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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    Started with three packages, caught a feral swarm with a swam trap near an old feral hive in an oak tree. Of the packages one queen was a drone layer, the other two died within two months. The feral...
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    Re: Help, Winter Supersedure

    When in doubt, I just leave them alone. Someone else may chime in to give you some options, but since it's your only hive I would leave them to their own devices, they've been doing it longer than we...
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    Re: open nectar comb

    Ditto, they will very soon be in high gear raising brood, it would be counter productive to cap it and then uncap it to feed the brood, and they should be mixing it with pollen soon to make bee bread...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    Lauri, I have been using vistaprint for a couple of years and they have never offered me a discount, maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I will go to their site and see if I can activate something...
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    Re: Hi, from South Carolina

    Welcome Jimmy
    I started with top bar hives, and still have a good many of them. You will learn a lot from them, and from Beesource. There are a lot of good experienced people here that will be...
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    Re: Open feeding goes great

    Sultan, I find that open feeding prevents robbing while I'm feeding, but afterwards the strong hives may rob the weaker hives. If I'm in a long dearth I will go to 1 part sugar to 2 parts water to...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I should have been more clear on when I destroy some swarms, it is after I have kept them for awhile and have noticed things that I don't like about them and don't want in my stock, and like Lauri I...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I've had mixed results from swarms, I don't bother with swarm calls anymore, they are a lot of trouble with little good results. I do put out about a dozen swarm traps in the spring and I get really...
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    I've never had Russians, I do like Carniolans who in my opinion get a bum rap on the swarming issue, In my experience they build up so fast that they seem to swarm before Italians, I always say that...
  10. Thread: Black bees

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    Re: Black bees

    He could have had bees from York in Jesup Georgia they were called midnight bees, York is out of business now. They were dark bees but most were not totally black except the drones which tended to be...
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    Re: Winter solstice

    Depends on the amount of stores and what they are bringing in, and on when your major nectar flow is. Here the Red maple starts about that time, but I have dry pollen and sugar syrup waiting for...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    I use all possible safety precautions, face shield, barrier that protects everything but my hands, and I wear gloves, and we're talking about a "lawn mower" battery. But thanks for the concern.
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    Re: Winter solstice

    In my local the bees start producing brood after the winter solstice, it is a noticeable change in behavior the later part of December.
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    Re: Honey Bees with nothing to do

    Honey bees sting only to defend the hive or as Vance said if you accidently brush against them. Yellow jackets are not so nice, they will sting to defend their food. When one lands on you they are...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    I used to buy a lawn mower battery about every year usually in the spring when I first needed the mower. I learned to rehabilitate them by first charging for fifteen minutes then doing a fast...
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    I found that one size doesn't fit all, for example my bee inspector who only lives fifty miles from me and has four hundred hives tell me that my bees would winter better in one box, but one box...
  17. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    I like that solution, all kinds of possibilities, put in a couple more and have nice six or seven frame stackable "nucs" for overwintering in the colder regions, pull them out for great honey flows,...
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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    I'm not going to answer all your questions, I think going to Michael Bush's site would do that, JMO. I started with sloped sides and that works good, but since I am slowly transitioning to more and...
  19. Re: 1/2" plywood for TBH construction in Central Florida

    I use 1x lumber ( actual size is 3/4 ) I find the plywood in the 3 1/2 to four foot TBHs do tend to bow so much that they are almost useless. I have a good many TBH 22" nucs and swarm traps that are...
  20. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    I'm 73 and cheap so I use 10 frame deeps, the brood boxes I can move alright, the honey supers not so good, so I just sit an empty beside the hive, move five frames into it and I can move both boxes...
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    Re: Advice on recent OAV treatment

    I can't find the thread, but I seem to remember someone saying their high mite drop count continued for like a week or so after the fall treatment of OAV, that claim surprised me, but maybe wait a...
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    Re: OAV Battery Life

    I tried vaporizing with a twelve volt car battery ( on my truck ) it started vaporizing in forty seconds, which I knew was way too hot. I attached a forty foot extension of #18 wire, it now starts...
  23. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I have the same conditions as gone2seed does, and I too feed one to one, though I start a little earlier. It seems that having stores doesn't activate brood rearing, it's what's being brought in...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Sorry for your loss, I recently had three at my home apiary with the same symptoms. I am very sure it was robbers because they were the only ones that I failed to install robber screens on, I was...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Ditto on all the preceding advice. I started with TBH, did not join a bee club for several years, nor did I read Beesource. It was a rough way to get into being a beekeeper. I now learn and share...
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