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  1. Re: Need advice on starting a couple of small nucs to hold queen cells

    All good concerns. Best option is to make robbing screens. They don't have to be fancy. Just make something from hardware cloth, wire etc. As a last resort, make entrance one bee wide with anything....
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    Re: Swarm? Supercedure? Both?

    Last inspected 16 days ago. Interesting. Through inspection including cleaning bottom bars. No signs of swarm prep. I should note that I marked the queen at the time and she escaped under the cage...
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    Swarm? Supercedure? Both?

    Puzzled by what I found today. Population down and lack of eggs and larvae. Just some capped brood. Figure it swarmed. Found 2 capped swarm cells at bottom of frame, but also found 2 that appeared...
  4. Thread: Weed killer?

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    Re: Weed killer?

    Does said weed have flowers? If so, its not a weed. What I use on real weeds depends where they are. Usually just cut them down,hot kettle of boiling water or vinegar. Vinegar does kill some...
  5. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    I made up a single screen out of a shim which we will use if population of lw hive looks ok. Hmm, hope toe biting isn't a big issue. The plan is to add a frame of larvae once a week too. Belt and...
  6. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    This has been an interesting and timely discussion. I am about to try Flower Planters single screen method on daughter's hive tomorrow. I am considering modifying a Snelgrove by making it a single...
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    Re: Introduce Queen Before Or After Move?

    I assumed that's what you meant, but checked back here to be sure. I shall remain a chicken. J
  8. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    I don't understand how/why combines are done all the time without issues and shaking them out does not achieve the same effect assuming the nuc replacing the LW hive is strong. I have also seen Dave...
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    Re: Introduce Queen Before Or After Move?

    Thanks JW. I need to make a split and my daughter needs a hive, thus the wait and drive! I was wondering about removing the cork, but have never taken that risk before. J
  10. Thread: Queen flew off

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    Re: Queen flew off

    Bummer. Hopefully she will make it back. If that ever happens again, she may actually orient on you so you should stay put for 15 min (so I have heard) and she might return to that very spot. Then...
  11. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    Paul Kelly of the UoG does indeed say that you can install a nuc and shake the bees 20 feet away. The LW can't fly and the foragers will return to the original hive location. He does not say this,...
  12. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    Many people respect U of G but I will watch vid again. Now not sure if he replaced that particular hive.
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    Introduce Queen Before Or After Move?

    Because of time constraints, I intend to do a split tomorrow but will not move the split until Saturday. I have to transport it about 1.5 hrs away and am thinking I should introduce the queen after...
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    Re: Success In Transporting Queen Cells?

    I just saw those cages msl and thought the same thing. As it turns out,work prevented the attempt and they are due to hatch tomorrow . So we are on to plan B Saturday. J
  15. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    I recently watched UoG vid where he essentially did what OP did. My understanding is that you do not need to go far to shake out and the whole objective is to allow foragers to return. The laying...
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    AFB Detected In Vermont

    Attention Vermont beekeepers! I received a notice from the VBA that AFB has been confirmed in Orwell and in Windham County. The notice said "multiple cases" in Orwell and "one case" in Windham...
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    Very interesting question. I think my honey costs the most pr pound but know every single hobbyist will argue that theirs is. J
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    Re: Honeybees for raspberry pollination.

    No idea about vibrations and pollination, but my bees were literally "swimming" around in poppies today. Never seen anything like it. Their pollen sacs were loaded so full they had a hard time taking...
  19. Re: Interested in new design for entrance reducer

    I made some out of PVC that have the standard large entrance but I have another piece of PVC with a groove cut out that allows me to adjust it all the way to closed or anywhere in between. . The plus...
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    Re: When to give in and buy a queen?

    An option you may not have considered is to move some of those fat queen cells from Hive 2 to Hive 1. If the cells are on two different frames, just move that frame over. If all on the same frame,...
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    Re: Bees crawling inside of hive top feeder

    Opinions will vary, but I would feed a first year hive until it stops taking feed. There is no harm to the bees in feeding and great harm if they do not have enough food to raise brood, live and...
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    Re: Honeybees for raspberry pollination.

    Absolutely. Big contributor to the nectar flow in many places. J
  23. Thread: Moisture Content

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    Re: Moisture Content

    Your honey should spin out fine. Maybe it is not warm enough or it crystallized? If you think it really is because it is too dry, read the post above yours. Honey will readily absorb moisture. Put it...
  24. Thread: Woo Hoo Honey!

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    Re: Woo Hoo Honey!

    Feels good, right? Congrats, J
  25. Thread: Tree ID

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    Re: Tree ID

    Agree with Knisely. Better pic would help, but looks like a horse chestnut. There are several apps that will allow you to take a pic and it will tell you what tree,bush,flower it is. For trees, I...
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