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  1. Re: Bee recovery after bear attack (November 21)

    Well, in my opinion it's always worth the effort if it's all you have to work with. Get the warm and fed and protected. Plan your next year and hopefully, they'll start it for you. If not, they'll...
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    As mentioned, time is the magic ingredient. I opened 2 bottles of Acerglyn (Maple Mead) this week. One spiced. One not. They were started on New Years Day, 2017. Both were better than anything you...
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    Re: queen excluders

    Metal. Propane torch cleans them right up.
  4. Re: Is there a problem in giving bees a bit of fermented honey?

    I've done it but not in great quantity. There used to be conversation that it was either a CURE for dysentery or it CAUSED dysentery and I'm inclined to believe that while it may cause them to fly...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Rules..


    Pretty close to a move to Tailgater or a closed thread. Just saying....
  6. Thread: Wax Moths

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    Re: Wax Moths

    It it's a strong hive, they'll take care of wax moths. The bigger deal is how to store them once they're off the hive and somewhere else. I store them up top of my barn but the moths don't care so I...
  7. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    Let the bees take care of them. Unfortunately and ultimately, you have to deal with that plastic you bought and are responsible for. Plastic has consequences in the long term.
  8. Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Goldenrod isn't a single color. I'd bet Aster. Second bet...Goldenrod. It's all good....
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    Re: Global Warming

    Sigh. We're in new territory for this sub forum....
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    Re: Should I pull this super?

    I agree. Feeding them now won't hurt a thing.
  11. Re: Can I move mason bee cocoons from furniture?

    Yes, you just want to add some moisture to the surrounding air. I lay moist paper towel sheets on the bottom of a plastic container then I put cocoons in an open topped plastic bag on top of the...
  12. Re: Can I move mason bee cocoons from furniture?

    So, the answer is yes. You can carefully break the mud seal and if there are cocoons in there, gently pull them out. If there are more cocoons further in each hole, those will be harder. You can use...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Dearth. Protective time of the year. For me, it's also yellow jacket attack season so everyone is on high alert. Also, multiple stings on suits, veils, gloves, etc., provoke more bees to become...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Might be a good sub-forum. 35 last night....
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    Re: Late season swarm

    You must imagine how grateful I am to see this post. I hope, someday, that Nathan changes the world the way he changed me.

    Thank you so much.
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    Re: Late season swarm

    Actually, the "ceiling" that they're hanging from is the floor of the second story and directly above them are 15-20 supers that are being stored, some with comb so they certainly found the right...
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    Late season swarm

    This was a late season swarm that moved into the barn the first week or so of August. They had no interest in moving on even with a swarm box and lure / comb. As expected they drew comb fast. I vac'd...
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    Re: Temperature to kill wax moths

    Well I don't buy the bug zapper stuff. I suppose it'll get a few but if it were effective we'd instead have a thread discussing models of zappers and their relative benefits. I will add that freezing...
  19. Re: Strategy for Havesting Some Goldenrod Honey?

    Super up. If you get a real early cold snap, you may need to feed. Never know.....
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    BT is VERY effective if it's not old. I use it every year for all my comb. I don't worry much about wax foundation although sometimes they'll get in there as well. For me, it's the best option. Too...
  21. Re: Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    I tap the damaged frames on something. Loose, powdery fragments with cocoons and webbing will pop out and off and I pull those by hand. If the balance of the comb is in reasonably good shape it goes...
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    Re: Bees Returning to Nuc Boxes

    I'm guessing a swarm or at least scouts thinking about moving in.
  23. Thread: nuc

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    Re: nuc

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    o all beekeeping is local and it's awesome that local talent chimed in. It's not about what you get. It's about what you do. If it were me, I'd grab them, grow them and grin about my hard work...
  24. Thread: nuc

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: nuc

    I'd be waiting but I'm up here. Not sure about your area. You might be fine. I'm sure there's someone in your area who has a better sense of how a nuc would fare....
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    Re: What to do with weak hive.

    It's still OK to feed 1:1 but 2:1 is fine if you want. I would worry about putting a lot of time in and still not getting the colony big enough to sustain the winter months. You'll know as you go...
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