I hadn't thought of that. I believe tapping is done earlier than supering time here in Maine. But I did put supers on right after the maples...
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    Re: Maple syrup taste

    Since there have been no responses, I wonder if I asked a silly question! :)
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    Maple syrup taste

    I ran out of honey, so I pulled two frames to get me through until harvest time. Well, my word, that honey is heavenly....it has an essense of maple syrup! :applause: It is utterly delicious, and...
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    Re: Unusual observations (for me)

    They certainly are interesting, enigmatic creatures! I love watching them. :)
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    Re: No drones for queens?

    Thanks to all for your replies. It's very much appreciated.

    n1rcv, I'm happy to say that I do all my business with Rick at Bees-n-Me. :) He's great! What prompted my question is that I had a hive...
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    No drones for queens?

    I was wondering if I'm asking for problems when I let a hive requeen itself but there may not be other hives in the area. Can anyone explain to me if this is a problem getting a queen properly mated...
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    Re: New From Downeast, Maine

    Welcome from another Mainer! I've learned a lot here, and grateful to those who take the time to answer our many questions. Enjoy your girls!
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    Re: How small can honeybees get?

    I also noticed some rather small bees from one of my hives a couple weeks ago, something I'd never noticed before. I thought it was odd at the time, but they looked healthy and were working as hard...
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    Re: Do hives in a yard attract swarms?

    This sounds great, but how do you keep wax moths, ants, etc. from taking up residence in the hives that are just sitting there unprotected????

    Thanks!
    Cindy
  23. Re: Newbie needs help with lost queen and feeding

    Auntnana, worrying comes with the territory and shows you care about your girls. Have fun!!
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    Re: Adding swarms to existing hives

    I wondered about that as an option. I presume we are talking about a hive body with no frames, just something to contain the girls while they break through?? Thanks!!!
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    Adding swarms to existing hives

    I have a hive that is rather weak. If I catch a swarm from my other hives (as I usually do), what is the best way to add the swarm to the weak hive to give it a boost? I catch my swarms in a...
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