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    . Holy crap, they're $200 a package now? That's...

    . Holy crap, they're $200 a package now? That's crazy.
  2. Re: Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    Thanks! The window screen sounds like a good plan. I think they had a nest directly below one of my hives last year. I must have stepped on a hundred of them into the ground or squished them with...
  3. Re: Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    The other 2 larger hives had a huge pile of dead bees on the bottom board that were fairly moist. I have no idea what fairly moist means, but I'm sticking to that description.
  4. Re: Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    I don't think skunk. The entrance reducer was in tact.
    Frame gap between boxes is I think the normal deep to deep frame gap.


    Don't know the weight or queen's age. At least two hives swarmed,...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Thanks. I'm not sure what mite load was, but treated late summer last year. This particular hive didn't look like much brood, but I didn't thoroughly inspect. Two other hives did have brood that I...
  6. Re: Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    Thank you all for your replies. I'm pretty sure that is indeed sugar that had fallen from above. With this hive it looks like starvation I guess. I'm still trying to figure out the other 3. Tons of...
  7. Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    Posted in another thread. This is one of four deadouts. This cluster looks very small and another cluster was on the other side of the frame. Bunch of bee butts sticking out of cells where cluster...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Lemonade gives me heartburn. Guess I'll have to do it!
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Yeah, just as I got a fan base to buy my honey last year! Whatever, I just ordered two nucs so maybe I'll get enough honey to sell to maybe slightly offset the nucs this year. At least I have a bunch...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    No bees flying today out of 4 (well three I guess since I knew one was dead already). At least three had enough food with honey frames and mountain camp on top. In one hive I found a small dead...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Sorry about that, I had the same thing happen to me. Not as many hives as you and one actually survived, but many setbacks because of bear attacks. I put a real electric fence around them and the...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Not really sure about the pollen situation as I didn't go deep into it. I thought it wasn't a good idea to feed pollen now? The chewed centers of the capped cells look like the brood started chewing...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Hive #3 dead. Saw several small clusters of bee butts sticking out of cells. Found several capped brood cells with the center chewed out. Lots of honey and mountain camp still. Seems most bees were...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Today I found hive #2 had its entrance reducer pulled out. I used the reducer to sweep out the many dead bees on the bottom. Crazy amount of dead bees and I'm not sure what pulled out the reducer. I...
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    Question to all you multiple-stackers: Do you put the new super on top, or do you put it on the bottom?
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Very nice Robert, glad to see all of your hives active. Good luck with the 40f temps two weeks from now in Rhode Island! Do you do a consistent mite check?
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Looks like dead. I tapped on the hives and didn't hear anything. Maybe they'll surprise me?? The cluster going up to the feeder rim hole is suspicious to me. They were definitely going towards that...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Looking back on the calendar, it looks like hives 1 & 3 are the ones I pulled honey off of this year. I definitely left them frames of honey and put mountain camp knowing they would be least likely...
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    New England beekeeper's winter journal

    Had a quick look at the 4 hives today in this balmy 45F degree weather. Two doing cleansing flights, hives 1 and 3 looked inactive.

    Both inactives had mountain camp still on top. The one hive was...
  20. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    My calculations are probably wrong, but it looks like around 3.70/ lb usd. Bulk is much less, but with your volume that seems pretty substantial. I'm surprised with that much honey per hive you're...
  21. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Started with 2 hives this year. Bought a nuc. Caught one of my swarms. Lost one of my swarms (that I know of). Final harvest was around 5 gallons off of two hives. Now trying to overwinter 4 hives.
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  22. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Damm (had to get past the auto-censor)! What price do you get for honey in your area? Seems like that much honey could seriously dilute the price you can get.
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    Re: What to ask at allergy Dr

    I wonder if Primatene Mist is a suitable substitute to an Epi pen. Both are epinephrine I think. Seems it would be easier to breathe in a cheap OTC inhaler as opposed to jabbing yourself with a pen....
  25. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Maybe a classic case of trying to completely insulate a house without allowing for airflow?
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