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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Not yet but they are really packing it away in all my yards.... Probably will be extracting in a couple of weeks.... ;- )
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    All yards are now packing it away. Love to see that white wax!
    Added supers to several hives and checker boarded. Noticeably less pollen being brought in than last week. One hive showing high...
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    On it! ;- )
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    Thanks Peter!
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    Thanks! This does seem a safer approach...... ;- )
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    Thanks! I think I sense an experiment coming on.... Might be interesting to try each technique and see which is easiest.... ;- )
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    Thanks! Will give that a try!
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    Re: Best way to remove labels from bottles

    Thanks Eikel! Will give that a try maybe with a touch of dishwashing soap.... ;- )
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    Best way to remove labels from bottles

    I have a number of empty jars with labels that I would like to replace with a newer format.... Is there an easy way to cleanly remove the old labels?

    Mods please move this to the appropriate sub...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Hives are all looking great! Flow is on in all yards now... No more signs of swarm preps so hopefully have dodged that bullet.....;- )
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Snelgrove rocks! All three hives had the swarm cells taken down and appeared to not have swarmed.... Hives in Marshfield and Needham are packing away the honey! No sign of flow in Rockland yet. ...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Inspection this weekend found 3 of the overwintered hives with eggs in swarm cells... Set up with Snelgrove Method II so am keeping my fingers crossed that I can stop them from swarming.....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    So sorry to hear you are having to give them up.... :-( Good call to err on the side of being safe!
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Change one..... Saw black locust just starting to bloom this morning on my commute down 95..... ;- )
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Supered up and inspected overwintered and new package hives.... Newly installed Nucs are active and doing well.... Swarm traps are out but nothing yet.... A number of swarms have been reported so...
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    Re: Thieves hit the Fat Bee Man.

    So sorry to hear this! :-(
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Inspections yesterday went well.... Packages are building up quick with a full deep already and just starting on the second deep. Still feeding as they are still building out frames and we haven't...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Swarm season is officially here in eastern Mass.... First reported swarm in the area.... ;- )
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Inspected Saturday and everyone is looking good except for one which looks like EFB.... Will treat next weekend.... Packages installed two weeks ago are building up well and lots of pollen/nectar...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    5 packages installed successfully Saturday. Also used the good weather to clean up my dead outs. Had lost all my nucs (6) this past winter and now think it may have been due to Apivar resistant...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    So much depends on the weather.... Am thinking very little risk to having supers on early this time of year just in case.... Some years it seems that when the weather finally turns warm lots of...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Drones in several of my hives as well when I checked this weekend.... Am thinking we might have an early swarm season.... Reversed boxes and added fondant.... Amazing how fast they are going...
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    Re: 2018 drones are now flighting now

    Excellent thread! Too early for my drones but it is great to see updates as they move north.....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I was in the keys about a month ago and was amazed how much damage there was.... Key West seemed fine but the other keys were pretty much trashed.... Felt bad for those folks....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Another storm tomorrow with 6-8 inches predicted.... All hives have plenty of fondant and pollen patties so should be in good shape as long as there is no wind/tree damage.... Maples are starting...
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