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    Re: Eureka! sourwood

    I sent the photo to a friend who is an expert in such things. He says it is Clethra acuminata...commonly known as Cinnamon Bark Clethra.
    I stand corrected.
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    Re: Eureka! sourwood

    I understand your frustration. As I said in an earlier post, last year was awful...at the same location with the same hives and from every visible indication all was the same....all that is except...
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    Re: Checked for varroa

    Did you coat it with anything to cause the mites to stick? Dead mites will fall and may stay in place...unless ants haul their carcasses off . Live mites will walk away. Without something to keep...
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    Re: Pound of dead bees in front of each hive!

    Particularly if the water is treated to control mosquitoes. With today's anxiety over Zika...it wouldn't surprise me. And then your bees go to collect the poisoned water.
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    Re: Eureka! sourwood

    I believe that it is an immature sourwood.
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    Re: Eureka! sourwood

    I might add that in June I harvested a 50lb per hive average of spring wildflower from these hives. A good season for this part of the world.
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    Re: Eureka! sourwood

    Thanks! I am pleased. For four consecutive seasons...a decent crop. Last year...same hives....same yard....bees looked great....trees bloomed.... but....not a drop of sourwood honey. Not a stinkin'...
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    Eureka! sourwood

    After last season's awful sourwood harvest....I've been a bit anxious about this season. Curiosity finally got the upper hand...and today I drove up to my small mountain apiary to check. Eureka! The...
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    Re: Hives With Neighborly Complaint

    I was thinking about the folks complaining about bee poop. If you get more than thirty feed from my hives, the bees have gotten enough elevation that it is rare to find any that can be identified on...
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    Re: Hives With Neighborly Complaint

    My sentiments as well. It is a hard decision. In my experience I've moved the hives. I could stand my ground and refuse...but sure as the dickens someone would get hurt...my bees would get...
  11. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    It surprised me when I put it together. I have no idea if they're still made that way....although they'd been making them for years when I got mine....so, I'd think they'd have fixed it by then.
  12. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    If it is from an alcohol wash. A sugar shake...probably double.
  13. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    No. My Maxant 20 frame extractor has a single phase ac motor. Period. Maybe a quarter or third horsepower....I'm not going to bother looking. You may have missed it but as I said in a previous...
  14. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    The motor on mine is an ac. Speed control is via a Rube Goldberg spring loaded pressure gizmo. And yeah.....if the honey got up to the frames in the carriage....something would break.
    My point...
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    probably true with either a burnt out motor because of a closed gate...or a bucket spilled. I've got to tell ya though....I'm in the room when the extractor is spinning and if it is ever that far out...
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    I can't even guess how many loads have run through that extractor....and it has never been an issue. I guess we all have our own ways of getting the job done.
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    I used four casters...one at each corner. You might note that each leg of the extractor is mounted to a block of wood...which is then mounted to the platform. The legs on my Maxant extractor are too...
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    Doesn't need to be a dilemma
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    In the late 1960s...before there were varroa or shb....Tom Seeley studied new feral colonies in the Arnot Forest. He found that when a swarm moved into a cavity in the spring....there was only a 25%...
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    I mounted my casters to a half sheet (4'x4')of plywood. Then I mounted the extractor to that platform. Then...the bucket rests on the platform as well....and what little walking they do...the...
  21. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    What sort of mite control did you do last year?
    If you went into winter with a heavy mite load and your overwinter bees were sickly...then treating in March is too late. The damage has already been...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    Quite common here. We suffer a summer long nectar dearth...every year...... and we don't have a fall flow of any significance. I was pulling honey supers today and left a full medium plus full deep...
  23. Re: crepe myrtles -- another "has anybody seen.....?"

    I see them working those with white blooms sometimes. Never see any on the others. It doesn't matter much. Unless somebody has a huge planting of them...they aren't going to be enough to carry a...
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    Re: Colony Loss 2014-2015: Preliminary Results

    I believe that you will find that even the successful, knowledgeable tf beekeepers will tell you that they have mites. Your bees have mites. If you've had those hives for over a year, and have done...
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    I doubt if the bees can keep the brood nest at a constant temperature during any season. But, I do believe that they can keep it within a safe temperature range...as long as there are enough healthy...
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