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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Cloverdale,
    Hope you guys are well.

    I think those queen cells you mention being capped and empty weren't always so. They held a queen but the cap was 'hinged' on a portion and fell back into...
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    Re: Global Warming

    It's all the hypocrisy that has me wondering and shaking my head, and the smugness.

    The smug, windbag hypocrites.
  3. Re: There's a fine line between feast and famine in the Spring.

    IMO, Consider working for or volunteering to help a experienced, seasoned, bona fide professional beekeeper to get out of this rut you are stuck in and to learn how to work with, and for, the bees....
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    Re: Using old queen excluders, really old

    Nice rebuild. Looks like you used pine?

    I like these excluders very much as well and have a bunch. Wish I had more of them.
    How do you place them on the hive? cross-wires facing down or up?
    ...
  5. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    What?
    No reports yet of compromised or dead colonies or of freeze damage to the nectar plants of late spring, summer and fall so the doom and gloom fears must not have materialized.
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    Re: How long can bees be confined to hive?

    It's good advice to know what is being sprayed and when and to read the labels.

    I pollinate apples and the growers cut the orchard floor during the afternoon and spray beginning at sunset of the...
  7. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    Only those who rushed the season and weakened their colonies with aggressive manipulations instead of equalizing and strengthening them are concerned with this cold blip. Have you rushed the season?...
  8. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    You mean still have the mouse guards and homosote board on the inner cover of the story an a half that I winter them in? That's all I do to winter them besides feed them to weight
    if necessary.
    No!...
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    Re: JUST A LITTLE PLUG FOR BETTERBEE

    Thanks for posting the picture Clayton, I like that cut better too.
    Not sure if the following has anything to do with the topic of box joints and rabbets but I believe BB either owns or is at least...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Long live Wei-Hock Soon!
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    Re: JUST A LITTLE PLUG FOR BETTERBEE

    I also would like to see this new rabbet design, please post a picture..
  12. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    I'm reminded of the Polar vortex during the extreme winter of 2013-2104. Cold as a witches...
    Here on the Atlantic coast we prepare for over wintering with max 60 lbs of stores in the hive in mid...
  13. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    I don't get it.

    What are we planning for?

    How are you planning?
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    Using them in this situation early on under the supers would have helped. Bees are hard to remove from brood, and brood messes up honey supers.
  15. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    I've the same spring weather here.
    On maple I put a queen excluder over the brood nest and a honey super over it to capture excess or unexpected big flow. On booming colonies, it's a QE and 2 honey...
  16. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    It keeps the bees out of the supers while feeding them so they can't enter the supers with sugar water and store it there. They must store/use it in the brood boxes. Also, the bees that were in the...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Your photos offer good, clear examples of efb crofter.

    gww: I'm hoping you don't see anything like in your colonies. Time to monitor any open brood throughout your yard though.
  18. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    That's great news, I'm happy to hear it.


    I have not let the weather stop me. Sure it's still not the above average temps of earlier months but - so what.
    There are plenty of good 'bee' days,...
  19. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    Ok thank you for asking.
    Still a hot bed here but better than a week or two ago.
    We have been able to avoid infection- we think, we also have thoughts that maybe we weren't able to and just never...
  20. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    That's farming.
    Gotta make hay while the sun is shining.

    In 1905 Doolittle dealt with poor weather and wrote about it in 'A years work in an out-apiary'.
    He made hay (a 114 1/2 Lb. average) and...
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    Re: chalkboard

    Anyone ever have overly hygienic bees? The non, the hygienic and the overly so.
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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    Giggle of the day: I'm reminded of the long held (for 20+ years!) belief and intuition of the scientific community of the Varroa destructor mite feeding upon hemolymph!

    Thanks.
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    Re: Corona-19 China Beekeepers

    Thanks Cloverdale, much appreciated.
    Stay safe.
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    Re: Corona-19 China Beekeepers

    Will do gww, will do. Thanks.
    Stay safe.
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    Re: Notched inner covers for Queen Castle

    You are talking about 3 (or 4) way queen mating nucs?
    Are your mating nucs or queen castles in the same yards as full sized colonies?
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