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    Remember that the whole point of going...

    Remember that the whole point of going bottomless, or using a screened bottom board is so that mites fall away, and cannot get re-attached to the bees. I think that if bees can reach the area where...
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    The bee tree behind our house a ways has an...

    The bee tree behind our house a ways has an entrance about 7 feet from the ground. I can't tell how big the inside is cause I don't want to disturb them. I've been much more successful having bees...
  3. Thread: Soybeans

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    Someone once told me that it had more to do with...

    Someone once told me that it had more to do with whether the variety was determinant or indeterminant than group number. I don't grow soybeans, so I don't know that for a fact, but I do know that...
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    The best way to get plastic frames super clean is...

    The best way to get plastic frames super clean is to build a "wax moth hive". Just put a bunch of old frames in a hive body, and stack them just like a hive, and have a bottom and lid, and then just...
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    Red maple, henbit, and dandilions are all good...

    Red maple, henbit, and dandilions are all good early nectar producers, but elm is only good for lots of pollen... it doesn't produce any nectar.

    Check for dandilions here and there, I bet that's...
  6. Thread: Soybeans

    by Curry
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    "Do these early varieties produce no nectar at...

    "Do these early varieties produce no nectar at all? "

    Correct! I got skunked two years in a row on soybeans in NE Arkansas, and I won't be back. Growers really don't NEED honeybees to grow...
  7. Thread: AHB

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    I've had hives that were very nice during the...

    I've had hives that were very nice during the flow, turn very cranky after it ended. Their mood is also affected by whether it is sunny or not, how slowly you removed the lid, whether a skunk has...
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    The martins may enjoy some of your bees, but not...

    The martins may enjoy some of your bees, but not enough to seriously hurt the population. A population of 50,000 with hundreds added daily doesn't get decimated easily.

    As for the septic lagoon-...
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    I've found that the best way to keep comb is the...

    I've found that the best way to keep comb is the last method you'd ever think of...

    store it right out in the open. As open as you can get it... in other words, put 5 frames to a box, spacing the...
  10. Thread: Foundationless

    by Curry
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    The only drawback to feeding sugarwater is that...

    The only drawback to feeding sugarwater is that you shouldn't feed sugarwater with a super on. The bees will just store sugarwater as honey, along with making lots of wax.

    Chinitoe-

    No, I...
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    Tie a brick onto the end of a long rope. Throw...

    Tie a brick onto the end of a long rope. Throw the brick over a branch at least 10 feet high, near the trunk. Tie a deep with old comb in it onto the other end of the rope. I like to spray...
  12. Thread: Foundationless

    by Curry
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    In general, providing wax just means wasted wax...

    In general, providing wax just means wasted wax beneath the hive. However, under ideal conditions bees will use wax...

    I've probably experimented with this more than anyone I know, trying to...
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    Foundation age doesn't affect granulation rate......

    Foundation age doesn't affect granulation rate...

    The main culprit is where the nectar came from. Different flowers produce honey with different sugar compositions. The mixture of flowers that...
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    What happens with honeysuckle is that the...

    What happens with honeysuckle is that the bumblebees will chew through the base of the flower to reach the nectar easier. Then, once there's a hole in the flower, the honeybees can then work the...
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    Ya, once it gets cold, I don't bother giving them...

    Ya, once it gets cold, I don't bother giving them syrup in the feeders. You'll just waste the syrup which will spoil. However, you can give them a honey/sugar mixture that has the consistency of...
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    Many commercial beekeepers put bees on soybeans...

    Many commercial beekeepers put bees on soybeans in the MO/AR border area, but unfortuately, the new soybean varieties don't produce nectar flows, so that's a negative trend. I didn't have much of...
  17. "claims to have brought in 1600 pallets of 400...

    "claims to have brought in 1600 pallets of 400 four-pound Australian packages for pollination"

    It seems too coincidental that 400 four-pound packages happens to equal 1600 pounds... perhaps...
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    gross George... but asians see em as a delicacy...

    gross George... but asians see em as a delicacy so...

    I bought 10 of the green drone combs last year, but too late to get them drawn out well. My plan is to get them all drawn out (in separate...
  19. Thread: honey stand

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    I assume you live in Eagle Mountain? Not sure...

    I assume you live in Eagle Mountain? Not sure there'd be a farmers market out there, but surely somewhere in southern S.L. Ask around, cause the farmers market is by far the best place to sell. ...
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    Like dcross said... you have mites... both...

    Like dcross said... you have mites... both trachea and varroa.

    Only Hawaii and maybe parts of Alaska don't have varroa mites. And even if you started a hive with known, varroa-free bees, you'd...
  21. Thread: Honey time?

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    You don't want to feed sugar water with supers...

    You don't want to feed sugar water with supers on... only because the bees will convert the sugar water into "honey", and store it in your super. It's not really honey, just condensed sugar water,...
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    George answered it pretty well. The only thing I...

    George answered it pretty well. The only thing I would add is that during winter the queen will stop laying for a month or two, and this break in the brood cycle also breaks the varroa laying cycle....
  23. Thread: Feed Dry??

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    A good way to draw the bees to start taking the...

    A good way to draw the bees to start taking the sugar is by mixing a bit of honey into it. The bees go for the honey, and then continue coming back for the sugar once the honey is gone.
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    "What are your mixture proportions?" Jackbee- ...

    "What are your mixture proportions?"

    Jackbee- um, well, the answer to this is as much sugar as you can, while it is still capable of rolling into a ball. I like for it to be like playdough......
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    Rod, I prefer mixing honey with sugar to feed...

    Rod,

    I prefer mixing honey with sugar to feed at this time of year. It won't go ransid (sp?), and works real well in a hive top feeder. The bees can't resist the honey, and will also devour the...
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