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    Re: Swarm queen/queenless

    Like FlowerPlanter said,

    Probably a virgin queen. Even if she did come back, sometimes it takes a few days longer than you think to start seeing eggs. Adding frame of eggs is a very solid plan....
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    Re: Bees and serviceberries

    The bees were working the serviceberries on campus fairly heavy. Checked the serviceberry at my home apiary, and some bees were working definitely working those as well. Not as heavy as the ones on...
  3. Thread: Gentle Bees

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    Re: Gentle Bees

    My bees are not overly aggressive, but I would not go into the brood chamber with no smoke, no gear on in my hives. Nucs, yes. Full size hives no way! Gloveless, yes.

    Shane
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    Bees and serviceberries

    Noticed the bees working several different serviceberries yesterday. First time I had seen bees working sarvis.

    Shane
  5. Thread: Gentle Bees

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    Re: Gentle Bees

    That pretty much sums up my bees. Just some local testy bees that live without treatments.

    Shane
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    Re: Package Queen missing a leg - Big deal?

    Most package queens are superceded fairly quickly. I would rather have a queen with local genetics anyway.

    Shane
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    Re: Package installs, nuc vs hive

    In our area, it seems packages take off better in a five frame deep box. I encourage my friends who get packages to start them in a five frame nuc.

    Shane
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    Re: Foundationless and drones?

    I am almost completely foundationless for six years now. A frame or two of foundation here or there. Excessive drone brood does not seem to be a problem for me. Like MB, if I find drone brood in...
  9. Re: Can I get any honey to harvest with first yr nucs

    You should be able to harvest some honey. Even if it is only a frame or two from each colony. We typically do not get a "full harvest" of honey from a first year nuc. Although sometimes we do. VA...
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    Re: Bee Losses, Brunswick Maine

    Sorry for your loss. That is tough. A good late flow is so helpful. We lost one out of 16 colonies. I am so thankful for only losing one.

    Shane
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    Re: Nuc and cold weather

    Philip gave good advice. I would not worry too much about this cold snap. Even the nuc should be fine.

    Shane
  12. Re: splits end of march too early? bedford viriginia

    We don't have drones flying yet. We are several hours west of you in the mountains. The first of April is a viable possibility.

    Shane
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    Re: White pollen in March

    Thanks,

    We do have cedars as well.

    Shane
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    Re: White pollen in March

    Sugar maples maybe? I was thinking maybe willow or possibly plum.
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    White pollen in March

    Anyone know the source of white pollen occurring in March? The source is the Mid Atlantic, state VA.

    Thanks
    Shane
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    Re: Throwing in the towel......

    TF can be done. Out of the 16 TF hives I manage, we lost one this winter.

    Shane
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    Re: Open "Nectar" in Winter

    Our mountains have the potential for a strong maple flow in mid to late Feb.

    Shane
  18. Re: Can you feed to much sugar in late winter? When to stop.

    I only feed if the bees need it. If the colony has a crate of honey this time of year, I don't see the need to feed.

    Shane
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    Re: Goals for 2017 - What are yours?

    The one goal I have for this year is modest. Simply harvest some varietal black locust honey.
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    Re: So...are we all done with small cell craze?

    Not sure about "small cell". But I let my bees make whatever size they want. I got started on foundationless combs by accident. While picking up a nuc, I put in an empty frame. Forgot about that...
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    Re: Feeding 2 to 1 in February

    If they need feed, I would feed. As for them not taking the dry sugar, in cold temps, if the feed is not essentially touching the cluster, they can't move onto it.
  22. Re: Local club's attitude is a little discouraging

    Yes,

    Once the members of one particular club found out that I was TF and foundationless, I was shunned like a heretic.

    Shane
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    red maple blooms

    The red maples are blooming in SW VA, a month early.
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    Re: preferred treatment program

    As a hobby beekeeper with only 14 hives, I prefer not to treat.

    Shane
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    Re: small cut out - one medium

    Essentially you have a nuc. Would a five over five medium be better? To emergency feed a colony I have used candy boards. If they have six frames of honey, with a colony that small, I would not be...
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