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  1. Re: Tom Seeley's presentation at Marin Beekeepers Club

    That's a wonderful presentation, very informative and fun to watch. I did not know of the shake dance, or the tremble dance, of the very funny beep signal.
    Stavros
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    On a positive note, the few bees in the nuc are flying today. We've had some cold weather (low 9F), and plenty of days with lows 30F, and rain and all that is typical of the winter. Yet, they...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    bemandan,
    Sad to say but the majority of my hives make it to two seasons, but very few make it to three seasons (even after they requeen themselves). I use OA vapor once a year, but still one thing...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    In my experience, if I catch a swarm and they stay with me during the summer (no robbing, no SHB), they typically survive the winter and they build a very strong hive the next spring. I do not...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Happy New Year! The nuc is still alive.
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    I do not have electricity nearby. It's a great feeling to see them fly, taking one day at a time, and expecting the worst. I'll keep updating in a month or so if they make it through January. I know...
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    Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Hello fellow beekeepers,
    This year was tough for me: I lost 7 out my 9 hives, 2 swarms I caught and one of the nucs that I made. All sorts of reasons, some SHB, maybe mites but also queen failure...
  8. Re: bee-friendly mosquito control for Atlanta?

    Thank you for your suggestions. To be clear, I am talking about neighbors of mine who have local lawn companies spray their properties for mosquito control, and not about areal spraying in the entire...
  9. bee-friendly mosquito control for Atlanta?

    Several neighbors have been asking me about bee-friendly mosquito control in Atlanta. It is humid, still relatively warm (70s) and the mosquitos are alive and well. Most of those neighbors are using...
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    How to best overwinter 2 nucs?

    I have two 5-frame nucs with spring queens (from spring queen cells), that against all odds survived the robbing and SHB, while other hives got slimed by SHB. I did not feed them in the spring and...
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    Re: Major SHB problem

    I agree with your observation that there are hunderds if not thousands of SHB eggs in the frames and boxes of a strong hive but somehow a strong hive takes care of that and the eggs never...
  12. Thread: Freezers?

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    Re: Freezers?

    What do you mean when you say that a chest freezer is the most efficient? In terms of energy consumption? In terms of fitting supers and deeps? As for the side bar, I have turnt off all ads from my...
  13. Thread: Freezers?

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    Freezers?

    I have a very small (5cu.feet) freezer that really fits only one deep (and a few loose frames) at a time, and I am looking for a bigger, efficient freezer that holds 2 10-frame supers and 1 deep at a...
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    storing dry supers--are SHB a problem?

    I have 6 supers that I extracted from, then gave them back to the hives to dry them up, and I am now ready to store them criss-cross in my screen porch. In the past I stored them in plastic...
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    Re: Can feeding fondant cause robbing?

    My two small nucs seem to love fondant: they are taking good chuncks of in a matter of days. They each had a little less than 2 frames of bees and very few stores. I have not put robber screens, and...
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    Can feeding fondant cause robbing?

    It's summer and dearth in Atlanta. I have started feeding fondant to two small nucs in my beeyard. So far no robbing, even though I do not have robber screens on. I was told by a senior member of the...
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    Re: Does fondant make it to the honey supers?

    OK, I will feed them to help them finish some foundanless frames and store fondant and whatever they else choose on them, and wil not pull any honey frames for the fall. I have never pulled any fall...
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    Does fondant make it to the honey supers?

    I pulled some honey supers off my hives, and I have left them some for the rest of the summer and winter. I was thinking of feeding them some fondant now, during dearth, which does not cause robbing....
  19. Is glucose syrup just corn syrup for making fondant?

    I am interested in making some fondant to feed a couple of my nucs (and avoid robbing, as I have heard). I have seen a video in:...
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    Re: Feeding nucs during dearth?

    Good point about drips and leaks on the outside. As for feeding pollen, there is plenty in Atlanta always, and my past attempts to feed pollen have slimed the hive because of SHB. So, no pollen for...
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    Feeding nucs during dearth?

    In my bee yard, I have three mature hives (one deep and 4 supers) as well as two 5-frame nucs with young queens and 1 1/2 frames of bees. I want to feed the nucs to build them up for the winter. I...
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    SHB: a curse for beekeeping in Georgia

    I have lost nucs that later got slimed by SHB, but what happened to me yesterday was the worst event in my 6 years of beekeeping. I had a 2 deep 4 super hive that came out of the winter very strong...
  23. Re: Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    Same problem here in Atlanta: despite my checkerboarding and giving them 5 supers on top of 2 10-frame deeps in March-April, my two strongest hives swarmed multiple times and now have no sign of...
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    Re: Best way to place queen cell in hive

    Great photo Lauri, it explains it all very well. Do you leave an empty frame though, next to the one with the queen cell? Else how do you avoid it from getting squished?
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    Re: queenless hive: some are bringing pollen?

    The dilemma is this: this Thursday I am picking up some queen cells which are due to emerge Friday or Saturday. I was planning to put one in the queenless hive. If the hive has a virgin queen, she...
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