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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    Wow. I was away for awhile and found all these replies. Thank you all VERY much for your answers. A lot to consider!

    I have six hives to move and the more I read of your replies, the more I feel...
  2. Re: Too late to start feeding sugar syrup in Jersey?

    Not too late, from my experience. I've been feeding for about 2-3 weeks and I still am. I have inverted bottle feeders inside a super over the inner cover hole. I do 5:3 syrup with some Honeybee...
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    Have you tried foundationless frames yet? Works for me all the time.
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    Re: Join two hives with Queen's?

    Have you considered joining the two hives with a double screened board and run a two queen hive? After the two colonies get used to each other - before you remove the screen - place an excluder...
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    I need to move my hives. When is best?

    I have six hives that I need to move across the yard about 25 feet. I know it would be ideal to wait until Spring. But aside from that, when would be the best time? Now before the frosts come? Or...
  6. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I rotate treatment: OAV in the spring and Formic Pro in the Fall - one month apart starting around Labor Day. First time ever I had 100% coming out of winter. (6/6). Always wrap my hives but used...
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    Re: Price for honeycomb

    I sell my comb for $15/lb. No problem. It's such a niche item here, people love it.
    My bottled honey goes for $16/12oz net weight. Discounted 25% for a case. It's just the nature of the market...
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    Re: Both Hives Queenless And No Eggs, My Plan OK?

    This may have been discussed earlier. A great temporary fix for a queenless hive is Temp Queen (used to be named Bee Boost) queen pheromone. I always have several tubes in the freezer to use when I...
  9. Re: Back Pain? My personal public service announcement....

    I looked up the Rhizotomy. You're right. It seems to do the same thing as the Neurotomy, however the Rhizotomy - at least from the video I saw - seems to be more invasive, and takes longer and...
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    Re: Last years Brood Frames with Honey

    I agree. If I have any honey in frames left from the winter or deadouts, or cutout honey, I put the whole medium (or container) into my upright freezer. I put each medium inside a contractor bag,...
  11. Back Pain? My personal public service announcement....

    Getting up in years, many of us get arthritis. I've heard of beekeepers who had to give up the job because they were just in too much pain to bend over anymore. That has been my fear increasingly...
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    Re: Plastic Drone Combs - are they worthwhile?

    Thanks, guys. I'll stick with some foundationless. I freeze them, and put them out for the birds and ants to take care of.
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    Plastic Drone Combs - are they worthwhile?

    What has been your experience with them and do you think they are a useful investment?
  14. Re: How many bees in a swarm the size of a softball/football/soccer ball/basketball?

    Doing a Google search, I found there are 3-4k bees per pound. Basketball size is maybe 5-6 pounds. Go from there.
  15. Thread: OAV Propane Gaget

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    Re: OAV Propane Gaget

    Don't know about propane torch, but I put my battery on a hand truck and that saves time and lots of grunt.
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    Re: Using the word "Organics" on your honey label

    It really depends on the Purpose of their label. Technically speaking, they haven't done anything wrong. FDA standards for "Organic" honey simply do not exist, the last I checked. Now, if we start...
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    Re: Relative Humidity Within the Hive

    It's been said often that cold doesn't kill bees; moisture does. So we have to work with the principles of science to solve the problem you bring up. Principle: Convection. Warm, moist air is...
  18. Thread: Dropping like...

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    Re: Dropping like...

    They are in a cardboard nut box. 3 frames with no foundation. 2 frames of honey from my dead hives.
    My bee yard is in the NY State Watershed. No pesticide use in my foraging area. My own bees...
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    Re: What are they dying from?

    If it was pesticide exposure it had to be overspray from the golf course or inadvertently exposure from the gardeners work. I'm still waiting to hear from the homeowner on this. As I said this was...
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    Re: What are they dying from?

    This may be the case - but I'm not sure it is. They were hanging around that lawn for a couple of days before they attached themselves to the small lower branches of a little fir. Thousands were...
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    What are they dying from?

    I first thought this swarm I caught might have been exposed to pesticides. But now I'm not so sure. I'm learning that the symptoms of pesticide poisoning closely resemble classic symptoms of acute...
  22. Thread: Dropping like...

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    Dropping like...

    I first thought this swarm I caught might have been exposed to pesticides. But now I'm not so sure. I'm learning that the symptoms of pesticide poisoning closely resemble classic symptoms of acute...
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    Re: How to begin TF from day zero?

    Squarepeg,

    I observed robbing but at first I did not equate it with a dying colony. Thought they were trying to get some crushed honeycomb I was feeding this hive on top of the inner cover....
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    Re: How to begin TF from day zero?

    Squarepeg,

    how do you keep your dying hives from becoming the source of diseases and pests to other bees?

    The only way I know of to solve this problem is not to have a congested yard - not to...
  25. Re: Isn't Small Cell Just as Fraught with Potential Issues as Large Cell?

    In answer to the original post question: Most of you are probably familiar with Jennifer Berry's research and findings but for those who are not, I think it would be a good idea read this article -...
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