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    Re: Anyone ever tried this patty recipe?

    I have made patties from scratch loosely based on Randy Oliver's recipe and I have used the commercial patties the bees like the homemade ones better and I dry fresh eggs I don't buy them.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    You will if you feed them. There is no need to feed pollen patties in April here given the amount of pollen being brought. Even if there are a couple days of bad weather at the rate they pack it in...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Actually depending on your locale bad advice. Being in Maine probably OK but by April here in MA pollen is too prevalent by that time and the pollen patties will only feed the SHB.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    double post
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I had lost 1 hive out of 11 in the first or second week of December 2016. It wasn't going to make it as it was having problems in early fall so it was not unexpected.

    I checked all remaining 10...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Ryan ... Norfolk County Beekeepers meet in Walpole closer for you about 1/2 drive on backroads through Holliston & Millis.

    It is a lot tougher your first year than you think you can make it but 2...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Nothing against you Ryan but quiting after 1 season come on. I don't think you have even made an attempt to make it work yet. Do you have a mentor to help you?

    I am close by if you really want...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    MP

    I have had one of Andy's Danish Buckfast nucs for a few years now and i'm using your 2 deep and 1 medium box setup for it. Its my best hive you may want to send a truck down instead :D
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    Re: Lawsuit fellow beekeeper has lost.

    In New Hampshire they have a view tax for looking at scenic settings so he's lucky. If it was my yard I would quickly eliminate all of his viewing pleasure through fence, shrubs or otherwise.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Thanks Lauri I was curious about the transfer of smells so you have answered what I was thinking.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Bob

    Given how this year went I left the supers on into September to help the bees with feeding. I did not have any noticable robbing and I added the cans closer to October and all hives but 2 had...
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    You seem to have many problems with robbing. You said you use gallon feeders what type are you using? I have been using the MP method of paint cans in the fall for a few years now and have...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I make my own fondant but it can be a pain in the rear. I just bought a Cabelas 12 tray dehydrator on sale for $169.00 to mimick Lauri's recipe. I am doing this solely on the fact it looks much...
  14. Re: More Bad News for Honey as U.S. Seeks to Get Handle on Glyphosate Residues in Foo

    Grass grows on superfund sites maybe you missed that.
  15. Re: Do you find that open feeders end up with a lot of dead bees?

    I do not use top feeders in the fall due to robbing. My experience using top feeders in the fall is dismal I have since gone to the MP method of paint cans, although a bit of a pain in the rear, they...
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    Re: New Beekeeper in Massachusetts

    Try Norfolk County Beekeepers the meetings are at Norfolk Aggie in Walpole and alot of members are close by to you including me.
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    Hive swarmed need virgin queen advice

    I had a swarm on May 9th and was lucky enough to capture it. So far the swarm is doing well and more than happy with it's new home. I checked the original hive this past Sunday May 22 and it is...
  18. Re: Attention NE Massachusetts Beekeepers (Essex County)

    Like others I have moved hives by dis-assembling each box and rebuilding the hive in the back of my truck and then used cargo ratchet straps to hold it together while driving. Its a one man job no...
  19. Re: How long does it take a hive to realize it's queenless?

    I don't know when the bees know but you will figure it pretty quick because ...trust me.. they will let you know.
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    Re: RIP, Beeware10, Alan D Clark

    Sad news RIP Alan
  21. Thread: hive activity

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    Re: hive activity

    After installing the new package wait 3 days then check to see if queen has been released from the cage. Check the queen cage to make sure there is not a dead queen in it and make sure she has been...
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    Truly sorry for your loss. Beesource will be a much different place with the loss of another beekeeper.
  23. Thread: Lost Them!!!

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    Re: Lost Them!!!

    We had extremely warm temps here in New England right into October treating for mites in September was fine. Remember beekeeping is local not so much global ..basics yes..weather not so much. Today...
  24. Thread: Lost all 3 hives

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    Re: Lost all 3 hives

    You should leave the hives outside just close down all the openings from robbers and mice until you get new bees this will save you from the wax moths.
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    Re: Lost all 3 hives

    Curious how will the bee inspector be able to make a determination on cause of death now?
    Were the colonies with the small populations queenless? What about moisture? Do you have pics of the hives...
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