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    Re: Black Locus Bloom

    Plant them this year! If you can get the seed, you can potentially add to the diversity of some unmowed 'wastelands' along highways, creeks, etc. Black locust is not native to Kansas, but is present...
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    Re: Black Locus Bloom

    Itíll happen, Tim. Theyíre still gathering strength. Congratulations on your foresighted planting. Itíll help for decades to come.
  3. Thread: Tree ID

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    Re: Tree ID

    Some closer-up pictures might help with confirmation of what it may be.

    I am going to guess horse chestnut based on the shape and size and the white blossom clusters I think I see.
  4. Thread: What is this?

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    Re: What is this?

    They look like the bracts that surround a bud. When the bud breaks, they get shed. Could they have blown into the pan?
  5. Re: Can hive go from building comb to starving in three days?

    More likely they got pesticide from some source they had thought was 'just nectar' or 'just pollen'.

    Sorry for your loss.
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    Re: Drone foundation for mites

    Chickens clean green frames of drone pupae with enthusiasm. No need to even freeze the frames before serving them up.
  7. Re: My EZ finger safe jig for making the relief in sidebars.

    Nice work.
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    Re: JUST A LITTLE PLUG FOR BETTERBEE

    I also am interested in seeing the rabbet design. I have had good experiences with Mann Lake equipment, but the reports coming through recently of ill-crafted hive components is not encouraging.
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    Re: COVID-19 Infection in Beekeepers

    Hi: Thank you for bringing up the recommendation to use appropriate precautions for one's own personal safety. That's not the point of my posting.

    I am unfamiliar with how to do an 'obituary...
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    COVID-19 Infection in Beekeepers

    Does anyone know a beekeeper in the US, Canada, Europe, or anywhere who has been infected with the pandemic coronavirus? There are some possible leads from China that may indicate a level of...
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    Re: New Splits first time a few questions

    Fondantíll work.

    At this time of year, in most of the country, when there are plentiful floral sources for nectar, robbing is not much of an issue. If you are in some place with an unusual...
  12. Thread: Connecticut

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    Re: Connecticut

    Three swarms (all from my own hives) captured on May 4th. All were put onto foundation and given 2 gallons of syrup and a protein patty to support their drawing out new foundation.

    These hives...
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    Re: New Splits first time a few questions

    Those frames may not have enough carbohydrates (honey & nectar) to support the development of the nuc. Bees may be kept from foraging to continue to care for the uncapped brood and to keep the entire...
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    Re: Super Stack Heater for a Handy Hobbyist

    I like this. I am wondering what the temperature gradient from bottom to top will be with a tall stack of supers. I can imagine that the super(s) at the bottom might get to the melting point of...
  15. Re: Multiple links to building and use Snelgrove division boards

    Snelgrove must have been a pretty observant guy. He figured out a way to get the bees to do what he wanted them to. That's admirable!
  16. Re: Pollen packed frames - looking for ideas on what to do with them

    I have some colonies that are also prone to getting frames pollenbound. When I'm starting a nuc, I'll pull frames from those hives to give to the nuc so that there's no limitation on immediately...
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    Re: Storing built out frames

    Hoot Owl:

    Can you give dimensions for the individual and larger frame racks for those of us who want to copy your approach?
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    Re: Storing built out frames

    Bacillus thuringiensis aizawai, which is a strain of Bt that is better than other strains at killing wax moth larvae. Other strains are good for killing mosquito larvae, etc.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Yes. Now is not the time in the northern hemisphere to purchase the bulbs (corms). They can be bought in the late summer & fall. Here is a vendor...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The few blooms are on the south side of the garage, and they are an early self-seeding species crocus (several weeks earlier than Dutch crocus)—Crocus tommasinianus.
  21. Thread: Balansa clover

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    Balansa clover

    Any experience that can be shared regarding planting balansa clover as bee forage?
  22. Thread: Connecticut

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    Re: Connecticut

    Crocus tomassinianus was blooming and being worked by the bees yesterday. It was in the mid-40's in the afternoon. The bees were bringing in pollen of 2 different colors, so they're starting to...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    In New Haven, CT (USDA 6a) yesterday, numerous hives were bringing in pollen (two different colors) with the afternoon temperatures in the mid-40's. I have Crocus tomassinianus in bloom and saw bees...
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    Re: Beekeeper of the year criteria

    Congratulations, Mike! That's a well-deserved award, and a well-written encomium.

    :applause:
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    Re: Instrumental Insemination Equipment

    That’s a scope that I’ve also heard meets the needs of insemination work very well. The price seems pretty reasonable relative to the price of a breeder queen, too.
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