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Re: Keeping bees

Post  NHGardener on 5/15/2016, 10:03 am

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 5/15/2016, 10:10 am

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 5/15/2016, 10:13 am

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 5/16/2016, 3:07 am

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 5/16/2016, 3:47 am

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 7/13/2016, 3:17 pm

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Post  camprn on 7/13/2016, 3:17 pm

Stooped phone. I'll fix the pics later.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/27/2016, 4:29 pm

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 10/28/2016, 12:09 pm

@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  sanderson on 2/16/2017, 2:23 am

This may be a little too soon to ask how everyone's hive over-wintered. How accurate is this article? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/10/believe-it-or-not-the-bees-are-doing-just-fine/?postshare=1821487218338798&tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.9750062fa053

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Post  camprn on 2/16/2017, 7:05 am

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 2/16/2017, 1:57 pm

Thanks, Camp.

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Post  camprn on 4/15/2017, 9:41 am

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 4/16/2017, 2:45 am

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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