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  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    Wow! It sure would be great to have a Palmer Distributor in this area. .
    Agreed it would have certainly saved me some gas and time.....;- ) Will be making nucs again this summer so hopefully will be able to stop having to buy bees.....;- )

    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    BTW, locally I've seen signs in two front yards from a local sprayer: Mosquitoes Gone! I read them as: Bees Gone! I just noticed a pile of about 20 dead bees on top of the cover of my best hive, so now I'm a little paranoid.
    Crap! Not a good sign! Good luck!
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    Mike has great bees and is a great beekeeper. ...but I'm confused as to the meaning of 'survivor genetics' in your description.
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me
    Other times I can barely see. -The Grateful Dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    Mike has great bees and is a great beekeeper. ...but I'm confused as to the meaning of 'survivor genetics' in your description.
    Mike is a firm believer in winter being the "great selector" for survivor bees here in the northeast.... Being just over the border with Canada means that his winters are much longer and harsher than most of the rest of the region.... He also is the source and primary proponent of the sustainable apiary so he does not purchase queens or other bees and raises all he needs from his own stock.... Having done this for many years his bee genetics are generally considered to be some of the best around if you want bees that are able to survive here in the frozen north....

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    Could a Vermont bee ever be happy in New Hampshire? I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    Could a Vermont bee ever be happy in New Hampshire? I don't know.
    LOL! It certainly is something to consider....;- )
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    I could stick some Coexist and Bernie bumper stickers on my hives. That might make them feel more at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    I could stick some Coexist and Bernie bumper stickers on my hives. That might make them feel more at home.
    The would feel the Bern....;- )
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post

    BTW, locally I've seen signs in two front yards from a local sprayer: Mosquitoes Gone! I read them as: Bees Gone! I just noticed a pile of about 20 dead bees on top of the cover of my best hive, so now I'm a little paranoid.
    one recommendation, most states have a core pesticide applicators lic. I would see if I could get copies of the books and read up on it, most of these people don't follow the rules and you can at least get their attention, when you sick the pesticide police on them, they really don't like to lose their lic.
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    The situation in Massachusetts is that there is almost never an investigation when improper use/pesticide poisoning occurs, and when there is, the state imposes zero penalty or fines. ...business as usual, and no one is nervous about being busted, because there are no penalties.
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me
    Other times I can barely see. -The Grateful Dead

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    Well, can you believe this. You wait all winter for dandelions to appear, and there they sit, shriveled in the rain for... how long has it been raining? Not just raining, but cold.

    I did put sugar slabs and pollen patties back in the hives. Back to winter. We're losing valuable time, right at a critical period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    Mike has great bees and is a great beekeeper. ...but I'm confused as to the meaning of 'survivor genetics' in your description.
    Dunno. But they survive. All of them. See his numbers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    Could a Vermont bee ever be happy in New Hampshire? I don't know.
    No. But a granite stater can be happy in VT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    Could a Vermont bee ever be happy in New Hampshire? I don't know.
    No. But a granite stater can be happy in VT.

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    Miserable weather..... Installed my nucs Wed and was amazed how many frames of brood..... 4 of the 5 frames were wall to wall both sides with only a single frame of honey/pollen.... Glad I didn't wait until better weather! Feeder cans are on and debated putting on the pollen patties but decided not to.... The pollen patties I pulled off a few weeks ago were heavy with wax moth maggots so am reluctant at this time of year to put them back on... Hopefully we will get a break in the weather soon.... Apple blossoms are starting to drop so not much time left....
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    Is anyone seeing any honey in the supers yet? Nothing here in Metrowest. Flow next to nothing so far.

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    Scitfrostbite>> not in MA but nothing on Long Island. In fact most are light. March brood and bees ate much of the stores up during
    April and this miserable early May. Looks like anything that is being collected is being used right up in most hives. Really need good weather and soon.

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    Flow WOULD be there if it would just stop darn raining and being dismal and cool all the time. The dandelions are just waiting for the pollinators. Everything is in place. Adding insult to injury, we're projected in the 30s tonight and tomorrow night.

    The good news is the next four days are supposed to be sunny!!!!!!!! Watch out for flight patterns then, because I have a feeling it's going to be a foraging frenzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    The situation in Massachusetts is that there is almost never an investigation when improper use/pesticide poisoning occurs, and when there is, the state imposes zero penalty or fines. ...business as usual, and no one is nervous about being busted, because there are no penalties.
    things sure have changed, I managed to get the apple orchard I was having a problem with in Mass. busted a couple of time, 20 years ago though. One thing I did find, if you also have a pesticide lic. and know the laws, they take you a lot more serious.
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    Forecast says any minute now the sun will be back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scitfrostbite View Post
    Forecast says any minute now the sun will be back...
    now you get a glimpse of central NY weather around Syracuse, since I've lived here, I started purchasing only queens from the North West, that like to fly in the cold and rain
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