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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Looks like you have thought things through Erin. I will try the wood ashes in front of my hives next winter. Thanks for the tip.
    I don't know the timing for Alaska, but I can tell you the longer you...
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    Re: Mold in hive comb

    They will clean it up eventually. If possible, I would rotate in a few moldy ones at a time. Maybe 1 pr/deep. I think they will clean them up faster and will lessen any ill effects of a mold...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Steve, I happened to be looking at my journal today and 1 week after my bear attack, there were no eggs or young larvae. In two weeks I saw small patches of 10-12 larvae on outer edges of most frames...
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    Re: Bees dead all wet

    Not sure what happened, but will say that newly dead bees tend to bet wet/soggy looking because of the decaying bodies in a mostly closed up space. Unless you have had some problems with the...
  5. Re: How to tell if returning foragers have full crop?

    I suspect that you are ahead of me in Burlington, but it doesn't matter in my way of thinking. They are light and even if maples have started, they won't be able to bring anything in the next few...
  6. Re: My first inspection of the year, would you have acted differently?

    Yes, you did fine. I know spring has started early, but I am one of the ones who has been suggesting to "northern people" not to jump the gun because it will get cold again. Keeping the brood...
  7. Re: How to tell if returning foragers have full crop?

    There is not much nectar coming in. I would feed them sugar water in zip lock bags with large pinholes in the bag. Place the bags on the top bars. Its nice today, but it is going to get cold and...
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    Re: Flash Player Fake Update

    No issues and I use Brave which has built in ad blockers. Supposedly, the Brave browser is more respectful of your privacy. J
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    Re: Honey supers (the girls arenít interested)

    Is your neighbor an experienced beekeeper, or a newbie that gave it up? If experienced, and successful, I would ask them for advice. I do not know your climate and flow, but two 8 frame mediums is...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Interesting and timely post Bernhard. J
  11. Re: When, if, and how to spring rotate deep boxes

    Are you saying that the cappings are brown or yellow, or the larvae? I assume you mean cappings. If the larvae is anything than sparkling white, you have a problem. You should be able to distinguish...
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    Re: Bees Swarmed Today, Captured My First Swarm

    Its your lucky day. Buy a lottery ticket. J
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    Re: They build a queen cell on a board!

    Never heard of a swarm cell like that before. Crazy. That's sure a box of bees ready to go. J
  14. Re: Does absence of comb indicate queenlessness?

    You raise a lot of good questions. I don't know the answer, but it does sound like they are starving and thus can't make wax and might have a virgin queen. Probably a second/third cast swarm? I would...
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    Re: Please help identify this

    Hard to tell with the resolution and my eyes even wearing glasses, but if that is brood comb, it looks like chalk brood. If not, it looks like they stored sugar from sugar bricks. J
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    Re: Overwintered Nucs (M.P. style)

    Its still going to be cold for awhile for us northerners, so you might consider feeding the syrup in a zip lock baggie with big pinholes punched into the bag and put right on the top bars.
    Since...
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    Re: Beekeeper to be from South Africa

    Welcome Caprovine from Vermont, USA. Are you new to beekeeping, or experienced? There are many knowledgeable and helpful people here if you need help. J
  18. Thread: Bee of the Day

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    Re: Bee of the Day

    Beautiful photography, and I like the casual narratives too. I read in one post that you are wondering if you should keep doing your website because you have a small following. Please continue. Your...
  19. Thread: varroa IPM

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    Re: varroa IPM

    So, after thinking about this, I am still a little confused. In your pic, it shows capped worker brood. I assume at some point they put honey in those cells. Do you move them above an excluder? I...
  20. Thread: varroa IPM

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    Re: varroa IPM

    Outdoor, Ok, I understand your viewpoint now. Sounds like a good way to manage, but I am not sure you are doing much varroa mitigation. J
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    Re: removing nuisance bees from water source

    I think the french drain idea will work. He shouldn't object since its such a small amount of water. Also, try making your water source more attractive. Unplug the pump and let the water get skunky....
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    Re: removing nuisance bees from water source

    THATS a good one.
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    Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    Very interesting discussion gentlemen. J
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    Re: First hive manipulation after the winter

    Congrats on a successful winter. I will let someone in your area answer the timing of your reversing. Yes, they are still clustering just not full time and maybe not as tight. I look at the long...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping Presentation

    Very nice to post this. Thanks Phil. J
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