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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: February pollen in Massachsetts - !
« Last post by splitrock on February 24, 2017, 06:56:29 AM »
The Maple in my front yard was alive with bees gathering pollen Tuesday and Wednesday. Prior to that during the warm spell, they were working my birdfeeder.

Now winter is back, and we have 7 inches of new snow.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Truck said 101 degrees today...
« Last post by sawdstmakr on February 24, 2017, 06:04:46 AM »
Was that after you had been driving for a while or was that parked?
Jim
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COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER - TALKS & REPORTS / Re: The benefits of wood-rotting fungi
« Last post by sawdstmakr on February 24, 2017, 06:00:00 AM »
Try Beemaster, Buzzbee or Robo
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Location: Water vs Food supply?
« Last post by sawdstmakr on February 24, 2017, 05:55:51 AM »
Joe,
The life expectancy of a bee during the spring, summer and fall is about 3 weeks.
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Working Bees in the Spring
« Last post by Oldbeavo on February 24, 2017, 05:45:04 AM »
If I can't work in the brood box in bare hands without getting stung then the queen goes next requeening.
If you are running a few hives then having agro bees does not make the day pleasant. We run mainly Italians and find the strain we are getting very quiet.
Some smoke and gentle handling keeps them and me happy.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Location: Water vs Food supply?
« Last post by Joe D on February 24, 2017, 12:35:35 AM »
This is just me but the life expectancy during the spring and summer is not long, they work their selves to death.  They have to go distances to flowers for nectar and pollen so I try to have water close.  Most of my colonies have fresh water within a few feet from their hive.  I know this is not what everyone can or would do.  I also have a water faucet  with a couple of links of hose at each place I have bees.  So I go by check the bees and fill the containers.

Joe D

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Mediums or Shallows for honey supers
« Last post by Joe D on February 24, 2017, 12:17:47 AM »
I still have deeps for brood and started with shallows supers now I have some mediums supers.  Whichever you have will work fine.  Some times the shallows feel pretty good when extracting.  I have about quit doing comb honey.

Good luck to you and may you fill all your supers several times.

Joe D
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Truck said 101 degrees today...
« Last post by Sniper338 on February 23, 2017, 11:43:35 PM »
Truck said 101 degrees today.  Guess winters done gone.  Bees are buzzing, blue bonnets are blooming.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Late season swarms
« Last post by 220 on February 23, 2017, 10:24:38 PM »
Checked the 2 hives that had the uncapped swarm cells a few days later and they had all been pulled down bar one cell.
Seems they have changed their mind, having enough trouble trying to get a handle on bee behaviour without them doing things like this.
If I stick with it for another 30 years I still don't think I will understand everything they do.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Hi From USA (Tennessee)
« Last post by hjon71 on February 23, 2017, 09:56:14 PM »
Hello from the other end of the state.

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