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  1. Re: Confused about queen piping I heard in my hive

    Here's what I do with a hive like that. I will take each frame with a queen cell and put it in a nuc box give them a frame of honey and a couple extra shakes of bees. You can normally make 4-5 nucs...
  2. Re: Confused about queen piping I heard in my hive

    They have almost surely swarmed. If you pull a few frames my guess is you will find multiple queen cells that have been torn down from the side. If you look real good there's a good chance you may...
  3. Thread: DEAD NUCS????

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    Re: DEAD NUCS????

    Over heated or Starvation are two causes that would cause the nucs to die with a large amount of bees being found in and around the nucs. Pesticides would be another but, that would be way down on my...
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    Re: Caramel for the Queen Candy

    I have no idea what the caramel will do. But, you can make some queen candy easy with some powdered sugar and karo (corn syrup) Dump some powdered sugar in a bowl and mix in some corn syrup. Keep...
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    Re: Local flow begins?

    Local is a relative term. The best thing to do is first find out what your flow comes from. Then take a walk around the area where your hives are located. See how far along the plants in your area...
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    Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    Matt they will sometimes swarm with an empty box of foundation on with or without an excluder. They just don't see the box of foundation as more room. They have to draw the comb before they see it as...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation

    second favorite option is to dump a swarm into a box of nothing but plastic. they usually draw that decently too. good use of a swarm[/QUOTE]

    In my opinion this is the best way to use a swarm. I...
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    Re: What did i do wrong ?

    If you want to leave your split in the same yard you can put it in the same place of the original hive. Then instead of the split loosing bees back to the original hive it will catch all the foragers...
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    Re: honey gate flow. use a funnel?

    When you say it pours out?? Are you practicing with honey or Water? If you are practicing with water it will pour out pretty fast but, once you get honey in the bucket it will come out a lot slower.
  10. Thread: nectar flow

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    Re: nectar flow

    NE Fl it goes until about the first or second week of June. I would imagine most of the plants are the same here as they are there. Gallberry, Palmetto, Black Gum, are some of the big honey producers...
  11. Thread: hfcs ok or not

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    Re: hfcs ok or not

    I don't feed as much as some of these guys here but, I used three barrels of hfcs55 over the past year and I can't really tell any difference in how the bees look versus sugar syrup. I really like...
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    Re: Split without moving 2 miles.

    If your not gonna move the split two miles away. Just move the big hive over and set the split in the old spot let the split catch the foragers problem solved and its easy.

    Moving brood up above...
  13. Thread: Our first split

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    Re: Our first split

    Shrtubug, if you leave the split in the same yard put it where the old hive was. That way it will catch the foragers. Now if you want to move the split to another yard that will work to. My favorite...
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    Re: Mowing, Dogs and bees

    Don't let all these stories of mowing right in front of the hive lead you down the wrong road. The bottom line is they are bees and they will light you up sometimes. Most of the time I can mow in...
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    Re: Foundation and honey

    I don't know anything about foundationless frames so I will leave that one for someone else. But, yes if you use the crimped wire wax foundation in the supers it will be easier to extract. I use the...
  16. Re: Care to chime in about your 2015 Florida citrus yield, losses etc?

    I was down Monday and all the hives were still looking really good. I'm going down tomorrow evening to move them out I don't want to push my luck. The Orange flow seems mostly over anyway and the...
  17. Re: Care to chime in about your 2015 Florida citrus yield, losses etc?

    We were down Monday and all the hives looked really good and they were packed with honey. This looks like it will be our biggest Orange Blossom harvest to date. But, this is only our 3rd year going....
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    Re: Drawing comb with no flow?

    There probably is a flow. Our bees will build comb on the Maple flow is Jan-Feb. Maybe your Maples, or clover is early bloomer that could produce a flow, wild mustard is another.
  19. Thread: Good sign?

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    Re: Good sign?

    Yep, that's a pretty good sign. I've had them do that for a couple weeks though before a swarm finally moved in so be patient.
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    Re: Titi or swamp cyrilla as nectar source

    When I went to pickup my packages there was a bunch of TiTi blooming in the low areas. It's my understanding that this TiTi is a major early spring nectar source. This TiTi blooms early in the spring...
  21. Thread: Grafting Tips

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    Re: Grafting Tips

    A good lighted magnifying glass or jewelers glasses will make all the difference in the world. I built a board that is tilted on a small angle, I can lay the frame upside down on the tilted board and...
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    Re: I can't decide on what extractor to buy ?

    Jake is this true?? I'm in the market for a Junior Spinner. :)
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    Re: Tupelo Trees and Tupelo Honey

    I would not call it Tupelo honey but, you will normally get a very good high quality honey from the Black Gum. They will be blooming in just a couple weeks. Normally just a head of the Gallberry.
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Most of the incubators are low wattage you can easily run them with the plug in inverter. Something like this. http://www.batteryjunction.com/wa75wasmin21.html?gclid=COy4ofzDycQCFUpp7AodrXIAZA
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    Re: Think I Quit Feeding Too Soon

    March can often be a tough time of year for us too. They build up good on the Maple in Jan-Feb. and then the flow tapers off some in March. By then the bees are building up like crazy. So between the...
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