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    Re: Food grade diatomaceous earth

    Feed stores do usually have this. It's fed to livestock for internal parasites.
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    Re: To Super or Not To Super?

    I haven't bought queens from this company but I intend to this spring. http://sarasotahoney.com/ so I can't say if they are good or not yet. They are located near to you. So far I have only done open...
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    Re: To Super or Not To Super?

    No, no flow to speak of. Their bringing in lots of pollen though. Made the mistake of melting some of my wax in a crock pot on my patio last weekend. By the time it was ready to strain I had a mini...
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    Re: To Super or Not To Super?

    A good time to start vaporizing ( a least this is when I will start ) is around the middle of February. Or there abouts depending of weather. My thinking is due to last years nonstop nectar flow....
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    Re: To Super or Not To Super?

    Their are a two things that you haven't thought of yet or not mentioned. I'm just north of you over the Sky Way bridge in Pinellas . One thing you need to watch out for is back filling the brood...
  6. Thread: Florida Newbee

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    Re: Florida Newbee

    Welcome, I'm just a little north west of you. It wasn't until I started using black plastic foundation that I could finally see eggs. So I would just check next weekend and look again by then the...
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    Re: Foundation Question

    What crofter said it works. No need to put any wax on the starter strip, they do just fine doing it themselves. I brought back a swarm in a bucket and just dumped them into a nuc with only frames...
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    Re: How is your pepper flow down south?

    Thanks for the reply. Now I have another useful nugget of info about beekeeping in Florida to store away and try to remember.
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    Re: How is your pepper flow down south?

    Stupid question, but why does the flow shut down after a Florida cold front and that little bit of dry air that we get comes through for a few days. I would think that the rain would help that blew...
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    Re: Mediums over a single deep for brood nest

    Here is a past thread:1-deep hive viable. http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?240141-Is-a-1-Deep-hive-viable There might be some information in that thread that might be helpful
  11. Thread: Queen marking

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    Re: Queen marking

    Here is a past thread on queen marking with Michael Palmer talking about how he uses Testors paint. scroll to #5
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    I've done similar cut outs in irrigation valve boxes. If you don't do this all the time and still need a bee vacuum try building a Rubbermaid BeeVac. I built one and it worked real well in my...
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    Re: how many brood boxes?

    I find that being able to open the brood nest (bottom box) using MattDavy's method works best for me. With only one brood box you will need to find a home for those frames that you have removed....
  14. Re: Can you usually keep more hives in a more urban area?

    I'm just south of you and the county doesn't have jurisdiction on your hives for zoning purposes. The State does and your inspector is the one who enforces it. Your are allowed 3 full hives for a...
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    Re: DIY Crush and Strain equipment

    The only things that you will need are three buckets, two lids for the buckets, a 5 gallon paint strainer mesh that I bought at Lowes, a potato masher and a honey gate for the bottom bucket. Take...
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    Re: Inner cover for mason jar feeding

    If you want to use a drill bit, 1/16 bit worked fine for me and I drilled about 12 to 15 holes. I don't really count.
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    Re: Hive on the beach in a dead palm

    Yeah, I'm kind of leaning to the side of not worth the hassle. And the reason you ruined your chain is because a palm is fibrous and full of wind blown sand. As it grows on the beach the sand gets...
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    Hive on the beach in a dead palm

    I work for a city on the gulf coast. While removing and cleaning out a bum nest in one of our beach sand dunes I came across a bee hive that is in a fallen palm. The palm is laying on the ground and...
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    Re: Backyard beekeeping buzzing in Florida

    When your nosy neighbor turns you in to your city inspector and he says your bees have to go, show him this.

    586.10 Powers and duties of department; preemption of local government...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    Myself, I always wondered how to handle swarm prevention with these large frames. Not like you can just open the brood nest and start another nuc with them.
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    Re: Quick Question on Building Hive Bodies.

    Her's the link to one I found on Amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004T7FC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1DPMB1QIKLBO8&coliid=I2QSXGK2AHU1RQ
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    Re: Gloves....What U Using?

    Just starting my second year so I know what you are going through on trying to prepare.




    Yes use them. Doesn't matter what type as long as you are comfortable with wearing them. This is your...
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    Re: Single deep swarm management confusion

    MattDavey thanks for taking the time and helping me out. With this I have something to go on this spring and to see what works best for me.
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    Re: Single deep swarm management confusion

    MattDavey thanks for taking the time to explain your technique and giving me something to wrap my brain around. I am planning on using all mediums eventually. After picking up my first full deep...
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    Re: Single deep swarm management confusion

    I'm down to only one single deep due to underestimating Varroa and just rookie mistakes. Lessons learned. This spring I am buying 2 or 3 nucs depending on my tax return and starting over. I'm...
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