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    Re: New Seeley Paper

    Thanks for the link to the papers. I asked Kim Flottum for them after there was something published in "Catch the Buzz" on the research. Kim did not have the links and I very much appreciate...
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    Re: Pollinator Sanctuary

    This study says bee forage based on need as far as 9km (5.6 miles). They "read" waggle dances to see where the bees were going.

    Beekman, M. and Ratnieks, F. L. W. (2000), Long-range foraging by...
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    Re: Pollinator Sanctuary

    I am fairly certain the concern of the sanctuary is not to keep the commercial bees out, but to minimize or keep their bees from being exposed to various ag chemicals on the nearby farms. I'm of two...
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    Re: Feeding After Harvest

    The answer is yes - kind of - and it depends on your attitude toward honey having a higher market value than sugar syrup. I, as a hobbyist, believe if your hive is below your target weight for...
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    Re: Pollinator Sanctuary

    Interesting. I had thought bees would forage further - the distance I have used when talking with folks is 3-5 miles; five miles being what is used for organic honey standards. I've got some...
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    Pollinator Sanctuary

    I visited a pollinator sanctuary yesterday - Essentially it is a certified organic wild blueberry farm where land not suitable for production (primarily due to slope and proximity to a million gallon...
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    Re: What do to after a swarm

    Unless you know or have access to a local queen raiser, your $20 will quickly turn into $35plus depending on your chosen method of shipping. If you are ordering from some place far away - chose 2nd...
  8. Re: Is it to late in Ontario to re Queen?

    If you requeen with an already mated queen it is not too late. Peter asks good questions about what you see. I am answering based on no queen present. You will most likely need to heavily feed...
  9. Re: What a difference between flow and dearth in behavior.

    I like to think of it as the hive has a bored field force staying at home when they'd rather be working looking for something to do. "Sure we'll join with the guards and drive off this invader!"
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    Re: When to start feeding?

    I start feeding - as necessary - after the first killing frost - which takes most of the goldenrod and asters. There are a few micro-climate pockets where the asters continue for another few weeks,...
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    Re: randy oliver reviews a new Dr. Lu paper

    I'm happy to support Randy as I can as once upon a time I was happy to help BeeSource.
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    Re: Home bred queens or bought queen

    I like home grown queens (esp nucs made up with swarm cells) unless I am trying to change genetics. Then I buy.
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    Re: Arrangement of hives in an apiary...

    I orient the hives mostly by the lay of the land - what direction the hive stands naturally slope. I wish I had enough room in the bee yard to separate each hive by 50-75 yards - but fencing that...
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    Re: Winter prep time?

    Winter prep should have started several months ago. Here I shoot for a total hive weight (bottom board to inner cover, double deep) of at least 125lbs. I do not have experience with mediums to know...
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    Re: Do you need to harvest the honey?

    The primary "benefit" is emptying frames via extraction for the bees to fill up again. Saves on needing to buy equipment. The advantage to NOT harvesting is that the bees will have all the food...
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    Re: 2015 EAS conference

    I did not attend the Wednesday night panel. I planned to but PP restaurant service got me back to campus late. While there were divergent thoughts regarding pesticides presented at the conference,...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    When you become a beekeeper, you become involved with an agricultural activity. Bees are stock, not pets, and their keeper needs to provide for their well being. For many that means becoming an...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    This is what many of people are told. It is not something to count on.
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    Have someone with some bee experience go through the hive with you. Arrange to have them show you how to test mite loads. While the non destructive (the bees are not all killed) tests like the...
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    Re: Yet another Newbee question

    It is a well known technique and appropriate for your situation.
  21. Re: Stop feeding or add another medium in the Northeast?

    What type of feeder are you using? With the amount of syrup you've been feeding, I'd be concerned that your bees are not the ones being fed.

    Find someone who knows bees to go through your hive...
  22. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    It is certainly the more traditional thing to use. I moved from homosote to styrofoam - I'm not entirely happy with the styrofoam and will at least think about quilt boxes with other sorts of...
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    Re: 2015 EAS conference

    Anyone attending EAS, please introduce yourself! I'll be attending all four "Train the Trainer" sessions tomorrow and working on the MB exam on Tuesday. I haven't planned out the rest of the week...
  24. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    1:1 for now, 2:1 once frost comes your way (Mid-September for me)
  25. Re: Is there still nectar for bees after first killing frost in the fall?

    This is a situation where micro climates play a huge role. We have a field of goldenrod/aster that doesn't get killed as early as most surrounding fields. You'd better believe the bees know about...
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