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    Increase Temp on Uncapping Plane

    Is there any way i can increase the temperature on my uncapping plane? It rips comb sometimes if i go to fast. Any ideas?
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    Re: Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    Ive got bees on both sides of the river. Things have slowed down with all the rain but most are putting it on fairly steady still. Im thinking theyre still working some late blooming gallberry and...
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    Re: How's the flow going for you?

    Last week some of my yards put on 50+ lbs/hive in 7 days, while some 10 miles away did absolutely nothing.
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    Re: Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    Tulip poplar is in the magnolia family.
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    Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    I call it sweetbay. Some might know it by the name silver bay. Is it a nectar source for honeybees? It bloomed really well here in NW Florida this year
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    >I again asked him what he was spraying and he got angry and said, "I've had bees before."

    He might be spraying something illegal if he's being that evasive.
  7. Thread: Swarming?

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    Re: Swarming?

    Am i the only one who thinks he needs to pull the reducer out. Looks like its 2 deeps and 3 mediums, while using the small entrance on reducer. Come on people.
  8. Re: With no mouths to feed , honey is simply increased !

    Colony populations usually die back at the end of the season. That in combination with increasing pest numbers, would make it unwise to kill queens just before a time of year where fresh young bees...
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    Do you have beetles in indiana?
  10. Thread: Swarming?

    by dfortune
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    Re: Swarming?

    Take the reducer out completely
  11. Re: Can a hive have both a queen and laying worker?

    Yes, they can have both. It is uncommon, but not rare. They will sort it out eventually. A drone laying queen is also a possibility if you see a good egg pattern but bad brood pattern or lots of...
  12. Re: Anyone had a hive abscond in winter and return in spring?

    Ive seen hives abscond to a nearby limb during a beetle slime-out. They returned a couple of days later, after the hive had been robbed out. That said, what you experienced was probably a new swarm.
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    400+, some days im a hobbyist. Other days commercial.
  14. Re: Anyone else in Central Florida not seeing a nectar flow yet?

    I wonder if the moon phase affects nectar flow?
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    Re: Will mature queen pipe?

    Yes, at least when shipped with other queens in cages. Normally virgins if heard in a hive.
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    Re: Temperature to open and check for brood

    Go for it.
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    Re: Why plastic in the brood nest

    I use plastic over wax for two reasons: i can run my extractor twice as fast without fear of blow outs, and i it is resistant to wax moth damage. That said, i hate the bees reluctance to draw it...
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    Re: Will a New/Virgin Queen Cause a Swarm

    Yes, especially bees with a genetic tendency to swarm, will see the new virgin as an oppurtunity to swarm. Get better bees is my advice.
  19. Re: Bees attracted to hot tub and drowning by the hundreds :(

    Skill-it algaecide worked for me.
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    Re: Centering the cluster in early spring

    I move it to the center in the spring so the brood nest is not confined to one side of the hive. They expand quicker given both sides to work on.
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    Re: Do bees have a memory?

    Bee's have a memory far greater than most people realize. I once moved some hives about a quarter mile during winter. A few months later in spring, i found one with laying workers so i brought them...
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    Re: eggs vs. swarming

    I just tip the second deep and look underneath for swarm cells.
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    Re: Hive Tracking Spreadsheet?

    I use a lumber crayon, to write notes on each hive cover.
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    Something I see happening already, good bee forage is disappearing. Row crop land is expanding, turf grass lawns are creeping in, and pine tree production keeps pushing closer towards swamp land.
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    Re: making nuc question

    You would be losing money trying to start with one frame. 2 frames can build up about four times as fast as 1 frame, and 3 frames can build up about twice as fast as 2 frames. In my experiences...
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