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  1. Re: Second inspection, should I remove feeders?

    If it were mine, I would remove the feeder if there are some uncapped stores. I would pull some frames and either take pictures of stores or take note of how much stored nectar I saw. Then do...
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    Re: hardware cloth

    I have had trouble here in Maryland finding #8 hardware cloth at the HD and Lowes.

    I found it at a True Value store.
  3. Re: suggestions for switching out old frames for new ones

    I would mark the frames I want to cycle out, and during the year, as I do inspections, I would remove one or 2 at a time, depending on how fast the bees are drawing.
  4. Re: How Long for Drones to Sexually Mature

    How many hours do they have before they "lose it"?
  5. Re: add boxes top or bottom with foundationless frames

    Good reason to standardize on all mediums or all deep equipment.
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Last winter my QB's had about 4 inches of cedar chips. This year I cut the depth down to about 2 inches. I also paid more attention to provide a lot of ventilation ABOVE the QB. Even though the...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    Thanks for the info.

    Phil
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    Heavy nectar flow goes on. Bees will bump into people who are in the way, but normally are preoccupied with the flow. They are real happy, not cranky. During a dearth the bees are not so...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Peaked into a single deep 8-frame that had I had placed a caught swarm in late summer. I thought they were dead, but they are not. One thing is quite frustrating this winter, it has not been warm...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    @ pine ridge farms (#12 & #14 posts): How does that syrofoam hold up after a winter of rain & snow (can you use more than one season)?
    What do you mean by 1/2 frame mediums?
  11. Re: Beekeeping in the snow with a 3 year old: Photos

    Great pics. He really looks like he is into it!
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    If you are YOUNG and STRONG you can go with 10-frame deeps (100+ pounds). If you are like me, 8-frame mediums would be a better choice (60+ pounds). I wish I had gone with all 8-frame mediums. ...
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    Re: How cold is too cold?

    I checked Allentown accuweather (33 degrees & light wind). Have everything ready before you open, then open, place the patties & sugar, and close up.
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Mid-30's here today. I thawed out some pollen patty and tore it into small strips. Opened the hive and as I was placing the strips the bees came running up and started munching on them. There was...
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    Re: Quilt Box Inspection

    @Vance G: I am looking intently at the photo you attached. I am not sure what you have under the Styrofoam.
    1. Do you have any venting or top entrance(s) between the frame tops and Styrofoam?
    2....
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    Re: Heated Boardman Syrup Feeder

    Neat experiment. I have to wonder about unintended consequences. Honeybees have existed for a good while without this kind of help. I admit that I am hypocritical, as I use the Mountain Camp...
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    Re: smooth foundation

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    I don't understand those replies to a good question either.
  18. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Please post the frame videos. Here in the east we don't remember what they look like. :)
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    Re: Would "Bee Quick" help on clothing.

    I think "smoking" your jacket is a better idea than a repellant. Smoke makes the bees indifferent to you.
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives

    Re: water source > A shallow pan (like a bird bath) with a lot of gravel with the water level BELOW the tops of the gravel will give the bees a place to land and walk down to get the water. Keep...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    Don't drill holes in your boxes. I build my own imirie shim. I had to google imirie shim to find out what it is. I usually use something more like a 1 X 3 and drill 3/4 holes in it. I use it for...
  22. Re: I won't be in town when my bee package arrives

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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    Re: 2014 Winter Queen

    She is a beauty! Good looking pics. It's been so cold here in Maryland, I dare not pull frames to get a good idea what I have.
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    Re: Hollow log hive

    Skeps are illegal here in Maryland, and likely in most of the other states. A state inspector would likely overlook a log hive, particularly if it is a feral group.
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    Re: Back to square 1

    Sorry to hear about your loss. That certainly could have been my loss.

    Many of us are where you are. I feel sort of paralyzed, as I have to agree with Michael Bush's assessment, paraphrased as...
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