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  1. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    Beekeeping always depends on location. Spring here is pretty much usual.
  2. Re: First Check After The Winter. Holy Cow!!!!!!!!

    I would not do anything unless it needs doing(sounds simple huh?). Be careful if you are considering feeding syrup unless they are running out of capped honey. You want the colony to use their stored...
  3. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    I make nucs (small splits) in summer (July) and usually these will go through winter as 5 over 5. The next spring I take the old(8-9 month) queen and brood with stores in a 5-frame nuc to sell or...
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    I have used the canvas, and the bees will propolize it, some more than others. This is not a huge problem, but sometimes it can be upsetting to bees that aren't in a good mood already, it happens...
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    Do you the bees put propolis on the Perspex? Does it stay clean?
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    Just make sure that reputable breeder doesn't live more than 5 miles away, or the first time the colony requeens itself those traits will be lost.Haha. I do agree with second statement, find the...
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    I would get a few sheets of wax foundation, install two of these as full sheets, and cut another into ~3/4" strips ( wedge-top frames are recommended). Secure the strips with the wedge and use wire...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    I wouldn't expect anything, I would just do what is necessary to keep my bees doing well, whether that is a lot or a little. Success happens when you have good bees and a good beekeeper, any other...
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    Re: I just killed both my queens, am I crazy?

    A laying workers eggs will also be on the sides of the cells instead of down at the bottom.
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    Re: Honey extractor choices

    Set your extractor tank where bees can get to it and you won't have to worry about build up of honey, they are very good at cleaning up.
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    JW PalmerI hope you have success with your project, It's been 2 years since I've needed to treat my bees (5 colonies), they just required less until now, nothing. My opinion is that it must be the...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Your bees should be showing you that they have "some resistance" now, depending on your definition of resistance. Your posts would indicate (to me) that your bees aren't capable of TF survival...
  13. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Spring of 2017 was a great year for red maple, I stuck a honey box on my best colony and took 3 quarts of the honey and left them 3, they almost filled the whole Med. 8-frame box. Normally the...
  14. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    If this was in reference to my post above, you need to read my initial post that begins with "my history" on page 4.
  15. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    The location where the nuc came from is about 50 miles north as the bee flies. I had heard a lot of good things about these NWC bees and thought I would try one colony and if nothing else I would...
  16. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    My history. I started with one nuc in April, in late July I had lots of mite and DWVirus, I treated. The next spring my colony swarmed, I caught it, now I have two colonies. July comes, I see some...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Cow turd, cow pattie or cow pie. Horse turd, meadow muffin.
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    The things that nature accomplishes amazes me. What causes the foragers in a swarm to be so dedicated to the queen that they will stay at a new location and not return home?
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    Re: Low cost bee box construction

    I get mill-sawn 4/4 cypress, full 12", 10' etc. in 4'-6' lengths (called shorts) for $0.60/board/ft. at the mill. I'm not a pro, but that's about $5.00 for an 8-frame deep. Look around, you never...
  20. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    I don't remember, sorry. I watch videos of speakers at various conferences, and I think it could be one of those. It was a short video zoomed in on a flower and when the honey bee lit, the mite...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    I have waited for some bad weather, combined with being unable to leave the hive (screen) for 2 or 3 days, and before you open them up cut some pine or cedar limbs and lean them against the hive to...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    I have 5 hives in 3 different set-ups plus 2-3 nucs going, I don't think I work as hard as I did when I first started with 1 or 2. If I wind up with swarms or too many nucs, I just give (or sell)...
  23. Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    I'm finishing up year 6, and what I've found is that it is best not to quantify or have an absolutely inflexible set of methods.
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    Re: Global Warming

    On global warming there are mainly two opinions, #1 believes that in time the problem will take care of itself because it is a natural cyclic event. #2 believes impending doom and will do whatever...
  25. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    There is some video evidence showing a mite on a flower and when the bee lands the mite runs ( amazingly fast) onto the bee. I'm not sure how I interpret that video, but it is there, and it's kind of...
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