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  1. Looking for part-time beek in western NY

    Looking for someone to take us from 20 hives to 200 in Victor NY. Must have some commercial and/or queen-rearing experience. This is part-time/seasonal, paid hourly, no vacation or health benefits....
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    Re: Event parking in bee yard

    Thank you for your suggestions.

    Joe
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    Event parking in bee yard

    We have an event coming up and will be parking 60 cars right next to our 5 hives. The hives are pointed away from the parking area. One colony is particularly aggressive when mowing the lawn. Is it...
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    Re: NY State Winterlosses

    I had all 8 hives survive in Victor NY, although one hive is weak. I can't explain it, just lucky. I don't requeen or do much of anything consistently across all hives. Maybe they will all be gone...
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    Re: Did a tree service wipe out my hive?

    Thanks everyone. I will look into sending a sample to Beltsville. I will let the neighbor know my suspicion and ask him if the tree guys made any comments about the bees. I know he will feel terrible...
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    Did a tree service wipe out my hive?

    I had a strong hive in a neighbor's yard and 3 weeks ago it seemed to be doing fine. Yesterday I found a dead hive with lots of bees (and a few yellowjackets) laying on the screened bottom board....
  7. Whaddayaknow: The White House makes "honey beer"

    Here's an interesting article in NY Times about the White House making a good honey beer. Perhaps a new customer for beeks if Obama runs out of honey.

    Joe
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    Re: Beginner mistake with laying workers?

    Thanks, but too late for preventative measures. Guess I will just hope for the best: (1) queen survives any attacks by laying workers and their posse, or (2) queen dies but remaining colony decides...
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    Beginner mistake with laying workers?

    I decided to combine my queenless colony with a healthy colony but neglected to consider the possibility of laying workers. The weak colony has been queenless for about 2 months and I noticed spotty...
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    Re: NY summer crop?

    I see bees on goldenrod, burdock, and teasel. Just purchased a few clethra summersweet bushes to see how they might work out.
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    Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Took off as many spring honey capped frames as I could find today to get ready for the goldenrod. Lots of yellow here, nicely mixed with the pink swamp milkweed. Anyone know if bees like Joe Pye...
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    Re: Strong early honey in Upstate New York

    jhirsche, if that colony decides to swarm please direct them 25 miles due west to my yard in Victor. Lord knows I have sent several swarms in your direction this year.

    Joe
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    Re: Strong early honey in Upstate New York

    Two overwintered colonies have given me approx. 70lbs but one has swarmed so many times it is a shell of its former self (my bad). Four purchased nucs and one split seem to be doing okay but no extra...
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    Re: feed honey

    I just pour mine into 1 qt zip lock bags and cut some slits in the bags. Seems to work.
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    Re: Strong early honey in Upstate New York

    Outside of Rochester, no black locust bloom here either. Tasted some honey from another beek that was strong and bitter, was attributed to autumn olive. Our honey seems good with an exceptional color...
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    Re: What plant is this?

    Also known as butterfly weed, an excellent native plant.
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    Re: queen excluder or not?

    Doing my first experiment with NOT using an excluder under my medium super and today found a bunch of nice capped brood (not drones) in one of of 7 frames, the other 6 frames full of honey but not...
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    Re: Entrance reducer - which side up?

    Thanks for the responses. I'm getting the sense that some colonies like to keep a tidy hive and others don't so much care, and it doesn't really matter what you do to encourage them. Sort of like my...
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    Entrance reducer - which side up?

    My bee buddy told me the reason dead bees did not get cleared out of my hive this winter is because I had my entrance reducer upside down, and they could not drag the dead bees over the lip. By...
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    Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    I stopped feeding hive #1 because they were active and the deeps were getting heavy. I then put on a super with excluder hoping to get some honey. But now hive #1 foragers are attacking hive #2's...
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    Re: Adding Supers

    I recently stuck on a honey super (with queen excluder) because I was concerned that my two deeps already had a lot of honey in them. Bees seem to be going right at, building comb but no honey yet in...
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    Re: cutting the grass

    The lawnmower I use around my bees was used in this commercial for one of my web businesses. It works great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Tv_g5w9ak

    Joe
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    Re: Native flowers to plant

    This link may or may not be helpful. It is Michigan, not New York. And it is all insects, not just honey bees: http://nativeplants.msu.edu/plant_facts/

    Joe
  24. Re: Central New York boomers...pondering next moves

    I have 2 hives. #1 is transitioning to 2-deep 8-frame from overwintered 3-nuc 5-frame. Not a lot of bees, but hive exam today showed some capped worker and drone brood. I stuck a feeder on today to...
  25. Re: Central New York boomers...pondering next moves

    This past weekend I transferred from overwintered 3-nuc hive to 2 deeps but now the bees seem much less active. Did not spot a queen. My mentor saw eggs but I did not, so I will look again tomorrow....
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