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    Re: Ever move a hive into the basement?

    Jonny,

    I'm glad I asked about your use of the word hygenic. Because it does not mean what you think it does, in this case. All bees keep their froont porch tidy (and the repetitive sweeping...
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    Re: different mite counts for time of year

    @Beepro:

    Do I understand correctly that you have such gentle bees you can pick bees off them with a razor blade?????

    That I want to see a video of that!

    Enj.
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    Re: Ever move a hive into the basement?

    Losing a lot of bees is distressing, but there's really nothing you can do to interrupt it at this time of year. (It is possible to treat for nosema by spraying the syrup mixture directly on the...
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Keep in mind that robbing goes both ways. You can prevent your bees from being robbed by using screens, however if you're harboring the same species of charming felons that I have, they will go out...
  5. Re: Unfortunately starting over with a step ahead

    If the bees are gone, chances are you wouldn't see mites left in the hive unless you examined any still-capped or half-emerged bees. You might see mite feces in empty brood cells (sort of small...
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    Re: Ever move a hive into the basement?

    Moving them from the current outside temps in CT to your basement @60 F will really confuse them, I think.

    The blizzard won't really be a problem and it sounds as if you're going to get enough...
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    Re: different mite counts for time of year

    Having sticky-boarded almost continuously for more than a year and a half (I read my boards every 72 hours), I have come to the conclusion that intermittent sticky board counts can be very...
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    Re: SBB from Pallet Scrap

    That is an excellent presentation! Thank you. BS is such a great site.

    Enj.
  9. Re: Starting with Foundationless Frames...looking for advice/clarification

    Installing plastic foundations in wooden frames takes less than 20 secs apiece (I'm slower than the poster above). So a full hive with 40 frames would take less than 15 minutes. (The extra time is...
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    Re: Hive Staples?

    I use only straps when moving or lifting - staples and screws seem too complicated to me. But I always use straps, no matter how short the move, even just a few feet. And I keep a ratchet straps...
  11. Thread: bees flying

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    Re: bees flying

    Mine, too, up here north of Albany. Air temps around freezing.

    Their flights today had a slightly different quality from a month ago, too. Last month many bees seemed to fly out and not be...
  12. Re: Starting with Foundationless Frames...looking for advice/clarification

    Here's some answers; (And no questions are dumb questions - not having any questions at all is dumb, in my view!)

    So You're supposed to watch closely while your package draws out comb, and fix...
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    Re: Would you treat with OAV now?

    Although I consider it likely that my bees up here in northern NY (like yours in Iowa) may already have some brood (and thus at least some of the mites are now protected from the effects of OAV) in...
  14. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    @NeewbeeinNH,

    Well, I've still got my same four (the three I wintered last year plus the Muddle-Headed Split made last summer).

    I am a bit worried about one that has lost a lot of bees. I had...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    If you have them, those clay- or gel-filled heat therapy packs (the kind you'd use for muscle pain) that can be heated and reheated in a microwave might help once you've got the bees in their secure...
  16. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    In our humid temperate, Northeastern climate they are probably finding water a lot closer than 1.5 miles in myriads of little seeps, dewfall and condensation, and hidden damp places.

    But the...
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    Re: Deadout, reuse frames come this spring?

    So, then, are you planning to do anthing differently about varroa next summer with your new bees?

    Enj.
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    Re: Reading dropped cappings in winter

    LOL, I wasn't talking abut weighing your colonies, I was talking about weighing your dead bees!

    I have a digital scale like your for my hives, but at this season with my pushed-together,...
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    Re: Need advice after Year 1 of Beekeeping

    Good advice, above, but also on your to-do list this Spring:

    Make plans to monitor and treat the varroa that will arrive on the bodies of your new bees. (And the others that they will pick up...
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    Re: Hello New non bee keeping member

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    This confounds me because I think that "baby bees" and adult bees are the same size since they have an exoskeleton. At different seasons, with different levels of nutrition (and...
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    Re: Reading dropped cappings in winter

    Winter honey cell cappings tend to be small and fine. Brood cell cappings are larger and more crumbly/flakey.

    Makes sense, as the bees probably don't need as large opening of their honey cells,...
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    Re: are swarm traps part of swarm mangement?

    Justin,

    You are confusing two things: checkerboarding for swarm control and use of alternating foundationless frames. They are often referred to by the same word, but are not the same thing.
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    Re: Butterfly Milkweed Honey Taste Opinions

    If you are talking about Pleurisy Root or Butterfly weed (Asclepius tuberosa), you shouldn't expect it to bloom in its first year from seed. I think it can also be propagated by divisions. In some...
  24. Re: If at first you don't suceed.....blah, blah, blah...

    Robbing you can cure with vigilance and anti-robbing screens ahead of time.

    Lack of honey stores can be better monitored in the early fall in time to add a feeder, and or sugar bricks right from...
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    Re: varroa treatments

    Reportedly Oxalic Acid (both vaporization and dribble application methods) will be approved nationwide sometime in the next few months. Perhaps before the mites really get in gear this year.

    Some...
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