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Welcome / Re: Howdy from upstate NY
« Last post by iddee on Today at 09:16:36 am »
Welcome. Pull up a chair and relax awhile.
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Laugh A Little / March 32, 2020
« Last post by iddee on Today at 09:08:16 am »


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Welcome / Re: Howdy from upstate NY
« Last post by RAST on Today at 09:07:12 am »
Hi there. Good that they are coming to a store. Some down here got dead bees due to USPS's problems right now.
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Welcome / Howdy from upstate NY
« Last post by FallenBridge_41 on Yesterday at 04:57:39 pm »
Live in rural upstate New York, Georgia native, new beekeeper, bees ordered and coming on May 2 to a local beekeeping supply store. Looking forward to learning from ya'll!
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Laugh A Little / Re: Happy Birthday
« Last post by neillsayers on Yesterday at 01:23:30 pm »
 :laugh: :laugh: Thanks, I needed that laugh!  :laugh: :laugh:
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Laugh A Little / Happy Birthday
« Last post by Eddy Honey on March 30, 2020, 08:23:58 pm »
During lunch at work, I ate 3 plates of beans (which I know I shouldn't). When I got home, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly, "Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight." He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call.

The beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go.

It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a garbage dump! I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously. Then, shifting to the other leg, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than cooked cabbage. Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on releasing atomic bombs like this for another few minutes. The pleasure was indescribable!

Eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freedom, so I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself.

My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long.
He asked me if I had peaked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not.
At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table, with their hands to their noses, chorused, "Happy Birthday!"
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General Beekeeping / Re: No eggs in brood nest late March NS
« Last post by Jen on March 29, 2020, 01:16:19 pm »
Hello Tommy, here is another concideration.

1. Did you look for eggs? That is what I would do first. If you find no eggs on any frame, that is one story. But you might find several eggs in each cell, this is yet another story.

The queen won't lay eggs if she doesn't have enough nurse bees to cover the eggs, plus nurture the eggs along.

Do you have just one hive? and how many boxes high is it?
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General Beekeeping / Re: No eggs in brood nest late March NS
« Last post by Bakersdozen on March 29, 2020, 11:23:53 am »
Hi Tommy.  I don't know if I have the answer for you, but here are some situations I have experienced this year.
I had a colony, this year, that came out of winter that was similar to yours.  It is a few miles away and the only colony currently at this location.  I went ahead and reversed the brood boxes.  I thought I would put some 1:1 sugar syrup on to stimulate egg laying.  When I came back a week or so later, there was all kinds of brood and larvae in both brood boxes.  So, one could do a wait and see.
The trouble with the wait and see method, is you could get a laying worker in there and then they are almost impossible to requeen.

Do you have more than one hive or is this the only one?  If you have another, and you are sure that this colony is queenless, one option is to do a newspaper combine.   This year, I also had a very strong colony that went queenless right at the beginning of spring.  I did a newspaper combine with another colony.  When queens become available, I will split. 
Doing a newspaper combine is a preferable method of saving the bees. 

Not sure if you can get bees?  Do you mean queens or nucs or packages?  Down here, in the lower 48, beekeeping falls under agriculture and is an essential business.  Packages of bees are expected to arrive the first part of April.  Caged Queens will be arriving with them.  I don't know your weather conditions.  Perhaps that is a factor when it comes to manipulating bees.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: Bear Hunts
« Last post by RAST on March 29, 2020, 09:26:23 am »
 LOL, I think I might suggest that to our pastor even though he did deliver a very good sermon to a camera.
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General Beekeeping / No eggs in brood nest late March NS
« Last post by Tommy on March 29, 2020, 12:43:15 am »
Hey guys. I peeked in my hive today and there were no brood. I live in Porters Lk. There were a lot of bees. I e read the queen stars laying after the winter solstice, so I thought there should be some brood there, but there’s not.

Not sure how easily if be easy to get bees with the current shut down. Are my bees doomed or is there a chance the queen hasn’t started laying yet?

Many thanks.
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