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  1. Thread: Pennsylvania

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    Re: Pennsylvania

    For me it was helpful posting swarms when it was combined because you could watch the swarms coming North. Now I don't have a litmus as to when to expect them. In the past month I've caught 2...
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    Re: Overwintering NUC question

    I had some similar issues. I used dry sugar on top of a hive putting news paper under it directly on top of the top bars. The Newspaper I simply put under the shim and it wicked moisture in and the...
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    Re: bees are flying far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I also had a yard that was near some marshy area and my first year there the bees were bringing in pollen on January 3rd that year. Now it was above freezing for about 5 days and a couple of those...
  4. Thread: Pennsylvania

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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Just curious as to what you all are selling honey for currently. Do you care to share?
    Thanks
  5. Thread: Spraying

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    Re: Spraying

    Many are saying this. I disagree but only have 1 bad experience. I had hives in strawberries and the guy that owned the farm sprayed roundup inbetween the rows one late afternoon. The hive was...
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    Re: What should I do with this laying worker hive?

    If you would follow MB's direction. . . A frame of eggs once every week for 3 weeks. You're replacing comb that is already drawn out with a frame of eggs (No extra resource other than the eggs that...
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    Re: What should I do with this laying worker hive?

    a laying worker hive will have no trouble killing a new mated queen. As you introduce the queen in a cage you'll have them attack the cage instead of welcoming her. A virgin is a different story...
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    Re: What should I do with this laying worker hive?

    I understand this thought but I've lost a good queen to trying this. As MB says if you click on the link. . . a frame of open brood once per week for 3 weeks takes care of the issue. Also a ripe...
  9. Thread: bees and hawks

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    Re: bees and hawks

    I've heard that purple martins will keep hawks away. They won't tolerate the hawks and will attack them as they're nesting. During the fall and winter though? Not sure what to do there. It seems...
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    Re: Rehousing long ignored hives

    This is especially true if you use upper entrances. The bees will then keep the brood nest near the entrance and if you give them plenty of room will vacate the lower boxes fairly quickly. If you...
  11. Thread: Pennsylvania

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Scottie nice job!!! It seems that you have an incredible spot for swarms this year. I checked on my swarm from yesterday and I use my own custom made 8 frame deep boxes and they have all 8 frames...
  12. Thread: Pennsylvania

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I have several stacks of old boxes here at my house. I was praying for 2 swarms by today (when I received queens from Full Bloom). one swarm took up residence in 2 old boxes I had stacked up that I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    too long waiting in the hive to fly out. The problem with this is it's difficult to know / see if you don't see any eggs in the hive. If you suspect this I'd put in a frame of eggs from another...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    As long as it's not too long they'll go out the first day it's nice. If it's too long then you could lose the queen. A couple days either way I've seen them go out. Last year I had a storm hit the...
  15. Thread: Pennsylvania

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    Re: Pennsylvania

    When the swarms were all on the same thread there were several subscribed to it and many posted and it was helpful to see the whole picture. It was helpful to see that where I am is 2 weeks later...
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    Re: Colony to Relocate in Uility Pole

    I can't see the attachments yet, but if you do have a swarm then look for a local beekeeping club to contact. Consider googling your county followed by "beekeeping club" to see what comes up. I...
  17. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    The problem with this is you can't isolate one colony. You will not be able to check the bottom most box without totally moving all of the frames from the hive next to it to ensure your queen...
  18. Re: Beekeeping Business Planning - Can you make money in this business?

    I agree. Transporting bees is one thing, keeping bees alive and thriving with the current issues is another. I would encourage you to get some bees and see how it goes. I know I learned a TON...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I treated once as they were broodless with a young queen. The queen should have started laying the week after I treated. I actually think I did it in late July as the queen should have started...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Amazon has a container of OA for about 7.00 if I remember right. This will last a LONG time.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    OA Vaporizer. . . 1/2" copper pipe cut to about 7" long, smash one side, roll it over by about 1/8", smash it down again. I then insert that in the hive entrance, seal around the sides and use a...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I used OA vapor as I was queenless this summer with new queens. I reared my own and just before the queen would have started laying I treated with OA vapor. I also did OA dribble in December but I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I have lost several this year also perhaps because of the weather issues. I had 7 now I'm at 3 and the 2 that looked the best going into winter are gone. The one that looked the smallest is now the...
  24. Sticky: Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    Well you all read my mind. I wish I could translate French. I think that's what they're speaking.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Yea I tried about a week ago to put an empty frame or two in the brood nest for them to "open things up" but as they draw it out they are filling it with nectar also. It's quite difficult without...
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