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    Viruses and Combining

    I have a hive that I think has deformed wing virus. It has recently been requeened but she is not laying well and the hive is dwindling. I had planned to combine it with a swarm that is doing...
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    Raising 2 Queens with a Cloake Board

    Will this work? I only have one hive right now and I want to use the Cloake board method to raise two queens instead of one at a time.

    1. Using the Miller Method or Hopkins Method, have the...
  3. Thread: do bees eat bees?

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    I doubt I can fine tune my camera that well. ...

    I doubt I can fine tune my camera that well. Let's just say that the holes are about 1/16th of an inch in diameter, about the size of the head of a match. I can look directly into the thorax. It...
  4. Thread: do bees eat bees?

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    I know that the bees will eat brood, but these...

    I know that the bees will eat brood, but these are adult bees with wings that have holes in the thorax. The wings look ratty. The bees have had sugar candy since the middle of February and pollen...
  5. Thread: do bees eat bees?

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    do bees eat bees?

    For the last couple days, when I clean the corpses off the landing board in front of the bee hive, I noticed that a couple of the dead bees have had holes in their thoraxes. Since these are cadavers...
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    Thanks. I'll give that a try.

    Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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    Using uncapped Honey

    I had a hive that died out over the winter. It left quite a bit of uncapped and presumably uncured honey and pollen in combs with some capped honey.

    I have had problems with bees getting...
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    Thank you, with that rogue swarm out there and...

    Thank you, with that rogue swarm out there and both of us working, it seemed to make good sense.
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    Robber Screens Long Term

    We had a hive that was going great guns and then on Monday it swarmed. We know a few of the reasons it swarmed and have learned our lessons but the rainy weather was probably a big factor. The...
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    Again, Thanks everybody for the help. I think we...

    Again, Thanks everybody for the help. I think we can relax on the bearding and moving the queen. Whew! At this point the last thing I want to do is open that hive.

    Now if we could only get out...
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    Thanks, Joseph Clemens, at least we know now that...

    Thanks, Joseph Clemens, at least we know now that the thick bearding is not an indication of something else. We had just never seen it like that before. And, we have never been stung so often as in...
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    Thanks, Ross for the advice on reversing. The...

    Thanks, Ross for the advice on reversing.

    The bearding is really thick, maybe five to eight bees deep. Is that normal?
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    Mean Bees Bearding?

    This is our second year, so we're still trying to figure out what these bees are doing. This year we got a new nuc with a Carniolan queen.
    The hive grew very quickly and even started putting...
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    Pussy Willow 4-1 Yarmouth Maine

    Pussy Willow 4-1 Yarmouth Maine
  15. Thread: Hive Licenses

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    Yes, sorry, only $50 annual fee up to 8 hives...

    Yes, sorry, only $50 annual fee up to 8 hives (depending on the size of the property). The smaller the property, the fewer the hives allowed, but the fee remains the same.

    Additionally,...
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    Thanks everybody for answering. The city...

    Thanks everybody for answering. The city involved is South Portland, Maine a small, densely (well, I don't really mean to imply that they are mentally dense) settled area. The local county...
  17. Thread: Hive Licenses

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    Hive Licenses

    A local town is trying to pass a Beekeeping Ordinance that includes an annual licensing fee of $50 per hive. Members of the local beekeeping association are concerned that this sets a precedent for...
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    Thanks, guys. I've heard Tony Jadczek talk about...

    Thanks, guys. I've heard Tony Jadczek talk about Tracheal mites often. I used the grease patties all summer but it could be that the mites are in the hive even so. I'll send some samples off to...
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    There seem to be a lot of droppings on the snow...

    There seem to be a lot of droppings on the snow but not the landing board or out the upper deep vent hole.
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    Dead Bees in the Snow

    This is our first winter with bees and so far we've tried to do everything correctly and have pretty much accomplished the opposite. So, now it is winter and we have had sub-freezing temperatures...
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    Maine beekeeper, Thanks for the idea. With only...

    Maine beekeeper, Thanks for the idea. With only two hives, these are my pets. I'll try the sugar since this hive has been the one bumping along since July with your emergency queen. I'm pretty...
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    Hi MountainCamp - We don't have a nearby source...

    Hi MountainCamp - We don't have a nearby source of moisture as you describe at your location. I have a feeling that the amount of sugar syrup I provided is probably the main source of moisture. I...
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    Thanks Ravenseye

    Thanks, We feel better about the cluster location.

    You also have touched on our concern about feeding and evaporation. We have screened bottom boards and suspect that the condensation might be...
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    Two hives show vey different behavior

    I have two hives going into their first winter in Maine. I have made sure each hive has a top deep full of honey, with honey and pollen in the bottom deep. I medicated with Fumigillin early in...
  25. Thread: are they swarming

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    are they swarming

    My two month old hive seems to be very healthy. We added a second deep a couple of weeks ago and a super this weekend. Because the weather is finally warm we pushed the entrance reducer out so the...
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