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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Everything blooming here , honeysuckle just starting to open , bee's are bringing in nectar , adding supers !!! This looks like it could be my best spring flow .
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Just starting reversals , skunk cabbage pollen is over by the looks of it and not near the pollen coming in . Maples are slow but starting , still no dandelions , but this weekend looks great in the...
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    Re: drones in NJ/PA?

    Just got in from a reversal , went through the frames a little bit and no drones or drone brood anywhere . Bottom box was empty top box had the brood and the middle box had quite a bit of honey and...
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    It seems quite possible requeening every one or two years has made its way over from the commercial side of beekeeping , trying to keep production hives at there peak performance , more honey , less...
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    Are queen cells considered a viable alternative to buying expensive mated queens .
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    I was thinking spring time would be best but I like the idea of not interfering with things until after the main flow just in case the re-queening doesn't go as planned . What about re-queening with...
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    re-queening every year !

    How many are re-queening every year or every two years no matter what, is it necessary at the hobby level or do you just keep a eye on the brood and the pattern . Could a new young queen with all her...
  8. Re: Anyone build an upper enterance into a quilt box?

    You will want a feeding area to put sugar bricks , pollen patties on so just put a 2 1/2'' to 3'' shim under your quilt box with your upper entrance , I used 7/16'' hole so mice couldn't get in ....
  9. Re: Serious allergy scare during hive inspection

    I've been meaning to pick up some benadryl to have on hand just in case , thanks Ray .
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    Is there anything else beside a epipen we could have on hand to help in case of a bad reaction that doesn't require a prescription that would buy some time .
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    Wish I could get these box's reversed and see if that will get them using the bottom , there piling up up at the small top entrance and then falling down on the landing , heavy with pollen . Still to...
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    Re: Bee's hauling pollen out !

    Well I don't think its the ultra bee pollen pattie that I'm seeing on the landing , I think its a combination of some fine cappings and some natural pollen there bring in buy the truck loads ., and...
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    Re: Bee's hauling pollen out !

    We were still having some bad weather cold and rain so there were days they couldn't forage , I was afraid if they started brooding up and then they couldn't get out they might need the substitute .
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    Re: Bee's hauling pollen out !

    I'm feeding ultra bee patties inside the hive along with sugar bricks , bee's are really flying today and trying to chase away the fly's , its are first day in the 70's . They started bring in real...
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    Bee's hauling pollen out !

    Noticed alot of regular house flys on the landing of all the hive's , the guard bee's were real busy trying to chase them off . So I went up to clean the landings off and maybe its not so much real...
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    Re: Skunk Cabbage is up

    Out cutting more firewood today in the same area as the skunk cabbage and the girls were working it pretty good , some were covered head to toe with pale yellow pollen . I watched one in particular...
  17. Re: How much honey is consumed over winter months? Not much

    Just weighed my hives they are at 100 to 120 lbs. right now , I'm having trouble locating my fall weights but I believe they were in the 125 to 135 pd area .They are in 3 med. broodnest , so they...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    SP , If its been covered just refer me to the post , I'm sure I could learn from your swarm prevention techniques , it looks like its going to be on top of my list this spring . I believe if my...
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    Re: is this normal behavior. .

    Billboard what did you treat your hives with , they look great , have you used it on other woodwork for outside use .
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    I have a stick or two laying around to keep bottom board clean they can really pile up if you dont clean . I will be reversing also as soon as the weather allows.
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    The top entrance during the winter is a 7/16 hole in the feeding shim and thats what there using now , pretty soon the quilt box and shim will come off and there new top entrance will the notch in...
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    Not using bottom entrance

    Didn't notice this at all the last couple years but the bee's aren't using the regular bottom entrance much at all but are crowding through the small top( hole ) entrance big time now that there...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Same thing here alot of pale yellow pollen coming in , still no maple blooms or anything else - yet !!
  24. Re: OA still has to be approved in every state !

    With brushy working on the approval wouldn't you think they will have it avail. , there in PA and N. C.
  25. Re: OA still has to be approved in every state !

    It will be interesting to see what the approved labeled product will sell for compared to wood bleach .
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