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  1. Re: North Georgia Mountains: are Bears an issue for beeks?

    Just to tie off on this thread - saw a 200+ pound bear rooting around near my garbage enclosure the other night. That thing would have easily laid waste to a bunch of hives inside of an hour I'm...
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    Re: SHB Larvae question

    I make freeman style bottom board traps and fill them with Diatomaceous Earth. I like this setup for a few reasons, and it catches a lot of beetles and it literally sucks the life out of the larvae....
  3. Re: North Georgia Mountains: are Bears an issue for beeks?

    Thanks for the info. Sounds like it would be prudent to just start with an electric fence from the get-go.
  4. Re: North Georgia Mountains: are Bears an issue for beeks?

    It's a single acre with several other houses around (also on 1 acre plots).
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    Re: Swarm hive trouble

    I had a booming hive that cast 3 swarms. I caught two of them. One of the two had two queens in it (I saw them both as I was moving the bees in). Mind you, this was on the second swarm. Alas, they...
  6. North Georgia Mountains: are Bears an issue for beeks?

    Hey there GA folk, just got a property up in Blue Ridge in the Aska area. Are bears an issue for a potential bee yard? I'm hoping to get 6-8 hives going on my lot. If I don't have to worry, great. If...
  7. Re: Main hive cast 3 swarms in two weeks - seeking guidance

    As luck would have it, I was able to snag another swarm (from a neighbor and another colony) this afternoon, so hopefully between this one and my two others I'll be able to cobble together a few...
  8. Main hive cast 3 swarms in two weeks - seeking guidance

    Hi everyone. I've got a booming hive that wintered really well, and even after doing a split it's still cast a few swarms. I've captured two of them. The swarm from today had two queens in it - for...
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    Re: Need Help... are my bees being robbed??!!

    It really sounds like you may be dealing with a pre-swarm situation, not robbing - the buzzing and lack of bees physically fighting is what makes me think this.

    If it is a swarm (and it really...
  10. Re: Hive swarmed and came right back to orignally hive!!!!

    My bees did this exact thing two times in a week. I think that the queen didn't make it out with the swarm for some reason, or that it was some sort of practice run :)

    I did a split, but I think I...
  11. Atlanta: My flow may not be quite over yet :)

    Well, privet is wrapping up and the Tulip Poplars stopped about a month ago. But I've noticed my bees going hard still. Well today I think I figured it out: my son's elementary school has an entire...
  12. Re: Gooey white pupae being cleaned out by the bee's

    I've had Small Hive Beetles cause this as well - the larvae root through the comb and kill the pupae. Keep an eye out for these when you inspect...
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    Re: Help...What is the best way to light a smoker?

    Don (The Fat Bee Man) made a *really* useful video on how to get your smoker going. Since I saw this my smoker has actually worked for me :)

    Here's the link - definitely check it out....
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    Re: seeing a few beetles ... what should we use ?

    I'm only on my 2nd year so that may exclude my input on this thread, but in the event it's valuable to other readers later on I'll post because I spent a huge amount of time thinking about my beetle...
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    Re: Providing Water For the Bees

    I put some fresh water in a little plastic tub, then added two landscaping bricks to it for them to sip off of. The bricks actually wick the water up (note: it takes some time to happen) and the bees...
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    Re: Can bees sting through kitchen gloves?

    Yeah I was impressed by one determined little bee who nailed the tip of my thumb through my leather glove. At that point I realized that I could get stung through most anything!

    I did a double...
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    Re: FatBeeMan vandalized (hives poisoned)

    I had just been to his Nuc yard (he's got several - this is but one) the week before when I purchased a queen from him. It was awesome to see all of those Nucs humming along and to see his operation...
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    Re: Introducing Myself, Shenandoah Valley, VA

    Welcome to this incredibly addictive site!
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    Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    I have used diatomacheous earth and it really helps kill them - totally natural and lethal. Just be careful and keep it away from your bees. If they get in it they're dead.

    I started dusting my...
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    Re: best nuc boxes for the price

    I made a couple of nucs last weekend - for now I'm building mediums, so I find myself modifying plans. I wanted to build some that were modular - i.e. boxes, with a separate bottom and covers. That...
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    Re: Too late in the year to start a hive?

    I picked up a nuc late last summer and they over wintered just fine. I fed them through mid December though - they built up nice and strong and exploded in the spring. In GA you should be able to get...
  22. Re: My Boneheaded move during inspection and my attempted recovery: what would you do

    @tommysnare: question about your split idea - I was considering that too, but the reason why I didn't was because of attendant bees. I was hoping to shake a couple of frames worth of bees into the...
  23. Re: My Boneheaded move during inspection and my attempted recovery: what would you do

    Ah yes, good call. I actually tried that by pressing my ear to the side of the hives but I couldn't discern a difference - I bet if I would have used your technique it would have worked. Nice one,...
  24. My Boneheaded move during inspection and my attempted recovery: what would you do?

    Ok here's a thought experiment for you - this is both for advanced and beginners alike. Beginners, learn from my mistake. Experts, please enlighten us :)

    This is my first year actually managing...
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    Re: swarm left, then came back

    I had this happen two times in one week in late Feb - my overwintered hive exploded on me and I wasn't prepared for it, being new to my second season. Both times the swarm came back.

    Did a frantic...
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