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Beekeeping it’s the bee’s knees

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Jtcmedic, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Feb 23, 2021 at 4:25 AM
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    Very not much. Maybe a foot. Almost every storm this winter has followed the same pattern; all the way up the East Coast and then out to see before it hits the ME/NH border. We've had a couple that have dropped 6-8 inches, but they've usually been followed by rain or sleet that packs everything down.

    Between storms it's been cold as a Minnesota dairy cow's teet, but it's warmed up almost every time it's snowed this year and we end up with a mix.
     
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  2. Feb 23, 2021 at 2:53 PM
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    Strange! I'm in jerz and the snow is as tall as the double box hive + cinder blocks and it's been too cold for them to fly so i was like how the hell are you seeing bees right now :eek:o_O
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2021 at 3:39 PM
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    @Noelie84 ,@not_nick
    Feel bad for you guys hope the snow melts soon for ya B00F033A-9139-4A37-B890-9A367313406C.jpgmoved some hives last night had to change there orientation
     
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  4. Feb 24, 2021 at 4:53 AM
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    Yeah, the company I work for has warehouses in Jersey and they've been closed at least 1 day a week due to snow for the past month. And almost all of the storms that have dumped on them have given us small accumulations or just gone straight out to sea. The biggest storm we've had all winter dropped like 10 inches, but a couple of weeks later (Christmas day) we got 2 inches of rain and 50 degree weather.

    Shrug. I'd have preferred more snow this winter, to be honest. Very cold, warming up for rain/ice and then back to very cold is harder to deal with than just getting a lot of snow.


    But, at this point I'm looking forward to sap season and spring.
     
  5. Feb 24, 2021 at 2:06 PM
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    Rutt ro Raggy 3059EE31-D0B1-4DA0-9787-5E2E91555CE6.jpghad to make neither split, this was a production hive that is starting to boom , have added 10 hives in 2 weeks.
     
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    No worries, it's pa
    Very much agree, snow beats cold rain anytime. Even for the bees at least it keeps the wind above the hives, a little warmth in, and easier CO2 management for bees; only thing it's got me worried about is starvation now they've been cooped up a while. A few flying today so that's hopeful
     
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  7. Feb 24, 2021 at 5:10 PM
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    You could add dry sugar to the top on a piece of paper. Mountain camp feeding
     
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  8. Mar 4, 2021 at 7:54 AM
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    I want to run something by you all. "Bee Day" aka - when I pick up my two packages from local dealer is on 5/21/2021. I was planning installing the package the same day.

    From what I read, you wait 3-5days to go back to confirm the queen as moved out and into the hive. And then from there, you check periodically to ensure they have 1:1 ratio of sugar water.

    My issue is, I have to leave town (potentially) on 5/25/2021. So I was just going to have my father-in-law check on the feed in my absence, and also get a bigger feeding jar to begin with.

    Thoughts?
     
  9. Mar 4, 2021 at 8:28 AM
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    Anybody's hives ever develop a 'leak' during the winter? I was checking on mine yesterday after work and the bottom board had a small trickle of frozen honey working its way out through the door.
    Did a little research and apparently it's fairly common during a winter temperature swing but I'd never seen it before.
     
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  10. Mar 4, 2021 at 10:26 AM
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    When your doing the packages the queen will be caged expose the candy plug and place it between the frames, just make sure the sugar isn’t above the queen cage if it drips. They will take down some sugar water, on my first 2 hives I used pickle jars 1 gallon and put it on the inner cover put a deep body over and then the top, put 3 16 penny nail holes in it.
    Also can use new gallon paint can and do the same
     
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    Can’t help ya but interesting
     
  13. Mar 4, 2021 at 10:56 AM
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    Did splits on 2-4-21 pulled 2 frames with queen and 3 new frames, did checks today all 3 frames built out, 5 good frames of brood and decided to split again, 2 capped frames and a shake with queen, 3 frames in the other, did Ots on them,queen cells found on one that was bursting at the seams .

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    Raw honey question. So i am wanting to take honey for my sinus allergies. I know I am supposed to buy local honey but does it have to be raw honey?
     
  15. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:50 PM
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    From my understanding (my interest in it is abstract; as somebody who doesn't have allergies I've got no input on the effectiveness of honey as an anti allergen), it depends on which school of allergy control thought you're subscribing to.
    The 'ingesting local pollen' theory would require raw honey, since processing it can remove a lot of the pollen you're supposed to be building up an immunity to
    The 'honey as an anti inflammatory' theory isn't dependent on pollen content, but from what I've read the 'conventional wisdom' still holds that less processing is better.

    YMMV :notsure:
     
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    It happens. On days like these with temperature swings it's common for them the break their cluster, remove the capping on honey in various sections of the hive to eat some or move it. Then if the temperature drops again they may be forced to cluster again in another part of the hive before they can cap the honey or finish their business with it. Common to see on the bottom board in springtime, but not so common to have it coming out the door o_O
     
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    I see you are a beekeeper as well. I lost mine a couple years ago but still have all my hardware. I have been avoiding this thread because I knew it would make me want to get back into it.
     
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    We've had so much wind and rain this winter that I shimmed the hive & raised the back about an inch to keep water from getting blown in during a storm and freezing when the temps dropped. So the extra pitch is probably why
     
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    That's a bit early to go back into the hive imo. Taking the lid off to feed, sure. Opening the hive to pull frames out and check on them that quickly would be a bit much. I like to give them a couple weeks so they can adjust to their new home because the move is stressful enough on the bees, no need to add to it. Important to be prompt about that first check if you do it that way because it gives them a bit of time to make supercedure cells and burr comb. I've learned you can tell a lot about the bees without even opening the hive. Just by external signs if you watch them often and pay close attention. In this case you'll know if the queen doesn't take by the sound of the hive (queenless hive 'roar'), if they're flying in typical patterns or very frantic like, and how aggressive they are (hard to go near a queenless hive without a few good headbutts or a sting). If they're getting watery diarrhea shits all over the bottom board and your yard that tends to be a sign of high stress too lol
     
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    Kinda Sorta. I've had them two seasons but I'm still figuring it out.
     
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