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Any Cut-Outs around Burlington?

Cindy Bee, a cut-out professional, is moving to Maine to work with Erin Forbes. She would like to demonstrate her cut-out procedures at our EAS 2012 meeting at Burlington. Please keep your ears open for any cut-out possibilities. All work will be free of charge to the homeowner.

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thanks

Mike

State lab testing for neonics

>>There is a new lab in Waterbury that is starting up and they will be testing honey for neonicotinoids. 

Any more information on this lab anf testing for neonics? Do you know if they are able to test pollen...both stored in the hive and incoming from the field? 

Weigh Enough?

Another very bad year for honey in Vermont.

Some home type bee keepers have told me they haven't looked in their hives yet. They are in for a surprise, a bad one.

I started feeding my bees a month ago and wonder if I fed them enough. 10 pounds each so far for both nukes and full hive.

I need to rock them the estimate the weight.

Then get a lot more sugar.

I use a 2 gallon bucket and put very hot water 2/3 full and start pouring in two 5 pound bags of sugar as I stir madly. Then let it sit and cool and be sure it is all disolved before pouring it in hive top feeders. A few bees are sneaky and get by the sides and die in the syrup but only a half dozen or so. And then other bugs get there too.

It is cheaper to feed bees than try to get new nukes each year, but if climate change brings rain during the honey flow time, it isnt worth it. Maybe there is a new disease that makes bees not work hard to bring in honey, but there are a lot of them and they are flying a lot during nice days.

Anyone have any thoughts or observations on this?

Peter Grant, 1614 S 116, Bristol, VT 05443
802-453-2278
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