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Re: Keeping bees

Post  NHGardener on Sun 15 May - 10:03

I'm surprised, camprn. My bees have been a little behind with all the rain and cold we've had lately.

Well, you could turn that frown upside down and make a bunch of new nucs!

Did they run out of brood space? I've been doing a lot of checkerboarding, bringing any nectar frames up to the next box and replacing with empty frames, as well as swapping the bottom boxes every time it seems they're not using the bottom so much. But mine haven't built up as quickly as I expected them to. Trying to keep weekly tabs on them tho.

P.S. - Just reading back thru the thread, I wonder if the February pollen patties had anything to do with it.
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Post  camprn on Sun 15 May - 10:10

Iheard loud piping coming from the hive, so I knew there was trouble before I even lifted the lid. I  made 3 nucs, because that is all the equipment i had on hand. Iremoved all open q cells and because I couldn't find the queen I left one capped cell. If it warms up a bit today I will go look for the queen, and if I find her I'll use the double screen and hope for no swarming.

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Post  camprn on Sun 15 May - 10:13

Feb pollen patties I put in for building the Colony for tree bloom. Russians are notoriously slow to build up in spring. There is still plenty of room, but these Russians are prone to swarming as well. On almost every inspection I remove q cups. All season long.

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Post  sanderson on Mon 16 May - 3:07

Came across this tonight. Haven't seen the report any where else. Concord is a fairy hot area of No Cal but I'm still surprised they reached this latitude.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/swarm-of-aggressive-bees-attack-california-town/ar-BBt5rrP?li=BBnb7Kz

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Post  NHGardener on Mon 16 May - 3:47

I saw that reported. It seems the beekeeper decided to move the hive. Unfortunately no one told the bees that were out foraging. So when they came back, their home was gone and they were disoriented.
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Post  camprn on Wed 13 Jul - 15:17

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Post  camprn on Wed 13 Jul - 15:17

Stooped phone. I'll fix the pics later.

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Re: Keeping bees

Post  CapeCoddess on Thu 27 Oct - 16:29

Question for the bee keepers:
Why is some 'raw' honey clear and some 'raw' honey cloudy (not crystalized)?

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Post  camprn on Fri 28 Oct - 12:09

@CapeCoddess wrote:Question for the bee keepers:
Why is some 'raw' honey clear and some 'raw' honey cloudy (not crystalized)?

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Cloudy Raw, unfiltered  liquid honey could just mean there are crystals that are small and forming, or pollen grains, or wax debris.... etc.

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Post  camprn on Thu 16 Feb - 7:05

The WP article title is a misnomer. All pollinators and bees in particular are in trouble.
2015-2016 survey results.
https://beeinformed.org/2016/03/31/national-colony-loss-and-management-2015-2016-survey-preview/

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Post  sanderson on Thu 16 Feb - 13:57

Thanks, Camp.

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Post  camprn on Sat 15 Apr - 9:41

Keene NH. I had 50% loss this past winter. ( lost 2 out of 4).  One had been struggling on and off two years with chalkbrood. One had a high mite load late in the season last year.

The girls are now bringing in nectar and I put my first super on.

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Post  sanderson on Sun 16 Apr - 2:45

So, you're happy with the two healthy hives, and not unexpectedly disappointed with the other two? Hope that made sense. Embarassed

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Post  sanderson on Wed 17 May - 16:38

Thank you posting a link that still works. This is an abbreviated version, not mentioning how the boxes were stacked all over a warehouse and looked like a chop shop for bee hives.

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Re: Keeping bees

Post  IrishDigger on Sun 21 May - 3:47

Thanks for the interesting topic.

My favourites are Stringy Bark, Leatherwood from Tasmania and Manuka from New Zealand. Smile 

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