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    Re: Salt Blocks for Bee's?

    I usually put about a tablespoon full into a 3 gallon mix. I use just normal Iodized Morton Salt like you use for cooking. I buy it at WalMart for .99 for a box of it. I use it in the dry feeder...
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    Re: New Members from Kentucky

    Welcome to the forum Jason! Got lots of good people on here that can answer just about any question you may come up with. If you are looking to get more hives in the spring send me PM. Usually...
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    Re: Caught a swarm today.

    Sure do wish I was. I could handle a few dozen of them right about now.. :)
  4. Re: Fall Inspection - Single Swarm Cell w/ larvae

    Sounds more like a supersedure cell to me. Normally they will only make one or two cells when they decide to supersede a queen, but when they make swarm cells there is usually many, and of all...
  5. Thread: Hive Buzzing

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    Re: Hive Buzzing

    Sounds to me like they are fanning the syrup and nectar. Mine all do that every day, but I've not started feeding so I know it's fanning of nectar.
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    Re: Salt Blocks for Bee's?

    An old beekeeper once told me that if you are out around your hives and the bees are landing on you for no reason they are looking for salts. As you sweat you loose salt through your skin, this is...
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    Re: Are they being robbed?

    This setup tells me that the feeder you were using either A. Is an open top feeder allowing the bees from inside of the hive to come up into the feeder with access to be able to get to the outside,...
  8. Re: Eating all their honey and not making any????

    Bees require forage to make honey. If there was no good forage where you are located then what they did was bring in enough to keep making bees, waiting on the flow to start. Only there was no flow...
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    Re: Better honey production with some shade?

    There are lots of beekeepers that have little to no excess honey this year. The weather wasn't good when it should have been and lots of trees didn't even bloom in some areas like the Black Locus...
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    Re: Salt Blocks for Bee's?

    I have both a salt lick (made from plain table salt in a pile under covered roof ), and I also put salt into my sugar syrup. The bees love it. They do need salt and will search for it quite a bit...
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    Re: Question for the group

    You may want to think about setting up a large observation hive. This would allow him to actually spend time watching the bees to see what they are doing, etc. I would just make sure to put a small...
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    Re: Question about super frames

    Some worry with the frames that have been used for brood having honey in them, but I've found it don't mess with the honey from a taste status. The bees clean the cells very clean before they start...
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    Re: Laying workers this time of year

    If you have laying workers in the one NUC then doing a straight out combine is going to do only one thing, get your queen in the queen right hive killed. Those laying workers will act just like a...
  14. Thread: TF until today

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    Re: TF until today

    Sometimes in life we must make tough decisions that go against what we had hoped and worked toward for much time. These decisions are always the ones that make us sit and think about what went wrong...
  15. Thread: What is OAV?

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    Re: What is OAV?

    Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Commonly known as wood bleach in ACE hardware stores. Powdered in one of the many states, can be put on a high temp pan and vaporized which causes the varroa to die in...
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    Re: Wild swarm has no very few mites

    It is quite possible that the reasoning behind the fact this hive vs the treatment hive is a simple product of when the wild hive was put into a hive vs being overwintered in it. Also what a lot of...
  17. Thread: Split Location

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    Re: Split Location

    When I do a split like you are planning, I normally do it in the evening late. You can get your hive ready during the day. What you're proposing is what's called a walk away split. What you should...
  18. Thread: Split Location

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    Re: Split Location

    Splits can be done in Florida just about anytime as they have great weather most of the time. As for how far away, etc for splits.. Old beekeepers would tell you to take your split down the road at...
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    Re: queen above queen excluder

    Not likely the cause, moving of an egg that is... However, it sounds like maybe you had a rogue queen that decided to move in to the hive through an upper entrance. Just a thought..
  20. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    For sure, Shake OUT, remove the old hive from original position and let the bees beg their way back into another hive.
  21. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    If you have found none of the above, you have NO laying workers. WHat you should do if you wish to combine at this time is simple. Verify that you have no queen 100% at this time.

    Then just to...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    It is common practice when setting up mating yards/locations to have the "Drone Colonies" there near the mating NUC's. It gives your drones the ability to find the local DCA where your queens will...
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    Re: Grafting is easy!

    Easy is what you make of it. :) Once a person has figured out how to find a queen in the box, it shouldn't be hard at all from there. The grid system comes with a queen excluder cover that just...
  24. Re: Buy proven survivor stock or continue to develop my own

    Genetic Diversification is NOT something to be ignored. If you have a great producing line yourself, that is to be applauded. However, if you want to continue getting very good if not Great hives...
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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    Requeening a hive from Italian to Russian has it's own set of problems. If you don't make sure they are totally without any eggs to make a new queen from, the Italians will try their best to make...
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