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    I don't even think we have a Vo-Ag program...

    I don't even think we have a Vo-Ag program anymore in our school system. Farmland is quite dear around here.

    And I'm can't be liable for anyone else coming on my property without their own...
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    Just curious....my bees were behaving oddly...

    Just curious....my bees were behaving oddly yesterday.

    I've seen them ready to swarm, like a tornado above the hive. This was not that. They were about 100 yards from the one set of hives and...
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    This is a good thread. Interesting! I added...

    This is a good thread. Interesting!

    I added bees to the farm about 5 or 6 years ago. Our pumpkin crop failed to set a good fruit due to decimation of wild bees by mites.

    Prior to that my...
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    Yeah, I wish there were a closer beekeeper! I...

    Yeah, I wish there were a closer beekeeper! I feel guilty if I don't at least attempt to do the "right thing". I need to learn to let go of my guilt!

    We have 3 other hives that came thru the...
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    Whoa there Gary auf Deutschland. I sense snark...

    Whoa there Gary auf Deutschland. I sense snark in you.

    You are obviously NOT a farmer. There are indeed those of us that keep bees, not as a passion or as a hobby...but rather as a business...
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    OK, we managed to hive a swarm. Keep in mind...

    OK, we managed to hive a swarm. Keep in mind that bees are not our passion...merely a necessary evil needed to grow pumpkins! So I'm doing the "I'm so good" dance right now!

    I tried to ignore...
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    We keep Italian, run-of-the mill,...

    We keep Italian, run-of-the mill, ordered-from-Dadent bees. They've always been really gentle and we never have any problems with them other than those that likely result from our poor management...
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    So, how do you "open-feed"?

    So, how do you "open-feed"?
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    Thanks all. Maybe I'll feed later this week...

    Thanks all. Maybe I'll feed later this week since it is supposed to be mild after today. I did invest in some nice hive-top feeders for the fall that make it a lot easier. I just wish I had...
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    OK, I'll preface this by the statement that the...

    OK, I'll preface this by the statement that the only reason I keep bees is because they are a necessity to my pumpkin production!! My bees are a chore, not the joy that I see that many of you have on...
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    Anyone here rent hives to farmers? What's your...

    Anyone here rent hives to farmers? What's your experience with insecticide use in pumpkins w/ application timed only in the evening when the flowers have closed?

    I grow pumpkins...normally I only...
  12. I split my hive that wanted to swarm in half...I...

    I split my hive that wanted to swarm in half...I don't know if it really worked or if the bees are all just in a big state of confusion. At least the original hive didn't have the huge clusters of...
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    OK, so tonight, between thunder storms, we split...

    OK, so tonight, between thunder storms, we split the hive. We had to build a makeshift bottom board and covers...but the bees were still trying to swarm this afternoon so I'm pretty sure the swarm...
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    Good Lord. Half of you really ARE crazy! I am...

    Good Lord. Half of you really ARE crazy!

    I am definitely a minority here...I keep bees 'cause I have to. They are a necessary evil of being a pumpkin grower!

    Maybe if I had more time to...
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    Well, last night, we ended up adding a shallow...

    Well, last night, we ended up adding a shallow super to both hives (We only keep 2 hives for pumpkin pollination. The unswarmed deep was pretty full, so hopefully we caught that one in time).
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    what should I do? just came home from vacation...

    what should I do? just came home from vacation and hive was swarming. clipped queen...

    swarm was on a tree in front of the hive, ran in to get my husband and in that time, they disappeared. Now...
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    Thanks for the offer Andy! That is really nice!...

    Thanks for the offer Andy! That is really nice!

    But I ended up ordering from Rossman's who did still have packages, but I'm way back on the schedule for a May 7th ship date.

    Good luck with...
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    Thanks! I'll check out some of those sources! ...

    Thanks! I'll check out some of those sources! Yes, Bangor is considered to be the "foothills of the Poconos".

    Cucurbits are a poor source of food for bees...but I'm in the business of growing...
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    So glad that you posted 'cause both my hives died...

    So glad that you posted 'cause both my hives died this winter and they look pretty similar to yours...cluster of bees, a bunch dead on the bottom of the hive, no deformed bees. In addition, I didn't...
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    hi! This is our 3rd yr of keeping bees for...

    hi!
    This is our 3rd yr of keeping bees for pumpkin pollination...we only have 2 hives. Checked today and both were dead.

    Not sure why yet...didnt have a hive tool to pry apart frames and...
  21. OK, I have one hive w/ 2 deep supers and a...

    OK, I have one hive w/ 2 deep supers and a shallow super sandwiched between them (started this past spring w/ 2, but ended up combining them). The hive is wrapped in tar paper. Going into fall, we...
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    Hi everyone! About 10-12 weeks ago we...

    Hi everyone!

    About 10-12 weeks ago we purchased and installed 2 hives of bees.

    One hive is doing amazingly well. They've drawn out all frames in the original deep super and are working on a...
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