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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:45 am    Post subject: Beez Reply with quote

Mark, Long Lane farms doesn't seem to have any packages that include bees, is this a seasonal thing or did you get your hives from them and your bees from someone else?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, shit. Looks like they're already entirely sold out of bees. I wonder if the website just isn't updated for 2014 shipments, or if they're all spoken for already. When we ordered, we basically got all of our hive equipment (and the bees) from them.

There are some apiaries in PA that you might be able to contact. Would probably be a little bit of a road trip, but nothing terrible.



...having done some looking around at other apiary sites, it looks like a lot of companies don't start selling bee packages for spring 2014 until the calendar year changes, so you might be in good shape anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://io9.com/stunning-photos-show-the-ancient-tradition-of-honey-hun-1538049319?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad news: Our north hive has apparently failed to survive the winter.

Good news: The super on top was about 90% full of honey -- ours now!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no! Poor North Hive! Given how freaking cold the winter was though it's not a huge surprise.

Maybe you'll get a swarm this season and be able to re-fill.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the queen must have died off relatively early in the winter... not really sure why.

Anyway, I think we're going to try to split the south hive. Or just kidnap one of your queens when I pick them up.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah, that or grab a swarm. That's apparently the problem with the Italian/carniolan cross. Hybrid Vigor and gentleness but MAD swarming yo.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, you'll get super good at swarm control. I might just keep an extra hive body over at your place.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's honestly not the worst idea. It's pretty open so if they swarm they'll probably hang on the maple or pine trees and be easy to spot.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beehive Base Bumblingly Built!
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jacob wrote:
Beehive Base Bumblingly Built!


Bravo, buddy!
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basketball!
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of you who are not local:

The bees came, we got the packages installed and all was going well. I had some HEAVY bearding on Hive 2 on the day I was going to inspect so we skipped it, but Hive 1 was doing very well.

The next day I found a huge, wet mass of what I thought were dead bees (because of the slug crawling over them un-stung) so I called Mark up. Our ultimate solution was to trap them in a cardboard box with Mark flinging them in using a comb and transferring the wet pile to a 3rd hive. This is while it is rapidly becoming dark, cold, and rainy the combination of which makes bees incredibly angry.

Problem: We don't know if the queen is in Hive 2 or Hive 3

Problem: Bees are coming and going from both hives and drinking sugar water so they're not helping us figure out if which hive is queenless

Additionally I found some ants trying to get into Hive 1 today. Sprinkled the shit out of a cinnamon shaker all around the hive, hopefully will prove an effective deterrent.

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bee positive, and you'll bee fine. hehehehe


I'll show myself out.

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