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  1. How long to wait for wash after OAV?

    So after I finish my three treatments of OAV, I want to do a alcohol wash but is it recommended to wait a certain number of days since in theory the OA in the hive should keep killing for some period...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    "If you are a new beekeeper, do not inspect your hives right after it stops raining. The bees are going to be at their worst behavior." I can absolutely second that. Worst sting to my face ever was...
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    Re: Did you see this bee sting article?

    It probably came up when they were searching stock photo options for the post. I am constantly correcting people (friends, family, etc) when they confuse honeybees with yellow jackets.
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    Did you see this bee sting article?

    1000 stings! Bees still in his ear in emergency room- https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending-now/man-90-recovers-from-1000-bee-stings-family-says/842585103
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    Re: Bottom board material

    I like to use 3/4" MDO which lasts a long time. It's used for road signs because it's so water/weather resistant. I haven't had any issues painting it. The smooth surface makes scraping the BB...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    How your mite levels looking in MA? Treatment plans for the Fall? Thanks
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    Nuc is gone.

    Nuc is gone.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Expansion? Swarm prep? I thought Metrowest beeks might be interested in my nuc (no bees) for sale on CB- https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/grd/d/honeybee-hive-nuc/6610856963.html
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    Hives are getting a new home in Concord. State...

    Hives are getting a new home in Concord. State inspector to inspect the hives before the move.
    The hives are full of nectar. One hive has two of three supers full but not capped. New owner is going...
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    I’ve developed a bee allergy and have decided to...

    I’ve developed a bee allergy and have decided to give up beekeeping, not interested in the risk.

    Anyone in Hopkinton area interested in my bees and equipment?

    Basically i have a four hive...
  11. https://youtu.be/DLn3Jsgcm8U Not terribly...

    https://youtu.be/DLn3Jsgcm8U

    Not terribly exciting 360 degree video of me doing an inspection with my chickens wandering around at me feet. Kind of interesting to see them ignore each other. They...
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    Re: My bees have kidnapped my backyard!

    One of my hives suddenly became mean bees but no sign of critters (paw prints, holes, scat, etc). Then I gave a have-a-heart trap a try and caught a skunk on the first night. Bees settle right back...
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    This can be an indication of more serious issues...

    This can be an indication of more serious issues but also if you’ve had some warm weather and cluster expansion followed by some cold, like below freezing nights, some of the outer brood/pupa dies...
  14. Looking my beekeeping notes from yrs past, early...

    Looking my beekeeping notes from yrs past, early blooms seem 12-14 days behind this spring here in Metrowest MA.

    Hives seem behind also. Usually my hives bringing in tons of Maple nectar/pollen by...
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    This late winter I thought I had nosema apis, was...

    This late winter I thought I had nosema apis, was convinced. I never seen so much diarrhea on the woodenware. I got recommendations from all over the place from- kill off the hive to prevent nosema...
  16. Re: I found a feral hive in a tree. I thought you all would enjoy the pictures.

    Yes, the issue usually comes up when one sends an iPhone picture to their computer/laptop, then on to the online service. In short the metadata from the phone image is not read (or read correctly) by...
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    What about harvesting the honey for human...

    What about harvesting the honey for human consumption in case like this- deadout with a some mold and a lot of dead bees.
  18. That’s an intense recipe/process! I just bought a...

    That’s an intense recipe/process! I just bought a bag of pollen sub in powder form and I mix a cup with honey of syrup to form pollen patties. Bees seem to love it.
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    I’m in Massachusetts and hived a GA package...

    I’m in Massachusetts and hived a GA package outside on March 26. We’ve had similar weather to you. I’ve had plenty of below freezing nights- upper 20s and up. Plus snow, sleet, freezing rain... The...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Last bits of snow has finally melted in the yard. Package still hanging on and taking warmed syrup and sugar bricks. Overwintered hives building up. I'm worried that overwintered might be thinking...
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    Spotted drones coming and going this weekend here...

    Spotted drones coming and going this weekend here in MA. Isn’t a little early for that? Could they be from my GA package trying to get into overwintered hives? Thoughts?

    Spotted maple pollen...
  22. Agreed get a powerful electric fence up ASAP. If...

    Agreed get a powerful electric fence up ASAP. If they are in the area, they’ll find your hives. Do not delay.
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    Good news USDA reports says no Nosema or any...

    Good news USDA reports says no Nosema or any disease for that matter. But surprisingly, surviving hives had 3.5 mites per 100 bees. Samples were collected March 1st. They got OAV in Oct and Dec too! ...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Reading these latest posts and attending a bee meeting yesterday where Kieth Delaplane from UGA gave a very interesting talk on several topics has got me excited for the upcoming beekeeping season...
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    Re: Formic Pro

    I think Formic pro is basically the same stuff with a longer shelf life. I believe it is replacing MAQS. Of course, it appears to cost a lot more than MAQS.
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