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    New Keeper, unfriendly bees

    So I am in my second year of beekeeping. I live in southwestern Pennsylvania. I went into winter with four hives and into spring with 1. My hive that survived was from a swarm I had got last...
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    Re: Honey or sugar water?

    I did a more thorough inspection this past weekend and found that all the hives are pretty full of stores, so I stopped feeding. I took a few from the rich and gave to the poor, so to speak... ...
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    Re: overwintering

    I am in southwestern Pa... I will say that here, I have seen folks have the best luck with doing nothing. Maybe leave a small upper entrance that isn't completely covered by the top cover so the...
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    Re: Honey or sugar water?

    I guess that's something I'll have to be a little more careful with next year, and as I learn. I didn't use any queen excluders this year, as I didn't want to impede the hive's growth, and not...
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    Honey or sugar water?

    So I'm a first year keeper... this is my first fall. I have four hives, all 8 frame medium hardware. We had a late summer dearth so I fed 1:1 for about 3-4 weeks. My two stronger hives have good...
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    Re: overwintering

    I too am in Pa. From all that I have found from talking to local keepers, they have good survival rates with no quilt boards at all. I planned on NOT using them from the start. I have decided...
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    Sticky: Re: Building the Bushkill Bee Vac

    Barry,
    Very nice build, and great tutorial as well. Thank you for sharing!! Wish I had seen this 2 weeks ago. lol.

    I just recently built a bee vac and ended up drilling the hole for my vacuum...
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    I know this is an older thread that was kind of reborn... but I'll add my opinion... we all like those, right? :)

    I think the method for attaching also depends on the joint being used. I've...
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    I know this is an older thread that was kind of reborn... but I'll add my opinion... we all like those, right? :)

    I think the method for attaching also depends on the joint being used. I've...
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    Re: Honey Harvest Partial Frame

    I would not pull the ones partially capped. Like you said, the moisture content is still likely too high in those.

    Around here, the folks I know, after they extract, if their hive needs frames,...
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    Re: My first dearth... and I'm worried

    They are doing better now, I think. I started feeding them and they started putting it away pretty quickly. My stronger hives have between 3 and 8 medium frames of sealed honey (sugar-water-honey)...
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    Re: My first dearth... and I'm worried

    I am using waxed RiteCell foundation.
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    Re: My first dearth... and I'm worried

    Thanks Aunt Betty. I don't want to keep more than 5 hives for now... that's about I feel I can handle, and stay on top of... at least for now. I Have enough equipment now for about three more...
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    Re: My first dearth... and I'm worried

    I'll try to clarify a few things...

    -Mites are treated with MAQS. Not high enough counts now to believe that is a factor.

    -I don't think they swarmed. The number of bees has not diminished,...
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    Re: 80% of new Beekeepers call it quits?

    I'm a first year beekeeper... maybe not qualified to post in this thread... but with people I've met in classes and meetings, and talked to here and there, I can believe it. I got the honeybee "bug"...
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    My first dearth... and I'm worried

    So, my current situation: I have four first year hives, 3 feral swarms and 1 Nuc. I use all 8 frame medium equipment. We are in a dearth right now, so I started feeding 1:1 syrup again 2 weeks...
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    Feeding with MAQS??

    So this is my first year keeping bees....

    I have four hives - 2 feral swarms and 2 purchased nucs. Surprisingly enough, the swarms that were caught from different locations are doing far and...
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    Re: Foundation Question

    if you go with something like Rite-cell or a solid foundation, yes, it is reusable. If you choose to harvest honey using the crush and strain method, you just scrape off the honey and comb, let the...
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    Re: getting stings through gloves

    Once I got my bees, I got some 14mil nitrile gloves. They felt very strong and never tore. My hands sweat a lot in them. I did find that on occasion, if I got honey or an angry bee on them, the...
  20. Re: Selling Nucleus colony with new complete hive woodenware?

    Very interesting... I'm in south western Pa, I use all medium 8 frame equipment, and have started building all of my own stuff as well. Not sure if you're using any type of plastic foundation, or...
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    Re: I want to try raising queens, but.....

    Sounds good guys... thanks for all of the feedback. I guess maybe I'll hold off and just try to research and build some more woodenware and hopefully be more prepared both mentally and...
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    Re: I want to try raising queens, but.....

    Makes complete sense to me, Outdoor N8. Thank you. I guess it was a mental struggle for me... I wanna try it, because I think it's really cool, but at the same time, I don't want to get too far...
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    I want to try raising queens, but.....

    As the title says, I want to try raising queens, but I have a few questions....

    1. I've just started this year. I currently have 2 nucs and 3 swarms in my apiary. I use all 8 frame mediums. 2...
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    Re: Purchased nuc having issues

    I will say, this made me curious... so I went over to the website of the above mentioned company. Their Nucs are listed for just a little under what 2 nucs would normally cost in most places. Here...
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    Re: Mis-matched frame sizes in a hive body

    They'll build the comb if they have the room to do it. Whether or not it's straight and pretty could be a different story. They may also attach it to the walls of the box, so when you do pull that...
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