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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I have not seen a single honey bee on a dandelion yet. Even on the nicer days we have had I haven't seen any honey bees foraging outside my apiaries anywhere and I have been looking.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Our dandelion flow has been on for about a week. Lots of drones in the hives now.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I am as if yeatetday seeing cherry and dandilion. Blue pollen in many of my Hives. Italian packages going gangbusters on the maple flow, hoping it lasts a few more days and the rain Friday doesn't...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    The report of drones I hade came from western mass. My hive have only a few frames of emerging workers and many uncapped, Im sure some of it is scattered with soon to be sealed drone brood.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I haven't but have herd frome someone that they have drones flying already. I have seen capped drone cells.
  6. Re: Starting Treatment Free and non-TF bees in the same location.

    1: will it be detrimental to either the TF and non-TF bees to have them next to each other?

    They can coexist but the TF bees will likely need to be extra hardy. I have a TF hive next to many...
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    Re: Feed a new hive?

    And that's why if it's a package we requeen as soon as possible with better resilient genetics. I'm in MA and a package left to its own devices especially TF is a roll of the dice as to the shape it...
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    Re: Fondant and HMF

    Just looking at heat as the catalyst for the creation of HMF, this article would suggest that the caramel color is a result of its creation so if your fondant was still white and not yellor or brown...
  9. Re: Michael Palmer's method with medium nucs?

    With the outer cover on, they cannot get to each other, If your inspecting and need to stack one box from one side on the inner cover of the other side, then you must cover it. MP uses duct tape, I...
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    Fondant and HMF

    I have done a little research and haven't been able to find anything stating at what temps it is created from granulated sugar. Lots of chemistry mentions from fructose and the acid rich environment...
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    Re: Stepping into the light!

    Thanks Gary! WTNBeek, I was told yesterday that "I don't understand why you can't just keep 1 or 2!!!!!!" I'll be up to 12 in a few months :) She is worried we won't have time to do anything this...
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    Re: Winter losses for 2016-17

    None so far but 1 of three is dwindling fast.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    What are those of you who are going to feed with pollen thinking for timing this year? I know it's not even March yet but the weather over the next few weeks looks great? The Farmers Alminac says...
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    Stepping into the light!

    Long-time lurker, first-time poster haha. Thought I'd introduce myself, been creeping for a while and recently found myself on here every day so I geuss its time. Have been keeping bees for a while...
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    Re: Feeder Opinions

    The shank of an icepick or awl is probably between 1/8-1/4" but I bet the point would work well to get a tiny hole if you don't tap it too hard. This would be easier than a smaler drill bit as they...
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    Re: Feeder Opinions

    I started drilling 4, 1/16" holes and they were too big. On most of them I had to use propolis to block at least 1 if not 2 holes. If doing it again I would start with smaller holes and check to...
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    Re: Feeder Opinions

    I switched last year to the gallon paint cans that M.P. recommends and love it. When feeding for winter you can get 5 on the inner cover of a 10 frame box. I run only mediums so I made a shim to...
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    Re: PVC boards

    It definitely does expand and contract but in this application, there would be no negative effect. it is definitely heavier than pine but I would mostly be worried about off gassing in hi tepmps and...
  19. Re: Why do these beeswax pellets smell bad?

    This is a really old thread but this is because some places still do a chemical bleaching process to lighten dark wax. I bought some dirt cheap "organic" beeswax off amazon and was shocked at how...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Skipping the beginning and jumping into where the queen goes and why, remove the bottom brood nest dropping the upper boxes down onto the bottom board, this is now the cell builder. The brood nest...
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    Re: Tung oil and new bees

    It can take a few days for pure tung oil to cure. Tung oil and linseed oil dont actually dry they cure. No moisture leaves the oil, the dry weight is the same as the wet wight and it chemicly...
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