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    Re: Why did my bees die - summer edition

    Thanks for the feed back vtbeeguy. My basic plan was to treat every 10 days. Will do so every 10 days for four of five more treatments. Do you think I should do something different?
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    Re: Why did my bees die - summer edition

    Well, my two hives just started out from a very cold spring and dwindled to almost nothing. On July 6th I fogged them with oxalic acid and started using formigilin B in their sugar water. On the...
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    Re: Very wet cool spring split hive issue

    WoW!! The wind just blew the top off my split hive. I got home just after it happened and I saw I forgot to lash it down with the wire I use. Best thing that could of happened. I saw a huge...
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    Very wet cool spring split hive issue

    Does a cool wet spring (which we have had) affect the expansion of a split hive or the recovery of a hive that has made it through the winter? I made a split May 16th. Bought a queen and put her...
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    Bees living in peace with ants.

    I was told by an area expert that ants that make a home in your bee hives do not hurt the bees one bit and do not try to get rid of them. She says they live harmoniously together for many millions...
  6. Thread: First split today.

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    Re: First split today.

    WOW, Can anyone tell me what is going on? First split had a few bees going in and out a few days ago and then NOTHING, no sign of bees this Saturday. On Sunday, we had about 500 bees crawling all...
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    Re: First split today.

    "Bee Keeping is 33% science, 33% experience and the rest is all luck"

    I checked infront of the hive today without disturbing it. I have a few bees leaving and a few bees coming into the hive so I...
  8. Thread: First split today.

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    Re: First split today.

    Thanks FiveJ, I only sealed the entrances to the new split with the new queen. Left old original hive (that I took split from, open) Going to take duct tape off the entrance of new split just...
  9. Thread: First split today.

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    First split today.

    I got a queen from Singing Cedars Apiaries in the mail today and I split my one and only hive today at 1:00 PM. Sunny and warmest part of the day at 61 degrees. I sandwiched her cage between a row...
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    splitting hive myth

    I have seen on this web site (I think) that they recommend never splitting a hive within 300 yards of the original hive. Says the original bees may all go back to the original queen instead of...
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    Dearth-How do you identify a dearth

    I have only been bee keeping for 2 years in the St. Lawrence river valley of NYS. How do I know when we are having a dearth? I just keep a feeder out all the time but would rather not do that if...
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    Yellow jackets going in and out of my hive.

    I have a horizontal bartop/langstroth frame hive with three openings. At one end I have yellow jackets going in and out. I have an internal feeder with fall 2/1 mix sugar/water in the hive. Are...
  13. Has the drought in the North east caused a dearth?

    Has the super dry weather caused us to have a dearth or is it just plain good for the bees. Should I feed a new (in June) nuc still?
  14. Thread: Treating a new nuc

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    Treating a new nuc

    When should I start an Oxalic acid treatment for mites with a new nuc?
  15. Thread: Queen Excluder

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    Re: Queen Excluder

    Thanks Frank, I think I will try queen excluders this year for the first time. I run bar top hives so it won't be hard to do. New to all this so I am learning.
  16. Thread: Queen Excluder

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    Queen Excluder

    I have been told that a queen excluder kills a lot of worker bees. Is this true?
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    Re: Dead bees all over!!

    I just put in a feeder internal to the hive yesterday as soon as I got home from the warm sunny south. Put one to one sugar water inside the hive via a small compartment for that I built. Did not...
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    Re: Dead bees all over!!

    Your idea of a massive house cleaning is exactly what I am praying for. I will be real disapointed if they all perished. I am praying for a small cluster of remaining bees surrounding the queen. ...
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    Dead bees all over!!

    I just got home today from the sunny south (April 03) and ran down anxiously to look at my first two ever hives. They are bar tops and I am located in Northern New York State. Hundreds of bees on...
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    Wow Thucar

    Wow Thucar, You have gone way further than I have so far. I got 2 bartops and insulated them for the winter and left. I won't be back home until April 10 or so and I am very very anxious since this...
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    Re: I finally have bees!

    I think you are making a huge mistake with the aluminum foil on the back of the insulation, no matter which way you place it: UP or DOWN. The top insulation of a hive MUST breath moisture out of it...
  22. Thread: Stop feeding?

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    Re: Stop feeding?

    I also heard "feed them until they stop taking it" so I guess I best keep feeding. They are still taking my 2 sugar to 1 water on a steady basis. The rainy no sun times are here in northern ny and...
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    Stop feeding?

    Living in zone 5 when should I stop feeding?
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    Taking honey in mid September

    I have been told lots of "varying" "different" stories on taking a couple bars of honey this time of year. My two hives are totally combed out with 28 full combs and of that about 8 full bars of...
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    Re: OK so it is August 26 honey extraction?

    Thank you so much for your advice. I am obviously a first year keeper at 73 years young and I need all the help I can get. I opened the hive today and did a 100% full inspection. Took off one bar...
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