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    Re: How long until you have resistant bees?

    Here's my load of speculation!

    True natural selection isn't the same thing as a sustainable stable (2 offspring replace 2 parents) population. Populations will wax and wane even in controlled...
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    Re: Florida BEEKS Wintering BEES

    I just spoke to my buddy today who I sold a hive to. I went over to his property a couple of weeks ago and put a 10 frame medium with foundation only on his single deep, and they've drawn comb and...
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    Re: Florida BEEKS Wintering BEES

    Just made some splits and have a few nucs I'm overwintering as well. I'm going with giving them a little room to expand while feeding them to keep a little production up. Only a few frames of room...
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    Re: swarm

    He probably could have slowed them down by splitting, or maybe he split them and they swarmed anyway. Yes, those bees he caught are most likely from his hives. Sometimes you don't catch them in...
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    Re: swarm

    They will go into "swarm mode" when they feel like they're running out of space. I would recommend reading Michael Bush's site about opening the brood nest to give them room and possibly head off...
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    Re: swarm

    I'm in Central FL and I caught a swarm towards the end of Sept. and I still have drones flying in my yard. SW FL, with a mild winter, I'd bet you could have swarms from Feb to October.
  7. Re: Any treatment-free beeks in Central Florida?

    Thanks, I'll do that.
  8. Re: Any treatment-free beeks in Central Florida?

    B Reeves,

    I'm in Bradley, FL. About 20 min. from you. Are you interested in selling a nuc or two? I'd like to check out your operation if you have the time. I'm pretty new at this, so I'm...
  9. Any treatment-free beeks in Central Florida?

    As my hobby expands, I'm curious if there are any other treatment-free folks nearby? I'm in the Lakeland area. I'd like to get in touch with someone raising nucs or queens in this region. (Polk...
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    Re: hives and high winds question

    Your logic is as busted as a Daytona stripper... A bucket IN THE BACK OF YOUR TRUCK isn't getting hit with 110mph winds.

    I've lived in FL my whole life. You don't pile projectiles around...
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    Re: "Survivor bees"

    They're apparently hoping to introduce a gene that has allowed this supposedly feral hive to survive and thrive without man's intervention (up until that point.) Sure, it's a crap shoot.

    And...
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    Re: "Survivor bees"

    This is incorrect. When nature does it, it's called natural selection or sexual selection. When man does it, it's called artificial selection. Every vegetable we eat, or domestic animal we eat or...
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    Re: Bees and Water Supply

    My neighbor has one of those plastic ponds/waterfalls in his flower beds. It's probably 25 yards from my hive, and over a big privacy fence. I gave him some honey the other day and he said tons of...
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    Re: When to add another honey super?

    Thanks guys. I threw another box on today.
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    When to add another honey super?

    I have 2 brood boxes, excluder, and then 1 honey box that is filling up quickly. The bees took empty foundation to 8 frames of capped honey within a couple of weeks. The honey box is about 90%...
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    Re: Honey incoming, now what?

    I've heard people talking about swarm cells. What are they and what do I need to look for? If my 2 brood boxes are getting full, I'm sure I should be keeping an eye out?
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    Re: Honey incoming, now what?

    Interesting. So you have Nucs set up just for comb building? Do you get the nucs to build comb and then install the frames into brood boxes?

    Do you melt them down as well for the wax?

    Never...
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    Re: Honey incoming, now what?

    Ahh no honey boxes if I'm looking for splits.. I learn something new every post.

    They were just hanging out on the plastic foundations I installed for a few weeks then a few days ago I had comb...
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    Re: Honey incoming, now what?

    I should have clarified, I have 2 brood boxes with a good amount of brood and an excluder on top of those. I was going to remove the excluder and honey box after advice on my last thread said to...
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    Honey incoming, now what?

    From my first starter nuc this spring, I have 2 broods filling out nicely and now my 8 frame honey med. has comb being built and filled on all sides inner and outer frames. At what point do I add...
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    Re: Drones today..

    I don't pull the top off daily, I just watch them a while coming and going. I take the top off once or twice a week because I can get an idea if the population due to how many bees are in the upper...
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    Re: Drones today..

    No, they haven't drawn comb fully on the bottom boxes. I will remove the 1 extra super in that case.
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    Drones today..

    So I bought a 5-frame nuc some weeks ago and installed it into a homemade hive that I built. I added 2 supers in addition to the box I installed the nuc frames into, queen excluder, etc. The 2...
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    Re: Are all stings the same?

    Man this has been a great thread. I've been stung by all sorts of stinging insects including stepping in a yellow jacket nest that resulted in 30+ stings at once, with nothing more than the usual...
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    Re: From Central FL.

    No. I haven't heard of any clubs near me. I'm in Bradley, which is about 10 miles south of Lakeland.
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