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  1. Thread: Brood?

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    Re: Brood?

    Great news! It was 70 here today but we are expecting snow this weekend. I've been pretty regular with my OAV treatments but i think i'll do one more tomorrow. barring the odd warm spell, this might...
  2. Thread: Brood?

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    Brood?

    Went through all 4 of my hives today and found absolutely no brood in any of them. my last inspection was Sept. 27th and i did have quite a bit of brood then. Upstate New York and we have started...
  3. Thread: Merging....

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    Merging....

    So the hives that I merged a few weeks back didnt do so well. Had a queenless brood box, then, caught a swarm and put them in an 8 frame brood box. I made a spacer with screen on both sides. After...
  4. Re: Carniolans - suitable starter bee for a new beek?

    This is the end of my 2nd year keeping bees. Started w 2 Italian nucs. Lost one hive last winter. The other thrived. This spring I split my hive making 2 Italian hives. I made another split and gave...
  5. Thread: Winter Weather

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    Re: Winter Weather

    @enjambres: my shavings were pretty damp every time I checked them. There was ice around my holes but they never closed up so I know moisture was wicking and escaping through the the holes. I’m going...
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    Re: Arg! Swarms, and honey!

    No sqarepeg, no feeders. i know i'm really far north, but my bees are still making tons of honey. still bringing in load of pollen too. heck, it was almost 80 here today. goldenrod is still going...
  7. Thread: Winter Weather

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    Re: Winter Weather

    @Enjambres

    This is what I did last year. Each box has 8 1 holes. I put fine hardware cloth on the inside of the holes. The shavings I used were not too coarse but not too fine. Just used some of...
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    Arg! Swarms, and honey!

    Well, winter is breathing down my neck. I have an odd scenario going on and not sure what to do. Those carnis swarmed on me again last weekend, caught them and over the last week, merged them with...
  9. Thread: Winter Weather

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    Re: Winter Weather

    Last year I did quilt boxes and wrapped with 2” foam. The entire month of Feb, I think our highest temp was about 17. That whole month we were –10 to –29 at night. I lost 1 hive and my other...
  10. Thread: Suit VS Jacket

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    Re: Suit VS Jacket

    Not sure what others have experienced, but I started w a jacket w attached hood. I was also wearing dark colored canvas overalls. Found that they always stung me on my legs or butt. I bought a pair...
  11. Re: Absolutely love having built up resistance to bee stings this year.

    This is the end of my 2nd year. Absolutely hate wearing gloves but I have been this whole time. This week I decided to ditch the gloves. Went out to put some shims under my tops to give them some...
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    Re: Carniolan (swarm masters)

    Sorry guys, was out, away from my computer today.

    Thanks so much for the input!

    Mike, they did have open brood, capped brood but they were starting to backfill a little in the brood...
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    Re: Carniolan (swarm masters)

    They had built out the brood boxes and 1 medium. I added another medium 2 weeks ago. They have drawn the comb out but not much else is going on in that medium. figured they had room...
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    Carniolan (swarm masters)

    Well, I think I made a mistake. Lost one of my 2 hives last winter. So in the spring I made a successful split off that original hive (Italian). In my quest of finding the most winter hardy bee, I...
  15. Re: Bear-proofing that is safe for children and pets?

    I have electric fence. I also have 3 kids (3,5,and 7 years old) and 2 dogs. They might touch it once, but only once. Its not going to hurt anything except their feelings. it happens.... not a big...
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    Re: jwcarlson, RE: your quilt box.

    this is what I did last winter. just took some honey supers and drilled big vents in the tops, covered with screen so nobody gets in the top. worked really well. Just needed to replace my shavings...
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    I was just about to ask the same question. This is my 2nd year. Have about 10 frames that I took honey from. they are not perfect but I didnt tear them up too bad when cutting caps. always nervous...
  18. Thread: Swarm help!

    by TroyDM
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    Re: Swarm help!

    great ideas. they stayed in that limb for a few hours but didn't seem to care about the boxes i hoisted up. My neighbor is a mountain guide. he was going to bring over some harnesses and rope so i...
  19. Thread: Swarm help!

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    Swarm help!

    So i had my first swarm today. They managed to stop in the top of a really tall maple tree right outside my office. There really isn't a way to cut the limb they are on to get them down easily....
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    Re: Beekeeping, there's an app for that?

    I didn’t keep a log of anything on my first year. Now I keep records of my hive inspections and everything I do, religiously. I just use Evernote. Its a free note taking app. I have it on my mac, PC,...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Lake Placid, NY. Last year we had many nights with 28 degree temps. I had 2 hives. 2 brood boxes, 2 mediums. Both were really strong and had lots of honey. I made quilt boxes for both to keep the...
  22. Thread: I need bees!

    by TroyDM
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    I need bees!

    I did a split kind of late and Im a little worried about their progress. They are being productive but our winter hits in late October and Id like to see more bees to help them make it through our...
  23. Thread: split advice

    by TroyDM
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    split advice

    Completely puzzled.

    May 15th: had a hive with 2 deeps and 2 supers busting at the seams. Found a really nice supersedure cell that looked like it was going to pop. Found my queen in that hive and...
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    Re: Advice for moving a hive a long distance?

    buy one of these, turn it upside down and drive. no biggy. my buddy in Vermont drives all of his hives down to Florida every fall.
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    Re: Hives and colonies after bears?

    We have tons of bears around my house. Neighbors see them everyday. I have one of these:
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