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    Re: Stupid bee math, and size of a bait hive

    JW,

    I believe there is a clause in the VA statute which allows exceptions during a state of emergency. So Gov. Northam backdated the mask mandate to March 12th, 2020 (I think) to coincide with...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Gregv,

    Great! Did you get to watch it approach the trap? Any pictures? :-)
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    7/10 so far. Best year ever!
  4. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Bees are fickle. Last year this same trap got hit with heavy scouting activity 3 times - nada.

    Here's hoping you get a 8# surprise with 3 queens.
  5. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    5/24/20 23235 ~2 pounds.

    5/30/20 23102 ~5.5 pounds.
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    There was intense activity at this trap all afternoon. I would check on the hive every 30 minutes or so, hoping to catch the swarm...
  6. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    I am aware of two swarms that took flight yesterday, and one today.

    One of the swarms was captured by a trainee yesterday. We are pretty certain that it came from a swarm that was installed in...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    I put out 10 traps this year. My record this year is 5 trapped swarms.

    2 swarms at one location. Two other traps have caught one each.
    The fifth was a first for me. For two days bees were...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Hive Report 5/8/20:

    1903 Mims – Checkerboarded, then un-Checkerboarded. Building slowly but steadily. Likely no excess honey

    1905 Elisha – Also CBed then un-CBed. I haven’t dug into this one...
  9. Thread: Fireball Honey

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    Re: Fireball Honey

    The same guy who made the fireball honey last year is making it hand over fist this year. Perhaps we will find a frame or two with the same honey in it. If we do, I'll post a note here.
  10. Thread: Camera-shy bees

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    Camera-shy bees

    I was trying to get a good picture of a bee loaded with pollen at the entrance of a swarm trap. I started taking flash pictures, and the bees started boiling out of the entrance. It quickly went...
  11. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    5/2/20? ~3 lbs Bon Air. I was attempting to get a photo of a bee with pollen. I did several flash photos, and bees started boiling out of the entrance. It quickly went from 10 bees to 100. I...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I think I need to make the pilgrimage too. I've failed a lot more than I've succeeded. Last year I watched my CBed hive supercede a healthy queen. That, and a decent honey harvest convinced me I...
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    Re: Virginia

    JW,

    Nice looking trap. Here's hoping the bees think so, too!
  14. Thread: Covid 19 Bread

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    Re: Covid 19 Bread

    I think Greg alluded to no-knead bread. Here is another recipe:

    Recipe: No-Knead Bread

    Time: 15 minutes of prep time plus 8+ hours rising

    Ingredients
    4 cups (20 oz. by weight) ...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Neither CBed hive took off. One has very spotty brood. Perhaps the queen is failing? The other is building, but nothing like last year's Piper.

    Both CBed hives had very low stores...
  16. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    5/1/20 ~3 lbs Short Pump. This was the same location as post 184. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?321131-Virginia&p=1795007#post1795007 The bees moved in sometime between 4/24 -...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    You don't know how tempting that is. At a time like this, it would be wonderful to go on a road trip. And free bees! Thanks for the offer.

    Right now, our idea of an exciting family...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Gray Goose,

    They insulation works as advertised, though they still leak. Easy to see with a thermal camera. The best solution is to cut big sheets of foam, and fit them around all the boxes on...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    No more catches. Cooler weather has hindered the scouting. Though the bees can fly at 44-53F, I don't often see scouts until it is 60F and sunny. Once the temp hits the high 60s, they'll...
  20. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    JW, you beat me to it! I'm sure that was a fun catch.

    How long did you sit in the chair? :-)
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Thanks for the good wishes. Another 3 lb swarm captured on 4/19, and moved to the beeyard the same night. This brings the hive count to 6.
    ...
  22. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    4/19/20 23227 ~3 pounds. Swarm arrived between 11 - 2PM. Brought home last night. Put a new box in its place.

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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    This is a great tip. In general, what did you observe in the inserted boxes? Did the colony extend the broodnest to connect what was below with what was above? Did they abandon the top or...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Yesterday, I peeked again. They had finally drawn an almost complete frame of white wax. The queen was on this frame. There were still some sleepy bees on the side of the box away from the queen. ...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Thanks for the reply on the lethargic swarm. They are mostly back to normal behavior, though I found a couple of frames today that were still showing that sleepy behavior.
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