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General Beekeeping / Re: just in time
« Last post by pymaplumber on January 13, 2018, 03:46:32 PM »
Yesterday was the day, went from 55 to 30 in about an hour the we got the sleet and freezing rain during the night it snowed about a foot great to be alive in NW Pa.
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The Campfire / Re: home from the Chop Shop
« Last post by pymaplumber on January 13, 2018, 03:39:39 PM »
It's good to hear that your test seem to be positive. We will keep praying for your recovery.
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General Beekeeping / Re: just in time
« Last post by Sour Kraut on January 13, 2018, 07:39:56 AM »
We hit 60 degrees on Wednesday and all 8 were flying.

Especially the one son Mike and I hauled home from the blueberry-blackberry farm a few weeks ago.

Then it hit me, they had not had a chance to 'get out' and make orientation flights since then.........
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The Campfire / Re: home from the Chop Shop-UPDATE
« Last post by Sour Kraut on January 13, 2018, 07:35:44 AM »
Sat down with the oncologist on Wednesday 01-10 to discuss what further treatment may be indicated.

Based on the pathologists' and surgeon's reports, he say he sees 'no need to subject you to chemical or physical treatments right now, which would probably be ineffective at best and harmful at worst'.

WHEW

We are, however, 'gathering baseline data' (blood work, urine samples, another CAT scan) with which to compare later samples to watch for any changes.

So time to put this behind me and get on with life !!!
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General Beekeeping / Re: just in time
« Last post by pymaplumber on January 11, 2018, 05:06:06 PM »
The bees were flying in mass today out of two of the hives. I am not sure of the third one, a couple of bees were lurking about but they might have been robbing.
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General Beekeeping / Re: just in time
« Last post by pymaplumber on January 10, 2018, 05:54:09 AM »
Today the weather is going to warm up for two days I am hoping to see some activity after the frigid conditions we have had for the last few weeks . Update after work I checked up on the hives one has bee poop in font of it other two do not I will check again tomorrow when it is a little warmer.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Season winding down in Western IL
« Last post by pymaplumber on January 10, 2018, 05:48:35 AM »
When you are looking for larvae make sure that you get one to three day old ones, they are at the best queen making age. Don't worry about where the queen is because which ever box she is in the other will raise a queen they call it a walk away split.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Season winding down in Western IL
« Last post by Marine Mike on January 09, 2018, 08:09:23 AM »
Sounds like you read the same stuff I did. I guess we will find out this spring.
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Bee Trees and Swarms / Tree cut-out already scheduled for spring
« Last post by Sour Kraut on January 08, 2018, 04:51:00 PM »
Was told about this in late October, a tree cut down, a colony in the main trunk, apparently they survived the cutting-down, so talked the home owner into dragging it out of the way till spring

Just checked it a bit ago, and I can see some movement down inside the knot-hole entrance.

Looks like it will take some delicate chain-saw work, but should be a good educational experience for the grand-kids.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Season winding down in Western IL
« Last post by Sour Kraut on January 08, 2018, 04:47:34 PM »
Correct answer is 'I'm not sure, this is my first attempt' !!

Been reading up on it, best bet looks to be grab about three frames with eggs, larva, and sealed brood out on an established hive, to a nuc box, and let them raise a queen.

Then feed it well, put in a full size hive, and feed-feed-feed to get it built up to a double before next winter.
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