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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    Thanks Crofter. No, they are not drone brood. I typically slice drone brood during inspections as half-assed mite control. Honey not robbed out, unless there is some subtle, preliminary robbing. ...
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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    Thanks, AR. Last treated last fall with 3 bouts of OA vapor. I had planned on vaping last night (2 wk late) but spent too much time showing a friend with my new evaporator at his yard. There is...
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    Foul Brood Disaster?

    I went into my strongest, and only overwintered hive today. It seemed quiet despite warm sunny conditions. There was 2 near full supers (I have taken 2 off so far as well), but when I got to the top...
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    Yes, Shinbone, I would agree except there were no...

    Yes, Shinbone, I would agree except there were no flowers or bees foraging on anything in the garden. I can't say which hive they came from (closest?), but there were no bees in garden while we...
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    Thyme and Aggression

    I searched forum but couldn't find a good match to this question. I know Thymol is used in bee treatments. We have an herb garden about 20' from my 4 hives (1 overwintered; 2 nucs and a split nuc)....
  6. Re: Salvaging Honey from Dead-Outs? Massachusetts

    Again, thanks for sharing your insight all.

    Ravenseye, I also used a bunch of crystalized fall honey for a mead which yielded a light, dry (11%ABV) product.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Help the Kids in Oaxaca

    Great cause. Thanks for cueing us in.
  8. Salvaging Honey from Dead-Outs? Massachusetts

    I'm sure this has been asked/discussed, but I wasn't able to find a close match searching the archives. So I apologize for possible redundancy.

    I had 2 hives dead-out on me, this winter, both...
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    Nosema and Old Honey?

    I had 2 hives die off after January. They have a good 100+ lbs of honey. Diagnostics from Maryland indicated <3 mites per 100 and 6.4 million Nosema spores/bee in one; 10 million Nosema spores/bee...
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    Re: Mold on frames to be extracted?

    Sorry for not answering the question, but I am in a similar boat so am interested in a more informative reply. I have 2.5 supers to extract. They don't appear moldy, but the caps have a dull haze -...
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    Re: New Packages - Too Much Honey?

    Thanks. Each package is in a single deep (w/entrance reducer) divided from the 2-deep deadout.
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    New Packages - Too Much Honey?

    I loaded 2 new packages on the 7th. I had a 2 deep hive that was a combine that never seemed to do too well in the end of last season and died out. I had left it in place through the winter...
  13. Re: Will winter storm Vulcan be the cinch pin for northern hives?

    59F yesterday here and bees were splattering the hives, the house, the cars after being pent up for so long. 1"= rain tonight, then snow, then low single digits (again) - it can't be good. Let's...
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    Re: Car crash bees

    Sounds/looks more likely hornets vs. honeybees, but why drill down when there is sensationalism to be broadcast?
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    Did the right thing?

    I have 3 hives at a distant yard (= less than ideal insp schedule). Back in Sept. I noticed that # 3 had very little (all capped) brood and lots of mid-frame queen cups (none closed). This hive is...
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    Re: Foundations, wax or plastic?

    Wood frames with plastic (yellow, or better black) foundation from Mann Lake. This is what I have arrived at. Wax is nice, but a pain in the neck for volume. Plastic frames warp and the bees don't...
  17. Thread: plant ID

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    Re: plant ID

    Could it be Groundsel or Saltmarsh Elder, Baccharis halimifolia (not marsh elder Iva spp.)? It flowers this time of year around Cape Cod and LI.
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    Re: Combining hives.....

    Hi Zoe,

    Sounds like me yesterday.

    I had a weak hive from a queen I saw come out of her cell in July and made a nuc - never really built up beyond 6-7 frames, even with brood added. I also...
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    Re: Be careful out there

    I'm always surprised that here in the NE where we have almost no remaining copperheads or timber rattlers (you have to climb a mountain in general to find one) how many people still have a revulsion...
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    Re: Crush and Strain - Need tips & tricks

    I've become a fan of crush and strain - except for large volumes. The cleanup liability is much less than with an extractor, and I tend to do my harvesting from one or 2 hives at a time from...
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    Re: Time for a new super?

    I think you mean "deeps" vs. supers (for honey). Bees like to move up - but normally would have filled the bottom deep with comb/brood/honey and pollen. How is it that you have un-drawn frames in...
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    Re: No Honey in Hive

    Archer, I had similar experience (also in Mass). I found a cracked queen cell on an inspection in May, and when I poked it the queen jumped out. So I put that frame in a nuc with some honey and...
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    Re: normal reaction to apiguard?

    Same thing happened to me the other night. They stayed out all night, eventually clustered on 3 sides under the telescoping cover overhang and at least half of them stayed out that way all the next...
  24. Re: Can anyone offer assistance in a diagnosis?

    Chalk brood?
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    Re: Mite count questions

    Hello Dude,

    I'm seeing awfully low might drops (haven't rolled lately) unlike prior years. I've done oxalic acid vapor treats, but not since spring. I'm using Pol-line and naturally re-queened...
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