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  1. Thread: Queen Trap Frame

    by RickR
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    Re: Queen Trap Frame

    I have one that I bought from Kelley: Queen Grafting Excluder Frame. As you can see from the photo on their web site it makes use of the same grating that is used on their queen excluder. It has...
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    Re: question about extractor

    The Limestone County Beekeepers Association also has a club extractor (and capping tank, knife, and strainer) that can be loaned out to members. We meet over on the west side of Athens, so it would...
  3. Re: Honey Hive Farms, Give away!!! Win One of Three Prizes for 2014!!!

    The prizes sound really nice.
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    Re: What is this bee carrying?

    Looks like some sap/resin for making propolis. They will carry it using their pollen baskets.
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    Re: Camellia plants and bees

    I have seen bees working some varieties of camellia, and I have read where other beeks have observed bee working them. From what I have seen and heard the bees are using the camellia mainly as a...
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    Re: Conference Speakers

    We had Dr. Clarence Collison and Dr. Jim Tew at our annual North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium this August, and I thoroughly enjoyed their presentations. You can view a short bio on each of them, and...
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    I help out when I can with our local beekeeping association. I also try to have material on hand to show folks when I am selling honey at the farmer's market. I have found that photos from removal...
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    Here are some pictures I took yesterday. It's about 6 days after the last set of pictures. The brood is capped, and the pattern is easier to see. The bees are still extremely docile, and even with...
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    Followup:

    Here are some pics of the hive two weeks after removal. I added a frame of brood covered with nurse bees, and a frame of honey and pollen covered with bees too. As you can see in some...
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    A few pics of bees working fall flowers

    Just a few pics I took around the farm this weekend showing some of the blooms that the bees were working.

    The bees were working Confederate Roses. They were working hard to get all the way down...
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    A little help at the trapout

    I found this character sitting on top of one of my trapouts yesterday. While we're both removing bees I think my motives are a bit more benign. Last week I found a robber fly on top of another box...
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    Speaking of "under the porch" - It seemed like there were almost as many roaches in the box as bees. When I opened the nuc up the nasty vermin went scurrying every where. :eek:
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    Re: A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    I went back Monday night and picked up the nuc box. The bees were all hunkered down inside the box, and I don't think there was a single straggler left behind. Tuesday afternoon I transferred them...
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    A Little Something Hiding Under the Porch

    I got a call last week from an older lady with a hive of bees under her back porch. She said she needed the bees removed, and preferred to have them moved rather than sprayed. Another beekeeper...
  15. Re: What does your club charge for a beginner class?

    The Madison County Beekeepers Association has been offering a free beginners class for several years now. In fact that is how I got my start in beekeeping.
  16. Re: How do I get bearded bees back into the hive before a move?

    Bearding is a primarily a function of temperature and population. Both are still high enough to induce bearding here in the South.
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    Re: Maxant no drip valve

    They will work, but they don't work quite as well on cold honey. You'll get a bit of stringing that you don't have with warm honey.
  18. Thread: Moving to cotton

    by RickR
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    Re: Moving to cotton

    The honey yield from cotton can vary a lot depending on which variety of cotton was planted. I have gotten a lot of very mild, light colored, nicely flavored honey from cotton. But I know...
  19. Re: Wedge top bar frames instead of groove top bar OK?

    Wedge top bars will work fine with the plastic foundation. Just mount the plastic foundation in the frame with the wedge just like you would all wax foundation. Another beekeeper gave me a box of...
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    Re: Square Icing Buckets From Walmart

    I picked several square buckets from a local BBQ restaurant that sound similar to what you describe. I have found them to be too flimsy for honey storage. The sides bulge (a lot), and I have had...
  21. Thread: Happy Pi Day!

    by RickR
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    Re: Happy Pi Day!

    Then you can say:
    http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/Scoutmaster_Rick/qtpi_zpse35e1da0.jpg
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    Re: Trap-out and time of year

    The home owners aren't in a particular hurry to have the hive removed, so I do have the luxury of picking my time. It sounds like the May-June time frame would be best.
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    Trap-out and time of year

    I have been asked to remove an established hive from a tree, and I was wondering if there was a particular time of year that was best for doing a trap-out.
  24. Thread: Happy Pi Day!

    by RickR
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    Happy Pi Day!

    http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/Scoutmaster_Rick/250w_PIDAY_Use_02_Pi_Day_Po_zps9f9cdebd.jpg

    :)
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    One cold winter morning

    Wife texts husband on a cold winters morning: "Windows frozen."
    Husband texts back: "Pour some lukewarm water over it."
    Wife texts back 5 minutes later: "Computer completely dead now."
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