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  1. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Okiwen,

    Swarms might be earlier this year.

    Where you are located?
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW,

    Thanks for the advice. I'll take it. I just don't want to jeopardize the honey-making this spring. I'll try to get a few bees from the other hives. The thing I'm reluctant to do is to...
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    Russ,

    He, he. The second quiet box is so that I'll have a bit of redundant redundancy, and I'll be able to neatly transport 10 frames of bees at a time. Besides, the one in the picture got...
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    Russ, if you like, I'll post pictures of the quiet box. I think I'm going to build a second one, so I can take a few pictures as its going together. On this second one, I plan to include a...
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    Please don't lie. :-) Yes, I built it. I have extra pieces to build another one, one of these days...



    Thanks for pulling for Piper.

    I'm not really conflicted about the heat "treatment". ...
  6. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Robert,

    So it is all removed via air exchange? I still can't wrap my mind around it, but I'll chew on it for a while.

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my question.
  7. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Robert,

    I didn't notice anything negative. I never noticed any moisture on the inner cover. I flipped it to the notched side in late May or early June, thinking it would help the bees to remove...
  8. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    3/8" x 4" to 3/8" to 8" entrance reducer.
    Last year: 1" rigid foam on sides with 2" under telescoping lid. Also, one Beemax Poly hive.
    This year: Some hives will get 2" on sides, with 2" under...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Sorry to be so slow getting back to your question. It is hard for me to compare Westley vs. Elisha. Westley has traffic on warm days, but not as much as Elisha. Elisha was looking so...
  10. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    My guess is we are two weeks early. I'll have to check my records later. I haven't seen any of the obvious signs like maples yet.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Feb 3rd, 2020:

    The once and mighty Piper is on the way out. Probably about 500 bees. There were a couple of circles of abandoned brood, but no fresh eggs or larvae. The queen is still there. ...
  12. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    In Goochland County, 20 miles west of Richmond, my bees started ignoring the pollen feeder. No more yellow ghost bees. They are bringing in pale and brighter yellow pollen from somewhere. ...
  13. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    In Goochland County, 20 miles west of Richmond, my bees started ignoring the pollen feeder. No more yellow ghost bees. They are bringing in pale and bright yellow stuff from somewhere.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    GG,

    I hope you will keep on going. I'm at about 2/3 survival rate in my own yard the last couple of years. That is about the same rate as yours.

    The bright spot is finding one line of bees...
  15. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    I would love to see that research! Perhaps someone on Beesource would like to take it on? :)



    I totally agree. Water in the hive is a resource. Dennis Murrell noted this many years ago. He...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW,

    Agreed. Last year I picked up a swarm hanging on a flowering redbud, March 31st.
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    Russ,

    Thanks again for the encouragement.

    I have one 2 frame medium hive that is practically boiling with bees. I am wondering if the protracted warm weather leads to more swarms (earlier...
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    Chicken Feeder Report: 01/15/20
    A few bees were still visiting the chicken feeder. Most have moved on to the pollen sub.

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    January 10th-12th the bees were congregating at the pollen...
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    Re: How cold in the hive?

    Kate,

    If your Broodminder is over the cluster, but several inches away, it sounds like a reasonable temp. As long as the temp is several degrees above ambient temp, your bees are likely ok. ...
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    My thinking is some of the bees are looking for pollen, so perhaps those hives need it. Maybe they are just storing it up for February/March.

    I'm not too worried about mites, but if those hives...
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    Good one. :applause:
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    JW,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I don't really don't like to feed the bees, but I do give them sugar. This is the first time using the faux pollen.
    When I have more hives and more courage,...
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    Chicken Feeder Report: 01/04/2020

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    There have been a lot bees congregating around the chicken feeder over the last week or so. Yesterday there were 50 bees at any given time. The beeyard...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Gregv,

    "1. 1901 Westley was a nice-looking swarm that had evaporated to about its original size by the time my trainee and I got there. It was queenless. When I stored them at my house, they...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Seven hives made it to the starting line for this winter. I use Nov 1st as the beginning of the winter season.

    I got the equivalent of 8 to 9 4'x8' sheets of 2" Rigid foam insulation...
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