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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Yesterday I combined two nucs that I had made from a hive with swarm cells on June 27. One of them had a queen return, mated - the miracle is that I actually saw her - she is beautiful, amber and...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Checked all four of my hives yesterday. Added a deep to one that had filled out its first deep. Rearranged a few frames in a honey super so they'd not neglect the empty frames. Some drone comb on...
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    Re: Queen question???

    Thank you, Ray. I had a feeling that might be the case.
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    Re: Queen question???

    I apologize if I am highjacking, but I had a related queen question. If a queen is a virgin, does she put off queen pheromones? If she had to pinched because one raised too many of them, and she...
  5. Re: How to get the bees to use my water source instead of my neighbor's bird bath?

    Last week at a bee meeting, I met a Tufts University grad student doing research on why honeybees prefer "dirty" water. She was analyzing the minerals in the water and discovering that at different...
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    Re: Priming cells

    I read somewhere (can't remember where - I read so much) that if no RJ is available to prime the cell, that one could use a drop of diluted yogurt. Has anyone tried that?
    It's purpose, as someone...
  7. Re: Combinig weak queenless hive with package

    The hive has been cleaned out of all dead bees. The only remaining ones are those that survived. There is a robbing screen on in case of marauders.
  8. Combinig weak queenless hive with package

    My one surviving hive turned out to be a small softball size cluster. The weather was warm enough that I finally was able to go in this week. The cluster was on top with dead bees clustered in the...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    I use ratchet straps all year round, mostly because I am afraid of what the bears would do if they got through the electric fence. It is a pain to unhitch them every time I inspect, but as a...
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    Re: When to start Spring Feeding

    I put on some of Laurie's sugar bricks in January when it got above freezing, just for my peace of mind. On a nice day in February, I added another one. They seemed to like the first. I added...
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    Re: Nuc box question

    Thank you, Cyan. Good advice, and I will follow it next time.

    DrL - my boxes are much better than sewer drains!
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    Re: Nuc box question

    I made four nucs last week from a piece of 4' x 8' half inch exterior plywood - I got the plans from Beesource. Just a word of caution - 1/2" plywood is only 3/8's" thick and when you put a nail or...
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    Re: Stupid barely related question....

    Thanks, Beeherder, for the link to the More Than Honey documentary.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmZdF-lfW5E

    What incredible photography of bees doing what bees do. It compares visually...
  14. Re: checked and fed my bees today. What do you think?

    Bees love crocuses. I planted 1,000 last fall, but they won't be showing up here for another two months. It's not supposed to get above 20 degrees for at least the foreseeable future.

    Three...
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    Re: Woo Hoo! Hive is thriving in CO winter

    What is considered "minimal signs of nosema?" I have a hive that is spotted by the upper entrance and poop all over the snow. It is not flying weather - only 22 degrees for a high - and yet I saw...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I've got mine set at 135 degrees. It's good to know they will pop out easily. I'll give it a few more days since they seem a little more solid right now.

    Squarepeg: "are those of you using...
  17. Thread: 6 Dead Hives

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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    I post the following from another thread that I was reading this morning. It pertains to a beek who didn't see many mites, but treated anyway - thousands fell off.

    From another post, by...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I have a batch drying in my Excalibar food drier. It is taking forever. They seemed hard on the bottom, but the top was mushy, so I mixed in more sugar into the melted sugar on the top. Now, it's...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    Well, in New England, as the oldtimers say, "When the days get longer, the cold gets stronger."
    On the only days that get warm enough for flying, it rains. lol
  20. Re: Beige Carpet Stained With Yellow Dog Vomit from eating beeswax etc

    Try Nature's Miracle. I got some at Petco for cleaning and deodorizing puppy mistakes. It works pretty well at getting out urine stains; might work.
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    Re: Golden Rod & Golden Honey

    I have a small patch of corn, about 8' square. It is full of bees gathering yellow pollen, stuffed in their back baskets. I hope they leave some for the wind to fertilize the ears below. But, I am...
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    Re: Recognizing Rader Sidetrack............

    Kudos to Radar! :banana:
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Don't worry. Monsanto is already on it.

    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516466/monsantos-plan-to-help-the-honeybee/
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    Re: multiple eggs in cells in new package

    Thanks, Michael. Yes, the cappings are domed and large.
    Unfortunately, it is pouring rain right now or I'd go out and get her. I'll do it as soon as it clears.

    Thank you, delber, for your...
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    Re: multiple eggs in cells in new package

    Just checking back in - I went into my hives yesterday (five days later) and in hive #1 where I had seen multiple eggs in some cells, there is capped brood, larvae and eggs on five frames, each side....
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