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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    It is a slower process than I expected plus I'm fairly new at this with it being my 3rd summer with bees and 1st summer with bees that made it through a long winter.
    Need to look closer next time...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    Somehow, pure luck probably, both of these hives are queenright after all.

    I didn't do the combine thing like i said i would and just left things alone.

    Observing the hives over time i noticed...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    Looks like what i failed to do was monitor for any queen cells after a week or two. Waiting a month and hoping to find new eggs was a newb mistake.
    I did attempt to find the queen before...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    Yes, lesson learned, read too much into this business on the internet, LOL
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    I added a couple more frames of capped brood , some larvae, eggs? from the queenright hive.
    And now, what was the queenless hive is the queenright hive and the other hive is queenless. Evidently the...
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    When walk away splits fail

    Long story short and admit to being a newb ahead of time.
    Attempted a walk away split in mid May basically splitting a hive
    equally with brood ,larvae, eggs ? honey and pollen .
    Rechecked 1...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Central Maine, Red maples starting to bloom finally,
    can see honeybees in them.
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    Was just going to ask whether or not if pollen is coming in is nectar coming in also. Vance G seem to answer that question. Thanks.
    It is early here but pollen has been coming in for a few days....
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    First pollen of the season Central Maine

    A heat wave 60-70 F is moving things along quickly and saw bees bringing in pollen this morning. Maybe dogwood pollen, cream color, some a little darker too. Nice to have some bees make it through...
  10. Thread: Foundation Pins

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    Re: Foundation Pins

    Bobby pins were recommended to me by the people who sold me the hive equipment and they have been working fine
    on medium frames as well as deeps. Price is right too.
    Not sure about how they would...
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    Re: See....... bees don't care!

    Like +:thumbsup:
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    Lost one of two colonies . Think we are out of the woods now so to speak.
    My fault for losing the one, didn't keep up with their voracious appetite for sugar once their honey was gone. A strong...
  13. Thread: Wild Turkeys

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    Re: Wild Turkeys

    I've seen chickadees take honeybees but not turkeys.
    Turkeys here walk behind the hives instead of in front.
    Maybe smarter than they look...
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    Re: Bees in MI bringing in pollen today

    Thats good news and encouraging being we are within a couple degrees latitude.
    Next warm day I'll have to see if anything is coming in here.
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    Re: Installing wind breaks...question

    I installed a 3 sided 4'+ tall solid windbreak this fall for 2 hives about 4' apart. The space behind is a couple feet, enough to get back there to check on things.
    We had snow about 4' or more deep...
  16. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Was hoping someone would find some humor in that .
    AADD (adult attention deficit disorder) is fairly common .
    I even get a case of it occasionally. :)
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    OK thanks for the input/help.
    NOT brooding time yet, 10* F this morning.
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    Not to get off topic but am i suppose to put pollen supplement on my remaining hive or is that
    one of those some do , some don't kind of thing .
    I suited up and checked on the survivor hive today...
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    :thumbsup:
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    I appreciate the helpful replies.
    Any suggestions on how to keep my only remaining hive alive till pollen/flowers bloom other than adding sugar?
    If I can't keep this remaining hive alive this...
  21. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Both hives have upper entrances in the inner cover and were being used despite the bottom entrances plugged up with dead bees.
    I used a standard dose of MAQS in August both hives.
    Possible what...
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    Yeah i don't think there was any honey left in that hive as light as the boxes were. Didn't have a hive tool with me and it is a ways to the shop through two feet of snow still
    so didn't get to do a...
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    Appreciate it, it is tough being a newbee.
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    We have had a few days in the 40s here recently, bees were flying .
    I suppose its possible that one hive went through 4lbs sugar in 2 weeks and ended up starved. Being a newb i wouldn't know how...
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    Well I am just a newb too this being my 2nd winter with bees.
    I suspect the dead hive was robbed after they died but what do I know.
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