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    Re: Brushy Mountain Extractor motor

    I bought one on ebay, don't remember the companies name but I think there were from N.J.
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    Re: warm weather, split or add another deep?

    if they have food (fondant or sugar) on top of the hive why do plaything? like you said "false spring" you can research a bit more but I don't reverse hive bodies until overnight lo's are around 50...
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    Re: bear bait honey

    buckwheat honey is very dark and thick
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    Re: Lost both of my hives in CO, advice needed.

    did you make provisions for the excess moisture to escape the top of the hive?
  5. Thread: New in PA

    by umchuck
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    Re: New in PA

    Hey there Jim, welcome and good luck, if you're looking for nucs I'm running 8 hives up at Catawissa, and if they all make it thru the winter will probably be selling nucs in the spring, I have my...
  6. Re: Fallen tree branch exposes massive active hive...and its raining in california!

    call a local bee keeper and he can box up the comb and bees, I'm assuming you dont have any hive bodies or experience in bee keeping, good luck.
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    Re: Wintering in the north

    most i know here in Pa just wrap with black roofing paper to help adsorb some sunlight, I had 2 last year i did nothing to and both made it thru a mild winter
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    Help with Brushy Mountain cappings bags

    Was wondering if anyone has used the cappings bags from brushy mountain with their 9 frame extractor, I have mine converted to DC motor and every time i try using the bags the motor is so unbalanced...
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    Re: What to do now?

    might have a virgin in there, if not heres what I would do,I'd let them go for another 10 days the see if those cells are hatched or close to it, it's likely that they started 3 or 4 days with the...
  10. Thread: queenless

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    Re: queenless

    hard to tell how old the hatched queen cell is, so if you figure the minimum it would be 16 days to hatch, and then usually 10 to 14 days for a laying queen, usually right around 30 days from egg to...
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    Help needed with a queenless nuc

    Hi there everyone, I need help trying to figure out whats going on in one of my 5 frame nucs details are as follows:
    July 2 started with capped queen cells (2)
    Aug 1 no signs of a laying queen...
  12. Re: Apivar mite strips in 8-frame medium hives - how many strips needed?

    If top box is all honey the strips will do you no good, they have to be hung in the brood chamber, watch the daily temps just cant recall what max temps are for apivar, I'd hang 2 in each hive body,...
  13. Thread: Bears

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    Re: Bears

    just put a bear fence up on fri, they are a lot more powerful than just a livestock fence, I'm using a solar fencer with a 12 volt battery right inside the charger, when all done checked with an...
  14. Re: In the north (upstate Ny) when is the latest feasible time for making splits?

    I'm guessing the 4 nucs you have now are double hive bodies, I would say you still have time, I have a couple just started hoping the fall flow goes well, golden rod just starting, figure on feeding...
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    Re: questions, questions, questions

    It takes roughly 40 days to get a foraging bee, 21 days for the bee and foraging starts around day 18 of age, I would start feeding and keep feeding until the comb is drawn and then check them for...
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    Re: My experience with slatted racks and SBBs

    just my 2 cents, I run moistly 8 frame on slated racks late last fall transferred some to 10 frame equipment, (no slatted racks) all on SBB's
    this spring all 3 10 frames swarmed 4 8 frame still...
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    Re: now what do i do with laying worker hive?

    just had a laying worker hive myself, tried something I didn't think would work but had read about this trick, took a piece of cardboard 3' square and laid in front of my strongest hive, from the...
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    Re: What a difference 2 weeks makes

    you said hive 2 has a newer queen, she's just getting started, give her another week to practice, then if pattern still looks sparse, I'd think about replacing her, but that's what I'd do.
  19. Thread: Bee Aggression

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    Re: Bee Aggression

    they'll flying stinging insects, that's why we get stung, remember the bees you have during the spring flow is the not the same bees you will have during a dearth or fall, they get a little...
  20. Re: Laying worker hive... dumb to just let them dwindle?

    I had just read about someone who dumps them right in front of strong queen rite hive, so I placed cardboard from the bottom board to the ground and dumped mine out and watched them march up and into...
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    Re: Whats going on?

    feeding them will also do the trick, when they start filling the brood chamber with syrup you should get your swarm cells, remember though to stop the swarm instinct you will have to remove the queen...
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    Re: Can you change a swarms mind?

    Read some articles from Tom Sealy PhD. he has done numerous studies on how a swarm decides on it's bivouac site and it's future home site, it's all done by scouts agreeing on which site to go for.
  23. Re: First hive inspections of nuc and package. few questions.

    save the pollen patties for the dearth or fall, bees don't need them when they have pollen, you didn't mention if the package is on foundation, they will need fed as long as they take it for drawing...
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    Re: When to check on new hive?

    you wont disrupt them too much by getting in on Sun, get in and get out, dont pull frames etc; see if the queens got out and remove that box add the frames and close it up and feed go back in 3 to 4...
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    Re: Swarm won't stay inside - help!

    I lock mine in for at least 24 hrs, there may be more that 1 queen in the swarm they should go back in when the sun goes down,
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