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    Re: Queen less maybe?

    As has been said already, what you are describing is a defensive warning. If the bees are foraging, the sky is clear, and winds low, I do not worry about inspecting frames with temperatures in the...
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    Matt there can be large losses in late winter early spring. Frequently from starvation as the colonies start to brood up. They can go through lots of food at this point. Another cause is getting...
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    I would hate to do this for 60 hives, but we do it for 15 hives and 15 nucs. I mix the syrup at the house in a five gallon turkey frier. Then I put it in 1 gallon recycled orange juice bottles. ...
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    Re: january inspection

    When I started raising bees my mentor told me the first fall that the strongest, best producing hives would always die during the winter. I thought this very strange, and have since found this not...
  5. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    We feed GMO beet sugar to all of our hives without problems..
    Dave
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    Re: Aronia berries

    jcolon I was just on the lawyers site. I found two varieties of Aronia melanocarpa listed in the broadleaf section.
    Dave
  7. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    Smoky the strips need to be put in the brood area. If the brood area moves the strips need to move. I do not move frames until the bees are actively flying. If you cannot move frames you do not...
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    Re: Marking queen question

    When I mark new queens I take them into a room with a sunny window, pull the cork on the non-candy end, place the cage near the window, the queen will come out, and buzz up and down on the window. I...
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    Re: Aronia berries

    We got ours from Lawyers. They are a wholesale outfit and have a minimum amount for purchase.
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    Re: Aronia berries

    Nothing like black currant
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    Re: Aronia berries

    I do not think they taste at all like Choke Cherry. In my opinion they have a unique flavor. I have seen the bottled juice in the super markets, but have not tasted that.
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    Re: Aronia berries

    Aronia melanocarpa, the common name is Black Choke Berry. I should have put this info in my first post. Treebee is this the Aronia you have. Ours bloom in late spring. We have not had them freeze...
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    Re: Aronia berries

    We grow them, juice them, and make pancake waffle syrup. They are not hard to find in nursery cataloges.
    Dave
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    Re: frames that didnt get finished

    They will finish the frames as they need additional room for brood , pollen, or honey.
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    Re: Tomatillos?

    We grow a few for our own use and I have never seen any kind of a pollinator on them.
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    Re: Spring prices

    I sold my extra over wintered nucs last spring as 5 frames in a cardboard nuc box. This year I might go up a little bit, but I will not even know if I have any to sell until sometime in March.
    Dave
  17. Re: Anyone ever had an allergic reaction to a sting that they did not have before.

    What you describe is not an allergy reaction. Did you have a tightness in your chest, hives all over your body, itching all over your body, or difficulty breathing. If not you just had a severe...
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    Re: Farm Field and Round Up

    The surfactant in roundup allows the droplets to spread on the leaf surface. Contact insecticides are sprayed at higher pressures to create more, and thus, finer droplets to increase the chance of...
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    Re: Farm Field and Round Up

    Haraga roundup is typically applied at lower pressures than some pesticides. This makes the droplet size larger and less prone to drift. Another thing 2,4-D, dicamba, and others in this group...
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    Re: Foundation color

    I prefer the black for two reasons. The eggs and larvae are easier to see against the black background, and the reflected light off of the natural frames, when the comb is new, is really hard to...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    Mouse trap on the landing board.
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    Re: Help me find the queen

    I did not see a queen, but you do have eggs so there is a queen present. I do not know when these pictures were taken, but if they are recent, I would not be pulling frames this time of the year. ...
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    Re: Cold Weather Inspections

    Up here the conditions you describe we call summer. Joking aside I have opened hives and added sugar with temperatures in the teens. As long as the sun is shinning and the wind is not blowing I do...
  24. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    One thing I have learned about bees in the past 7 seasons is they do not know how to read, so they do what they want instead of what the books and researchers say they should do. I think you have...
  25. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    Harry the voles provide a major food source for the skunks, abundant food means more young for the skunks. The skunks dig up the vole nests. The vole we have digs really shallow tunnels and nests. ...
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