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  1. Re: installed two nucs today.. a few questions!

    Brad, how did things work out for you? Your hives should be rocking - all sorts of blooms happening in our area. Hope it worked out well.
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    plant id help

    Wasn't sure where to post this, but someone please tell me this is a Black Ash sapling and not poison sumac...

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  3. Re: Have you ever purposely searched for and found a ferrel bee hive

    This is such a great thread topic - thanks for starting it and for everyone who has posted info and stories. I always have my "bee radar" up especially in the spring watching bees who are scouting...
  4. Re: installed two nucs today.. a few questions!

    Hi Thisoldfish,

    Welcome from another local PA'er - I am in Valley Forge. Agree with Nancy - insert the bottom boards ASAP. Other than that, at this point I would just be patient. They need to...
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    Re: New Beekeeper in Pa.

    Welcome from Valley Forge!
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    My God I've got two hives that won't stop. Cast a swarm each and both have now sent out 2 afterwarms (as far as I have witnessed). I am choosing to experiment and not go in and cut cells. I'm just...
  7. Hived a swarm - need to put a few more frames in. When?

    Walked down to the bee yard today, one of the hives swarmed and it chose a low, thin branch on a Mulberry tree. Easily clipped and gently placed it in a hive that had with 2 medium 8s. I took 3...
  8. Re: Swarm 12 feet up. nasonov on the ground.

    Jackam, I have a very similar thing happening as I write this, hive swarmed about two hours ago. Luckily, onto on a low thin branch near the hive. Cut it and hived it. At the entrance to the hive...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Swarming here north of Philly. One of my hives swarmed two days ago. Witnessed the whole thing from start to finish. They ended up 30 ft up a spruce right next to the hive. Went and got all my gear...
  10. Bee Thief of nearly $1 million worth of hives caught

    Cali, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota. They got him. :applause:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/business/california-man-arrested-stealing-1-million-worth-beehives-article-1.3174028
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    Re: What to plant in Virginia????

    Two words: MOUNTAIN MINT.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/bee-catnip-mountain-mint/amp/
  12. 2 in 1 question - partially filled frames for crush and strain

    Just lost my hive from robbing. As a result, I have some nice (ironically) empty frames of drawn comb that I will use this season with a Nuc that is coming. I also some full frames of capped honey...
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    Re: Is this Nosema?

    Thanks for all your help everyone. BAD news unfortunately. Went in tonight - there were 3 very small clusters of bees all dead in parts of the comb, and a large amount of bees dead on the floor - all...
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    Re: Is this Nosema?

    I think you are right. I just went down and they're fighting off bees like crazy at the top entrance. There is a constant stream of bees making a departure line southwest... I'll be damned, I'm going...
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    Is this Nosema?

    Is this Nosema, or just spring activity? 70 degree day here. They were out last two days too. Thanks,

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    Bees trying to close my upper entrance

    Built a quilt box, placed it on top of a screen frame that has a cut out similar to an inner cover. Turned it upside down so the screen frame also functions as my upper entrance for winter below the...
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    Re: Zika spray kills millions of bees

    From what the update at the end of the article states, they did call the registered beekeepers. It says they missed this one apiary due to human error in the calling list. Nevertheless, they did not...
  18. Thread: Goldenrod?

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    Re: Goldenrod?

    It's on here for sure. Lots of blooming and hive activity picked up big time about 3 days ago, but I ain't going close to the hive to smell it. I went near it a few days ago like I normally do......
  19. Re: Brood boxes vs. supers when talking overwintering?

    :thumbsup:Got it now, Thanks a lot.
  20. Thread: Goldenrod?

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    Re: Goldenrod?

    Southeast PA too. Acres and acres of goldenrod just starting to open in VF park... glorious goldenrod.
  21. Re: Brood boxes vs. supers when talking overwintering?

    Thanks - I'm almost there (i'm slow on the uptake) but just to clarify:

    1. "2 deeps or 3 mediums" for a mature hive - this number includes the brood nest boxes in the count, right? and (depending...
  22. Brood boxes vs. supers when talking overwintering?

    Noob question here: When people list an approximation of how many boxes one needs to overwinter (in a specific region), do they mean brood boxes or additional supers of honey? And what if you run...
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    Re: Mowed over yellow jacket nest

    Word of warning - look for a second entrance before taking whatever measure you choose to dispose of them. They often have two ways in and out... and they can go out that other one when you mess with...
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    Re: Oops.....I feel terrible.!!!

    I have had good luck with cinammon. I buy it in bulk from a local Indian grocery store. Chop it up in the blender and throw it down on the ground around and underneath the hive. Works well for me but...
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    Re: Any Allergic Beekeepers?

    Jroot - I get the same as you - hadn't been stung since a kid until I started keeping this year. Pretty much localized swelling, raised red, hot, itchy as heck and takes a while to go away. Nothing...
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