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    Re: Need electric fence info

    This year, I am trying a DC electric fence connected to a deep cycle battery. The battery usually lasts 8 weeks in warm and mild weather. In conjunction with the electric fence, I use two...
  2. Re: Last OAV in Northern climates? (Michigan)

    You can do OA pretty much anytime, but you want to do it when the temperature hovers around 40-45 degrees and sunny. It is warm enough for the bees to break cluster, but cold enough for them to...
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    My foundationless frames are regular frames without the plastic. Sometimes I put fishing line through them or just leave it like that and the bees build the comb.
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    Re: Free Golden Rain trees

    Yeah, native bees lose their mind over these trees but honeybees don't, in my experience.
  5. Thread: Almost....

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    Re: Almost....

    That would crush and drown too many bees.
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    Re: Sound of the queen in flight

    Your queens should have come back. Even when they are getting balled and are able to escape, and they come back, and get balled again. This happened to a queen I introduced, the next day she was...
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    One gallon of water weighs about 8 lbs. So to make one to one by weight, you mix one gallon of water to 8 lbs of sugar. I like to mix one gallon of water to 10 lbs of sugar. Ah, don't forget to...
  8. How much honey to give your hive land sponsors

    Hi,

    If you have an out yard on someone's property,
    1- what is the amount of honey to you give them?

    2- Is a 10% of net harvest, up to one gallon, a fair and reasonable amount?
  9. Thread: Nectar Flow

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    Re: Nectar Flow

    I think I saw them bloom around Middletown,NY. I was particular looking for it, because the 5 black locusts in my house did not bloom, but if I drove 6 miles, I saw the black locust blossoming. It...
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    Re: Born to Swarm?

    Just make the first week of May your split time milestone. This gives the original hive time to recuperate for the June flow.

    I had a 3 tier deep with a medium super full of honey. I don't...
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    Re: Queen Excluder Timing

    How is your overwintering arrangement for the hives?
  12. Thread: EFB dilemma

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    Sticky: Re: EFB dilemma

    As I have posted before, last year actually. It could be something else that has similar symptoms as EFB. Last year I had an EFB scared, did a field and a lab test and they were negative. This...
  13. Thread: EFB dilemma

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    Sticky: Re: EFB dilemma

    You should send it to the USDA, this year they seem to have a quick turn around. I sent my sample on a monday and got the result by that Friday. I was actually shocked at the turn around.
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    Re: Saskatraz Updates?

    Done you know that is one of the boiler plate statements from any queen breeder. "we breed for temperament, brood pattern and disease/pest resistance." Oh wait, the queen you sold me didn't stand up...
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    Re: Saskatraz Updates?

    Did you treat. I had the best overwintering, but I treated diligently last year.
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    Re: 5 Frame nucs

    If I am purchasing a NUC, I would like it to be an overwintered NUC or a hive that has gone through 2 or 3 generations of worker bees. Or a queen that is transferred to a NUC with frames of bees and...
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    Re: Bee keeping suit reviews

    I use long shirt or sweater and a $16 veil from dancing bee equipment that straps on your shoulders. For me is quick and easy to put it on and off. All you have to do is wear oversize sweater or...
  18. Thread: Dead Hive

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    Re: Dead Hive

    I live in NW NJ with an USDA zone of 6A. My last treatment with Apivar went in September 15, which allowed treatment up to the first or second week of November when they become broodless. I also...
  19. Thread: Dead Hive

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    Re: Dead Hive

    I also lost a hive using an insulated winter wrap/jacket. When I went to check, I knew I messed up, because the wrap drooped down and covered the entrance and smothered the bees. I didn't nailed a...
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    Re: Wintering loss Survey

    I went into winter with thirteen and 12 made it. The one that I lost was my own fault, for not preventing the winter wrap from blocking all ventilation holes. Why low loss? Last season I used...
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    Re: Bear attack last night.

    Although I have not tried these methods, I am thinking of trying them. Get the carpet nail strips and mine the area with them. Or you can electrify wiremesh and place them around the hives. Use a...
  22. Re: National Honey Show AFB/EFB Typing and Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus by Kirsty Stai

    Here are some pictures that I posted about my faux EFB

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?347353-Killing-off-my-hives-slowly&p=1648479#post1648479
  23. Re: National Honey Show AFB/EFB Typing and Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus by Kirsty Stai

    I noticed yellowing, browning, drying and some larva pointing their head out. When I sent samples to the USDA, the yellowish and brownish larva broke as I picked them. Much of the samples I sent...
  24. Re: National Honey Show AFB/EFB Typing and Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus by Kirsty Stai

    Be cautious about diagnosing EFB on your hive, as it could be something less drastic. Last year I was dead sure I had EFB. The hive had all the characteristic of it. A bursting at the seams nuc...
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    Re: Permanent Three Box Hive

    I wish my bees would look at the black locust blooms in my house. All I see on the three trees at home, are native bees and bumblebees.
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