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    Re: What's the diffrence between TF an IPM

    This is all good information, I get the impression for the above posts that IPM can be applied according to ones personal philosophy and values and can run the spectrum from maximizing profit only ...
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    Re: What's the diffrence between TF an IPM

    Ah, well I guess that puts me in the TF camp.
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    What's the diffrence between TF an IPM

    I think I am TF as in I haven't used chem's in 5 years. I do however do splits to reduce mite load and breed from my best survivors queen. I only kill queens if they become drone layers or start...
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    Re: When to Mite control split in WNC zone 7

    Will do. thanks.
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    Re: When to Mite control split in WNC zone 7

    Hey thanks for the input.

    I maybe wrong but I am using splitting as part of my IPM, I don't treat and try to buy mite resistance stock and graft from my good queens that are over two years old. ...
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    How long to wait for queen to lay?

    I may have done the wrong thing. I had four new nucs with cells I grafted. All four queens (looked) mated. After a couple of weeks three had eggs and larva one did not. I thought she may have...
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    When to Mite control split in WNC zone 7

    I am thinking I will split just before or just after the sourwood flow. Any opions?
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    Re: Buying frame wire

    thanks I'll try that. > I would have never thought of it ether.
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    Re: Buying frame wire

    There is another thread talking about how none of them will try fishing line again. It sounds like the bees chew through the line more often than not.
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    Buying frame wire

    I need frame wire but I hate paying more for shipping than the product itself. Anyone have a good place to order from or is there a type of gauge of wire I can use that can be bought at the hardware...
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    Virgin Queen looks odd

    The one queen I had that emerged four days late looks..scalie. It maybe that a saw her very soon after emergence but she didn't seem that vigorous. Virgins I have seen in the past move very...
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    Re: cold nights/ delay queen cell??

    Saturday, I checked again and no queens. I opened a cell and the not fully developed queen moved her legs. I than decided to start over about four of the ten looked like the might have hatched out...
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    cold nights/ delay queen cell??

    We had it drop in to the twenties while my cells where in the finisher. The should have emerged yesterday but had not when i checked 4 of them. I am going to check again Saturday. Can the cold...
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    cold nights/ delay queen cell??

    We had it drop in to the twenties while my cells where in the finisher. The should have emerged yesterday but had not when i checked 4 of them. I am going to check again Saturday. Can the cold...
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    Re: Nurse bees from starer to finisher

    Thanks.. As soon as the weather allows I'll start again and put some open brood above the excluder.. I think I knew to do it that way but with fall and winter I forgot. I should have read over my...
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    Nurse bees from starer to finisher

    If I want to add the nurse bees from my finisher to the starter should I just put them in the top with the grafts or send them in the front door? If I am to send them in the front should this...
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    How to put "Nuc-ed" bees into a TBH

    I don't have a TBH, I have however met a new beekeeper who is wanting to start out with a TBH and I have agreed to give her the bees. I generally give away or sell at a very low price one or two...
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    Which come first the Splits or Queens???

    Let me start by saying that this might be a stupid question. I am okay with that.

    What are your opinions? Would it be better to raise queens and then use them in splits or make splits and use...
  19. Thread: washing Jars

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    washing Jars

    Does anyone wash NEW Mason jars before filling them or do you just take the lid off and fill?
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    Re: Threshold for spliting

    About 30 percent but I did not do fall splits or breed queens last year. This is a new method for me, I am going to try it for a couple of years and see how it goes. It makes more ecological sense...
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    Re: Threshold for spliting

    I have already done my fall splits for this year. I did them in the last couple weeks of Aug at the end of the sour wood flow. Which is basically the same time people treat here. This year I did...
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    Threshold for spliting

    I guess I am treatment free. I use IPM and buy resistant stock and graft from those and my best queens to put in to nucs. I haven't treated in 5 years but I am not apposed to "soft chem" treatment...
  23. Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    I go to Wal-mart and buy paint markers in the arts and craft section. They have worked well for me and are cheep.
  24. Re: Will staggered Elevation of hives increase honey production?

    Yes bears are a potential issue, but they have a couple of great pyrenees that stay with the sheep and the hives will be in close proximity. Plus I generally only have bear issues in early spring...
  25. Re: Will staggered Elevation of hives increase honey production?

    I guess I was thinking in terms of bloom time on plants. There is a noticeable difference here in Western NC the higher you get you enter another micro climate
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