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  1. Thread: OAV Contamination

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    OAV Contamination

    Can honey supers that have been exposed to OA vaper be used next year (2019) for honey production?

    The supers have drawn comb. Since OA is water-soluble, could the frames be gently sprayed with...
  2. Thread: Smoker Question...

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    Re: Smoker Question...

    O.K. Thanks…

    At least I now know my smoker is the way it is to be…

    I have been doing all that is suggested, but I certainly need more practice. Packing the shavings in after the coals get hot...
  3. Thread: Smoker Question...

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    Smoker Question...

    Sometimes I have trouble keeping my smoker going. It seems that the bellows is not putting air into the canister that holds the fuel source to make the smoke…

    Here is a pic of my smoker (upside...
  4. Thread: Migratory Cover...

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    Migratory Cover...

    What is this type of cover for a 5-frame nuc? What is its purpose?

    Thanks...BCB
  5. Thread: Problems Or...

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    Re: Problems Or...

    I think it is bearding also, but I wasn't sure. So, I ask...

    Our nectar flow is beginning to slow down, although I still see pollen being brought to the hive. The guy I got the bees from starts...
  6. Thread: Problems Or...

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    Re: Problems Or...

    You have a good eye...

    If you look at the pic again, you will see my excluder. The super above it is painted green, but doesn't have the leaves, vines, etc. painted on it yet...

    The super...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    So far so good--we think...

    Although I did post a pic on this forum this morning. Title: "Problems Or"...

    The artwork--The wife has always been good at such projects. We want another hive...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    A couple of good ideas...

    I ponder all the advice...

    Thanks...BCB
  9. Thread: Problems Or...

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    Problems Or...

    Are they just hanging out on the front porch this morning?...

    I added a super the other day to give them more space--The one without the artwork...

    I post here from time to time as I don't want...
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    From July to Goldenrod and Asters...

    What will be the nectar produces between the time and flowers listed in Title?...

    My location is Western Pennsylvania...

    Thanks...BCB
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    Well, I was a bit confused as to what to do with the full super I have on my hive. (8 frames completely full and capped and 2 frames mostly drawn comb and much nectar in place) This is my first...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    Decision Day…

    My only super is FULL. We plan on extracting during the 1st week of July, or thereabout…

    I thought about removing several frames at a time, BUT maybe putting a new super on might...
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    Re: How Close Is Too Close?...

    So, if he uses chemicals, it chases the bees out, but doesn't kill them?...
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    Re: How Close Is Too Close?...

    Well, I knew it was a longshot at best. Especially for a guy with little to no experience...

    A guy came and looked at it, but he was afraid to deal with it because of the asbestos siding on the...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    O.K. Having read these comments, some a couple of times, it seems that with only one hive, I was hoping for 2 but that hasn’t happened yet, removing frames might be the way using a brush to chase the...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    Yep, only one hive. I was hoping to capture a swarm, but have had no luck at that. I guess maybe I should have got another split from the guy I got the 1st one from...

    I put the present super on...
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    How Close Is Too Close?...

    My neighbor saw me looking at my bees an hour ago and he walked across and said the he didn’t know I had bees…
    (We're not a nosy neighborhood!)

    He has a giant hive in his house and he wants rid...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    Took a look in the super an hour ago and noted that 8 of the 10 frames are probably 80% capped and the cells that aren’t are full of nectar. So, I didn’t remove any. Figured I'd let them another...
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    Re: Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    I guess I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone…

    I don’t have any of the Fischer’s Bee-Quick or such product and to purchase just that from a mail order place would be an insane price—shipping...
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    Removing Frames, a Couple at a Time...

    1ST year keeper. We got through the past winter and the bees seem strong…

    We did harvest about 6 pounds of honey from the fall flow last year…

    Now we have a super in place that we put there...
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    Entrance Reducer...

    I presently have my entrance reducer set at the 3”-4” opening…

    With all the activities because of the warmer weather, the bees seem to be crawling over top of each other and sometimes there are so...
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    Re: What Might This Be?

    I agree with that...

    If indeed, they are young bees, then that might mean my hive is continuing to maintain...

    I can't get good pics as I don't have a very good camera. But, they sure are...
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    What Might This Be?

    I noticed something, not sure what it is, on the front of the thorax/back of head on both sides of some of the bees this morning…

    I don’t believe I have ever seen this before…

    Is it pollen? I...
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    Re: Autumn/Russian Olive...

    Well, the Olive and Privet are done in Western PA, at least in my area. The flowers are falling off...

    What might the next source of pollen/nectar be in this area?...

    I did notice, in spite of...
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    Trap Distance From Hive...

    I have access to an abandoned house that has had bees in the eves for as long as the neighbors can remember…

    The one neighbor indicates they swarm every year and sometimes more than once. (This I...
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