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    Ah, maybe they are social distancing...

    Ah, maybe they are social distancing...
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    Virgin queens on mating flights are never alone...

    Virgin queens on mating flights are never alone as her attendants provide food, warmth and navigation. These pictures are todays and they were gearing up for mating flights. The ball of bees in the...
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    Maybe you had two queens in one of your hives (...

    Maybe you had two queens in one of your hives ( mother and daughter) as some superceders go this way and they ran the old queen out.
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    Six days ago I made up three five frame nucs and...

    Six days ago I made up three five frame nucs and yesterday evening I had a small swarm move in on one. I've got a trap up in a tree, very few scouts and a nuc box with drawn comb getting some lookers...
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    Same here. I've set up a second trap 40 feet away...

    Same here. I've set up a second trap 40 feet away and that one is getting lots of interest. I'm seeing some real commitment issues...... Maybe the taxes are to high 😁
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    Four out of six of my sets had scouts in them...

    Four out of six of my sets had scouts in them today. I expect one to move in hopefully tomorrow. It had about 50 bees working it, but of course we just got an inch of rain this afternoon.
    I...
  7. Thread: cut out honey

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    That's the fun of this 😂. It's easy when...

    That's the fun of this 😂. It's easy when it's not my problem. But anywho, I'll stand by my opinion.
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    That was my thought also. Not knowing why there...

    That was my thought also. Not knowing why there are no longer bees is a red flag. Pesticides, brood diseases- just not worth the risk. Imagine bringing in EFB, almost as bad as a STD, a gift that...
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    That being the case, I would throw it out, as...

    That being the case, I would throw it out, as it's not worth the risk your bees. To bad.
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    What a sweet problem to have 😁 Crush and...

    What a sweet problem to have 😁 Crush and strain works for me. How are the bees? Good score 👍
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    I think you're right. The swarm I cought two...

    I think you're right. The swarm I cought two Sundays ago came from that hive. I was able to hear the piping again this morning. I made four splits from it and left the virgins and the field force in...
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    I checked the hives around 7 tonight. I was...

    I checked the hives around 7 tonight. I was setting swarm traps all afternoon. I had stayed after dark and they were still sounding off.
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    I may be looking for a virgin...

    I've recently read Mysteries Of Bee Keeping Explained, by Moses Quinby. He talked about the queen piping before they swarmed and I believe he said that they would pip 24 hours before swarming.
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    That's what I was thinking. I set a bunch of...

    That's what I was thinking. I set a bunch of traps yesterday with the idea of nicer weather there should be an influx of prime swarms to be had. We shall see...
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    I've been ordering from Better Bee and they've...

    I've been ordering from Better Bee and they've been great! No more than a three day wait. Of course gotta pay shipping. I have three complete units ready to go and ten five frame nucs. I'm getting...
  16. This is the stage I'm at. Not enough experience...

    This is the stage I'm at. Not enough experience to be able to make a decision and run with it. Do I go for increases or strictly worry about getting a good yield of honey? When I get like this, I...
  17. Raising pigs out on pasture, you and I have a lot...

    Raising pigs out on pasture, you and I have a lot of same challenges. I have ended up using Speedrite 1000 energizers. They store 2.5 jules and push 2. The units show you the charge of the battery,...
  18. Our last pollen came in on Wednesday for about...

    Our last pollen came in on Wednesday for about four hours. Glad I got the pollen patties on last week. I'm worried about the fruit tree farms along lake Ontario. Could be shortage of apples, cherries...
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    Robert, I enjoy reading your posts on this matter...

    Robert, I enjoy reading your posts on this matter and it makes one think. That's why I love this venture called bee keeping!
    I'm wondering if I can add a port in a few feeding shims to accept...
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    Thank you all! I'm seeing two excellent points....

    Thank you all! I'm seeing two excellent points. We've had no more than ten days of good foraging days in the last month. We are close enough to lake Ontario and when the wind is out of the north it's...
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    33 degrees outside...

    Every morning after feeding the pigs I like to check in on the hives. And every morning I'm amazed at how much water they haul in. I'm seeing a correlation between the level of brooding up and water...
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    I've come around on Better Bee as well. I usually...

    I've come around on Better Bee as well. I usually buy local but I got to have better quality and I'm willing to pay a little more.
    I hived up my resource hive a couple of weeks ago and when I got...
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    It's so much fun isn't it? I'm addicted now....

    It's so much fun isn't it?
    I'm addicted now. I've got permission at neighboring farms to hang traps, just gotta get through this cold snap.
    My new swarm came out for orientation flights today...
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    I'm going to try both along with propolis and see...

    I'm going to try both along with propolis and see if there's any difference. I suspect that location and quality of the trap is of more importance.
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    There's an old timer in my area and that's what...

    There's an old timer in my area and that's what he does. He ships in queens from Washington State and does starts in March.
    My best hive over wintered in three deeps and this queen will lay in...
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