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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    Thanks...it does.
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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    @clyderoad...should you wait for dandelions to move nucs off a hive or can I do it this weekend? We are still in the 50s for highs.
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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    Makes sense. I'm too anxious to get things started. I gave them syrup and they are not touching it. I think I was going on what Michael Bush recommended for reversing boxes and checkerboarding,...
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    Spring manipulations too early?

    Well, I rotated the boxes in mid to early March like I had in the past. I moved the brood to the bottom of three mediums. We have had a cold spring. Went in today and the brood nest is back at the...
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    Re: When to start Spring Feeding

    I live in NYC and I started today. Mostly because I am concerned about them running out of stores as they brood up. The issue that has held me off is concern about whether its too cold for them to...
  6. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Bucket rather top feeder? I was planning to move nucs off a hive next week. They are starting to build up. Do you think its too early. Forecast is 50's with a few 60 degree days.
  7. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Who is feeding syrup in Northern East right now? I have been thinking about putting on feeders but it's been so cold. Do people think they will take it as it warms up to 50s next week?
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    On the gardening topic.....I had a middle schooler ask me why the tomato seedlings were so small. I asked her what she meant and she said that tomato's are a lot bigger then that. The most...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I played around with lots of queen cells from swarm attempts last year and that was great but I want to try grafting and getting some fatty queens. I think the 10 frame is the way to go for my...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I think I will try this method. The Micheal Palmer/Brother Adams method intimidates me because you are setting up a swarm and looking for stray queens/queen cells in a huge hive does not sound fun...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    This is very helpful, thanks!



    Interesting, I thought they thought they weren't queen right but your saying they know that they have a queen and will continue building the cells anyway.


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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I have seen info about the nuc box with ventilation below and the Michael Palmer's method but not much about the 10 frame starter. Do you have any links to more info? Do they need ventilate like...
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    Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I have bee studying up on Michael Palmer/Brother Adams cell builder and I am trying to visualize myself doing all of the steps. I want to try grafting when my eyes are still good. I am wondering if...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Forgive me if this was asked.
    What modifications, if any, would you make for an all medium set-up? Would a set-up with a three medium brood nest below an excluder, two honey supers and a brood box...
  15. Re: How are you Mann Lake 2014 package queens doing?

    Swarming
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    I split the hive when she tried to swarm and she got her own new hive but she didn't do much with it. A friend lost hers over the winter so I started wondering how others faired.
  17. How are you Mann Lake 2014 package queens doing?

    I love my Mann Lake package at first but the hive got swarmmy before they even filled a super. I gave her her own split and she never built up again so she got replaced. Her daughter is heading my...
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    Re: Virgin Queen in Hive.....Now What

    I was in your situation last year. I had one vq that never mated and disappeared. I gave more eggs and they worked on there second vq. At that point I gave them a package with a queen. The...
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    Re: German beekeepers pipe (smoker)

    I was on a quest to get one of these last year after visiting Ron Breland and seeing his. I ended up buying it from a Swiss German company and having it shipped to my mother in law in Switzerland. ...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Are we in the safe zone? I'm not really sure. The seven I went into winter with are all alive as of today. :D
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    Re: No longer a Virgin. With Pictures

    I'm still a virgin. I made three bait boxes last year and all I caught was robber bees, mold, and a mouse. I have never even seen a swarm. I guess I'm still pretty green after all.
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Any one want to make a bet that this weekend is the end of the longest winter in memory for NYS. It looks like it going to be 40+ from then on........we'll see.........sure hope so! We have to get...
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    Re: Looking for advice for starting beeK

    Also, it does not hurt to watch some YouTube videos on hiving a package. I went by my class notes and a book and it only occurred to me later that I could have watched a video. I think it might...
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    Re: Looking for advice for starting beeK

    I agree with MTN-Bees. It really took all of my focus just to get the bees in the box and the queen released and laying. I would not have done well running around with brood frames. I'm the type...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Ditto, but I wasn't a big fan of winter before I got bees either, now I hate it more. What ever you do, don't do what I did today and try to open them without smoke to throw on a sugar block. I had...
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