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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Time to get this thread going again.

    We currently have three colonies still alive and the queens are ramping up.

    Did inspection last Sat while the temps were in the 70's.
    The girls are storing...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Hi PHSINV, how is the weather in Franklin Co?
    I use double deeps mostly and need them to keep the brood nest open.
    Often a third deep gets added to help with holding the honey frames and have had...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Coal Reaper, I don't want to turn this thread into a debate but wanted to answer your comments.
    This past season and current winter are the worst I've ever had.
    Usually experience 50% mortality....
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    Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area in SE Pa

    Saw my first Spotted Lanternfly last Fall here at the compound.
    Ground zero for the first spotted lanternfly sighting is approx 20 miles east of here and my area is now included in the quarantine...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Hey, how are all your colonies doing?
    I went into winter with 6 full size and 2 Nucs and am down to one full size 8 frame hive.
    When it was in the 50's one day, I placed two deep supers of honey...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The three survivor hives are still alive and the queens started ramping up their egg laying only to shut down again once the cold came back.
    They haven't gone through the extra honey I added during...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Cracked the hives yesterday and saw a mix of eggs, larvae, and capped brood in all of them.
    Hope we don't get an extended freezing spell before Spring hits.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Talk about a nutty winter.
    These yo-yo temps where it warms up enough for them to break cluster and then rapidly plunges to freezing and stays there has been hard on the bee yard.
    The bees can't...
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    Re: Forest Hills Woodworking Double Nuc Box

    Under $50?
    Have no idea.
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    Re: Forest Hills Woodworking Double Nuc Box

    Hi John, sorry, I don't remember the price.
    He can make whatever you want though.
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    Re: Charging for honey extraction

    I was incorrect on the extractor not handling a full deep super and this is for hobbyists only.
    Taking a cut of honey is interesting.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I extracted approx 120lbs a couple weeks ago and most of it came from two hives.
    All of them are still bringing in nectar and may get another deep and some mediums of honey if they can cap it.
    They...
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    Re: Charging for honey extraction

    Thanks for the input.
    How about one dollar a pound for extracted honey?
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    Charging for honey extraction

    I've got a friend who has an inspected honey house and wants to start offering a honey extracting service.
    Any ideas on how to charge for something like that?

    His extractor doesn't hold a full...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Even though we haven't had much rain the girls are still bringing in some nectar.
    A couple of the hives re-queened themselves for one reason or other in the last few weeks.

    I pulled honey...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The ups and downs with the cold weather in April caused some the queens in these parts to stop laying.
    Its an odd sight after seeing them kick into gear and then nothing but they picked up again.
    I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Lots of bright yellow pollen coming in.
    Maybe it is the Maple trees starting to bloom.

    I've got multiple deeps with syrup/honey in capped and uncapped cells and will use them for splits.
    Not...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    It is great to see activity in the bee yard and the first dandelion of the year was seen on 3/1 in this area.
    The weather folks are saying its going to be a rainy Spring but I hope not.
    This...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    They are Amish and you'll probably get their vx mail.
    He has quite the operation there.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Zib, congrats on the three survivor hives so far.
    Just to echo what Laketrout said, if the Spring nectar flow is anything like last year you will have to stay on top of them.
    If you're not keeping...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The temps hit 64 degrees yesterday so I did a quick hive inspection.
    The girls were orienting and bringing back yellow pollen in addition to the other colors this time.
    Maybe it's just me but I...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Laketrout, those four seemed to be doing ok with a decent bee population and I'd like to correct the time frame. It was more like late Fall when they were still active.
    They disappeared in about a...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    It hasn't been a good winter but it was nice to see some bees flying today.
    They were bringing in a dull orange and bright orange pollen today and they've got plenty of honey to make it through...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The first goldenrod of the season is blooming and it couldn't come soon enough.
    Japanese knotweed is also starting to bloom but the bees aren't working it yet.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Well I'm back up to 9 colonies and began feeding five of them last week.
    Had started all of them on drawn comb and some were obtained a bit late in May.
    They need the supplement since the dearth...
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