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    Re: Splitting Colony - 1st time

    Thank you everyone.

    The frames have the plasti-cell foundation (from Mann Lake) and they are the same frames as the rest in the hive. The clover is indeed in bloom. It seems like last year they...
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    Re: Splitting Colony - 1st time

    Hello again,

    It has been nearly a month but the bees in the original hive, from which I removed four frames, have not drawn much comb. They have attached their old frames to the four new frames,...
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    Re: Splitting Colony - 1st time

    Success! Thank you everyone for your input and advice. It finally warmed up enough for the drones to actually fly and not just stagger about in a stupor. I had a long talk with the bees about my...
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    Re: Splitting Colony - 1st time

    Thanks for the encouragement devdog and thanks for that update kopeck.
    You've all been extremely helpful, and I am grateful.
    Shouldn't be long now. I didn't see any drones yesterday but the...
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    Re: personal bug spray

    Wow - thanks everyone! I have never heard of Thermacell, I may have to look that one up. The Bug-off sounds perfect since it is natural. I've made my own oil combinations too but I've been leery...
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    personal bug spray

    Hello all,

    Black flies will come right through my bee veil and I was wondering what the opinions were amongst beekeepers about using bug repellant while working with the bees. Having black flies...
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    Re: Splitting Colony - 1st time

    Thanks everyone for the advice. It seems that introducing a queen would have been a more prudent choice for a beginner like myself. I had read that one could simply take the queen and four frames...
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    Splitting Colony - 1st time

    Hello all,

    Would like to split my first hive into two after a successful wintering. I already have the second hive set-up. I would be grateful for any advice regarding when it is appropriate (or...
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    Re: Greetings from Aroostook County Maine

    Well now, that was quite a Welcome indeed. Thank you all for your advice and insight. I did check on the bees and they seemed very plentiful and quite active. I gave them some hard candy since I...
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    Greetings from Aroostook County Maine

    Hello,

    This is my first year with honeybees. I got my first nuc this spring so this is my first winter with the bees. I confess to being a little nervous. Right now I am struggling with...
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